This Was from God

A Contemporary Theology of Torah and History

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Jerome Yehuda Gellman
Emunot: Jewish Philosophy and Kabbalah
  • Brighton, MA: 
    Academic Studies Press
    , August
     2016.
     222 pages.
     $72.00.
     Hardcover.
    ISBN
    9781618115195.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.

Description

Publicly or secretly, traditional Jews increasingly doubt the historical reliability of the Torah. Here, Gellman provides an "old-fashioned" Jewish theology for accepting the contemporary critique of Torah and history. Gellman presents an outline of the scholarly conclusions, and then examines faith responses and rejects apologetic attempts to evade the challenge. The book elucidates the notions of Divine Providence and Divine Accommodation that then provide a basis for the thesis that for centuries Divine Providence has been guiding toward a non-historical, non-literal understanding of the Torah. This was from God. Gellman advocates Hasidic-type non-literal approaches as most fitting for our times. Then, in light of the book's thesis, Gellman offers his understanding of Torah from Heaven, prayer, and the continuing validity of the commandments, for present-day traditional Judaism.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Jerome Yehuda Gellman is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and Honorary Professor at Australian Catholic University. He has published widely in analytic philosophy of religion and in constructive Jewish theology.

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