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The Way into Encountering God in Judaism : The Way into - Neil Gillman

The Way into Encountering God in Judaism

The Way into

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Neil Gillman explains how Jews have encountered God throughout Jewish history--and today - by exploring the many images of God in Jewish tradition how they originated and what they can mean for us. Accompanying award-winning author Gillman on a journey through the Hebrew Bible rabbinic literature and the Jewish prayer book, we explore the Jewish tradition's passionate but also conflicting ways of relating to God. The Way Into . Series offers an accessible and highly usable "guided tour" of the Jewish faith, people, history, and beliefs-in total, an introduction to Judaism that will enable you to understand and interact with the sacred texts of the Jewish tradition. Each volume is written by a leading contemporary scholar and teacher, and explores one key aspect of Judaism.

About The Way Into...p. i
Timelinep. vi
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
A Note on the Textp. xix
Introductionp. 1
Can people know anything about God?
Can people say anything about God?
Worshipful silence or metaphorical language?
The sin of idolatry: worshiping the image instead of God
We discover God and create the metaphors
Can we be sure that it is God that we discover?
God Is Echadp. 17
The Shema: What does it mean?
One and not two, or unique?
Maimonides on God's integrity
Can love be commanded?
Israel loves God, and God loves Israel
Living in a world under one God
God is not yet Echad
God is lonely
God Is Powerp. 33
God's power is unchallenged
God even creates evil and reverses the course of nature
There are restraints on God's power: human freedom and the possibilities of repentance
God's power in nature and God's power in history
God's eventual defeat of death
God Is Personp. 51
Two questions: "Where are you?" and "Where is your brother?"
God searches for us as we search for God
God's vulnerability
The hidden face of God
God as spouse, parent, and lover
The wrath of God
Anger versus abandonment
God weeps
God as person or God as process
God can be moved
God Is Nice (Sometimes)p. 71
Tensions in the Jewish image of God
How Psalms shaped the Jewish consciousness
God as nurturing, as refuge, and as rock
God heals what ails us
The issue of feminist God-language
God is a teacher
God Is Not Nice (Sometimes)p. 89
The "down" images of God
From feelings to metaphors
The challenge of the Book of Job
Is God ethical?
The death of Rabbi Akiva
The problem of human suffering
Holocaust theology
The legitimacy of unbelief
The death of God
A liturgical challenge to God
God Can Changep. 109
Can God really change?
What changes?
How God deals with human sinfulness: the evolution of a doctrine
Sin is punished immediately, but the punishment must be just and it may be deferred
Repentance enters the picture
The message of the Book of Jonah
The Thirteen Attributes of God in the Bible and in the liturgy
Unetaneh Tokef: the development of a metaphor
God Createsp. 127
The triad: creation, revelation, redemption
We are partners with God in all three
Four understandings of creation: as order out of anarchy, as anthropocentric, as the result of a primordial combat, as renewed daily and perpetually
From the Bible to the liturgy
Why four accounts?
God is not the conclusion but the point of departure
God Revealsp. 145
The principle of revelation and the fact of revelation
Does God choose Israel?
The content of revelation: the traditional position and three liberal interpretations
The image of God in each of these
We are partners with God in revelation
God in Exodus and God in the Joseph narrative
Heteronomy versus autonomy
God Redeemsp. 165
To redeem is to save
From history to eschatology
The eschatological impulse
Three dimensions of Jewish eschatology: the universal, the national, and the individual
God's triumph over death
The world as not yet redeemed
We are partners with God in redemption
Repairing the world
God as the power that makes for salvation
Epiloguep. 185
Notesp. 187
Glossaryp. 191
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 199
Indexp. 201
About Jewish Lights Publishingp. 206
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ISBN: 9781580231992
ISBN-10: 1580231993
Series: The Way into
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 1st March 2004
Publisher: Jewish Lights Publishing
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.35