“Progressive theologians read Scripture both as human constructions framed by time and as sacred text whose interpretive possibilities transcend any single historical time.” – Rachel Adler, “Engendering Judaism”. (1998, p. 114).
I’ve been reading Engendering Judaism, which is a ground-breaking Jewish feminist theology from 25 years ago, and I came across this quote that jumped out as me. As a Reform Jew I appreciate this description. I think we liberal/progressive Jews tend to see Torah as both a human document AND holy. Both the product of a given time & place AND relevant in our time & place. The project of liberal Judaism is to reconcile these two ideas in constructing a Jewish practice.