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Jon D. Levenson

Jon D. Levenson

Jon D. Levenson is the Albert A. List Professor of Jewish Studies at Harvard University and the author, most recently, of The Love of God: Divine Gift, Human Gratitude, and Mutual Faithfulness in Judaism (Princeton University Press).

How the Bible Became HolyBy Michael L. SatlowYale University Press, 368 pages How did the Bible originate, and how did it acquire the sanctity and authority...

Few religious doctrines have attracted more virulent criticism than the idea of the chosen people. Over the past several centuries alone, both Jews...

Maimonides by Sherwin B. Nuland Nextbook/Schocken. 240 pp. $19.95 The Life of David by Robert Pinsky Nextbook/Schocken. 224 pp. $19.95 “There is no end to the making of books,” wrote the...

Across the Sabbath River: In Search of a Lost Tribe of Israel by Hillel Halkin Houghton Mifflin. 392 pp. $28.00 The idea that the Israelites—the people later called...

One of the most remarkable cultural developments of the past half-century has been the growth of interfaith dialogue. Members of religious communities that, on principle,...

The Talmud and the Internet: A Journey between Worlds by Jonathan Rosen Farrar, Straus & Giroux. 132 pp. $16.00 Among the foundational literatures of the world’s civilizations, none...

Among the practices that have characterized the Jewish people over the millennia, surely none has been observed more widely, or more faithfully, than circumcision. The...

According to the prophet Malachi, before “the awesome, fearful day of the Lord” arrives, God will send Elijah to “reconcile parents with children and children...

Saying Kaddish: How to Comfort the Dying, Bury the Dead, and Mourn as a Jew by Anita Diamant Schocken. 265 pp. $23.00 Kaddish by Leon Wieseltier Knopf. 588 pp. $27.50 The...

If there were a category among serious religious thinkers akin to what is known in the classical-music world as a crossover artist, pride of place...