Samuelson, Norbert

Norbert Samuelson


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Norbert Samuelson is the Harold and Jean Grossman Professor of Jewish Studies at Arizona State University. His scholarship focuses on Jewish philosophy and theology, and he is working on two major research and writing projects: an intellectual history of the developing concepts of light in physics and enlightenment in the Abrahamic religions, and a close philosophical commentary on the traditional rabbinic prayer book. He is the author of 13 books, including three recent books on Jewish philosophy: A Users’ Guide to Franz Rosenzweig’s Star of Redemption, Jewish Philosophy: An Historical introduction, and Jewish Faith and Modern Science: On the Death of Jewish Philosophy. He has also published three constructive philosophic-theological works: The First Seven Days: A Philosophical Commentary on the Creation of Genesis, Judaism and the Doctrine of Creation, and Revelation and the God of Israel. These works led Jewish thinkers to focus on the interplay between science and religion and showed how the biblical text could be better understood in the light of contemporary physics and the life sciences.