Traditional Jewish Theology and the Feminist Critique

By Tamar Ross

Jewish Family & Life (JFL Media), December 2005

As Orthodox feminism avoids theological revisionism, Ross suggests a new theological framework for understanding revelation, "cumulativism." This framework provides a more subtle definition of the relationship between divine intent and human interpretation. Revelation is a cumulative process, a dynamic unfolding of the original Torah transmitted at Sinai. While God's voice is always heard through rabbinic interpretation of the texts, the original message as understood by Moses is never replaced, remaining the foundational cultural-linguistic filter through which these new interpretations are heard and understood.

Topic: Theology, Halakha, Jewish Law, Feminism, Orthodox Judaism, Jewish Text

Name of Publication: Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas

Editor: Berrin, Susan

Volume/Issue: Vol.36/no.626

Page Number(s): 7

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Ross, Tamar. Traditional Jewish Theology and the Feminist Critique. Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas. Jewish Family & Life (JFL Media). December 2005: 7. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=5685


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