About the Book
PUBLICATION DATE: AUGUST 2020
Who—or what— is God? Is God like a person? Does God have a gender? Does God have a special relationship with the Jewish people? Does God intervene in our lives, as individuals and as a nation? Is God good—and, if yes, why does evil persist in the world?
In investigating how Jewish thinkers have approached these and other questions, Tuling elucidates many of the diverse, contradictory, and sophisticated ways to think about God in Jewish tradition.
Concurrently, Thinking about God: Jewish Views addresses the genuine intertextual nature of evolving Jewish God concepts. Just as in Jewish thought the Bible and other historical texts are living document, still present and relevant to the conversation unfolding now; just as a Jewish theologian examining a core concept will respond to the full tapestry of Jewish thought on the subject all at once; this book 1) is organized topically; 2) covers Jewish history from the biblical to the post-modern era; and 3) highlights the interplay between texts over time, including how the later texts participate in the ongoing process of contemporary Jewish commentary.
A highly accessible resource for introductory students, Thinking about God also makes important, yet challenging theological texts understandable. By breaking down each selected text into its core components, Tuling helps the reader to absorb it both on its own term and in the context of essential theological questions of the ages.
Readers of all backgrounds will discover new ways to contemplate God.
“Thinking about God presents a fresh, intertextual approach to Jewish theology that will be attractive to students and instructors alike. Furthermore, Tuling offers clear and accessible examples of philosophical concepts, and walks readers step-by-step through complicated texts.” – Rabbi Oren J. Hayon, Senior Rabbi, Congregation Emanu El, Houston