Revelation and authority : Sinai in Jewish scripture and tradition / Benjamin D. Sommer.Material type: TextSeries: Anchor Yale Bible reference library: Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, Copyright date: ©2015Description: xvii, 419 pages ; 25 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780300158731; 0300158734; 9780300234688; 0300234686.Subject(s): Rosenzweig, Franz, 1886-1929 -- Influence | Heschel, Abraham Joshua, 1907-1972 -- Influence | Bible. Old Testament -- Criticism, interpretation, etc | Revelation on Sinai | Rabbinical literature -- History and criticismDDC classification: 296.3/115 LOC classification: BM612 | .S66 2015Online resources: Additional Information at Google Books
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 365-401) and index.
Participatory theories of revelation -- Artifact or Scripture? -- What happened at Sinai? Maximalist and minimalist approaches -- Command and law in the participatory theology of Revelation -- Scripture as tradition, and tradition as Scripture -- Event, process, and eternity -- A modern Jewish approach to Scripture -- Conclusion: innovation, continuity, and covenant.
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. (Publisher).
Text in Hebrew with parallel translation in English.