Hence, the historical prologue draws the religious reader into the communion and covenant with YHWH, thus maintaining the covenant. Lundquist and Stephen D. The Sinaitic Experience or the Traditions about It? This approach to Zion elicits a conceptualization of it as a cross-cultural archetype since the same account of phenomena is given in other religions isolated from Jewish influence.
Adam was created in the image of God, and just as God confers names, so Adam does as well in a type of imitatio dei. Sumerian Poetry in Translation, trans. According to Levenson, the Christian Canon, which views the Old Testament largely with reference to its Christology, demands a uniform reading that obscures the pluriform nature of the text and flattens history Levenson, 4.
Similarly, history in the modern sense is not the goal of the Sinai narratives: He gave away eternal blessings for instant gratification. To paraphrase Levinson, the physicality of Sinai has become Zion, but the message it represents remains that of the Sinaitic covenant.
Only Moses may ascend.
In the Garden of Eden, Adam is likewise depicted as a representative of both God and man. In 2 Kings Soncino,1: In this garden temple would have stood the priest, representing both God and man as Adam does in Eden.
The Vitality of Myth in Biblical Israel To reconcile the historical events that follow from the Davidic covenant, interpretation of the Hebrew Bible elicits the text as a form of myth.
I wonder if the reason for the different views had to do with the different perception of the significance of the present moment.
A theology of history was being established that provided a way of understanding their place in history and a way of engaging YHWH in the present. To flesh out this picture, scholars turn to a number of sources. Levinson, Sinai and Zion: Some have argued that the entire bible is a history of covenant.Levenson writes that his purpose in writing Sinai and Zion: An Entry into the Jewish Bible “is not to trace the history of the ideas and institutions in question, but, rather, to utilize the historical background in order to elucidate the texts which are their classic statement” (12).
Oct 29, · Just for fun, while you are reflecting on Sinai and Zion, do you have any thoughts on Jon Levenson’s excellent book, Sinai and Zion: An Entry into the Jewish Bible? In one sense, this is Levenon’s stab at providing a “Biblical Theology” from a Jewish point of view.
Jun 17, · The following is a summary of Sinai & Zion: An Entry into the Jewish Bible by Jon D. Levinson. I recommend the book to anyone interested in a concise introduction to Judaism.
I recommend the book to anyone interested in a concise introduction to Judaism. Jun 17, · The following is a summary of Sinai & Zion: An Entry into the Jewish Bible by Jon D. Levinson. I recommend the book to anyone interested in a concise introduction to Judaism. I recommend the book to anyone interested in a concise introduction to Judaism.
Jon Levenson, Sinai and Zion: An Entry into the Jewish Bible, New York: Harper Collins Publishers, ISBN – X, pp. xx + In Sinai and Zion: An Entry into the Jewish Bible, Jon Levenson, Albert A.
List Professor of Jewish Studies at Harvard University, deals with two important symbols of. So the author here contrasts the terrors of Mount Sinai, representing Jewish life under the law, with the glories of Mount Zion, picturing the joy of life under the new covenant. He wants us to know that right living flows out of right knowing.Download