For two centuries, the academic study of the Bible has confronted the believing Jew with the most challenging of questions: Are the accounts of the Tanakh historically accurate? Was there an Exodus? Why does the Torah provide multiple versions of its law and its stories? What are the warrants for believing the Torah is a divine text?
Can a Jew seeking intellectual honesty maintain fidelity to the Thirteen Principles of Faith? The credentials Rabbi Dr. Joshua Berman brings to address these issues are unparalleled. An internationally acclaimed speaker, writer, and educator, Rabbi Berman is also a professor of Tanakh at Bar-Ilan University and the author of two books published by Oxford University Press on the five books of the Torah. This landmark work is an Orthodox thinker’s first full-length treatment of these charged issues, offering the believing Jew an academically and traditionally based approach to spirituality with intellectual integrity.
- 334 pages
- About the author
- Rabbi Dr. Joshua Berman is a professor of Tanakh at Bar-Ilan University in Israel. A graduate of Princeton University and Yeshivat Har Etzion.
His articles on biblical theology and contemporary society have appeared in Mosaic magazine and the Wall Street Journal. Rabbi Dr. Berman served as a member of the International Advisory Board for the Museum of the Bible in Washington, DC.
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