The melody of the sages: Does god really have a voice?

Isaac Hershkowitz

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In The Theology of Oral Torah: Revealing the Justice of God,1 after describing his attempt to formulate a descriptive theology throughout his publications, Professor Jacob Neusner writes: So much for historical and descriptive theology. What of the constructive kind? It remains to take note of my one effort at constructive theology [. . .] Judaism's Theological Voice: The Melody of the Talmud. To date, I have not found even the correct contemporary starting point for a systematic and also constructive, not merely descriptive, theology for Judaism of the Dual Torah; most work that people label theology turns out to be nothing more than sociology made urgent by exhortation or mere sloganeering. I have not attempted a systematic, constructive theology, and I have not persuaded myself that I am capable of doing so.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)120-128
Number of pages9
JournalReview of Rabbinic Judaism
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2011


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