Reading the Books of Job and Jonah: Medieval Jewish Philosophy Through Modern Lenses
Leora Batnitzky looks at how different medieval Jewish thinkers and modern Jewish thinkers read two powerful biblical texts: Job and Jonah. We see that it’s not just that these philosophers read these texts differently but that they ask very different questions about the texts. Most broadly stated, medieval thinkers are concerned with what these texts say about God while modern thinkers are concerned with what these texts say about human beings; these different foci lead to radically different readings. Thinkers include Saadia Gaon, Maimonides, Hermann Cohen, Franz Rosenzweig, and Emmanuel Levinas.
NOTE: This program was part of our Summer 2021 Virtual Rabbinic Torah Seminar, Torah of Possibility for an Uncertain Future