Robert Gordis

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Robert Gordis (February 6, 19081992) was an American rabbi. He was a professor at the Jewish Theological Seminary from 1940 to 1992.


  • Countless generations of students and general readers have been intrigued by this deeply human book, which half reveals and half conceals the fascinating yet enigmatic personality of its author.
    • "Koheleth - the Man and his World" (1955), preface, p. vii
  • it will never be outmoded as long as the systole and diastole of human life survives, and men fluctuate between progress and reaction, growth and decline, hope and illusion.
    • "Koheleth - the Man and his World", p. 3
  • It is human love, not that of a god, which is glorified in the Song, and that with a wealth of detail, which rules out an allegorical interpretation.
    • "The Song of Songs and Lamentations", p. 8
  • Those humble but indomitable workers, to whom later generations referred by the collective name of Baale Masorah, Masters of Tradition, performed in obscurity their Herculean task of guarding the Biblical Text against loss or variation.
    • "The Biblical Text in the Making", p. 1

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