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Creation and the Persistence of Evil : The Jewish Drama of Divine Omnipotence - Jon D. Levenson

Creation and the Persistence of Evil

The Jewish Drama of Divine Omnipotence

Paperback Published: 19th December 1994
ISBN: 9780691029504
Number Of Pages: 224

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This paperback edition brings to a wide audience one of the most innovative and meaningful models of God for this post-Auschwitz era. In a thought-provoking return to the original Hebrew conception of God, which questions accepted conceptions of divine omnipotence, Jon Levenson defines God's authorship of the world as a consequence of his victory in his struggle with evil. He traces a flexible conception of God to the earliest Hebrew sources, arguing, for example, that Genesis 1 does not describe the banishment of evil but the attempt to contain the menace of evil in the world, a struggle that continues today.

"A doctrine of creatio ex nihilo and a perception of creation as essentially a fait accompli 'in the beginning' have stripped much of the drama from the views of creation found in the Hebrew Bible. Levenson seeks--with impressive success--to restore that drama. He provides, thereby, a reflective biblical foundation, based in solid philological and comparative study."--Lee Humphreys, Hebrew Studies "This masterful biblical and rabbinic study of creation and evil may challenge Christian proponents of creation theology and spirituality and adherents of the doctrine of creatio ex nihilo."--John C. Endres, S.J., Theological Studies

Abbreviationsp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Note on the Text (1994)p. xiii
Preface (1994)p. xv
Prefacep. xxix
The Mastery of God and the Vulnerability Of Order
The Basic Idea of Israelite Religion?p. 3
The Survival of Chaos After the Victory of Godp. 14
The Futurity and Presence of the Cosmogonic Victoryp. 26
Conclusion: The Vitality of Evil and the Fragility of Creationp. 47
The Alternation of Chaos and Ordergenesis 1:1-2:3
Creation Without Opposition: Psalm 104p. 53
Creation in Seven Daysp. 66
Cosmos and Microcosmp. 78
Rest and Re-Creationp. 100
Conclusion: Chaos Neutralized in Cultp. 121
Creation and Covenant: The Dynamics of Lordship and Submission
The Two Idioms of Biblical Monotheismp. 131
The Dialectic of Covenantal Theonomyp. 140
Argument and Obediencep. 149
Notesp. 157
Scripture Indexp. 177
Author Indexp. 181
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ISBN: 9780691029504
ISBN-10: 0691029504
Series: Princeton Paperbacks
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 19th December 1994
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.57 x 13.97  x 1.55
Weight (kg): 0.26