Textual Reasonings

Textual Reasonings

by Peter J. Ii Ochs (Editor)


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Textual Reasonings by Peter J. Ii Ochs

"Textual reasoning" is the name that a group of contemporary Jewish thinkers has given to its overlapping practices of Jewish philosophy and theology. This volume represents the most public expression to date of the shared work, over a period of twelve years, of this society of "textual reasoners."

Although the movement of textual reasoning is diverse and multiform, it is characterized at bottom by the pursuit of the claim that there are significant affinities between Jewish forms of reading and reasoning and postmodern thought. These affinities are presently being pursued by scholars throughout Jewish studies, in fields such as the Bible, Talmud, Midrash, medieval philosophy, Kabbalah, and the Jewish phenomenology of Rosenzweig and Levinas, among others. As the essays in this book amply convey, their work has stimulated a lively and creative reengagement with the philosophical dimensions of Jewish texts and, even more, with the textual dimensions of Jewish reasoning. In large part, this new energy has come from conceiving of the postmodern as a place where some of the most distinctive features of Jewish reasoning can be elucidated as well as challenged.

A fine addition to the Radical Traditions series, Textual Reasonings provides a superb review of contemporary Jewish thought.

Eugene B. Borowitz
Zachary Braiterman
Virginia Burrus
Aryeh Cohen
Michael Fishbane
David F. Ford
Steven D. Fraade
Tikva Frymer-Kensky
Robert Gibbs
David Weiss Halivni
Daniel W. Hardy
Martin Kavka
Steven Kepnes
Nancy Levene
George Lindbeck
Shaul Magid
Jacob Meskin
Peter Ochs
Randi Rashkover
Michael Zank
Laurie Zoloth

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802839978
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
Publication date: 01/01/2003
Series: Radical Traditions Series
Pages: 324
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.68(d)

Table of Contents

Notes on the contributorsvii
Part ITextual reasoning
1.Textual reasoning in midrashic studies31
Anthological midrash and cultural paideia: The case of Songs Rabba 1.232
'The Kisses of His Mouth': Intimacy and Intermediacy as Performative Aspects of a Midrash Commentary52
Fishbane's commentary to Song of Songs Rabba as analytic textual reasoning57
2.Textual reasoning in biblical study67
Revelation revealed: The doubt of Torah68
Revelation revealed or reveiled? 'Jewish' and 'Christian' interpretation in late antiquity76
Response to 'Revelation revealed'82
3.Textual reasoning in talmudic studies: Law and semiotics89
Gold and silver: Philosophical Talmud90
Rabbis of gold and sages of silver: A response to 'Philosophical Talmud'103
Why Talmud: Renewing response113
4.Textual reasoning in talmudic studies: Law, history and change119
Talmudic scholarship as textual reasoning: Halivni's pragmatic historiography120
Response to 'Talmudic scholarship as textual reasoning'144
Part IIReflections on the Process of Textual Reasoning
5.Jewish reflections155
Textual reasoning and Jewish philosophy: The next phase of Jewish postmodernity?156
Textual reasoning, modernity and the limits of history162
Textual reasoning and cultural memory: A response to Jacob Meskin175
Exegesis, redemption and the maculate Torah191
Elu ve-elu: Textual difference and sublime judgement in Eruvin and Lyotard206
Seeing the doubting judge: Jewish ethics and the postmodern project214
Franz Rosenzweig, the 1920s and the [left angle bracket]email[right angle bracket] moment of textual reasoning229
6.Christian reflections251
Progress in textual reasoning: From Vatican II to the conference at Drew252
Responding to textual reasoning: What might Christians learn?259
Textual reasoning: A concluding reflection269
Nancy Levene278
Peter Ochs289
Index of Names and Subjects304
Index of Texts308

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