Revelation and Authority Hardback

Sinai in Jewish Scripture and Tradition

by Benjamin D. Sommer;


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Revelation and Authority

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At once a study of biblical theology and modern Jewish thought, this volume describes a "participatory theory of revelation" as it addresses the ways biblical authors and contemporary theologians alike understand the process of revelation and hence the authority of the law. Benjamin Sommer maintains that the Pentateuch's authors intend not only to convey God's will but to express Israel's interpretation of and response to that divine will. Thus Sommer's close readings of biblical texts bolster liberal theologies of modern Judaism, especially those of Abraham Joshua Heschel and Franz Rosenzweig. This bold view of revelation puts a premium on human agency and bears witness to the grandeur of a God who accomplishes a providential task through the free will of the human subjects under divine authority. Yet, despite their diverse views of revelation, all the Pentateuch's authors regard the binding authority of the law as sacrosanct. Sommer's book demonstrates why a law-observant religious Jew can be open to discoveries about the Bible that seem nontraditional or even antireligious.

Revelation and Authority by Benjamin D. Sommer was published by Yale University Press in August 2015. The ISBN for Revelation and Authority is 9780300158731.

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Page last updated 3rd December 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherYale University Press (August 2015)
Weight771g
Number of Pages440
Thickness28 mm
Height235 mm
Width156 mm
ISBN9780300158731
ISBN-100300158734
Product Code4313545
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