4 - The God of the Rabbis

Moshe Halbertal*

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Rabbinic theology, in the various Midrashim, reveals an intense attentiveness to God as a divine relational subject in the figures of king, a father, a husband, sometime a mother, and a judge. If God is, indeed, a relational subject capable of intentionality and responsiveness seeking a partner, the perfections attributed to him by the philosophers are actually flaws and imperfections from the perspective of Rabbinic theology.

Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationThe Cambridge Companion to Jewish Theology
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9781108233705
ISBN (Print)9781108415439
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2020

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  • God as Subject
  • Midrash
  • Perfection
  • Rabbinic Theology


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