Is the Torah a Work of Philosophy? https://mosaicmagazine.com/essay/history-ideas/2017/01/is-the-torah-a-work-of-philosophy/

As the latest attempt to draw universal ethical principles from the Bible shows, philosophical investigation of its text offers the prospect of great rewards—and grave dangers.

January 3, 2017 | Jon D. Levenson
About the author: Jon D. Levenson is the Albert A. List Professor of Jewish Studies at Harvard University and the author of Inheriting Abraham: The Legacy of the Patriarch in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam (Library of Jewish Ideas; Princeton University Press).

An illustration from a 1299 manuscript of the Hebrew Bible by Joseph Assarfati of Cervera, Spain. DeAgostini/Getty Images.

“At the age of sixty-nine, when most people adopt an easygoing way of life, I have a chip on my shoulder.”

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