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Radical Theologies and Philosophies

A Critical Theology of Genesis

The Non-Absolute God

Authors: Benyamini, Itzhak

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  • Features autobiographical as well as sophisticated philosophical and theological reflections on Genesis 
  • Draws on rabbinic tradition but extends these types of interpretations in novel, postmodern ways 
  • Provides a highly philosophically and theologically distinctive, fresh approach to an much examined text 
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In this book Itzhak Benyamini presents an alternative reading of Genesis, a close textual analysis from the story of creation to the binding of Isaac. This reading offers the possibility of a soft relation to God, not one characterized by fear and awe. The volume presents Don-Abraham-Quixote not as a perpetual knight of faith but as a cunning believer in the face of God's demands of him. Benyamini reads Genesis without making concessions to God, asking about Him before He examines the heart of Adam, Noah, Abraham, and the other knights of faith (if they are really that). In this way, the commentary on Genesis becomes a platform for a new type of critical theology. Through this unconventional rereading of the familiar biblical text, the book attempts to extract a different ethic, one that challenges the Kierkegaardian demand of blind faith in an all-knowing moral God and offers in its stead an alternative, everyday ethic. The ethic that Benyamini uncovers is characterized by family continuity and tradition intended to ensure that very axis—familial permanence and resilience in the face of the demanding and capricious law of God and the everyday hardships of life. 

About the authors

Itzhak Benyamini teaches at University of Haifa, and at Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem, Israel. He is also the editor of Resling publishing house and the author of a number of books, including Narcissist Universalism: A Psychoanalytic Reading of Paul's Epistles (2012).  

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“A Critical Theology of Genesis: The Non-Absolute God is an English-language translation of a Hebrew monograph … that offers theological commentary on Genesis 1-22. … Benyamini’s approach to Genesis is quite welcome and promising.” (Craig Evan Anderson, Reading Religion, readingreligion.org, April 24, 2019)



“A famous Talmud scholar once said that God was the most tragic character in the Hebrew Bible. But who is this tragic figure? Using psychoanalytic tools and an ear acutely sensitive to the multilayered language of the biblical text, Benyamini answers this question brilliantly. His brings the reader into the language of the text and the life-force that pulses beneath it.” (Shaul Magid, Jay and Jeanie Schottenstein Chair in Jewish Studies Indiana University, USA) 

“Benyamini practices a ‘soft’ approach to the first chapters of the Old Testament: a truly Freudian detailed reading attentive to small deviations and unexpected twists. The result is outstanding, full of perspicuous particular insights, and deployed around the leading idea of a non-absolute God, a God who is caught in the intricacies of his own activity. An instant classic!” (Slavoj Žižek, International Director, Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, UK)

“This book presents a sophisticated and highly innovative approach to its topic, drawing upon rabbinic tradition but extending that type of interpretation in a modern, even postmodern way. This is a valuable, well-written book that makes a strong contribution to the fields of biblical studies and theology (and possibly other fields as well).” (George Aichele, Professor Emeritus, Adrian College, USA) 

Table of contents (17 chapters)

Table of contents (17 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
A Critical Theology of Genesis
Book Subtitle
The Non-Absolute God
Authors
Series Title
Radical Theologies and Philosophies
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-59509-6
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-59509-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-59508-9
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-95542-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 159
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