Revelation and the God of Israel

Revelation and the God of Israel

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Norbert M. Samuelson
Cambridge University Press, 5/23/2002
EAN 9780521812023, ISBN10: 052181202X

Hardcover, 270 pages, 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.9 cm
Language: English

Revelation and the God of Israel explores the concept of revelation as it emerges from the Hebrew Scriptures and is interpreted in Jewish philosophy and theology. The first part is a study in intellectual history that attempts to answer the question, what is the best possible understanding of revelation. The second part is a study in constructive theology and attempts to answer the question, is it reasonable to affirm belief in revelation. Here Norbert M. Samuelson focuses on the challenges given from a variety of contemporary academic disciplines, including evolutionary psychology, political ethics, analytic philosophy of religion, and source critical studies of the Bible. This important book offers a unique approach to theological questions and fresh solutions to them and will appeal to those interested in the history of philosophy, religious thought, and Judaism.

Part I. The God of Revelation
1. The God of Israel
2. The God of the philosophers
3. The God of the theologians
4. Franz Rosenzweig
Part II. Is the God of Revelation Believable?
5. The challenges of political ethics
6. The challenges of modern science
7. The challenges of modern philosophy
8. Are the Hebrew scriptures revealed?

"[E]very serious student of modern Jewish thought will have to take his arguments seriously and wrestle with them in an appropriately sophisticated manner. This rare and valuable effort to do real Jewish philosophy can only be applauded. Highly recommended." Choice