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Jewish Concepts of ScriptureA Comparative Introduction$
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Benjamin D. Sommer

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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Concepts of Scripture in Martin Buber and Franz Rosenzweig

Concepts of Scripture in Martin Buber and Franz Rosenzweig

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(p.179) Chapter 11 Concepts of Scripture in Martin Buber and Franz Rosenzweig
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Jewish Concepts of Scripture
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Jonathan Cohen

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814740620.003.0011

This chapter explores how Martin Buber and Franz Rosenzweig bring God back into the picture and thus, represent a gesture of return to older modes of biblical interpretation. Their approach does not simply restore medieval or midrashic approaches to scripture but rather shifts the focus of authority from the biblical text to a space between the reader and the text, a space wherein the voice of the divine can still be heard by contemporary readers. According to Buber and Rosenzweig, the divine voice can only be heard in the context of an address, challenge, or question put to a listener or reader. In this sense, the hermeneutics of Buber and Rosenzweig retains its identity as a dialogical hermeneutics. The dialogue between heaven and earth that has somehow been preserved in the biblical text has become a world-historical paradigm and inspiration for subsequent dialogue.

Keywords:   Martin Buber, Franz Rosenzweig, biblical interpretation, God, dialogical hermeneutics, midrashic approach

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