The Hebrew Bible, the Old Testament, and Historical Criticism: Jews and Christians in Biblical Studies

The Hebrew Bible the Old Testament and Historical Criticism Jews and Christians in Biblical Studies Writing from a Jewish perspective Jon Levenson reviews many often neglected theoretical questions He focuses on the relationship between two interpretive communities the community of scholars who are

  • Title: The Hebrew Bible, the Old Testament, and Historical Criticism: Jews and Christians in Biblical Studies
  • Author: Jon D. Levenson
  • ISBN: 9780664254070
  • Page: 349
  • Format: Paperback
  • Writing from a Jewish perspective, Jon Levenson reviews many often neglected theoretical questions He focuses on the relationship between two interpretive communities the community of scholars who are committed to the historical critical method of biblical interpretation and the community responsible for the canonization and preservation of the Bible.

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    About " Jon D. Levenson "

  • Jon D. Levenson

    Jon D Levenson is the Albert A List Professor of Jewish Studies at the Harvard Divinity School.He is a scholar of the Bible and of the rabbinic midrash, with an interest in the philosophical and theological issues involved in biblical studies He studies the relationship between traditional modes of Biblical interpretation and modern historical criticism He also studies the relationship between Judaism and Christianity.Levenson s foci include Theological traditions in ancient Israel biblical and rabbinic periods Literary Interpretation of the Hebrew Bible Midrash History of Jewish biblical interpretation Modern Jewish theology Jewish Christian relations.

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  • In this collection of essays--revisions of articles printed elsewhere--Levenson's main project is to discuss, juxtapose, and critique to modes of biblical study: 1) "Traditional," based on religious "fundamentalism"; and 2) "Historical-critical," based on "modern rationalism." Thus, he raises problems of oppositions, the recasting of traditional interpretations by historical-critical scholarship, and the trap of source criticism in/for itself. In doing so, he claims that scholarship has denied m [...]


  • This was Jon Levenson's fourth book that I have read and it was probably my favorite. He uses incredible irony and incisiveness, essentially noting that the "emperor has no clothes." It's a fantastic critique of the historical-critical method, pointing out its questionable antecedents and its ongoing closed-mindedness and inability to productively interact with other methods.I was, however, tempted to give it four stars because of Levenson's willingness to still embrace the historical-critical m [...]


  • Absolutely destroys historical criticism's pretensions to objectivity and brings biblical criticism firmly into the dialogical pluralism of post-modernity. An excellent, hard hitting look at the presuppositions of traditionalists (sometimes called fundamentalists by Levenson) and the presuppositions of the liberals (sometimes called historicists), Levenson is critical of Christians, Jews and Secularists, but manages to argue his point without strawmen and with a degree of respect for the value o [...]


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