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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 Moshe Greenberg

Concepts of Scripture in Moshe Greenberg

(p.247) Chapter 14 Concepts of Scripture in Moshe Greenberg
Jewish Concepts of Scripture

Marc Zvi Brettler

NYU Press

This chapter focuses on Moshe Greenberg, who modeled himself after Yehezkel Kaufmann and elevated biblical discussion above ecclesiastical dogma into the realm of the eternally significant ideas. Greenberg appreciated Kaufmann's role as a Jewish nationalist who emphasized the crucial nature of Jewish religion as defining Jewish ethnicity. He often writes from the double perspective of a university biblical scholar and a practicing Jew—unafraid to speak of God as a contemporary deity. Greenberg's model for how the Hebrew Bible should be read in a Jewish and critical context has influenced both Jewish and non-Jewish scholars. Despite some misgivings, Greenberg's model is compelling, arguing strongly for an image of the Bible as Scripture within Judaism.

Keywords:   Moshe Greenberg, Yehezkel Kaufmann, biblical discussion, Jewish religion, Jewish ethnicity, Hebrew Bible, Greenberg's model

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