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Singing God's Words: The Performance of Biblical Chant in Contemporary Judaism

Jeffrey Summit


This book presents the first ethnographic study of the meaning and experience of chanting Torah among contemporary Jews, cross-denominationally, in the United States. Focusing on the experiences of Ashkenazi Jews at the beginning of the twenty-first century, this book examines why, and how, growing numbers of American Jews see the performance of biblical text as meaningful and authentic religious expression. Americans are exploring how they can have deeper access to core religious experience, and chanting sacred text is an important way that Jews are increasingly placing themselves at the cent ... More

Keywords: Chant, Torah, Oral Transmission, Spiritual, Experience, Meaning, Judaism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780199844081
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199844081.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeffrey Summit, author
Tufts University