Stock Image

The Original Torah: The Political Intent of the Bible's Writers (Reappraisals in Jewish Social and Intellectual History)

Sperling, S. David

0 ratings by Goodreads
ISBN 10: 0814780946 / ISBN 13: 9780814780947
Published by NYU Press, 1998
Condition: Fine Hardcover
From SELG Inc. Booksellers (New York, NY, U.S.A.)

AbeBooks Seller Since October 6, 2005 Seller Rating 4-star rating

Quantity Available: 1

Buy Used
Price: US$ 90.00 Convert Currency
Shipping: Free Within U.S.A. Destination, rates & speeds
Add to basket

30 Day Return Policy

About this Item

Hardcover with dust jacket. First Edition. 1st printing (complete number line). Brief inscription signed by the author, S. David Sperling. No other markings. Ships in a box. Fast shipping from NYC!. Bookseller Inventory # 0827201476

Ask Seller a Question

Bibliographic Details

Title: The Original Torah: The Political Intent of ...

Publisher: NYU Press

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Edition.

About this title

Synopsis:

Is the Torah true? Do the five books of Moses provide an accurate historical account of the people of ancient Israel’s origins?

In The Original Torah, S. David Sperling argues that, while there is no archeological evidence to support much of the activity chronicled in the Torah, a historical reality exists there if we know how to seek it.

By noting the use of foreign words or mentions of technological innovations scholars can often pinpoint the date and place in which a text was written. Sperling examines the stories of the Torah against their historical and geographic backgrounds and arrives at a new conclusion: the tales of the Torah were originally composed as allegories whose purpose was distinctly and intentionally political.

The book illustrates how the authors of the Pentateuch advanced their political and religious agenda by attributing deeds of historical figures like Jeroboam and David to ancient allegorical characters like Abraham and Jacob. If “Abraham“ had made peace with Philistines, for example, then David could rely on a precedent to do likewise. The Original Torah provides a new interpretive key to the foundational document of both Judaism and Christianity.

About the Author:

S. David Sperling is Professor of Bible and Chair of the Faculty at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Sperling is also the author of Students of the Covenant, and served as the consulting editor for the Haftarah Commentary.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Store Description

Internet sales only.

Visit Seller's Storefront

Terms of Sale:

For used media, defects/damage/material difference should be reported within 7
days of receipt and the returned merchandise must be postmarked within 30 days of
shipment.


Shipping Terms:

Shipping costs are based on books weighing 2.2 LB, or 1 KG. If your book order is heavy or oversized, we may contact you to let you know extra shipping is required.

List this Seller's Books

Payment Methods
accepted by seller

Visa Mastercard American Express

Check Money Order Cash