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GOD IN JEWISH THINKING: BETWEEN INCOMPLETENESS AND PERFECTION
GOD IN JEWISH THINKING: BETWEEN INCOMPLETENESS AND PERFECTION

Author(s): Shoshana Ronen
Subject(s): Philosophy, Jewish studies, Jewish Thought and Philosophy
Published by: Instytut Filozofii i Socjologii Polskiej Akademii Nauk
Keywords: God; Hebrew Bible; anthropomorphism; pathos; omnipotence; omni-presence; freedom of the will; Maimonides; Heschel; Leibowitz

Summary/Abstract: The article deals with the concept or the image of God in the Hebrew Bible and the various understandings and interpretations of it by Jewish thinkers through generations. The biblical text, full of contradictions and anthropomorphic assertions about God, was a source of discomfort for Jewish philosophers and theologians. Therefore, the sublimation and distillation of the text was necessary, and it was done by use of different her-meneutical methods. The article deals with various attributes of the biblical God, and presents different theological and philosophical interpretations of that issue by major Jewish thinkers.

  • Issue Year: 2016
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 231-251
  • Page Count: 21
  • Language: English