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Interreligious Studies in Theory and Practice

Same God, Other god

Judaism, Hinduism, and the Problem of Idolatry

Authors: Goshen-Gottstein, Alon

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Jews often consider Hinduism to be Avoda Zara, idolatry, due to its worship of images and multiple gods. Closer study of Hinduism and of recent Jewish attitudes to it suggests the problem is far more complex. In the process of considering Hinduism's status as Avoda Zara, this book revisits the fundamental definitions of Avoda Zara and asks how we use the category. By appealing to the history of Judaism's view of Christianity, author Alon Goshen-Gottstein seeks to define what Avoda Zara is and how one might recognize the same God in different religions, despite legal definitions. Through a series of leading questions, the discussion moves from a blanket view of Hinduism as idolatry to a recognition that all religions have aspects that are idolatrous and non-idolatrous. Goshen-Gottstein explains how the category of idolatry itself must be viewed with more nuance. Introducing this nuance, he asserts, leads one away from a globalized view of an entire tradition in these terms.

About the authors

Alon Goshen-Gottstein is a noted scholar of rabbinic literature and former lecturer at Tel Aviv University, Israel. He is founder and director of the Elijah Interfaith Institute, a global organization bringing together high level religious leadership and scholars in ongoing collaboration surrounding interfaith theory and reflection. This present work grows out of these two interests and out of his own personal spiritual journey in dialogue with Hinduism.

Reviews

“G. has done a wonderful job in learning Hinduism by reading widely, and by the fruits of his many friendships and contacts. … For those of us unfamiliar with rabbinic ways of thinking, G.’s book is eye-opening, as new ways of engaging the religions of Asia suddenly emerge. Christian theologians of religions can be grateful too, relieved of the burden of thinking that all the intellectual work of understanding pluralism is ours to do.” (Francis X. Clooney, SJ, Theological Studies, Vol. 78 (2), June, 2017)


'Alon Goshen-Gottstein has provided us with a masterful exploration of the status of Hinduism as Avoda Zara (idolatry) and has opened up the category of Avoda Zara for deep interrogation. This is a much needed exercise in a global age and one that will be helpful to Jewish seekers, halachists, and theologians, as they reflect on world religions as a whole, and on Hinduism in particular. No future discussion can ignore the systematic analysis and the spiritual challenges it presents.' - Rabbi Daniel Sperber, Professor of Talmud, Bar Ilan University, Israel

"Hindus will welcome this much-needed analysis that interrogates simplistic characterizations of the tradition as idolatrous and that highlights the Hindu understanding of the divine as transcending all finite categories and forms." - Anant Rambachan, Professor of Religion, St. Olaf College, USA

Table of contents (15 chapters)

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    Pages 3-10

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  • Author Presentation

    Goshen-Gottstein, Alon

    Pages 11-15

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  • Model Case Presentation: The Sheitel Crisis

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    Pages 17-24

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  • Avoda Zara: Introducing the Category

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    Pages 27-31

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  • Avoda Zara: Mental Attitudes

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    Pages 33-39

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Hardcover 62,39 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Same God, Other god
Book Subtitle
Judaism, Hinduism, and the Problem of Idolatry
Authors
Series Title
Interreligious Studies in Theory and Practice
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-45528-4
DOI
10.1007/978-1-137-45528-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-55820-6
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-57189-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 265
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