Positionality and Jewish Biblical Scholarship

Friday, April 21st 2023, 12:30pm
Holbrook 134, 1798 Scenic Avenue Berkeley, CA 94709

Positionality and Jewish Biblical Scholarship

Biblical Studies is a highly fragmented field, with some scholars insisting on the significance of positionality, “the notion that personal values, views, and location in time and space influence how one understands the world,” while others claim that objective, historical-critical perspectives offer the only proper lens through which the Bible should be studied. How might the history of Jewish biblical scholarship over the last two centuries shed light on this dispute?

Marc Zvi Brettler is the Bernice and Morton Lerner Professor of Judaic Studies in the Department of Religious Studies at Duke University.  He is co-founder of TheTorah.com, which introduces academic biblical scholarship to the wider community, and has most recently co-authored with Amy-Jill Levine, The Bible With and Without Jesus: How Jews and Christians Read the Same Stories Differently.

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The event is co-sponsored by the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University and the Badè Museum of Pacific School of Religion.