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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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Scriptures in Jewish Tradition, and Traditions as Jewish Scripture

(p.1) Chapter 1 Introduction
Jewish Concepts of Scripture

Benjamin D. Sommer

NYU Press

This chapter provides an overview of certain core ideas regarding scripture that almost all Jewish groups have assumed for the past two thousand years. These ideas differentiate Jewish conceptions of scripture from Christian ones in fundamental ways. All twenty-four books of Jewish scripture are part of the Christian Bible in its various forms; however, these texts function so differently in the two traditions that one can say said books are not the same books at all but entirely different works that happen to have the same words. The book attends to biblical scholars and interpreters—ancient, medieval, and modern—including the interpretive schools of Rabbi Akiva and Rabbi Yishmael, medieval commentators, and various modern Jewish biblical scholars.

Keywords:   Jewish scripture, Jews, Christian scripture, Bible, biblical scholars, Rabbi Akiva, Rabbi Yishmael

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