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Torah from Heaven: The Reconstruction of Faith
     

Torah from Heaven: The Reconstruction of Faith

by Solomon
 

Traditional Jewish religious belief speaks of a divinely revealed, perfect text, authoritatively expounded. The question this book addresses is one with which the author has struggled all his life: in the light of historical criticism, advances in knowledge, and changing moral attitudes, is the traditional notion of divine revelation and authoritative

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Traditional Jewish religious belief speaks of a divinely revealed, perfect text, authoritatively expounded. The question this book addresses is one with which the author has struggled all his life: in the light of historical criticism, advances in knowledge, and changing moral attitudes, is the traditional notion of divine revelation and authoritative interpretation still valid? The focus is on Judaism and the examples are mostly drawn from that tradition, but the arguments are easy to transpose to other religions. Norman Solomon's discussion will appeal to those who seek to identify with a religious community but who are troubled by the claim of divine authority made for the scriptures of that community. Ranging across several academic disciplines, it is addressed to people of all religions who find their heads and their hearts are not in accord with each other. It is accessible to a general readership interested in the relationship of scripture, interpretation, and religious authority, though scholars will find original observations and historical interpretations in many areas.

It should find a ready place in university and popular programmes in Jewish studies, general theology, and philosophy of religion.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781906764135
Publisher:
Littman Library of Jewish Civilization
Publication date:
01/17/2012
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
6.44(w) x 9.76(h) x 1.46(d)

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