Description: At the heart of the Jewish and Christian faiths lie the five books of the Torah, a text that has had an enormous influence on Western civilisation, from shaping views on ethics, politics, and family to inspiring great works of art and providing spiritual guidance to countless people all over the world.
Combining their respective expertise, Kaminsky and Lohr explore how Jews and Christians have each read this common scripture, examining key debates and different interpretations that have fascinated generations of readers. Enduring questions regarding the authorship and historicity of the Torah are considered alongside more contemporary concerns such as reconciling difficult passages with modern values. Analysing each of the five books in turn, this comprehensive primer offers readers the key tools to engage more deeply with this seminal text.
Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Pentateuch, Literature
Review by Rachel S. Mikva
Citation: Rachel S. Mikva, review of Joel S. Kaminsky and Joel N. Lohr, The Torah: A Beginner's Guide, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2012).
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