Robert Eisen

in The Peace and Violence of Judaism

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780199751471
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199894833 | DOI:

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The concluding chapter summarizes the two readings of the Judaism that have been offered in this study. It also summarizes the reasons recurring throughout the study that explain why Jewish texts are ambiguous as they are. Two widely different readings of Jewish texts are possible because of the ambiguities of meanings of specific words, phrases, or entire narratives; different texts presenting opposing viewpoints; uncertainties regarding the importance assigned to specific texts; differing approaches to the use of historical context in understanding a text; and differing assumptions on whether one should emphasize the moral progress of a text over earlier sources or its moral deficiencies compared with modern sources.

Keywords: Judaism; Jewish; ambiguities; historical context; moral progress

Chapter.  5287 words. 

Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies

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