Contemplative Nation: A Philosophical Account of Jewish Theological Language

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JEWISH THEOLOGY AS A RELIGIOUS
AND DOXASTIC PRACTICE

In the previous chapter, I began my effort to construct a model of Jewish theological language by critically evaluating the resources for such a project in the hermeneutic theories of Hans-Georg Gadamer and Paul Ricoeur. While philosophical hermeneutics has much to contribute to the study of Jewish theology, there are also considerable barriers to the application of these hermeneutic theories to traditional Jewish texts. The principal problem in the thought of Ricoeur and Gadamer is that their acceptance of the critique of ontotheology results in limits on theological language that would derail the hermeneutic encounter with classical Jewish texts. How is it possible, then, to draw upon the resources of philosophical hermeneutics without adopting the philosophical commitments of Ricoeur and Gadamer that would rob Jewish texts of their claim to truth? If, in constructing my model of Jewish theology, I wish to build on Gadamer’s and Ricoeur’s hermeneutic theories, I must find a way to make philosophical hermeneutics more amenable to theological language.

Perhaps it would be enough to initiate the hermeneutic encounter by simply bracketing any philosophical presuppositions that undermine theological truth claims. If Gadamer’s hermeneutic theory is correct, then this suggestion is neither desirable nor possible. According to Gadamer, prej-

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