Academic Studies Press is pleased to announce the publication of The Believer and the Modern Study of the Bible, edited by Tova Ganzel, Yehudah Brandes, and Chayuta Deutsch.
March 2019 | 582 pp.
9781618119513 | $90.00 | Hardcover
Summary: The essays in this volume address the conundrum of how Jewish believers in the divine character of the Sinaitic revelation confront the essential questions raised by academic biblical studies.
The first part is an anthology of rabbinic sources, from the medieval period to the present, treating questions that reflect a critical awareness of the Bible. The second part is a series of twenty-one essays by contemporary rabbis and scholars on how they combine their religious beliefs with their critical approach to the Bible.
About the Editors:
Tova Ganzel is the Director of the Midrasha at Bar-Ilan University and one the first trained women’s halakhic advisors (Yoatzot Halacha). She received her PhD from Bar-Ilan’s Department of Bible Studies, and is a renowned figure in the world of women’s Jewish learning. She is the author of numerous articles and books, and is the recipient of multiple academic awards and grants.
Yehuda Brandes is President of Herzog College in Gush Etzion and Jerusalem. He is the former head of the Beit Midrash at Beit Morasha in Jerusalem, and the author of many books and articles on Talmud, Jewish law, education, and Jewish philosophy. In his books Agada Lema'aseh and Mada Toratekha, and in many of his articles, he examines the connection between law and legend in the Talmud, exposing both the philosophical aspects of religious law and the practical aspect of the Talmudic legend.
Chayuta Deutsch is a writer and editor. She is the author of a best-selling biography on Nechama Leibowitz and other books. Previously, she was the editor of the Akdamot journal of Jewish thought. She completed her doctoral dissertation at the Department of Talmud at Bar-Ilan University on the subject of encounters between sages and matrons in the Talmud and midrashim.
Table of Contents:
Preface to the English Translation
Annotated Anthology—“Wisdom and Knowledge Will be Given to You”
A Personal Perspective on Biblical History, the Authorship of the Torah, and Belief in its Divine Origin
Shawn Zelig Aster
The Sages as Bible Critics
The Tanakh as History
Marc Zvi Brettler
Kabbalah as a Shield against the “Scourge” of Biblical Criticism: A Comparative Analysis of the Torah Commentaries of Elia Benamozegh and Mordecai Breuer
Orthodoxy and the Challenge of Biblical Criticism: Some Reflections on the Importance of Asking the Right Question
Ask the Rabbi: “Biblical Criticism is Destroying my Religious Faith!”
The Theophany at Sinai and the Passages of Revelation
“I Shall Fear God Alone and Not Show Favor in Torah”: A Conceptual Foundation for Wrestling with Biblical Scholarship
Revelation and Religious Authority in the Sinai Traditions
The Torah Speaks to People
The Revelation Narratives: Analyses and Theological Reflections on Exodus, Deuteronomy, and Classical Midrash
The Ethical Challenge
The Binding of Isaac and Historical Contextuality
Manasseh, King of Judah, in Early rabbinic Literature: An Erudite, Unfettered, and Creative Biblical Critic
Justification, Denial, and “Terraforming”: Three Theological-Exegetical Models
The Bible in Historical Context
The Names of God and the Dating of the Biblical Corpus
Discrepancies between Laws in the Torah
Between the Prophet and his Prophecy: Ezekiel’s Visionary Temple in its Historical Context
The Torah of Moses and the Laws of the Nations: A Study in the Teachings of Rabbi Tzadok Ha-Kohen of Lublin
Archaeology and the Bible
The Book of Daniel and the Twenty-First-Century Religious Bible Student
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