Jewish Philosophical Theology: Select Bibliography

A.  Recent Philosophical Investigations of the Hebrew
Scriptures and Talmud

  1. John Barton, Understanding Old Testament Ethics (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2003).
  2. Joshua Berman, Created Equal: How the Bible Broke with Ancient Political Thought (New York: Oxford, 2008).
  3. Michael Carasik, Theologies of the Mind in Biblical Israel (New York: Peter Lang, 2006).
  4. Shalom Carmy and David Shatz, “The Bible as a source for philosophical reflection,” in Daniel H. Frank and Oliver Leaman, eds., History of Jewish Philosophy (New York: Routledge, 1997), pp. 13-37.
  5. Ethan Dorshav, “Ecclesiastes: Fleeting and Timeless,” Azure 18 (2004).
    ——, “Soul of Fire: A Theory of Biblical Man,” Azure 22 (2005).
  6. Mary Douglas, Leviticus as Literature (New York: Oxford, 1999).
  7. Harry G. Frankfurt, “On God’s Creation,” Necessity, Volition and Love (New York: Cambridge, 1999), pp. 117-128.
  8. Lenn Goodman, God of Abraham (New York: Oxford, 1996).
  9. Daniel Gordis, “The Tower of Babel and the Birth of Nationhood,” Azure 40 (Spring 2010), pp. 19-36.
  10. Steven Grosby, Biblical Ideas of Nationality (Winona Lake: Eisenbrauns, 2002).
  11. Chaya T. Halberstam, Law and Truth in Biblical and Rabbinic Literature(Indiana: Indiana University Press, 2010).
  12. Yoram Hazony, The Dawn: Political Teachings of the Book of Esther(Jerusalem: Shalem, 2000).
    ——, “Jerusalem and Carthage,” Hebraic Political Studies (2008).
    ——, “The Political Philosophy of the Biblical History, Genesis-Kings,”Judaic Sources and European Thought: Jerusalem’s Enduring Presence, Jonathan Jacobs, ed. (New York: Oxford, 2010).
    ——, The Philosophy of Hebrew Scripture (New York: Cambridge, 2012).
    ——, God and Politics in Esther (New York: Cambridge, 2016).
  13. Eli Hirsch, “Identity in the Talmud,” Midwest Studies in Philosophy 23:1 (1999) pp. 166-180.
    ——, “Rashi’s view of the Open Future: Indeterminateness and Bivalence,”Oxford Studies of Metaphysics 2 (2006) pp. 111-136.
  14. Jacob Howland, Plato and the Talmud (New York: Cambridge, 2010).
  15. Waldemar Janzen, Old Testament Ethics: A Paradigmatic Approach(Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 1994).
  16. Jonathan Jacobs, ed., Judaic Sources and European Thought: Jerusalem’s Enduring Presence (New York: Oxford, 2010).
  17. Leon Kass, The Beginning of Wisdom: Reading Genesis (New York: Free Press, 2003).
  18. Bernard Levinson, “The First Constitution: Rethinking the Origins of Rule of Law and Separation of Powers in Light of Deuteronomy,” Cardozo Law Review (February 2006), pp. 1853-1888.
  19. Ze’ev Levy, “On the Aqedah in Modern Philosophy,” Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy (2007), pp. 85-108.
  20. Jed Lewinsohn, “Philosophy in Halacha: The Case of Intentional Action,” Torah Umadda Journal 14 (2006-2007), pp. 97-136.
  21. Joseph Isaac Lifshitz, “Far Away, So Close,” Azure 31 (2008), pp. 49-80.
    ——, “Welfare, Property and the Divine Image in Jewish Law and Thought,” Jonathan Imber, ed., Markets, Morals and Religion (New Brunswick: Transaction, 2006).
  22. Hyam Maccoby, The Philosophy of the Talmud (New York: Routledge, 2002).
  23. David Novak, Natural Law in Judaism (New York: Cambridge, 1998).
    ——, The Jewish Social Contract (Princeton: Princeton, 2005).
  24. David Shatz, “Hierarchical Theories of Freedom and the Hardening of Hearts,” Midwest Studies In Philosophy, XXI (1997).
  25. Suzanne Stone, “Between Truth and Trust: The False Prophet as Self-Deceiver,” Harold Berman Memorial Lectures, Center for Jewish Studies, Queens College (2005).
    ——, “On the Interplay of Rules, Cases and Concepts in Rabbinic Literature: Another Look at the Aggadot on Honi the Circle-Drawer,” Dine Israel 24 (2007).
  26. Eleonore Stump, “Visits to the Sepulcher and Biblical Exegesis,” Faith and Philosophy 6 (1989), pp. 353-377.
    ——, “Revelation and Biblical Exegesis: Augustine, Aquinas, and Swinburne,” in Alan Padgett, ed., Reason and Christian Religion: Essays in Honor of Richard Swinburne (New York: Oxford, 1994), pp. 161-197.
    ——, “Second Person Accounts and the Problem of Evil,” Keith Yandell, ed.,Faith and Narrative (New York: Oxford, 2001), pp. 86-103.
    ——, Wandering in Darkness: Narrative and the Problem of Suffering(New York: Oxford, 2010).
  27. Shmuel Trigano, Philosophy of the Law (Jerusalem: Shalem Press 2011).
  28. Shmuel Trigano, “A Republic Whose Sovereign is the Creator: The Politics of the Ban on Representation,” Miguel Vatter, ed., Crediting God: Sovereignty and Religion in the Age of Global Capitalism (New York: Fordham, 2011), pp. 67-82.
  29. Michael Walzer, Exodus and Revolution (New York: Basic Books, 1985).
  30. Gordon Wenham, Story as Torah: Reading the Old Testament Ethically(Edinburgh: Clark, 2000).
  31. Aaron Wildavsky, Moses as Political Leader (Jerusalem: Shalem, 2006 [1984]).

