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The Jewish ForwardA profoundly honest quest for authentic theological expression. . . . I was deeply engaged in what is a nuanced, personal, and very adult guide to the experience of faith.
— Gordon Tucker
Contemporary theology, and Jewish theology in particular, Michael Fishbane asserts, now lies fallow, beset by strong critiques from within and without. For Jewish reality, a coherent and wide-ranging response in thoroughly modern terms is needed. Sacred Attunement is Fishbane’s attempt to renew Jewish theology for our time, in the larger context of modern and postmodern challenges to theology and theological thought in the broadest sense.
The first part of the book regrounds theology in this setting and opens up new pathways through nature, art, and the theological dimension as a whole. In the second section, Fishbane introduces his hermeneutical theology—one grounded in the interpretation of scripture as a distinctly Jewish practice. The third section focuses on modes of self-cultivation for awakening and sustaining a covenant theology. The final section takes up questions of scripture, authority, belief, despair, and obligation as theological topics in their own right.
The first full-scale Jewish theology in America since Abraham J. Heschel’s God in Search of Man and the first comprehensive Jewish philosophical theology since Franz Rosenzweig’s Star of Redemption, Sacred Attunement is a work of uncommon personal integrity and originality from one of the most distinguished scholars of Judaica in our time.
— Gordon Tucker
— Roger S. Gottlieb
— Donald J. Dietrich
— Paul Mendes-Flohr
“This is a book for which I have long been waiting: a spiritual theology, in which the Bible and its Jewish commentators teach not only Israel but all religious people how to be mindful of God. The author has retrieved the core revelation of Israel from the burden of esoteric erudition, showing how it responds to reason’s quest of Being, to the imagination’s desire to reshape the world in sight and sound, and to the mind’s natural aspiration to become attuned to its divine source.”
1 Toward Theology
Rethinking Theology: Some Preliminary Considerations
Three Domains of Human Being
From General to Jewish Theology
2 A Jewish Hermeneutical Theology
Sinai and Torah
Torah and Hermeneutical Theology
3 Religious Practice and Forms of Attention
Preliminary Thoughts about Living Theologically
The Practice of Halakha
The Life of Prayer
The Process of Study
4 Forms of Thought and Living Theology
Scripture as the Ground of Life and Thought
Emunah and Theological Integrity
Futility and the Sense of Hevel
Be-khol Atar ve-Atar: Central Places
Toward a Theology of Hiyyuv
“In the cranny of the rock, in the hiddenness”
Sof ve-Ein Sof: Finitude and Infinity