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Academic Biblical Scholarship

Torah Thoughts, Rabbinic Mind, and Academic Freedom

Prof.

Zev Garber

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Theology, Not Biblical Studies

Dr.

Tova Ganzel

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Whose Torah Do We Celebrate on Shavuot?

A Devar Torah on the occasion of the third anniversary of TheTorah.com

Rabbi

David D. Steinberg

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Bible Scholarship in Orthodoxy

An Historical, Philosophical, and Pedagogical Perspective[1]

Rabbi

Eric Grossman

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In What Sense did Orthodoxy Believe the Torah to be Divine?

Decades before Facebook, blogs, and the Internet, at a time Orthodoxy was trying to distinguish itself from the Conservative movement, ten Orthodox thinkers responded to the question of what the divine revelation of the Torah meant in Orthodox Judaism. Did they meet the challenge of Biblical Criticism?

Dr. Rabbi

Lawrence Grossman

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The Hebrew Slave: Exodus, Leviticus, and Deuteronomy

A Classic Example of Source Criticism Applied to Torah Legislation

Dr. Rabbi

Zev Farber

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Why Now? Toward a Sociology of Knowledge Analysis of TheTorah.com

The interest in Project TABS – TheTorah.com has been widespread across many communities, but the extensive interest in the Orthodox community may seem surprising for some, and likely would not have been the case a decade ago. In this essay, Prof. Chaim Waxman, a prominent scholar of Jewish sociology, offers an analysis of why the approach taken by TABS has found such a large audience among the Orthodox at this time.

Prof.

Chaim I. Waxman

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Metempsychosis (Gilgul), Academic Study of Bible and the Meaning of Truth

Dr. Hacham

Isaac S. D. Sassoon

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A Bible Scholar's Simchat Torah

The Joy of Unraveling the Torah’s Mysteries

Prof.

Baruch J. Schwartz

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The Embarrassing Case of the Blasphemer: Did God Really Want Him Dead?

Dr.

Serge Frolov

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Biblical Authority: A Jewish Pluralistic View

Prof.

Marc Zvi Brettler

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How Can a Torah Commentary Be Source-Critical and Jewish?

Remarks Delivered at Interpreting the Bible in the Twenty-First Century: Celebrating The Jewish Study Bible Second Edition.  March 22, 2015, Pardes Institute, Jerusalem

Prof.

Baruch J. Schwartz

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The Diatessaron and its Relevance to the Study of the Pentateuch

Editors’ Note: We have asked Dr. Naomi Koltun-Fromm to introduce our readers to an ancient Christian text, known as the Diatessaron, to explain what it is, what it contains, and its significance to biblical studies, particularly the Documentary Hypothesis.

Dr.

Naomi Koltun-Fromm

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In the Footsteps of Leibowitz: Kasher, Levinger, Goldman and Schwartz

Prof.

Tamar Ross

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Torah MiSinai and Biblical Criticism: Rising to the Full Challenge

Dr. Rabbi

Jeremy Rosen

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Is Modern Critical Study a Jewish Way of Studying Torah?

The works of medieval exegetes such as Maimonides, Rashbam and Ibn Ezra demonstrate that Judaism has a long-standing tradition of studying the Torah critically.

Prof. Rabbi

Marty Lockshin

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Cracks in the Edifice: A Personal Reflection

Dr. Rabbi

Zev Farber

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Accepting the Torah through the Prism of Chaos Theory

Illustrating four aspects of Shavuot from critical and traditional perspectives

Dr. Rabbi

Jeremy Rosen

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Can Orthodox Education Survive Biblical Criticism?

Dr. Rabbi

Zev Farber

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