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Rabbinic Literature – A Rich Source for the Interpretation and Implementation
of the Old and New Testaments: Selected Essays

2016, pp. 256.

These selected essays have appeared over a period of two decades and have been revised for inclusion in this volume. They offer some insight into what has become over the years the author’s major fields of interest, namely: 1) Discovering the wealth that ancient Jewish writers drew from the Bible, much of which is still valid and greatly stimulating for modern readers of Scripture as well. 2) Discovering, especially in rabbinic texts that deal with religious experience and insight, ways in which the much-advocated interreligious dialogue is possible and how it can be fruitful.

Reinhard Neudecker (born 1938 in Germany) is professor emeritus of Rabbinic Literature at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome where he taught from 1978 till 2013. He received a doctorate in Theology from the University of Innsbruck in 1971 and a doctorate in Philosophy (PhD) from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati in 1978. His books include Frührabbinisches Ehescheidungsrecht: Der Tosefta-Traktat Gittin (Rome 1982), Die vielen Gesichter des einen Gottes: Christlich-Jüdischer Dialog – eine Anfrage an Exegese, Theologie und Spiritualität (Rome  - Vallendar 2010), The Voice of God on Mount Sinai: Rabbinic Commentaries on Exodus 20:1 in the Light of Sufi and Zen-Buddhist Texts (Rome 2002 ; fourth, revised and enlarged ed. 2012), Moses Interpreted by the Pharisees and Jesus: Matthew’s Antitheses in the Light of Early Rabbinic Literature (Rome 2012; second, revised ed. 2015). He received the International Award for Interreligious Dialogue 2010 from the International Catholic Organization of the Media (UCIP).