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The Jewish Approach to God

A Brief Introduction for Christians

Dr. Neil Gillman

5.5 x 8.5, 192 pp, Paperback
978-1-58023-190-9

           

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A window into the Jewish understanding of God throughout
history and today—written especially for Christians.

In Jewish Scripture—Christianity's foundation—God's presence is everywhere: in nature, in history, and in the range of human experience.  Yet the Torah, Maimonides, and 4,000 years of Jewish tradition all agree on one thing: that God is beyond any form of human comprehension.  How, then can Judaism be so crowded with descriptions and images of God?  And what can they mean to the ways Christians understand their own faith?
In this special book, Rabbi Neil Gillman guides you through these questions and the countless different ways the Jewish people have related to God, how each originated and what each may mean for you. Whether you are Christian, Muslim, or even Jewish, this nuts-and-bolts introduction will both answer your questions—and stimulate new ones.
A theologian who writes as a great teacher, Gillman addresses the key concepts at the heart of Judaism’s approach to God. From Ein Sof (Infinity) to Shekhinah (Presence), Gillman helps you understand what the search for knowing God itself says about Jewish tradition and how you can use the fundamentals of Judaism to strengthen, explore, and deepen your own spiritual foundations.
    • God Is Echad (Unique)
    • God Is Power
    • God Is Person
    • God Is Nice—Sometimes
    • God Is Not Nice—Sometimes
    • God Can Change
    • God Creates
    • God Reveals
    • God Redeems
Praise for Rabbi Neil Gillman and his work
"Erudite but approachable."
Reform Judaism
"[Gillman's] examination of texts brings him to accept inconsistencies and to highlight discrepancies between popular images of God and God's portrayal in classical Jewish sources."
Publishers Weekly starred review
"The name Israel, according to the popular etymology of Genesis 32, means 'He wrestles with God.' Rabbi Gillman evokes the age-long Jewish wrestling with the God of Israel, a God of daunting contradictions, in brilliantly clear prose which cuts though the gordian knots of centuries of philosophical thought to make the most profound issues accessible to modern readers, Jewish as well as Christian."
Dr. Eugene Fisher, Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
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