Hebrew Bible Reborn: From Holy Scripture to the Book of Books: A History of Biblical Culture and the Battles over the Bible in Modern Judaism

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This work, the first of its kind, describes all the aspects of the Bible revolution in Jewish history in the last two hundred years, as well as the emergence of the new biblical culture. It describes the circumstances and processes that turned Holy Scripture into the Book of Books and into the history of the biblical period and of the Jewish people. It deals with the encounter of the Jews with modern biblical criticism, the archaeological research of the Ancient Near East, with contemporary archaeology, the Bible-Babel polemic at the start of the twentieth century, and the use of the bible as a "guide to life” in education, culture and politics.

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"Das Buch zeichnet sich durch seine gründliche und methodische Auswertung des - ebenso umfassenden wie disparaten - Quellenmaterials und durch dessen abwägende Bewertung aus. Es illustriert die fundierende Bedeutung der Bibel in unterschiedlichen Lebensbezügen, Problemlagen und Fragestellungen und erlaubt ebenso lehrreiche wie spannende Einblicke in die facettenreiche Geschichte der historischen Bibelkritik im Judentum."Michael Tilly in: Theologische Literaturzeitung 10.134/2009 "[...] its scope and depth make this thoroughly researched study on a highly consequential subject an invaluable source for Jewish and German religious and intellectual history."Michael M. Meyer in: American Historical Review 2/2009
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783110191417
  • Publisher: De Gruyter
  • Publication date: 4/1/2007
  • Series: Studia Judaica Series, #38
  • Pages: 578
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Yaacov Shavit, Tel Aviv University, Israel;Mordechai Eran ,Tel Aviv, Israel.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements     vii
Introduction     1
The Biblical Revolution in Modern Jewish History and the Struggle over the Bible in the Nineteenth Century
"Back to the Bible": The Biblical Revolution in the Nineteenth Century     17
Wellhausen and his School: The Jewish Response to Higher Criticism     85
"Truth Shall Spring out of the Earth": The Initial Jewish Reaction to the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East     156
The War of The Tablets
The Babel-Bibel Controversy as a Typological Event     195
Friedrich Delitzsch and a Second 'Tower of Babel'     206
Delitzsch's Three Lectures on Babel and Bibel     229
The Controversy in the German Arena: Theology vs. Science     256
At War - Within and Without     276
Contra Delitzsch: Revelation, Originality and Ethics     305
From Noah to the Sabbath     331
In Search of Jewish and Hebrew Bible Study
After Delitzsch: The Bible and Jewish Bible Study in Germany between the Two World Wars     355
Bible Criticism Arrives in Eretz Israel: Struggle and Reception     371
"Extra-academic" Bible Study and Bible Criticism     399
Orthodox Bible Criticism in Eretz Israel     423
The Bible as History and Biblical Archaeology: "Can Two Walk Together?" (Amos 3:3)     435
The Well ofthe Bible: The Biblical Culture in the Jewish Society in Eretz Israel (1882-2005)
The National Bible vs. The Cultural Bible     475
The Golden Age of Biblical Culture     490
From Golden Age to Decline     516
Afterword     521
Appendix     531
Selected Bibliography     541
Index     551
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