‘I Shall Fear God Alone and Not Show Favor in Torah’
A Conceptual Foundation for Wrestling with Biblical Scholarship
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
Rabbi David Bigman
Rosh HaYeshiva at Yeshivat Ma'ale Gilboa.
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