Textual Reasonings (Radical Traditions Series)
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Textual reasoning is the name that a group of contemporary Jewish thinkers has given to its overlapping practices of Jewish philosophy and theology. This volume represents the most public expression to date of the shared work, over a period of twelve years, of this society of textual reasoners. ^Although the movement of textual reasoning is diverse and multiform, it is characterized at bottom by the pursuit of the claim that there are significant affinities between Jewish forms of reading and reasoning and postmodern thought. These affinities are presently being pursued by scholars throughout Jewish studies, in fields such as the Bible, Talmud, Midrash, medieval philosophy, Kabbalah, and the Jewish phenomenology of Rosenzweig and Levinas, among others. As the essays in this book amply convey, their work has stimulated a lively and creative reengagement with the philosophical dimensions of Jewish texts and, even more, with the textual dimensions of Jewish reasoning. In large part, this new energy has come,from conceiving of the postmodern as a place where some of the most distinctive features of Jewish reasoning can be elucidated as well as challenged.^A fine addition to the Radical Traditions series, "Textual Reasonings" provides a superb review of contemporary Jewish thought.Contributors: Eugene B. Borowitz^Zachary Braiterman^Virginia Burrus^Aryeh Cohen^Michael Fishbane^David F. Ford^Steven D. Fraade^Tikva Frymer-Kensky^Robert Gibbs^David Weiss Halivni^Daniel W. Hardy^Martin Kavka^Steven Kepnes^Nancy Levene^George Lindbeck^Shaul Magid^Jacob Meskin^Peter Ochs^Randi Rashkover^Michael Zank^Laurie Zoloth
""Textual Reasoning" is the name that a group of contemporary Jewish thinkers has given to its overlapping practices of Jewish philosophy and theology. This volume represents the most public expression to date of the shared work, over a period of twelve years, of this society of "textual reasoners.""--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Peter Ochs (Ph.D., Yale University) is the Edgar Bronfman Professor of Modern Judaic Studies at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. He is the author, coauthor, or editor of numerous books, most recently Crisis, Call, and Leadership in the Abrahamic Traditions; The Return to Scripture in Judaism and Christianity and Another Reformation: Postliberal Christianity and the Jews. He also serves on the editorial council of Theology Today.
Levene is assistant professor of religion at Williams College.