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1986 NATIONAL JEWISH BOOKS AWARDS
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interpretation of the career, thought, and personality of the
“champion” of neo-Orthodoxy, Samson Raphael Hirsch.
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:
Dr. Mark Cohen, Princeton University; Dr. Jane Gerber,
Graduate Center, CUNY; Dr. Michael Stanislawski, Columbia
University.
JEWISH THOUGHT
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A Living Covenant: The Innovative Spirit in Traditional Judaism,
by
David Hartman (The Free Press)
Hartman undertakes to deal with the central issues of defining
a belief in God, a halakhic life, and a political stance, all in the
light of modern life and secular humanism. In traditional fash­
ion, he explores rabbinic and philosophical sources to support his
positions.
A Living Covenant
is a major contribution to contempo­
rary Jewish thought.
J
u d g e s
:
Dr. Barry W. Holtz, Melton Research Center; Rabbi
Maurice Lamm, Yeshiva University; Rachel Biale, author.
SCHOLARSHIP
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ward
Biblical Interpretation in Ancient Israel,
by Michael Fishbane
(Oxford University Press)
In
Biblical Interpretation in Ancient Israel,
Michael Fishbane ana­
lyzes thoroughly and cogently the varieties of exegesis found
within the biblical corpus. His work advances understanding of
the Bible itself, while at the same time establishing significant
links between ancient Israel and later Jewish culture and
spirituality. The Bible itself, he argues convincingly, set Judaism
— and Christianity as well — on its path as a religious faith firmly
rooted in interpretation of its authoritative texts.
Judges:
Dr. Robert Chazan, Queens College, CUNY; Dr.
Marshall Sklare, Brandeis University; Dr. David Sidorsky,
Columbia University.