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Jewish Concepts of Scripture: A Comparative Introduction

Benjamin D. Sommer

Abstract

What do Jews think scripture is? How do the People of the Book conceive of the Book of Books? In what ways is it authoritative? Who has the right to interpret it? Is it divinely or humanly written? And have Jews always thought about the Bible in the same way? This book traces the way some of the most important Jewish thinkers throughout history have addressed these questions from the rabbinic era through the medieval Islamic world to modern Jewish scholarship. The chapters address why different Jewish thinkers, writers, and communities have turned to the Bible—and what they expect to get from ... More

Keywords: Jews, scripture, Book of Books, Bible, modern Jewish scholarship, rabbinic era, medieval Islam

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780814740620
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814740620.001.0001

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Benjamin D. Sommer, author

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