Rabbi David Bigman
Rosh HaYeshiva at Yeshivat Ma'ale Gilboa.
Table of Contents
The Dictation Model of Torah Revelation
◊ “Dictation” According to Maimonides
◊ The Development of Maimonides’ Principle of “Torah from Heaven”
The Status of the Decalogue
◊ The Halachic Attitude toward the Decalogue
◊ The Unique Status of the Decalogue
Uncovering Different Kinds of Torah Passages
◊ Sections of the Torah that have Special Status in Rabbinic Literature
◊ “Torah from Heaven” or “Law of Moses from Sinai”
◊ “The Torah” as a Term Referencing Particular Revelations or Sections
Echoes of Maimonides’ View in Medieval Biblical Interpretation
◊ Distinguishing between Different Types of Biblical Texts
◊ Ohr HaChaim - Chaim ibn Attar
◊ Beyond the Dictation Model
Reclaiming the Multi-Genre Perspective
◊ Time to Reevaluate the “Necessary Belief”
◊ A Note on Educating Children
◊ Maharal: Two Views of Torah
◊ Between God’s Torah and Humanity’s Torah
◊ Conclusion – The Value of Modern Biblical Scholarship
- Malchuyot: Is God King Now or Only in the Future?
- A Precariously Fragile Torah
- The Story of the Concubine at Gibeah: A Satire on King Saul
- Zichronot: Asking an Omniscient God to Remember
- Historical Hakhel Ceremonies and the Origin of Public Torah Reading
- "Cursed Is One Who Does Not Uphold the Words of This Torah"?
- Bikkurim: How the Rabbis Made a Mitzvah for Male Landowners More Inclusive
- Torah Study Is Essential for Ensuring Observance
- Remarrying Your Ex-Wife
- What Does Deuteronomy Say about Homosexuality?