Facing the Abusing God: A Theology of Protest

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Westminster John Knox Press, 1993 - History - 318 pages
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In this powerful book, David Blumenthal maintains that having faith in a post-Holocaust world means admitting that while God is often loving and kind, fair and merciful, God is also capable of acts so unjust they can only be described as abusive. Grounding his argument in Scripture and in the experience of Holocaust survivors and of survivors of child abuse, Blumenthal grapples with how to face a God who has worked "wondrously through us" and who has worked "aw(e)fully against us." Delving into Jewish literary and theological traditions, the author articulates a theology of protest which accepts God as God is, yet defends the innocence of those who are utterly victimized.

  

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Fantastic challenge to superficial theodicies. A book by a Jewish scholar that every Christian should have to read before presuming to preach or teach. Read full review

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Contents

Personality
11
Holiness
23
Universes of Discourse
33
Seriatim or Sailing into the Wind
47
Intimations
57
Psalm 128 with four commentaries
67
Psalm 44 with four commentaries
85
Psalm 109 with four commentaries
111
Prelude
193
Dialogue with a Systematic Theologian
211
Prologue
235
Facing the Abusing God
249
Addressing the Abusing God
265
Glossary
301
Source Index
311
Copyright

Psalm 27 with four commentaries
157

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About the author (1993)

David R. Blumenthalis Jay and Leslie Cohen Professor of Judaic Studies at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. He has significantly contributed to Judaic studies and has written many articles on a variety of topics in medieval Judaica.

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