Renewing the Covenant A Theology for the Postmodern Jew

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  • Eugene B. Borowitz (author)
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About the Book

Borowitz creatively explores his theory of Covenant, linking self to folk and God through the contemporary idiom of relationship.


Often regarded more as a culture than religion, Judaism’s modernization began with the assimilation of 19th-century European Jews into mainstream society. The postmodern era refers to the 20th century, especially post-Holocaust and contemporary Judaism. In this latest work Borowitz, a theologian of liberal Judaism, rabbi, and noted scholar, presents an in-depth philosophical examination of the Covenant. He draws upon the existential theories of Immanuel Kant, Friedrich Hegel, Martin Buber, Abraham Heschel, and others. He discusses and scrutinizes ethical and moral issues involving absolutism, transcendence, the Kabbalah (mysticism), holistic theology, and more. The pre- and post-Holocaust problem of evil and God’s nature is given close attention. This major work is an extremely thought-provoking, introspective interpretation of contemporary theology. Recommended for scholars, specialized collections, and academic libraries.

—Ann E. Cohen, Library Journal

Eugene B. Borowitz

Eugene B. Borowitz was Sigmund L. Falk Distinguished Professor of Education and Jewish Religious Thought at the Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion in New York, where he taught for over 40 years. For 25 years, he was the editor of Sh’ma, a Journal of Jewish Responsibility, which brought together writers and readers from across the entire spectrum of the Jewish community. He was an award-winning author of numerous books, including Renewing the Covenant: A Postmodern Jewish Theology and The Jewish Moral Virtues, coauthored with Frances Weinman Schwartz.

Eugene B. Borowitz, JPS author, Scholar of Distinction, and former board member is considered the leading Reform Jewish theologian of our time. JPS mourned his death on January 22, 2016 at the age of 91.

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