Illinois religion professor looks at Jewish theology of protest in new book

Date

09/23/16
Dov Weiss, a University of Illinois professor of Jewish Studies, examines the Jewish theology of protest in his new book, “Pious Irreverence: Confronting God in Rabbinic Judaism.

If God is seen as infallible and morally perfect, how can that view be reconciled with the portrayals of a wrathful God in the Old Testament? The rabbis of ancient Judaism expressed their uncertainty by arguing with God.

A new book, “Pious Irreverence: Confronting God in Rabbinic Judaism,” by University of Illinois religion professor Dov Weiss, is the first comprehensive academic look at the Jewish tradition of protest and of expressing doubt about and frustration with God. Weiss writes about rabbinic texts of the 6th and 7th centuries in which rabbis protested and debated against God.

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