Sacred Attunement: A Jewish Theology

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226251721
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 10/15/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 895,645
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Fishbane is the Nathan Cummings Professor of Jewish Studies in the Divinity School and a member of the Committee on Jewish Studies at the University of Chicago. He is the author of many books, including, most recently, Biblical Myth and Rabbinic Mythmaking.

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Table of Contents

Preface

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  
PaRDeS                                               
 
3   Religious Practice and Forms of Attention  
Preliminary Thoughts about Living Theologically  
The Practice of Halakha  
The Life of Prayer  
The Process of Study  
Radical Kindness  
 
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  
 
Epilogue  
 
Acknowledgments  
Notes  
Index

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