Creation and the Persistence of Evil [NOOK Book]

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This paperback edition of Creation and the Persistence of Evil brings to a wide audience one of the most innovative and meaningful models of God for this post-Auschwitz era. In a thought-provoking return to the original Hebrew conception of God, which questions accepted conceptions of divine omnipotence, Jon Levenson defines God's authorship of the world as a consequence of his victory in his struggle with evil. Classic doctrines of God's creation of the universe from the void do not do justice to the complexity ...

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Creation and the Persistence of Evil

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Overview

This paperback edition of Creation and the Persistence of Evil brings to a wide audience one of the most innovative and meaningful models of God for this post-Auschwitz era. In a thought-provoking return to the original Hebrew conception of God, which questions accepted conceptions of divine omnipotence, Jon Levenson defines God's authorship of the world as a consequence of his victory in his struggle with evil. Classic doctrines of God's creation of the universe from the void do not do justice to the complexity of that hard-fought battle, which is uncertain in its outcome. Levenson traces this more flexible conception of God to the earliest Hebrew sources. He argues that Genesis 1 does not describe the banishment of evil but the attempt to contain the menace of evil in the world, a struggle that continues today.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062319883
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/1/2013
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 1,172,246
  • File size: 430 KB

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Jon D. Levenson is Albert A. List Professor of Jewish Studies at Harvard University, the author of Creation and the Persistence of Evil, and associate editor of Harper's Bible commentary.
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Table of Contents

Abbreviations ix Acknowledgments xi Note on the Text (1994) xiii Preface (1994) xv Preface xxix Part I THE MASTERY OF GOD AND THE VULNERABILITY OF ORDER
1. The Basic Idea of Israelite Religion? 3
2. The Survival of Chaos After the Victory of God 14
3. The Futurity and Presence of the Cosmogonic Victory 26
4. Conclusion: The Vitality of Evil and the Fragility of Creation 47
Part II THE ALTERNATION OF CHAOS AND ORDERGENESIS 1:1-2:3
5. Creation Without Opposition: Psalm 104 53
6. Creation in Seven Days 66
7. Cosmos and Microcosm 78
8. Rest and Re-Creation 100
9. Conclusion: Chaos Neutralized in Cult 121
Part III CREATION AND COVENANT: THE DYNAMICS OF LORDSHIP AND SUBMISSION
10. The Two Idioms of Biblical Monotheism 131
11. The Dialectic of Covenantal Theonomy 140
12. Argument and Obedience 149
Notes 157
Scripture Index 177
Author Index 181
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