Rosenzweig's Bible: Reinventing Scripture for Jewish Modernity

Rosenzweig's Bible: Reinventing Scripture for Jewish Modernity

by Mara H. Benjamin
     
 

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ISBN-10: 052189526X

ISBN-13: 9780521895262

Pub. Date: 02/28/2009

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Rosenzweig's Bible examines the high stakes, both theological and political, of Franz Rosenzweig's attempt to revivify the Hebrew Bible and use it as the basis for a Jewish textual identity. Mara Benjamin's innovative reading of The Star of Redemption places Rosenzweig's best-known work at the beginning of an intellectual trajectory that culminated in a monumental

Overview

Rosenzweig's Bible examines the high stakes, both theological and political, of Franz Rosenzweig's attempt to revivify the Hebrew Bible and use it as the basis for a Jewish textual identity. Mara Benjamin's innovative reading of The Star of Redemption places Rosenzweig's best-known work at the beginning of an intellectual trajectory that culminated in a monumental translation of the Bible, thus overturning fundamental assumptions that have long guided the appraisal of this titan of modern Jewish thought. She argues that Rosenzweig's response to modernity was paradoxical: he challenged his readers to encounter the biblical text as revelation, reinventing scripture - both the Bible itself and the very notion of a scriptural text - in order to invigorate Jewish intellectual and social life, but did so in a distinctly modern key, ultimately reinforcing the foundations of German-Jewish post-Enlightenment liberal thought. Rosenzweig's Bible illuminates the complex interactions that arise when modern readers engage the sacred texts of ancient religious traditions.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521895262
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/28/2009
Pages:
222
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: the decline and renewal of scripture; 1. Scripture in the star of redemption; 2. Yehudah Halevi: the creation of a scriptural world; 3. Bible translation and the shaping of German identity; 4. Toward a new encounter with the Bible; Conclusion: scripture today: some considerations.

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