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A Journey through Torah
A Journey through Torah

A Journey through Torah

A Critique of the Documentary Hypothesis


144 Pages, 6.8 x 9.5

Formats: Cloth

Cloth, $22.95 (US $22.95) (CA $27.95)

Publication Date: August 2012

ISBN 9789655240887

Rights: WOR

Urim Publications (Aug 2012)

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Demonstrating that the supposed irreconcilability of modern, critical biblical scholarship and traditional Judaism has been overstated, this proposal argues that modern biblical scholarship is not as scientific as its proponents make it out to be, while traditional Jewish exegesis is more critical than is commonly appreciated. It is a synthesis of the two, author Ben Zion Katz sustains, that allows for the most nuanced and comprehensive understanding of the Torah.


"Ben Katz has written a refreshing new approach to biblical scholarship, one that shows that the differences between classical Jewish Bible commentary and modern critical approaches to the Bible are not as unbridgeable as many still seem to think. [This is a ] well-argued view."  —David Novak, J. Richard and Dorothy Shiff Chair of Jewish Studies, University of Toronto

Author Biography

Ben Zion Katz is a professor of pediatrics at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine and an attending physician at the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. He has taught for the Florence Melton Adult Jewish Education Program of Hebrew University, the Dawn Schuman Institute for Jewish Learning, and Limmud Chicago. He has also published articles of Jewish interest in Jewish Bible Quarterly and the journal Tradition. He lives in the Chicago area.