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Thinking about the Torah: A Philosopher Reads the Bible
Seeskin, Kenneth

Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society of America, 2016 pp. xvi + 203. $21.95

Series Information
Essential Judaism Series

Description: The Bible is an enduring source of inspiration for the human heart and mind, and readers of Thinking about the Torah will be rewarded with an enhanced understanding of this great workís deeper meanings. Drawing on Western philosophy and particularly Jewish philosophy, Kenneth Seeskin delves into ten core biblical verses and the powerful ideas that emerge from them. He speaks to readers on every page and invites conversation about topics central to human existence: how finite beings can relate to the infinite, what love is, the role of ethics in religion, and the meaning of holiness. Seeskin raises questions we all ask and responds to them with curiosity and compassion, weaving into his own perceptive commentary insights from great Jewish thinkers such as Maimonides, Spinoza, Buber, Rosenzweig, and Levinas, as well as Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Luther, Kant, and Kierkegaard. The Bible is concerned with how we think as well as how we follow the commandments, rituals, and customs. Seeskin inspires us to read the Torah with an open mind and think about the lessons it teaches us.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Pentateuch, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, History of Interpretation

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Review by Mark Awabdy
Published 1/30/2020
Citation: Mark Awabdy, review of Kenneth Seeskin, Thinking about the Torah: A Philosopher Reads the Bible, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2020).


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