Rosenzweig's Bible examines the high stakes, both theological and
political, of Franz Rosenzweig's attempt to revivify the Hebrew
Bible and use it as the basis for a Jewish textual identity. Mara
Benjamin's innovative reading of The Star of Redemption places
Rosenzweig's best-known work at the beginning of an intellectual
trajectory that culminated in a monumental translation of the
Bible, thus overturning fundamental assumptions that have long
guided the appraisal of this titan of modern Jewish thought. She
argues that Rosenzweig's response to modernity was paradoxical: he
challenged his readers to encounter the biblical text as
revelation, reinventing scripture - both the Bible itself and the
very notion of a scriptural text - in order to invigorate Jewish
intellectual and social life, but did so in a distinctly modern
key, ultimately reinforcing the foundations of German-Jewish
post-Enlightenment liberal thought. Rosenzweig's Bible illuminates
the complex interactions that arise when modern readers engage the
sacred texts of ancient religious traditions.
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