Torah Through Time: Understanding Bible Commentary from the Rabbinic Period to Modern Times

Jewish Publication Society, 1 jan. 2010 - 208 pagina's
"This book provides a highly readable, engaging introduction to Jewish biblical interpretation."
- Jewish Book World

"Cherry has analyzed the biblical commentary of some of the renowned Jewish scholars of the last 2,000 years. The result is a work of excellent scholarship and imagination."
- Booklist

?Cherry shows how the Torah functions as literature that is fluid, compelling, and persistently generative of new meanings.?
? Christian Century

Every commentator, from the classical rabbi to the modern-day scholar, has brought his or her own worldview, with all of its assumptions, to bear on the reading of holy text. This relationship between the text itself and the reader's interpretation is the subject of Torah Through Time. Shai Cherry traces the development of Jewish Bible commentary through three pivotal periods in Jewish history: the rabbinic, medieval, and modern periods. The result is a fascinating and accessible guide to how some of the world's leading Jewish commentators read the Bible. Torah Through Time focuses on specific narrative sections of the Torah: the creation of humanity, the rivalry between Cain and Abel, Korah's rebellion, the claim of the daughters of Zelophechad, and legal matters concerning Hebrew slavery. Cherry closely examines several different commentaries for each of these source texts, and in so doing he analyzes how each commentator resolves questions raised by the texts and asks if and how the commentator's own historical frame of reference -- his own time and place -- contributes to the resolution. A chart at the end of each chapter provides a visual summary that helps the reader understand the many different elements at play.

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The Hebrew Bible, or the Tanakh, is really not equivalent to the Christian Old Testament, yet many religious fundamentalists ignore this fact. Cherry (religion studies, emeritus, Vanderbilt Univ ... Volledige review lezen

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This book helps me to understand how the Jewish people understand the Bible. Because i am so interesting in knowing about the Torah, this really helps. Volledige review lezen

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1 No Word Unturned
2 The Creation of Humanity
3 The Sons of Adam and Eve
4 The Hebrew Slave
5 Korah and His Gang
6 The Daughters of Zelophehad
Glossary of Terms
Glossary of Texts and Commentators

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Populaire passages

Pagina 74 - And the Lord said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? And why is thy countenance fallen? If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? And if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door.
Pagina 73 - And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the Lord had respect unto Abel and to his offering : but unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect.
Pagina 40 - Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness...
Pagina 74 - And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him. 9 | And the LORD said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother's keeper? 10 And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother's blood crieth unto me from the ground.
Pagina 73 - And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the Lord. And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof.
Pagina 75 - And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother's blood from thy hand; when thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth.
Pagina 40 - God blessed them and God said to them, "Be fertile and increase, fill the earth and master it; and rule the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, and all the living things that creep on earth.
Pagina 40 - I have given every green herb for food:" and it was so. And God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.
Pagina 168 - Moses, Eleazar the priest, the chieftains, and the whole assembly, at the entrance of the Tent of Meeting, and they said, "Our father died in the wilderness. He was not...
Pagina 40 - Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. They shall rule the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, the cattle, the whole earth, and all the creeping things that creep on earth.

Over de auteur (2010)

Shai Cherry holds a doctorate in Jewish Thought and Theology from Brandeis University. He served as the Mellon Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Vanderbilt University, and he taught Jewish philosophy at the University of Judaism, Jewish biblical interpretation at the Academy for Jewish Religion, and Judaism and Darwinism at UCLA. He is currently completing his studies at the American Jewish University for rabbinic ordination.

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