Contemporary Jewish Theology

Contemporary Jewish Theology : A Reader

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Contemporary Jewish Theology: A Reader presents the most comprehensive collection to date of Jewish religious writings from the latter half of this century. Featuring selections from both pre- and post-World War II thinkers, this carefully constructed anthology highlights the enormous range of theological viewpoints and methods that have characterized Jewish theological reflection in modern times. An extraordinarily rich compilation, it represents many different perspectives, including those of Orthodox thinkers and feminists, Israelis and Americans, rationalists and mystics, and post-modernists. Extensive introductions place these writings in historical and philosophical context and identify the fundamental continuities and tensions among contemporary Jewish thinkers. Following a general introduction, the volume is organized into four parts. The first section includes representative selections from the major Jewish philosophers of the early twentieth century (Cohen, Rosenzweig, Buber, Kook, Kaplan, and Heschel). The second part includes recent essays on God, creation, revelation, redemption, covenant/chosenness, and law. The third section provides seminal essays on the Holocaust and the modern State of Israel, topics that have held tremendous importance for Jewish thinkers over the past few decades. The book concludes with a symposium on future directions in Jewish theology at the dawn of the twenty-first century, and also provides extensive suggestions for further reading. Contemporary Jewish Theology: A Reader is designed as a companion volume to the editors' earlier book, Contemporary Jewish Ethics and Morality: A Reader (OUP, 1995). An exceptional introduction to contemporary Jewish thinking, it is an essential text for courses in Jewish thought and theology.show more

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  • Paperback | 544 pages
  • 162 x 232 x 26mm | 762.05g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • further reading lists
  • 0195114671
  • 9780195114676
  • 1,986,273

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This anthology of 39 pieces provides a wide and clear panorama of the efforts of Jewish thinkers to come to terms with recent Jewish experiences and the so-called post-modern world. They provide a much needed resource, a helpful set of directions for engaging with Jewish theological views and constitute an invitation to explore further the thinkers here anthologised, which is after all the purpose of a good Reader. J M Heimerdinger, London Bible College. Jewish Culture and History.show more

Table of contents

Preface ; Acknowledgments ; I. INTRODUCTION ; 1. An Incessantly Gushing Fountain: The Nature of Jewish Theology ; II. CLASSICAL THEOLOGIANS IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY: APPROACHES TO GOD ; 2. Religion of Reason Out of the Sources of Judaism ; 3. The Star of Redemption ; 4. I and Thou ; 5. A Thirst for the Living God; and The Pangs of Cleansing ; 6. God as the Power that Makes for Salvation ; 7. God in Search of Men ; III. CONTEMPORARY REFLECTIONS ON TRADITIONAL THEMES ; A. GOD ; 8. Belief in a Personal God: The Position of Liberal Supernaturalism ; 9. In Search of God ; 10. From God to Godliness: Proposal for a Predicate Theology ; 11. Toward a Feminist Jewish Reconstruction of Monotheism; and Further Thoughts on Liturgy as an Expression of Theology ; 12. Jewish Feminist Theology ; B. CREATION ; 13. The Wings of the Dove: Jewish Values, Science, and Halachah ; 14. Seek My Face, Speak My Name ; C. REVELATION ; 15. Revelation in the Jewish Tradition ; 16. Sacred Fragments: Recovering Theology for the Modern Jew ; D. REDEMPTION ; 17. The Natural and the Supernatural Jew ; 18. On Jewish Eschatology ; E. COVENANT/CHOSENNESS ; 19. Renewing the Covenant ; 20. The Election of Israel ; 21. The Body of Faith ; 22. Standing Again at Sinai ; 23. A Jewish Theology of Jewish Relations to Other Peoples ; F. LAW ; 24. Halakhic Man ; 25. Some Criteria for Modern Jewish Observance ; 26. Dynamics of Judaism ; 27. Engendering Judaism ; IV. TWO PIVOTAL EXPERIENCES IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY ; A. THE HOLOCAUST ; 28. Faith after the Holocaust ; 29. After Auschwitz ; 30. The Jewish Return into History; and To Mend the World ; 31. Cloud of Smoke, Pillar of Fire: Judaism, Christianity, and Modernity after the Holocaust ; B. THE STATE OF ISRAEL ; 32. Exile as a Neurotic Solution ; 33. The Third Jewish Commonwealth ; 35. Beyond Innocence and Redemption ; V. LOOKING TOWARD THE FUTURE OF JEWISH THOUGHT: A SYMPOSIUM ; 36. New Directions in Jewish Theology in America ; 37. Another Perspective on Theological Directions for the Jewish Future ; 38. The Nature and Direction of Modern Jewish Theology: Some Thoughts Occasioned by Arthur Green ; 39. B'nei Ezra: An Introduction to Textual Reasoning ; Suggestions for Further Reading ; Biographical Sketchesshow more

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