Is there a primordial Torah?

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Is Orthodox Judaism committed to the existence of a Torah that pre-existed the world? This paper argues that Orthodoxy is so committed unless it can find compelling philosophical or theological reasons to reject the possibility of such an entity, and then to re-interpret allegorically all of the texts that speak of such a Torah. Providing an ontology of primordial texts, I argue that no compelling reason can be found to deny the existence of the primordial Torah.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)219-239
Number of pages21
JournalInternational Journal for Philosophy of Religion
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2017

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  • Jewish Philosophy
  • Ontology of literature
  • Primordial Torah
  • Revelation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy


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