Revelation and Interpretation

Dr. Hindy Najman

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To say that prophecy died, to the rabbis, is somehow to misunderstand the revelatory nature of ongoing interpretation and the life and breath of Judaism as a whole. -- Dr. Hindy Najman


Dr. Hindy Najman is Oriel & Laing Professor of the Interpretation of Holy Scripture and Director of the Centre for the Study of the Bible at the University of Oxford. Her many academic publications span biblical studies, philosophy, philology, and other fields. Among her books are Seconding Sinai: The Development of Mosaic Discourse in Second Temple Judaism and Losing the Temple and Recovering the Future: An Analysis of 4 Ezra. She is currently finishing a new project, Reading Practices and the Vitality of Scripture, to be published by Oxford University Press. In this deep and wide-ranging conversation with Dr. Yeshaya Gruber of the Israel Bible Center, Prof. Najman elaborates on the nature of revelation and interpretation in ancient Judaism(s) and offers insights into how that early literature still influences our religious conceptions today.


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