The Jewish Approach to God: A Brief Introduction for Christians

A book from Jewish Lights, SkyLight Paths’ sister imprint

Guides you through the countless ways the Jewish people have related to God, how they originated and what they may mean for you. No matter your faith or background, this nuts-and-bolts introduction will both answer your questions and stimulate new ones.

Dr. Neil Gillman

5½ x 8½, 192 pp | 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

“A well-written book with much to offer.”

Association of Jewish Libraries Newsletter

“Gillman notes that the name ‘Israel’ means one who struggles with God. In this book he helps us all to rise to that challenge.”

Church & Synagogue Library Association