ERIC Number: EJ917515
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
Contextualizing a Master: Nehama Leibowitz, History and Exegesis
Levenson, Alan T.
Journal of Jewish Education, v77 n1 p42-65 2011
Levenson presents Nehama Leibowitz (1903-1997) as a principal figure in making the Bible a centerpiece of modern Jewish intellectual life. Complementing the already impressive literature on Leibowitz's pedagogical techniques, Levenson emphasizes the interdependence of Leibowitz's historical context, biography, and exegetical stance. Leibowitz's encounter with German intellectual life 1919-1930 gave her a means of synthesizing their early traditional upbringing with her later encounter with modernized culture in Israel. Leibowitz's inclusion of German commentators such as Hirsch, Buber-Rosenzweig, and Jacob mark her as a conscious modernist. The New Literary Criticism's focus on the received text allowed her to deploy heterodox and non-Zionist commentators with whom she was ideologically at odds.
Descriptors: Jews, Literary Criticism, Foreign Countries, Biblical Literature, Teaching Methods, Intellectual Development, Religious Education, Hermeneutics, Judaism
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Germany; Israel