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Evil and Suffering in Jewish Philosophy By Oliver Leaman

Evil and Suffering in Jewish Philosophy
by Oliver Leaman

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In this study Oliver Leaman poses two questions: how can a powerful and caring deity allow terrible things to happen to obviously innocent people, and why have the Jewish people been so harshly treated throughout history, given their status as the chosen people?
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Evil and Suffering in Jewish Philosophy Summary


Evil and Suffering in Jewish Philosophy by Oliver Leaman

The problems of evil and suffering have been extensively discussed in Jewish philosophy, and much of the discussion has centred on the Book of Job. In this study Oliver Leaman poses two questions: how can a powerful and caring deity allow terrible things to happen to obviously innocent people, and why have the Jewish people been so harshly treated throughout history, given their status as the chosen people? He explores these issues through an analysis of the views of Philo, Saadya, Maimonides, Gersonides, Spinoza, Mendelssohn, Hermann Cohen, Buber, Rosenzweig, and post-Holocaust thinkers, and suggests that a discussion of evil and suffering is really a discussion about our relationship with God.

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Evil and Suffering in Jewish Philosophy Reviews


'An instructive and thought-provoking study, and a fine introduction for the non-specialist to the range of Jewish philosophical reflection.' Rabbi Fred Morgan, The Expository Times
"...anyone with the most remote interest in suffering will find this perhaps the most important intellectual investigation on the subject in recent years." Theological Studies
"The topic may be heavy but the writing is anything but cumbersome. A deft survey of the major Jewish thinkers on this nettlesome problem, with special attention to their view of the book of Job." Sh'ma A Journal of Jewish Responsibility
"...anyone with the most remote interest in suffereing will find this perhaps the most important intellectual investigation on the subject in recent years." James F. Keenan, S.J., Theological Studies

Table of Contents


1. Job; 2. Philo; 3. Saadya; 4. Maimonides; 5. Gersonides; 6. Spinoza; 7. Mendelssohn; 8. Cohen; 9. Buber; 10. The Holocaust; 11. Back to the Bible.

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GOR003773257
Evil and Suffering in Jewish Philosophy by Oliver Leaman
Oliver Leaman
Used - Good
Paperback
Cambridge University Press
1997-02-10
272
0521427223
9780521427227
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The book has been read but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact and the cover is intact. Some minor wear to the spine.