The Ayeka Haggadah: Hearing Your Own Voice | The (unofficial) Hogwarts Haggadah | Rabbi Akiva: Sage of the Talmud (Jewish Lives) | Putting God Second | An Introduction to the Medieval Bible | What's Divine about Divine Law? | Truth And Method | Matthew in History | Participatory, Biblical Exegesis
At once a study of biblical theology and modern Jewish thought, this volume describes a âparticipatory theory of revelationâ 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 Pentateuchâs authors intend not only to convey Godâs will but to express Israelâs interpretation of and response to that divine will. Thus Sommerâs 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 Pentateuchâs authors hold diverse views of revelation, all of them regard the binding authority of the law as sacrosanct. Sommerâs 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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