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by Stephen M. Wylen


Rabbi Wylen discusses the Jewish tradition of interpreting scripture from the first reading of the Torah by Ezra, through Rabbinic times, into the medieval period, all the way up to contemporary Jewish scripture scholarship

Rabbi Wylen discusses the Jewish tradition of interpreting scripture from the first reading of the Torah by Ezra, through Rabbinic times, into the medieval period, all the way up to contemporary Jewish scripture scholarship. He writes from the perspective of a Reform Jew, but is sensitive to other Jewish traditions, and to Christian readers as well. Reading this work helped me to place many Jewish interpreters, who had previously been only "names" for me, into a historical context. I was fascinated by the similarities and differences from Christian interpretations across the ages

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Start by marking The Seventy Faces of Torah: The Jewish Way of Reading the Sacred Scriptures as Want to Read: Want to Read savin. ant to Read. Second, explain how Judaism view its sacred text in relation to ideas like inspiration, inerrancy, and infallibility. Third, expose me to some of the great thinkers and the ideas of the great rabbis. Its a book I'll go back to again and again as a reference I was looking for a book that would do three things. First, introduce me to the various types of Jewish literature (Torah, Mishnah, Midrash, et. in a way that as a Christian I could understand.

238 pages, softcover from Paulist. The Seventy Faces of Torah: The Jewish Way of Reading the Sacred Scriptures (9780809141791) by Stephen M. Wylen.

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Rabbi Wylen also sheds new light on the conflict between religious modernism and Fundamentalism, which will make The Seventy Faces of Torah a valuable book for Bible study groups in churches and synagogues.

Guess based on page count. Judaism, Christianity and Islam all acknowledge the Hebrew Bible to be sacred Scripture. Rabbi Wylen also sheds new light on the conflict between religious modernism and Fundamentalism, which will make The Seventy Faces of Torah a valuable book for Bible study groups in churches and synagogues. View The Bible and the Qur'an: Biblical Figures in the Islamic Tradition on Reading Length. View Sacred Scripture: A Short History of Interpretation on Reading Length.

The seventy faces of Torah: the Jewish way of reading the Sacred Scriptures, Stephen M. Wylen, p. .Jewish liturgical reasoning, by Steven Kepnes. Judaism faces the twentieth century: a biography of Mordecai M. Kaplan, by Mel Scult. Wylen, p 11-12. Creating Judaism: history, tradition, practice; Michael L. Satlow, p 78. -Noleander (talk) 22:27, 3 March 2010 (UTC). Balancing material would be along the lines of: "Some leaders of these movements believe that the religous laws are intended to be insprirational and instructive, but not strictly binding", and "in recent years Reform Judaism is using more Hebrew in services and is re-introducing some traditional rituals.

Rabbi Wylen also sheds new light on the conflict between religious modernism and Fundamentalism, which will make The Seventy Faces of Torah a valuable book for Bible study groups in churches and synagogues. Library descriptions. Introduces the reader to the major texts and genres of rabbinic literature in which the Jews present their reading of the Bible-through which every biblical verse discloses seventy different insights, all of them wise and true.

Torah refers to the five books of Moses which are known in Hebrew as Chameesha Choomshey Torah. Jews believe that God dictated the Torah to Moses on Mount Sinai 50 days after their exodus from Egyptian slavery. These are: Bresheit (Genesis), Shemot (Exodus), Vayicra (Leviticus), Bamidbar (Numbers), and Devarim (Deuteronomy). They believe that the Torah shows how God wants Jews to live. It contains 613 commandments and Jews refer to the ten best known of these as the ten 10 statements.

Judaism, Christianity and Islam all acknowledge the Hebrew Bible to be sacred Scripture. And yet these different, and often contradictory, religions each has its own way of reading the Bible, interpreting it according to its own later sacred literature. In The Seventy Faces of Torah, Rabbi Stephen Wylen has written an important book that explains in clear and simple language the Jewish art of reading and interpreting the Bible. He introduces the reader to the major texts and genres of rabbinic literature in which the Jews discover 70 profound insights in every single verse of the Bible.

Many Christians mistakenly think of Judaism as the "religion of the Old Testament," and wonder why Jews persist in their ancient faith and, unlike Christians, do not find Christ in every verse of the Bible. And how can such different religions be based on the same holy book? As Rabbi Wylen explains, Jews interpret the Bible in accordance with their own sacred literature, much as Christians do with the New Testament. These written scriptures of Judaism (such as The Talmud and Mishnah) are distinct from "Torah," the divine voice which speaks anew every day whenever Jews gather to learn the sacred texts of Jewish tradition.

