Author Archives: Joshua Berman

Joshua Berman is a professor of Tanakh at Bar-Ilan University. He learned at Yeshivat Har-Etzion and has semikhah from the Israeli Chief Rabbinate. Among his books are The Temple: Its Symbolism and Meaning Then and Now (repr. Wipf & Stock, 2010) and Created Equal: How the Bible Broke with Ancient Political Thought (Oxford, 2008), a National Jewish Book Award Finalist in Scholarship.

Rethinking Orthodoxy and Biblical Criticism II

Kippah and Gown: Rethinking Orthodoxy and Biblical Criticism Essay 2 The Rabbinic Mandate to Understand the Torah in Ancient Near Eastern Context In this series * Essay 1 * Essay 2 * Essay 3 * Essay 4 To address anew the issue raised in Essay 1—the discrepancies between the accounts in Devarim and the earlier books of the Torah—requires us ...

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Rethinking Orthodoxy and Biblical Criticism I

Kippah and Gown: Rethinking Orthodoxy and Biblical Criticism Essay 1: Narrative Contradictions between Devarim and Shemot-Bamidbar: Laying Out the Issues I. Orthodox Judaism and Biblical Criticism In this series * Essay 1 * Essay 2 * Essay 3 * Essay 4 Jewish Orthodoxy1 witnesses today an engagement with the challenges of biblical criticism more robust than any since pre-war Germany. ...

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