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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 Yehezkel Kaufmann

Concepts of Scripture in Yehezkel Kaufmann

(p.230) Chapter 13 Concepts of Scripture in Yehezkel Kaufmann
Jewish Concepts of Scripture

Job Y. Jindo

NYU Press

This chapter considers the case of Yehezkel Kaufmann, often referred to as “the greatest and most influential Jewish biblical scholar of modern times.” He understood the Bible as a historical artifact produced in a particular setting of time and place. For him, the Bible was a text to be examined by means of the general principles and analytical tools of empirical investigation. Kaufmann has no doubt about discussing the history of the formation and transmission of biblical literature. The chapter presents two perspectives of reading Kaufmann's Toledot ha'emunah hayisre'elit (A History of the Israelite Faith). First, it is a classic that has shaped contemporary Jewish biblical scholarship; and second, it still has relevance for today's biblical and religious studies-especially for phenomenological analyses of biblical monotheism.

Keywords:   Yehezkel Kaufmann, Toledot, Bible, empirical investigation, biblical literature, contemporary Jewish scholarship, biblical studies, biblical monotheism

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