Facing The Abusing God / Edition 1

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In this powerful book, David Blumenthal maintains that having faith in a post-Holocaust world means admitting that while God is often loving and kind, fair and merciful, God is also capable of acts so unjust they can only be described as abusive. Grounding his argument in Scripture and in the experience of Holocaust survivors and of survivors of child abuse, Blumenthal grapples with how to face a God who has worked "wondrously through us" and who has worked "aw(e)fully against us." Delving into Jewish literary and theological traditions, the author articulates a theology of protest which accepts God as God is, yet defends the innocence of those who are utterly victimized.

Blumenthal maintains that while God is often loving and kind, fair and merciful, He is also capable of acts so unjust they can only be described as abusive. Basing his argument on the experiences of both Holocaust and child abuse survivors, Blumenthal grapples with how to face a God who works "wondrously through us" and who has worked "aw(e)fully against us."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780664254643
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
  • Publication date: 11/19/1993
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 348
  • Sales rank: 1,323,716
  • Lexile: 1130L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 0.76 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author

David R. Blumenthal is Jay and Leslie Cohen Professor of Judaic Studies at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. He has significantly contributed to Judaic studies and has written many articles on a variety of topics in medieval Judaica.

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Table of Contents

Beginning Somewhere
Ch. 1 Introduction 3
Ch. 2 Personality 11
Ch. 3 Holiness 23
Ch. 4 Universes of Discourse 33
Ch. 5 Seriatim, or Sailing into the Wind 47
Ch. 6 Intimations 57
Ch. 7 Psalm 128, with four commentaries 67
Ch. 8 Psalm 44, with four commentaries 85
Ch. 9 Psalm 109, with four commentaries 111
Ch. 10 Psalm 27, with four commentaries 157
Ch. 11 Prelude 193
Ch. 12 Dialogue with an Adult Survivor of Child Abuse 195
Ch. 13 Dialogue with a Systematic Theologian 211
Ch. 14 Beth's Psalm 227
Ch. 15 Prologue 235
Ch. 16 The Abusing God 237
Ch. 17 Facing the Abusing God 249
Ch. 18 Addressing the Abusing God 265
Glossary 301
Bibliography 305
Source Index 311
Thematic Index 315
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