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- DescriptionIn the Old Testament, God wrestles with a man (and loses). In the Talmud, God wriggles his toes to make thunder and takes human form to shave the king of Assyria. In the New Testament, God is made flesh and dwells among humans. For religious thinkers trained in Greek philosophy and its deep distaste for matter, sacred scripture can be distressing. A philosophically respectable God should be untainted by sensuality, yet the God of sacred texts is often embarrassingly sensual. Setting experts' minds at ease was neither easy r simple, and often faith and logic were stretched to their limits. Focusing on examples from both Christian and Jewish sources, from the Bible to sources from the Late Middle Ages, Aviad Kleinberg examines the way Christian and Jewish philosophers, exegetes, and theologians attempted to reconcile God's supposed ineffability with numerous biblical and postbiblical accounts of seeing, hearing, smelling, touching, and even tasting the almighty. The conceptual entanglements ensnaring religious thinkers, and the strange, ingenious solutions they used to extricate themselves, tell us something profound about human needs and divine attributes, about faith, hope, and cognitive dissonance.
- Author BiographyAviad Kleinberg is a professor of history at Tel Aviv University. In his academic and popular works, he writes about the complex ways ideas and practices interact. His books include Seven Deadly Sins: A Very Partial List; Flesh Made Word: Saints' Stories and the Western Imagination; and Prophets in Their Own Country: Living Saints and the Making of Sainthood in the Later Middle Ages.
- Author(s)Aviad M. Kleinberg
- PublisherColumbia University Press
- Date of Publication25/09/2015
- SubjectReligion: Comparative, General & Reference
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintColumbia University Press
- Weight454 g
- Width140 mm
- Height210 mm
- Spine23 mm
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