Torah from Heaven

The Reconstruction of Faith

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Norman Solomon
Littleman Library of Jewish Civilization
  • Oxford, England: 
    Oxford University Press
    , April
     412 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.


Traditional Jewish religious belief speaks of a divinely revealed, perfect text, authoritatively expounded. The question this book addresses is one with which the author has struggled all his life: in the light of historical criticism, advances in knowledge, and changing moral attitudes, is the traditional notion of divine revelation and authoritative interpretation still valid? The focus is on Judaism and the examples are mostly drawn from that tradition, but the arguments are easy to transpose to other religions. Norman Solomon's discussion will appeal to those who seek to identify with a religious community but who are troubled by the claim of divine authority made for the scriptures of that community. Ranging across several academic disciplines, it is addressed to people of all religions who find their heads and their hearts are not in accord with each other. It is accessible to a general readership interested in the relationship of scripture, interpretation, and religious authority, though scholars will find original observations and historical interpretations in many areas.

It should find a ready place in university and popular programmes in Jewish studies, general theology, and philosophy of religion.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Norman Solomon is a Retired Fellow in Modern Jewish Thought at Wolfson Collge, Oxford University.


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