Amen to daat: On the foundations of Jewish epistemology

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I argue that the Hebrew Bible adopts a non-doxastic account of propositional faith. In coming to this conclusion, we shall discover that Biblical Hebrew has no word for belief. What ramifications might this have had for biblical and Jewish epistemology? I begin to trace the sort of epistemic norms that might emerge from an epistemology that approaches knowledge by thinking about faith, rather than belief.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)465-478
Number of pages14
JournalReligious Studies
Issue number3
StatePublished - 13 Sep 2023

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  • Emunah
  • Saadya Gaon
  • faith
  • non-propositional knowledge
  • the Malbim

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Religious studies
  • Philosophy


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