Judaism and Science

Norbert M. Samuelson

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This article discusses the role of science in Judaism using familiar terms in unfamiliar ways, such as creation, revelation, redemption, God, world, humanity, belief, wisdom, philosophy, and science. Judaism is the formal expression of the faith of the Jewish people from its origins in the land of Israel almost 4,000 years ago to the present. Judaism and Christianity share a common textual origin; much of what they believe at least shares a common religious terminology. Furthermore, the centre for Jewish intellectual life for at least the past 500 years has been in Western European Christian civilization. However, Jewish intellectual development took place over more than 1,000 years, in lands where the dominant religion became Islam, and where Christianity consequently had little importance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Religion and Science
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Print)9780191577369, 0199279276, 9780199543656
Publication statusPublished - Apr 3 2008



  • Christianity
  • Islam
  • Israel
  • Jews
  • Philosophy
  • Religion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)

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Samuelson, N. M. (2008). Judaism and Science. In The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Science Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199543656.003.0004