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Holocaust Theology: a Reader: A Reader [Hardcover]

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28 Feb 2002
Where was God during the Holocaust? And where has God been since? How has our religious belief been changed by the Shoah? For more than half a century, these questions have haunted both Jewish and Christian theologians. Holocaust Theology provides a panoramic survey of the writings of more than one hundred leading Jewish and Christian thinkers on these profound theological problems. Beginning with a general introduction to Holocaust theology and the religious challenge of the Holocaust, this sweeping collection brings together in one volume a coherent overview of the key theologies which have shaped responses to the Holocaust over the last several decades, including those addressing perplexing questions regarding Christian responsibility and culpability during the Nazi era. Each reading is preceded by a brief introduction. The volume will be invaluable to Rabbis and the clergy, students, scholars of the Holocaust and of religion, and all those troubled by the religious implications of the tragedy of the Holocaust. Contributors include Leo Baeck, Eugene Borowitz, Stephen Haynes, Abraham Joshua Heschel, Steven T. Katz, Primo Levi, Jacob Neusner, John Pawlikowski, Rosemary Radford Reuther, Jonathan Sarna, Paul Tillich, and Elie Wiesel.


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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: New York University Press (28 Feb 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814716199
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814716199
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 17 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,347,086 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dan Cohn-Sherbok is Professor Emeritus of Judaism at the University of Wales, Honorary Professor at Aberystwyth University, Visiting Professor at St Mary's University and York St John University, Visiting Research Fellow at Heythrop College, University of London, and Honorary Fellow at the Centre for Religions for Peace and Reconciliation, University of Winchester. Born in Denver, Colorado, he was a student at Williams College, Massachusetts, spending a junior year in Athens, Greece. He was ordained a Reform rabbi at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. He was Chaplain of the Colorado House of Representatives, and Honorary Colonel Aide-De-Camp of New Mexico. He received a PhD from Cambridge University, England. Later he received an honorary DD from the Hebrew Union College, New York. He taught theology at the University of Kent and served as Director of the Centre for the Study of Religion and Society, and was Professor of Judaism at the University of Wales. He has served as a Visiting Professor at the University of Essex, Middlesex University, St Andrews University, Trinity University College, Charles University, Prague, St Andrews Theological College, Moscow, and Vilnius University, Lithuania. He has been a Visiting Fellow of Wolfson College, Cambridge, Harris Manchester College, Oxford, a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Corresponding Fellow of the Academy of Jewish Philosophy, a Life Member of Wolfson College, Cambridge, an Honorary Senior Member of Darwin College, University of Kent, an Associate Member of the SCR, Christ Church, Oxford, and a Member of the Arts and Humanities Peer Review College. He has also served as a Visiting Scholar of Mansfield College, Oxford, the Oxford Centre for Postgraduate Hebrew Studies, and Sarum College.

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"This anthology does indeed offer a panoramic survey, and thus is a valuable contribution to Holocaust literature.]" --The Princeton Seminary Bulletin "Rabbi Dan Cohn-Sherbok has provided a much needed and indeed "panoramic survey of Holocaust theology" (1) that offers a comprehensive overview of excerpts from representative writings in the field. Holocaust Theology: A Reader provides a fine, comprehensive overview of the interpretive possibilities." --Journal of the American Academy of Religion "Holocaust Theology: A Reader should prove useful as an introductory text which grapples with complex issues." --SHOFAR

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Dan Cohn-Sherbok is Professor of Judaism at the University of Wales and Visiting Professor of Interfaith Dialogue at Middlesex University. He is the author and editor of over 60 books, including The Crucified Jew, Understanding the Holocaust, The Atlas of Jewish History, Messianic Judaism. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Holocaust Theology : A Reader. Dan Cohn-Sherbok 16 Mar 2009
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An excellent review of the literature focusing on Jewish and Christian theological responses to the Shoa.Incorporates a wide diversity of viewpoints from those who state that there are no fundamental grounds for significantly modifying the traditions to those for whom the only rational response is the death of God.Working through the reader is essential to get a feel for the complexity of the issues. Cohn-Sherbok's stance, modified since earlier work,is that theological difficulty arises from continuing to try to square the circle of how an "omnipotent and benevolent deity, a loving father of all humanity" could allow the horrors of the Holocaust. Rather than trying to hang on to the traditional attributes of God, one should accept that the "Divine lies beyond human comprehension". We are then faced by a mystery rather than a problem.I found his argument compelling.There are differing views as to the uniqueness of the Holocaust: was it different in kind to anything before or since, or was it the scale that singles it out? For what it is worth I tend towards the former. None the less I am astonished that theology can be "done" today without addressing the implications of the events of 1933-45.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great book for researching the thoughts about theodicy 18 Jun 2013
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I liked that the book represented many different perspectives on the holocaust from many famous rabbis and other learned people. It was a godsend for writing my paper on theodicy.
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