Item description for Levinas and Biblical Studies (Society of Biblical Literature Semeia Studies) by Tamara Cohn Eskenazi...
The philosopher Emmanuel Levinas writes that each act of listening carries the secret of the text; the voice of Revelation, in precisely the inflection lent by each person's ear, is necessary for the truth of the Whole. Levinas's interpretive insights have already had a profound impact on European thought, both in the realm of ethics and of hermeneutics. This volume is the first in English to show how his contribution can also transform the ways we read biblical texts. The essays collected here introduce Levinas to those not familiar with his work and exemplify how his approach to texts illumines new and significant possibilities for reading the Bible afresh.
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Dr. Tamara Cohn Eskenazi is professor of Bible at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles. She is the first woman appointed as professor to the rabbinical faculty in HUC-JIR's long history. Earlier she had been on the faculty of the University of Denver, directed the Institute of Interfaith Studies, and co-founded the Jewish Women Resource Center in Denver.
Dr. Eskenazi is the co-editor of The Torah: A Women's Commentary, the winner of the 2008 Jewish Book of the Year Award presented by the Jewish Book Council.
Tamara Cohn Eskenazi currently resides in Los Angeles, in the state of California.
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