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Torah Min HaShamayim

“Torah from Heaven” – the divinity of the text

The Dictation Model of Torah Revelation

Rabbi

David Bigman

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Is the Divine Origin of the Torah Really Incompatible with Maimonides’ Philosophical Principles?

Some contemporary scholars have argued that Maimonides only meant to claim for the masses that God revealed to Moses the Torah as we have it today, that he himself could not have accepted the Divine authorship of Torah since it is incompatible with his philosophical principles. Yet, a correct understanding of Maimonides yields no such incompatibility, and, indeed, there is to no reason not to take him at his word.

Prof.

Charles H. Manekin

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“Torah Is from Heaven!” What Do We Really Mean?

Statements that express our feelings are often confused with factual assertions.

Dr. Rabbi

Zev Farber

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Is the "As If" Approach Sufficient to Maintain Firm Religious Commitment?

Prof.

Tamar Ross

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Torah from Heaven: Redefining the Question

Many Orthodox Jews believe that God composed the Torah, and feel no need to inquire further.  Nevertheless, it does occurs to me to inquire further, and find a respectful answer to the question of how people, including myself, come to this belief. An honest question beats a dishonest answer, even if the dishonest answer produces much more comfort. And while I enjoy feeling comfortable, I would not want to stay comfortable by not thinking about problems.

Dr. Rabbi

Eliezer Finkelman

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Torah from Heaven: A Question of Evidence or Loyalty?

What role does evidence play in believing that Torah is the revelation of God?

Dr. Rabbi

Eliezer Finkelman

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The Challenges of Ancient Near Eastern Antecedents to the Torah

Thoughts on Torah Min HaShamayim

Dr. Rabbi

Michael Harris

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Channeling the Divine

Dr. Rabbi

Zev Farber

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Current Approaches to Revelation and Torah

Project TABS Editors

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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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Torah min haShamayim: Conflicts Between Religious Belief and Scientific Thinking

Dr.

Daniel Jackson

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A Microcosm of an Imperfect Bible

Dr. Rabbi

Norman Solomon

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Torah Min Ha-Shamayim: A Guide to the Four Questions

Dr. Rabbi

Zev Farber

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Myth of Origin and Narrative Theology: Rabbi Norman Solomon

Prof.

Tamar Ross

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Modern Faith in Sinai

Notwithstanding modern day biblical critical and historical critical claims, applying the tools of contemporary philosophy demonstrates how room still exists to have faith that something extraordinary happened to our ancestors and that this event had a permanent effect on the development of Torah and Judaism.

Dr. Rabbi

Samuel Lebens

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Knowing My Beloved: Rebuilding My Path to Torah with Critical Scholarship

My relationship with Torah began with the romance of mysticism but then gave way to skepticism and disillusionment. To my surprise, it was academic scholarship of the Torah that brought back the spark and helped foster a deeper, more mature relationship.

David Bar-Cohn

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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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Heterodox Responses

Prof.

Tamar Ross

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Torah Is not “Only” a Human Creation

Rabbi

David Wolpe

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Torah MiSinai and Biblical Criticism: Rising to the Full Challenge

Dr. Rabbi

Jeremy Rosen

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Meeting the Challenge of Critical Scholarship with Leviticus

Dr. Rabbi

Irving (Yitz) Greenberg

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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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Marrying Your Daughter to Her Rapist

A Test Case in Dealing with Morally Problematic Biblical Laws

Dr. Rabbi

Zev Farber

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