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Author Levenson, Alan T.

Title The making of the modern Jewish Bible : how scholars in Germany, Israel, and America transformed an ancient text / Alan T. Levenson.

Publication Info. Plymouth, U.K. ; Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield, 2016.


Location Pub Note Copy No. Status
 North Suburban PLD Loves Park Adult Non-Fiction - NSLY-11  221 LEV    AVAILABLE
Edition First paperback edition.
Description xxiii, 247 pages ; 24 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 233-239) and indexes.
Contents Spinoza as Jewish Bible critic -- pt. 1. The emergence of modern Jewish Bible studies in Germany. Introduction : starting with Germany -- Mendelssohn's Bible : the ideal of Jewish self-sufficiency -- Samson Raphael Hirsch : the chimera of self-explanatory Scripture -- Benno Jacob and the call for a "Jewish" Bible scholarship -- The Martin Buber-Franz Rosenzweig Bible : culture or religion? -- pt. 2. Zionism and the creation of a national Bible. Introduction : the Bible in modern Israel -- Early Zionism and the Bible : Ahad Haam and his opponents -- The Bible as national linchpin : David Ben-Gurion and his opponents -- Nehema Leibowitz's Bible : returning tradition to the text -- pt. 3. The flowering of Jewish Bible studies in North America. Introduction : America and the Jewish Bible -- Finding a Jewish voice : Nahum Sarna and Robert Alter -- Seeking an American Jewish Bible -- Conclusion: is there a "Jewish school" of modern Bible study?
Summary "Tracing its history from Moses Mendelssohn to today, Alan Levenson explores the factors that shaped what is the modern Jewish Bible and its centrality in Jewish life today. The Making of the Modern Jewish Bible explains how Jewish translators, commentators, and scholars made the Bible a keystone of Jewish life in Germany, Israel and America. Levenson argues that German Jews created a religious Bible, Israeli Jews a national Bible, and American Jews an ethnic one. In each site, scholars wrestled with the demands of the non-Jewish environment and their own indigenous traditions, trying to balance fidelity and independence from the commentaries of the rabbinic and medieval world."--Back cover.
Subject Bible. Old Testament. Germany -- Criticism, interpretation, etc., Jewish.
Bible. Old Testament -- Criticism, interpretation, etc., Jewish -- Israel.
Bible. Old Testament -- Criticism, interpretation, etc., Jewish -- United States.
ISBN 9781442205178
9781442205161 (cloth ; alk. paper)
1442205164 (cloth ; alk. paper)

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