This volume assembles "for the first time a representative statement of Judaic learning on the Old Testament as it is studied today by many of the most important Jewish Bible scholars of the age." A host of internationally known scholars - American, European, and Israeli - here present a variety of rich perspectives on the study and interpretation of the Scriptures revered by both Judaism and Christianity.
These studies make clear that no single "Jewish school" of biblical scholarship exists. Rather there is a "Jewish approach," involving appreciation for Hebrew as a living language; the reality of Jewish settlement in the Land of Israel; the continuity of Scripture in the life of Israel, the Jewish people, and the state of Israel; and a complete and healthy adaptation of the critical perspectives of contemporary scholarship.
This unique and stimulating volume vividly demonstrates the importance and value of critical scholarly discourse on the Hebrew Scripture (Old Testament) by Jewish scholars for both Christian and Jewish communities.
Jacob Neusner Baruch A. Levine Ernest S. Frerichs
Jacob Neusner is Research Professor of Religion and Theology at Bard College and Senior Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Theology at Bard. He has published more than 900 books and unnumbered articles, both scholarly and academic and popular and journalistic, and is the most published humanities scholar in the world. He has been awarded nine honorary degrees, including seven US and European honorary doctorates. He received his AB from Harvard College in 1953, his PhD from Columbia University and Union Theological Seminary in 1961, and rabbinical ordination and the degree of Master of Hebrew Letters from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in 1960.
Ernest S. Frerichs is Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies at Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island. He has co-authored several other works with Jacob Neusner, including 'Approaches to Ancient Judaism, Volume VI: Studies in the Ethnography and Literature in Judaism'.
Baruch A. Levine is Skirball Professor of Bible and Ancient Near Eastern Studies and Professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University. He completed his B.A. in comparative literature at Western Reserve University and his Ph.D. in Mediterranean Studies in 1962 at Brandeis University.