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Torah QueeriesWeekly Commentaries on the Hebrew Bible$
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Gregg Drinkwater, Joshua Lesser, and David Shneer

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780814720127

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814720127.001.0001

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Interpreting the Bible through a Bent Lens

(p.1) Introduction
Torah Queeries

David Shneer

NYU Press

This introductory chapter describes the Hebrew Bible, particularly its first five books written by Moses—the Torah. The Hebrew Bible, sacred to nearly half the world's population, infuses the myths, politics, literature, art, and daily language of billions of people across the globe. Jews divide it into three main sections, one of which is the Torah. This section has been interpreted and reinterpreted ever since it was canonized in the 6th to 5th centuries BCE. The book presents the traditional rabbinic elite interpretations of the Bible, as well as the scholarly queer interpretation of the Bible, to voice out issues of social injustice experienced by the LGBT people.

Keywords:   Hebrew Bible, Torah, Jews, Torah interpretation, Rabbinic Judaism

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