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- The Making of the Modern Jewish Bible: How Scholars in Germany, Israel, and America Transformed an Ancient Text
- Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
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Summary: Levenson argues that German Jews created a religious Bible, Israeli Jews a national Bible, and American Jews an ethnic one. In each site, scholars wrestled with the demands of the non-Jewish environment and their own indigenous traditions, trying to balance fidelity and independence from the commentaries of the rabbinic and medieval world.
Contents: Spinoza as Jewish Bible critic -- pt. 1. The emergence of modern Jewish Bible studies in Germany. Introduction : starting with Germany -- Mendelssohn's Bible : the ideal of Jewish self-sufficiency -- Samson Raphael Hirsch : the chimera of self-explanatory Scripture -- Benno Jacob and the call for a "Jewish" Bible scholarship -- The Martin Buber-Franz Rosenzweig Bible : culture or religion? -- pt. 2. Zionism and the creation of a national Bible. Introduction : the Bible in modern Israel -- Early Zionism and the Bible : Ahad Haam and his opponents -- The Bible as national linchpin : David Ben-Gurion and his opponents -- Nehema Leibowitz's Bible : returning tradition to the text -- pt. 3. The flowering of Jewish Bible studies in North America. Introduction : America and the Jewish Bible -- Finding a Jewish voice : Nahim Sarna and Tobert Alter -- Seeking an American Jewish Bible -- Conclusion: Is there a "Jewish School" of modern Bible study?
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