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Sommer, Benjamin D. 1964-

Works: 14 works in 78 publications in 3 languages and 5,323 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Conference papers and proceedings  Academic theses  Bibliography 
Roles: Author, Editor
Classifications: BS1186, 296.311
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Most widely held works about Benjamin D Sommer
Most widely held works by Benjamin D Sommer
Jewish concepts of Scripture : a comparative introduction by Benjamin D Sommer( )

11 editions published between 2012 and 2016 in English and held by 1,805 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What do Jews think scripture is? How do the People of the Book conceive of the Book of Books? In what ways is it authoritative? Who has the right to interpret it? Is it divinely or humanly written? And have Jews always thought about the Bible in the same way? In seventeen cohesive and rigorously researched essays, this volume traces the way some of the most important Jewish thinkers throughout history have addressed these questions from the rabbinic era through the medieval Islamic world to modern Jewish scholarship. They address why different Jewish thinkers, writers, and communities have turned to the Bible--and what they expect to get from it. Ultimately, argues editor Benjamin D. Sommer, in understanding the ways Jews construct scripture, we begin to understand the ways Jews construct themselves
The bodies of God and the world of ancient Israel by Benjamin D Sommer( )

24 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and held by 1,555 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this book, the author challenges the distinction between monotheism and polytheism, using a lost Near Eastern perception of gods as having more than one body and fluid and unbounded selves
Revelation and authority : Sinai in Jewish scripture and tradition by Benjamin D Sommer( )

10 editions published between 2015 and 2018 in English and held by 1,289 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

At once a study of biblical theology and modern Jewish thought, this volume describes a “participatory theory of revelation” as it addresses the ways biblical authors and contemporary theologians alike understand the process of revelation and hence the authority of the law. Benjamin Sommer maintains that the Pentateuch's authors intend not only to convey God's will but to express Israel's interpretation of and response to that divine will. Thus Sommer's close readings of biblical texts bolster liberal theologies of modern Judaism, especially those of Abraham Joshua Heschel and Franz Rosenzweig. This bold view of revelation puts a premium on human agency and attests to the grandeur of a God who accomplishes a providential task through the free will of the human subjects under divine authority. Yet, even though the Pentateuch's authors hold diverse views of revelation, all of them regard the binding authority of the law as sacrosanct. Sommer's book demonstrates why a law-observant religious Jew can be open to discoveries about the Bible that seem nontraditional or even antireligious. (Publisher)
A prophet reads scripture : allusion in Isaiah 40-66 by Benjamin D Sommer( Book )

8 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 310 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book examines the use of older biblical texts in Isaiah 40-66, notably the writings attributed to Deutero-Isaiah. Its discussion of allusions, influence, and intertextuality generates significant questions for both biblicists and literary critics: Why do authors allude? How does the presence of older material in a text affect readers? How can critics identify genuine cases of allusion? Are contemporary theories of intertextuality applicable to ancient texts? The author defends the controversial historical questions asked by scholars of inner-biblical exegesis, modifying some of the dominant (and, in some ways, misleading) categories other biblical scholars have created. In sum, the book aims to refine the study of inner-biblical exegesis through an extensive examination of the use of older texts in one corpus."--BOOK JACKET
Biblical theology : introducing the conversation by Leo G Perdue( Book )

4 editions published in 2009 in English and Spanish and held by 185 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dialogical biblical theology : a Jewish approach to reading Scripture theologically / Benjamin D. Sommer -- Old Testament theology since Barth's Epistle to the Romans / Leo G. Perdue -- New Testament theology in the twentieth century / Robert Morgan -- Hermeneutics : the Bible and the quest for theological meaning / Leo G. Perdue
Yehezkel Kaufmann and the reinvention of Jewish biblical scholarship by International Symposium "Yehezkel Kaufmann and the Reinvention of Jewish Exegesis of the Bible in Bern"( Book )

8 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 112 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jewish theology in our time : a new generation explores the foundations and future of Jewish belief by Elliot J Cosgrove( Book )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"At every critical juncture in Jewish history, Jews have understood a dynamic theology to be essential for a vital Jewish community. This important collection sets the next stage of Jewish theological thought, bringing together a cross section of interesting new voices from all movements in Judaism to inspire and stimulate discussion now and in the years to come. Provocative and wide-ranging, these invigorating and creative insights from a new generation's thought leaders provide a coherent and inspiring picture of Jewish belief in our time."--back cover
Leshon limudim. : the poetics of allusion in Isaiah 40-66 by Benjamin D Sommer( )

5 editions published between 1994 and 1997 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Artifact or scripture : authority and revalation in the Bible and Jewish thought by Benjamin D Sommer( Book )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Revelation by Benjamin D Sommer( )

in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Theologischer Rationalismus – irrationaler Antijudaismus Die Sicht des Judentums im Werk des Heidelberger Exegeten Heinrich Eberhard Gottlob Paulus (1761-1851) by Benjamin Sommer( Book )

1 edition published in 2018 in German and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The bodies of God and the world of ancient Israel by Benjamin D Sommer( )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Biblical theology introducing the conversation by Leo G Perdue( Recording )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

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The bodies of God and the world of ancient Israel
A prophet reads scripture : allusion in Isaiah 40-66Biblical theology : introducing the conversation
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Sommer, Benjamin 1964-