Study the Torah with Academic Scholarship

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Judaism, Academic Scholarship

On the Relationship between Academic and Traditional Torah Study

Dr. Rabbi

Avital Hochstein

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The Torah is Greater than the Sum of Its Parts

Prof. Rabbi

Dalia Marx

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Biblical Criticism Is Not Science

Dr. Rabbi

Yoel Bin-Nun

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Children Should Be Taught the Myth that Torah Is from Sinai

Prof. Rabbi

Yossi Turner

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Biblical Literalism Makes Judaism a Withered Tree

Prof. Rabbi

Arthur Green

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The Torah Is a Record of a Divine-Human Encounter

Rabbi

Rick Jacobs

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God as an Author Is Akin to Idolatry

Dr. Rabbi

Haviva Ner-David

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Reconstructionism Reconciles Rationalism and Revelation

Dr. Rabbi

Deborah Waxman

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Is it Halakhically Permissible to Study Source Criticism?

Prof. Rabbi

David Golinkin

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How to Not Address Source Criticism

Dr. Rabbi

Adam Mintz

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Source Critics May Be Right, but the Torah Has the Power to Change the World

Dr. Rabbi

Shmuly Yanklowitz

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The Torah’s Essence Does Not Lie in Its Origin

Prof. Rabbi

Shaul Magid

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Torah is from Heaven, Don’t Confuse Mechanics with Philosophy

Dr. Rabbi

Bradley Shavit Artson

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Seek Meaning, and You Shall Find

Prof.

Edward L. Greenstein

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My Abandoned Quest to Integrate Orthodoxy and Biblical Criticism

When I encountered TheTorah.com, I experienced a moment of déjà vu. In the early 1970s, I majored in Bible at Yeshiva University and spent my junior year abroad in Jerusalem studying with Hebrew University Bible professors. My goal was to grapple with questions of Pentateuchal criticism in a way that would be meaningful and beneficial for an Orthodox Jew. But then I dropped it. Here is my story.

Dr. Rabbi

Natan Ophir (Offenbacher)

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The Bible Is a Book of Questions, Not Answers

Prof.

​Francis Landy

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Having Our Bible and Criticizing It Too

Prof.

James Kugel

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The Bible, an “Axe for the Frozen Sea Inside Me”

Prof.

Rachel Adelman

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Conflict? What Conflict? Religious Tradition and Biblical Criticism

Prof.

Benjamin D. Sommer

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Tanakh and My Search for Jewish Identity

Prof.

Carl S. Ehrlich

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Kiyyum Mitzvot and Biblical Criticism: Holding On to the One Without Letting Go of the Other (Eccl. 7:18)

Prof.

Baruch J. Schwartz

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From “Kosher Cop” to Academic Bible Scholar

Prof.

Marc Zvi Brettler

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A Conduit to the Divine That Enriches Our Lives

Dr. Rabbi

Jeremy Rosen

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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?

Prof.

Baruch J. Schwartz

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The Benefits of Studying Torah with Modern Biblical Scholarship

Project TABS Editors

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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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The Multifaceted Revelation at Sinai

Prof.

Marc Zvi Brettler

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Sacred Mountains: Connecting the Revelation at Horeb and the Aqedah

Traditional and Critical Approaches

Prof.

Richard Elliott Friedman

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