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The Future of Jewish Theology

Steven Kepnes

ISBN: 978-1-118-32095-2 October 2012 Wiley-Blackwell 296 Pages


This engaging argument for the future of Jewish theology, written by a renowned Jewish scholar, provides a rounded introduction to the faith, its history, and its place in the modern world.
  • Explores foundational Jewish structures and concepts through the discussion and interpretation of Jewish texts
  • Argues that we must acknowledge holiness as a ritual and ethical reality in order to heal the rift between different forms of Jewish practice and theology
  • Covers historical context as well as the relations between Judaism, Israel and the wider world today
  • Speaks to both Jews and non-Jews and demonstrates through textual readings how Jews, Christians, and Muslims can understand and share their theological riches

Preface viii

Acknowledgments xii

1 You Shall Be Holy 1

Part One 27

2 Holy Blessings, Torah, People 29

3 Holy Shabbat 48

4 Holy Food and Holy Sacrifices 76

5 The Ethics of Holiness 102

6 Prophetic Holiness 124

Part Two 145

7 Ethical Monotheism 147

8 Textual Reasoning 172

9 Liturgical Reasoning 200

10 Scriptural Reasoning 219

11 High Holiness 246

Index 261

“Summing Up: Recommended. Professionals/practitioners; theologians."  (Choice, 1 August 2013)