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Contemplative Nation: A Philosophical Account of Jewish Theological Language

Cass Fisher

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804776646
eISBN:
9780804781008
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804776646.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This book challenges the long-standing view that theology is not a vital part of the Jewish tradition. For political and philosophical reasons, both scholars of Judaism and Jewish thinkers have ... More


Jewish Theology Unbound

James A. Diamond

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
June 2018
ISBN:
9780198805694
eISBN:
9780191843648
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198805694.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This book challenges the widespread caricature of Judaism as a religion of law as opposed to theology. Broad swaths of rabbinic literature involve not just law but what could be best described as ... More


<i>Sagi Nahor</i>—Enough Light: Dialectic Tension between Luminescent Resonance and Blind Assumption in Comparative Theology

Shoshana Razel Gordon-Guedalia

in How to Do Comparative Theology

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780823278404
eISBN:
9780823280513
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823278404.003.0012
Subject:
Religion, Theology

Shoshana Razel Gordan-Guedalia gives a juxtaposed reading of cases in Mīmāṃsā and Rabbinic legal reasoning that validates a sense of similarity in ritual-legal hermeneutics. She compares cases ... More


Concepts of Scripture in Maimonides

James A. Diamond

in Jewish Concepts of Scripture: A Comparative Introduction

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814740620
eISBN:
9780814724798
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814740620.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter focuses on the intellectual legacy of Moses ben Maimon (Maimonides), which includes Jewish law (halakha), rabbinics, theology, philosophy, and biblical interpretation. No fundamental ... More


A Brief History of War in the Hebrew Bible and the Jewish Interpretive Tradition

Reuven Firestone

in Fighting Words: Religion, Violence, and the Interpretation of Sacred Texts

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780520258310
eISBN:
9780520954083
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520258310.003.0002
Subject:
Anthropology, Anthropology, Religion

This chapter explores a number of critical junctures in biblical history, highlighting the divine initiative and/or support of violent means in ancient Israel’s dealings with other peoples. The ... More


Sex in the Talmud: How to Understand Leviticus 18 and 20: Parashat Kedoshim (Leviticus 19:1–20:27)

David Brodsky

in Torah Queeries: Weekly Commentaries on the Hebrew Bible

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814720127
eISBN:
9780814785249
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814720127.003.0030
Subject:
Sociology, Sociology of Religion

This chapter argues that the rules against homosexual sex in the readings of Parashat Kedoshim of Leviticus have been mischaracterized as a prohibition against homosexuality. In a 1992 responsum on ... More


God as Liberator and the Slave: “Did not One form us both in the womb?”

James A. Diamond

in Jewish Theology Unbound

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
June 2018
ISBN:
9780198805694
eISBN:
9780191843648
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198805694.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter offers a new approach to the moral quandary of the biblical sanctioning of slavery. The chapter argues that the Bible shapes its ideal view of slavery, not simply as deleterious to the ... More


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