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Revelation and Authority: Sinai in Jewish Scripture and Tradition
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Publisher Yale Univ Pr
Publication date June 30, 2015
Pages 419
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780300158731
ISBN-10 0300158734
Dimensions 1.50 by 6.50 by 9.50 in.
Weight 1.60 lbs.
Original list price $50.00
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Finalist for the 2015 National Jewish Book Award--Nahum M. Sarna Memorial Award for Scholarship

At once a study of biblical theology and modern Jewish thought, this volume describes a “participatory theory of revelation” as it addresses the ways biblical authors and contemporary theologians alike understand the process of revelation and hence the authority of the law. Benjamin Sommer maintains that the Pentateuch’s authors intend not only to convey God’s will but to express Israel’s interpretation of and response to that divine will. Thus Sommer’s close readings of biblical texts bolster liberal theologies of modern Judaism, especially those of Abraham Joshua Heschel and Franz Rosenzweig. This bold view of revelation puts a premium on human agency and attests to the grandeur of a God who accomplishes a providential task through the free will of the human subjects under divine authority. Yet, even though the Pentateuch’s authors hold diverse views of revelation, all of them regard the binding authority of the law as sacrosanct. Sommer’s book demonstrates why a law-observant religious Jew can be open to discoveries about the Bible that seem nontraditional or even antireligious.


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