Founding God's nation : reading Exodus / Leon R. Kass.

By: Kass, Leon [author.]Material type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooksPublisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, [2021]Description: 1 online resourceContent type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9780300256116; 0300256116Additional physical formats: Print version:: FOUNDING GOD'S NATION.DDC classification: 222.1206 LOC classification: BS1245.52Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
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Kass (Univ. of Chicago) is a well-known, widely published scholar of the humanities who--by his own admission (see, for example, the wonderfully revealing preface to this volume)--came late to the study of the Hebrew Bible. Readers owe him many debts of gratitude for the decision to turn his formidable philosophical and literary talents toward the book of Genesis (in The Beginning of Wisdom: Reading Genesis, 2003) and now the book of Exodus. As Kass demonstrates throughout this volume, he manages to maintain the interaction with the text of a first-time reader while generously drawing on his own insights from a lifetime of learning and teaching. In addition, Kass graciously acknowledges how much he owes to contemporary study partners as well as to a wide range of earlier exegetes. He is especially insightful in showing the sublime importance of the all-too-easy-to-ignore accounts of the Tabernacle and the masterful ways through which the author(s) of Exodus gives universal significance to the process of founding a nation through the insistence that every detail of Israel's experiences has value. Though Kass does not ignore the work of critical scholarship, his analysis is primarily synchronic, and one gains an appreciation of the biblical text in its canonical format. This is an extraordinary book. Summing Up: Essential. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty; professionals; general readers. --Leonard J. Greenspoon, Creighton University

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Leon R. Kass is Addie Clark Harding Professor in the Committee on Social Thought and the College at the University of Chicago.

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