B.  Biblical Theology and Its Critics

  1. James Barr, The Semantics of Biblical Language (New York: Oxford, 1961).
    ——, Biblical Words for Time (London: SCM Press, 1962).
  2. Eliezer Berkovits, Man and God: Studies in Biblical Theology (Detroit: Wayne State, 1969).
  3. Thorleif Boman, Hebrew Thought Compared With Greek, Jules L. Moreau, trans. (New York: Norton, 1960 [1953]).
  4. Langdon Gilkey, “Cosmology, Ontology, and the Travail of Biblical Language,” The Journal of Religion (1961), pp. 194-205.
  5. Klaus Koch, “Is There a Doctrine of Retribution in the Old Testament?” James Crenshaw, ed., Theodicy in the Old Testament (Philadelphia: Fortress, 1983 [1955]), pp. 57-87.
  6. Claude Tresmontant, A Study of Hebrew Thought, Michael Francis Gibson, trans. (New York: Desclee, 1960 [1959]).

C.  Christian Philosophical Theology

  1. Oliver Crisp and Michael Rea, eds., Analytic Theology: New Studies in the Philosophy of Theology (New York: Oxford, 2009).
  2. Robert Cummings Neville, Realism in Religion: A Pragmatist’s Perspective(Albany: SUNY Press, 2009).
  3. Alvin Plantinga, Warranted Christian Belief (New York: Oxford, 2000).
  4. Michael Rea, Oxford Readings in Philosophical Theology (New York: Oxford, 2009), 3 vols.
  5. Richard Swinburne, The Existence of God (New York: Oxford, 2004).
  6. Nicholas Wolterstorff, Divine Discourse: Philosophical Reflections on the Claim that God Speaks (New York: Cambridge, 1995).
    ——, Justice: Rights and Wrongs (Princeton: Princeton, 2010).

D.  Reading the Hebrew Bible

  1. Robert Alter, The Art of Biblical Narrative (New York: Basic Books, 1981).
  2. Eric Aurbach, Mimesis: The Representation of Reality in Western Literature, Willard Trask, trans. (Princeton: Princeton, 1953 [1946]), pp. 3-23.
  3. Daniel Elazar, Covenant and Polity in Biblical Israel (New Brunswick: Transaction, 1995).
  4. David Noel Freedman, The Unity of the Bible (Ann Arbor: Michigan, 1993).
  5. Baruch Halpern, The First Historians: The Hebrew Bible and History(University Park: Penn State, 1988).
  6. Donald Harman Akenson, Surpassing Wonder: The Invention of the Bible and the Talmuds (New York: Harcourt Brace, 1998).
  7. James Kugel, The God of Old: Inside the Lost World of the Bible (New York: Free Press, 2003).
  8. Jon Levenson, The Hebrew Bible, the Old Testament, and Historical Criticism: Jews and Christians in Biblical Studies (Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 1993).
  9. Seth Sanders, The Invention of Hebrew (Urbana: Illinois, 2009).
  10. Meir Sternberg, The Poetics of Biblical Narrative (Indianapolis: Indiana, 1987).