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People of the Book free pdf While Scripture is at the centre of many religions, among them Islam and Christianity, this book inquires into the function, development, and implications of the centrality of text upon the Jewish community, and by extension on the larger question of canonization and the text-centered community. It is a commonplace to note how the landless and scattered Jewish communities have, from the time of the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem in 70 AD until the founding of modern Israel in 1948, cleaved to the text and derived their identity from it. But the story is far more complex. The shift from the Bible to the Torah, from biblical religion to rabbinic Judaism mediated by the Sages, and the sealing of the canon together with its continuing interpretive work demanded from the community, amount to what could be called an unparalleled obsession with textuality. Halbertal gives us insights into the history of this obsession, in his narrative. The book offers an introduction to Jewish hermeneutics, and aims to convey the importance of the tradition to a wide audience of both academic and general readers. Halbertal provides a panoramic survey of Jewish attitudes toward Scripture, organized around problems of normative and formative authority, with an emphasis on the changing status and functions of Mishnah, Talmud, and Kabbalah. Weaving complex issues of interpretation into his own plot, he animates ancient texts by assigning them roles in his own narrative.

About Moshe Halbertal

Moshe Halbertal teaches Jewish Thought and Philosophy at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

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Author : Moshe Halbertal
Publisher : Harvard University Press
Data Published : 31 December 1997
ISBN : 0674661125
EAN : 9780674661127
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 208 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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