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Reading the Torah
Beyond the Fundamentalist and Scientific Approaches
Catherine Chalier; Michael B Smith, trans.

2017 • 184 pp. 5 1/2 x 8 1/2"
Judaism - Sacred Writings

$28.00 Paperback, 978-0-8207-0706-8

“[Chalier] explains . . . how the Judaic tradition has developed the tools to peel off the husk and reinvigorate the text from generation to generation. This work is indispensable for those who would understand how Judaism takes up and revives the words of the Torah.”—Etudes

Explores the ways in which a spiritual reading of religious texts, as opposed to fundamentalist or scientific approaches, leads to greater insight

Fundamentalist readings of sacred texts of major world religions are often regarded as an ever-increasing threat to personal and democratic freedoms. Historical and critical readings, alternatively, purport to be objective and teach us to understand these texts by relating them to the past and to their authors’ intentions. But while counteracting some of fundamentalism’s dangers, does not this scientific refutation of such interpretations omit essential questions? Is it not likely to overlook the spirituality conveyed by the very language in which the text is written? In Reading the Torah, philosopher and Judaic studies scholar Catherine Chalier addresses these very timely issues and explains how a spiritual reading—in this case according to the Jewish tradition—leads to an understanding of aspects of these important texts that are otherwise missed.

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Winner of the French Voices Award (2016)

A prolific and award-winning writer, CATHERINE CHALIER is professor emerita of philosophy at the University of Nanterre in France.

Tue, 15 May 2018 13:49:19 -0500