“The idea of ‘Torah from Heaven’ was, even before it was explicitly formulated, far more than a belief about the origin of a text. It was a belief about the origin of a destiny. ‘Torah from Heaven’ did more than negate the idea that a people was the author of its own texts. It reversed it. It suggested that the text was the author of the people. ”
“Revelation was a unique event to which subsequent history is the commentary. As a result, all authority lies within the word spoken at Sinai. ”