Reading the Hebrew Bible after the Shoah: A Biblical Response to Holocaust Theology  -     By: Marvin A. Sweeney
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Reading the Hebrew Bible after the Shoah: A Biblical Response to Holocaust Theology

Fortress Press / 2008 / Paperback

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Is theology possible after the Shoah? Marvin Sweeney challenges biblical theologians to take that question with utmost seriousness. Sweeney examines often ignored biblical texts where ancient Israel contemplated the problem of apparent divine absence and "divine evil," and finds the perspective of post-Holocaust theology an indispensable interpretive resource.

In biblical stories like those of Abraham, Moses, Jeroboam, Manasseh, Josiah, Isaiah, Ezekiel, Esther, Job, and more, Sweeney finds the recognition "that human beings cannot always depend upon God to act to ensure righteousness in the world." The insistence, common among Holocaust theologians, that human beings must assume their own responsibility for doing justice and righteousness in the world is, Sweeney argues, powerfully present already in the Bible itself. This book is an important contribution to modern biblical theology and to Holocaust theology as well.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Fortress Press
Publication Date: 2008
Dimensions: 9 X 6 (inches)
ISBN: 0800638492
ISBN-13: 9780800638498
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Is theology possible after the Shoah? Marvin Sweeney challenges biblical theologians to take that question with utmost seriousness. Sweeney examines often ignored biblical texts where ancient Israel contemplated the problem of apparent divine absence and "divine evil," and finds the perspective of post-Holocaust theology an indispensable interpretive resource.In biblical stories like those of Abraham, Moses, Jeroboam, Manasseh, Josiah, Isaiah, Ezekiel, Esther, Job, and more, Sweeney finds the recognition "that human beings cannot always depend upon God to act to ensure righteousness in the world." The insistence, common among Holocaust theologians, that human beings must assume their own responsibility for doing justice and righteousness in the world is, Sweeney argues, powerfully present already in the Bible itself. This book is an important contribution to modern biblical theology and to Holocaust theology as well.

Author Bio

Marvin A. Sweeney is Professor of Hebrew Bible at the Claremont School of Theology, Claremont, California. Among his recent writings are Isaiah 1-39, The Twelve Prophets, and King Josiah of Judah. He is also editor of the Review of Biblical Literature.

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