Contemporary Jewish Theology: A Reader

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This book provides the most comprehensive collection to date of twentieth-century Jewish writings. This carefully constructed anthology highlights the enormous range of theological viewpoints and methods that have characterized Jewish theological reflection in modern times. Including representative selections from both pre- and post-World War II thinkers, with emphasis on writings of the last four decades, the volume offers essays on God, creation, revelation, redemption, covenant/chosenness, law, the Holocaust ...
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This book provides the most comprehensive collection to date of twentieth-century Jewish writings. This carefully constructed anthology highlights the enormous range of theological viewpoints and methods that have characterized Jewish theological reflection in modern times. Including representative selections from both pre- and post-World War II thinkers, with emphasis on writings of the last four decades, the volume offers essays on God, creation, revelation, redemption, covenant/chosenness, law, the Holocaust and the modern State of Israel. This is an exceptional one-volume introduction to contemporary Jewish thought.
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An extremely useful collection of twentieth-century Jewish theological writings.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780195114669
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 9/1/1998
  • Pages: 544
  • Lexile: 1390L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.29 (h) x 0.12 (d)

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University of Judaism

Carleton College

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
I Introduction 1
1 An Incessantly Gushing Fountain: The Nature of Jewish Theology 7
II Classical Theologians in the Twentieth Century: Approaches to God 23
2 Religion of Reason Out of the Sources of Judaism 39
3 The Star of Redemption 50
4 I and Thou 60
5 A Thirst for the Living God and The Pangs of Cleansing 65
6 God as the Power that Makes for Salvation 72
7 God in Search of Man 81
III Contemporary Reflections on Traditional Themes 95
8 Belief in a Personal God: The Position of Liberal Supernaturalism 98
9 In Search of God 112
10 From God to Godliness: Proposal for a Predicate Theology 122
11 Toward a Feminist Jewish Reconstruction of Monotheism and Further Thoughts on Liturgy as an Expression of Theology 131
12 Jewish Feminist Theology 141
13 The Wings of the Dove: Jewish Values, Science, and Halachah 148
14 Seek My Face, Speak My Name 156
15 Revelation in the Jewish Tradition 164
16 Sacred Fragments: Recovering Theology for the Modern Jew 179
17 The Natural and the Supernatural Jew 190
18 On Jewish Eschatology 199
19 Renewing the Covenant 221
20 The Election of Israel 231
21 The Body of Faith 246
22 Standing Again at Sinai 255
23 A Jewish Theology of Jewish Relations to Other Peoples 263
24 Halakhic Man 278
25 Some Criteria for Modern Jewish Observance 292
26 Dynamics of Judaism 299
27 Engendering Judaism 319
IV Two Pivotal Experiences in the Twentieth Century 345
28 Faith after the Holocaust 355
29 After Auschwitz 374
30 The Jewish Return into History and To Mend the World 385
31 Cloud of Smoke Pillar of Fire: Judaism, Christianity, and Modernity after the Holocaust 396
32 Exile as a Neurotic Solution 417
33 The Third Jewish Commonwealth 434
34 The Religious and Moral Significance of the Redemption of Israel 453
35 Beyond Innocence and Redemption 465
V Looking Toward the Future of Jewish Thought: A Symposium 485
36 New Directions in Jewish Theology in America 486
37 Another Perspective on Theological Directions for the Jewish Future 494
38 The Nature and Direction of Modern Jewish Theology: Some Thoughts Occasioned by Arthur Green 498
39 B'nei Ezra: An Introduction to Textual Reasoning 502
Suggestions for Further Reading 512
Biographical Sketches 515
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