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Single Idea 20929

[catalogued under 29. Religion / B. Monotheistic Religion / 2. Judaism]

Full Idea

Jewish traditionalists hold that the first five books of the Hebrew Bible (the 'Torah') were dictated word for word by God to Moses, while the remaining sacred writings were more generally inspired.

Gist of Idea

Traditionally, God dictated the Torah to Moses, unlike the later biblical writings


Jens Zimmermann (Hermeneutics: a very short introduction [2015], 5 'Inspiration')

Book Reference

Zimmerman,Jens: 'Hermeneutics: very short introduction' [OUP 2015], p.73

A Reaction

This gives the Torah a similar status to the Quran, and presumably also to the actual words which are ascribed to Jesus in the four gospels.