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Jewish Liturgy and Jewish Scholarship: Method and Cosmology

Lawrence A. Hoffman

in The Oxford Handbook of Jewish Studies

Published in print December 2004 | ISBN: 9780199280322
Published online September 2009 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199280322.013.0029

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

 Jewish Liturgy and Jewish Scholarship: Method and Cosmology

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The state of Jewish liturgy as a modern discipline has received treatment in many quarters. This article describes liturgical study in Judaism. It examines how Jewish liturgy is a discipline on its own. It now turns out that if it is a discipline, it is a very postmodern one, in the sense that it asks how Jews construct the meaning of their lives. New paradigms do not necessarily displace old ones; they build on them. The scientific rigour of the philologists is as important as ever; the reconstruction of piyyutim and rites serves as raw. With the abandoning of the model by which only origins matter, and with the understanding that every communal ritualizing deserves attention for what it says about Jewish identity, liturgy is becoming a ‘post-discipline’ with enormous potential.

Keywords: Jewish liturgy; Jews; piyyutim; communal ritualizing; Jewish identity; Judaism

Article.  10599 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Judaism and Jewish Studies ; Philosophy of Religion

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