Dynamic Belonging: Contemporary Jewish Collective Identities edited by Harvey E. Goldberg, Steven M. Cohen, and Ezra Kopelowitz (review)

Dynamic Belonging: Contemporary Jewish Collective Identities edited by Harvey E. Goldberg, Steven... | 149 scholars, and a sprinkling of traditional rabbinic commentary. Sweeney asserts that theologically, the tripartite division of the Jewish Bible moves from presenting an ideal relationship between God and Israel to its disruption and finally a restoration of that relationship. Sweeney's ultimate purpose in writing this book seems to be to convince contemporary Jews that the tanak is still relevant for Jewish life and that it can function as a catalyst for discussions that engage contemporary theological concerns, such as the character of God, God's relationship to the people of Israel in the contemporary context, creation, and dialogue with other religions (see 488­89). Most of Sweeney's exegetical and theological analysis of texts will be very familiar to scholars. However, because Sweeney goes into a lot of detail about particular texts, inevitably a reader will raise questions about some of his contentions. For example, after thoroughly reviewing the first three books of the Bible from a Wellhausean framework based on his Documentary Hypothesis, Sweeney rejects a key claim, that the priestly material is postexilic. He bases this on his contention that Wellhausen was antisemitic and anti-Catholic. This sounds more like name calling than a cogent argument. It is http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies Purdue University Press

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| 149 scholars, and a sprinkling of traditional rabbinic commentary. Sweeney asserts that theologically, the tripartite division of the Jewish Bible moves from presenting an ideal relationship between God and Israel to its disruption and finally a restoration of that relationship. Sweeney's ultimate purpose in writing this book seems to be to convince contemporary Jews that the tanak is still relevant for Jewish life and that it can function as a catalyst for discussions that engage contemporary theological concerns, such as the character of God, God's relationship to the people of Israel in the contemporary context, creation, and dialogue with other religions (see 488­89). Most of Sweeney's exegetical and theological analysis of texts will be very familiar to scholars. However, because Sweeney goes into a lot of detail about particular texts, inevitably a reader will raise questions about some of his contentions. For example, after thoroughly reviewing the first three books of the Bible from a Wellhausean framework based on his Documentary Hypothesis, Sweeney rejects a key claim, that the priestly material is postexilic. He bases this on his contention that Wellhausen was antisemitic and anti-Catholic. This sounds more like name calling than a cogent argument. It is

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Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish StudiesPurdue University Press

Published: Oct 23, 2013

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