Jewish Interpretation of the Bible: Ancient and Contemporary
- Course Level Graduate
- Format Paperback
- ISBN 9780800697983
- Pages 224
- Dimensions 6 x 9
- Publication Date Oct 1, 2012
"This is a remarkable book, not only because it is thorough, clearly written, and focused, but because it speaks to the heart of what Jews and Christians need to understand about each other's tradition—namely, how each tradition interpreted and applied their common roots in different ways. Zetterholm shows how the Rabbinic tradition of nuanced and open interpretation of the Bible persists in different ways among Judaism's modern movements. I wish that every Jew and Christian would read this book!"
American Jewish University
"In this masterful and nuanced survey, Karin Zetterhom argues that Judaism's ability to adapt to ever-changing circumstances can be traced to unique concepts and interpretative strategies developed in the period of the Talmudic rabbis—concepts and strategies that afforded a central place to human agency in the articulation of the divine law. Illustrating her arguments with numerous primary sources and drawing on the most recent scholarship, Zetterholm shows how this tradition of transformative Scriptural interpretation informed the early Jesus movement and—in a final chapter that vividly reminds us that much is at stake—how it continues to inform contemporary Jewish denominations struggling to balance fidelity to the past with adaptation to the present."
"Zetterholm's book not only serves as an introduction to Jewish biblical interpretation, but to the origins of the rabbinic tradition, the core of Judaism today. Beautifully and clearly written, it is just the book I've been looking for my students."
Iliff School of Theology