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  1. 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
    The Hebrew Bible, the Old Testament, and Historical Criticism: Jews and Christians in Biblical Studies
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  2. The Hebrew Bible, the Old Testament, and Historical Criticism: Jews and Christians in Biblical Studies

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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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Jon D. Levenson
Westminster John Knox Press
Westminster John Knox Press
Westminster John Knox Press
Westminster John Knox Press
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These six collected essays from one of biblical scholarship's leading thoughtful curmudgeons prove beyond doubt that unexamined assumptions corrode the core of the enterprise of biblical scholarship in the secular academy. That they come from the pen of a Jewish scholar teaching at one of liberal Protestantism's foremost shrines (Harvard Divinity School) is only the first irony that Levenson explores here with contrarian zeal. Readers who believe in the craft-whether naively or upon reflection-will find Levenson's articles an unsettling and necessary read.

Chapter one (`The Hebrew Bible, the Old Testament, and Historical Criticism', pp. 1-32) assaults the foundation of the discipline by pointing out that the practice of reading the biblical literature against its traditional context and in line with historical developmentalism is in truth a novelty of brief pedigree. By setting aside the literary context in which Jews and Christian readers have traditionally explored any... Read more
In these 6 essays, Jon Levenson takes on those who worship at the altar of the historical-critical method of interpreting the Scriptures, both Hebrew and Christian. He does so primarily by illustrating that those who espouse the histo-crit method also have a pre-conceived dogma, which they announce dogmatically, written by a hierarchy, when they approach the Bible, or the text as they call it, just as those of religious faith bring to study of the Scriptures. The former read the Testaments as mere human words, the latter as the revealed Word of God. But Levenson seems to know the histo-crit method better than its devotees, and as a Christian, i found he had a very good grasp on many parts of the Christian Scriptures and doctrine.

Every few pages, Levenson adds an aside how this or that result of the histo-crit method is actually anti-Judaic, by suppressing the continuation of the People whose main vocation is to continue studying and commenting on the Torah... Read more
Levenson's critique of the unwarranted assumptions about theHebrew Bible ("Old" Testament) is stunningly powerful andwill open the eyes and minds of all of us who are Christians engagedin serious study of the scriptures. Provocative in concept but elegant in prose, the book shifts the Jewish/Christian dialogue about the Bible to an entirely new and different framework. Levenson's incisive and unblinking exposure of what are essentially anti-semitic currents flowing through much of what has been imagined as objective, critical scholarship is especially powerful and important. His scholarship and erudition are combined with a rare and precious passion for understanding. The importance of this unassuming-looking book cannot be overestimated.
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