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date: 13 December 2019

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This article studies the place of the Bible in Levinas’s philosophical project. Besides his programmatic call “to translate the Torah into Greek” (i.e., into a philosophical idiom), throughout his writings Levinas calls for a return to the Bible in its original givenness. Through an exploration of the tension between those two movements, which at first sight contradict one another, this article tries to understand anew the role the Bible plays in Levinas’s thought. How are those two movements reconcilable? What are the implications of this tension for Levinas’s philosophical project? And how does this tension affect the project of Jewish philosophy in general? Through a reflection on the conditions of a return to the Bible as Levinas understands it, this article attempts to shed some light on those fundamental questions.

Keywords: Levinas, Jewish philosophy, Bible, translation, return, Hebrew, Talmudic exegesis, master

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