This book will be of interest to a wide audience, from Christian clergy and seminarians, and avid lay students of the Bible, to beginning rabbinical students, Jews who want to know more about their own tradition, and to all people who wonder what the Bible has to say to contemporary humanity. Rabbi Wylen also sheds new light on the conflict between religious modernism and Fundamentalism, which will make The Seventy Faces of Torah a valuable book for Bible study groups in churches and synagogues.

Golkis
Seventy Faces is the second book I have read by Stephen M. Wylen [my favorite rabbi]. As a Catholic scripture teacher I appreciate the awesome insights he offers in Jewish scripture. I also greatly enjoyed his wisdom in "Jews in the time of Jesus." His in-depth treatment comes in a very readable style. I look forward to reading his other book "Settings in Silver" and introduction to Judaism as well! Highly recommended for all Christians who appreciate the Old Testament. The better we understand the Jews and their Testament the better we can appreciate Jesus and His Testament. The bible should be viewed as one book reflecting the singular unity of God Himself!

David j. Fiday
Scripture Teacher, SMI Plainfield, IL
Sha
Rabbi Wylen discusses the Jewish tradition of interpreting scripture from the first reading of the Torah by Ezra, through Rabbinic times, into the medieval period, all the way up to contemporary Jewish scripture scholarship. He writes from the perspective of a Reform Jew, but is sensitive to other Jewish traditions, and to Christian readers as well. Reading this work helped me to place many Jewish interpreters, who had previously been only "names" for me, into a historical context. I was fascinated by the similarities and differences from Christian interpretations across the ages.
Rev. Patrick J. Madden, Ph.D.
Catholic priest of the Diocese of Shreveport
Adjunct faculty, School of Ministry, University of Dallas
Adjunct faculty, Institute of Pastoral Studies, Loyola University, Chicago.
Conjukus
This reference, that there are seventy meanings of Scripture, is found in the Midrash writings of Judaism (referenced on p 63 here), in the writings of Imam Sadiq (a successor of Muhammad; found in Understanding Biblical Prophecy, p 48), and in the Baha'i Writings (Kitab-i-Iqan, p 255).

In the commentary of St. John of the Cross, (Ascent of Mount Carmel, p 175) there is a reference to more than one meaning although no number is referenced: "But, whether He declares it or no, the soul must not rely upon its own understanding; for it is impossible to understand the hidden truths of God which are in His sayings, and the multitude of their meanings."

Thus, each religion shares this idea of multiple meanings through commentary or Scripture although many refuse to accept more than one meaning, believing that there is one true meaning and all the rest are false. In the Scriptures, these verses reference this idea without numbers: Daniel 12:4; Proverbs 1:1-7; Isaiah 45:2-3, 48:2-6; Luke 10:21; 1 Corinthians 2:13-14, 4:5; Revelation 2:17; Qur'an 3.7; Gleanings of Baha'u'llah p 76-77; Promise of Universal Peace, p 459-460.

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But, whether He declares it or no, the soul must not rely upon its own understanding; for it is impossible to understand the hidden truths of God which are in His sayings, and the multitude of their meanings. (St. John of the Cross, Ascent of Mount Carmel, p. 175)
It hath been decreed by Us that the Word of God and all the potentialities thereof shall be manifested unto men in strict conformity with such conditions as have been foreordained by Him Who is the All-Knowing, the All-Wise. We have, moreover, ordained that its veil of concealment be none other except its own Self. Such indeed is Our Power to achieve Our Purpose. Should the Word be allowed to release suddenly all the energies latent within it, no man could sustain the weight of so mighty a Revelation. Nay, all that is in heaven and on earth would flee in consternation before it.
Baha'u'llah: Gleanings, p 76-77

All the texts and teachings of the holy Testaments have intrinsic spiritual meanings. They are not to be taken literally. I, therefore, pray in your behalf that you may be given the power of understanding these inner real meanings of the Holy Scriptures and may become informed of the mysteries deposited in the words of the Bible so that you may attain eternal life and that your hearts may be attracted to the Kingdom of God.
`Abdu'l-Baha: Promise of Universal Peace 459-460

This book explores some of those meanings as understood by Judaism and does it well.
Dagdage
Very very good book.
Milleynti
This is a great book for our Talmud Study class. Our Rabbi directs us to various portions to illustrate points he is making while teaching us about the Talmud, the Oral Torah.
Dead Samurai
Loved how it traces the Jewish insert standing of "what scripture is" over its history.

Particularly loved the first half.
The Seventy Faces of Torah: The Jewish Way of Reading the Sacred Scriptures ebook
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