Jewish Interpretation of the Bible

Jewish Interpretation of the Bible

by Karin Hedner Zetterholm


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780800697983
Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
Publication date: 10/01/2012
Series: Hermeneia Series
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Karin Hedner Zetterholm is Research Fellow at the Swedish Research Counciland active at the Centre for Theology and Religious Studies at Lund University. She is the author of numerous articles on Judaism and Jewish biblical interpretation and of Portrait of a Villain: Laban the Aramean in Rabbinic Literature (2002).

Table of Contents

Abbreviations vii

Illustrations ix

Preface and Acknowledgments xi

Timeline xiv

1 Continuity and Change in-Rabbinic Judaism 1

Commitment to the Bible-Freedom of Interpretation

Interpretation as an Ideal

The Sources

From Second Temple Judaism to Rabbinic Judaism

The Revelation at Sinai

Divine Revelation and Human Interpretation

Oral Torah

Jewish Law and Divine Truth

Seventy Faces of the Torah

Study as Fellowship with God

2 Tradition in the Making-The Mishnah and the Talmuds 39

The Mishnah

The Tosefta

The Talmuds

Rabbinic Literature as a Source for Historical Reconstruction

3 Rabbinic Biblical Interpretation-Midrash 69

Assumptions about the Biblical Text

Exegesis or Ideology?

Parables as Biblical Interpretation

Midrash arid Rabbinic Law

Collections of Midrash

The Binding of Isaac-Theology and Biblical Interpretation

4 The Jewish Character of the Early Jesus Movement 111

Jesus-A First-Century Jewish Torah Teacher

The Parables of Jesus and the Rabbis

Parables and Polemics

Paul-A First-Century Jewish Theologian

Paul and Jewish Biblical Interpretation

Non-Jews and the Torah-Different Approaches

The Non-Jew in Early Rabbinic Judaism

5 Continuity and Change in Contemporary Judaism 145

Movements within Contemporary Judaism

Revelation and Religious Authority in Contemporary Judaism

A Biblical Prohibition in Conflict with Modern Knowledge and Moral Sensibilities

When Bible and Tradition Offer No Guidance

The Legacy of Classical Rabbinic Judaism

Glossary 189

Bibliography 292

Index of Ancient Sources 204

Index of Names and Subjects 209

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