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Reading the Hebrew Bible after the Shoah: Engaging Holocaust Theology

ISBN: 9780800638498

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Is theology possible after the Shoah? Marvin Sweeney challenges biblical theologians to take that question with utmost seriousness. Sweeney examines often ignored biblical texts where ancient Israel contemplated the problem of apparent divine absence and “divine evil,” and finds the perspective of post-Holocaust theology an indispensable interpretive resource. In biblical stories like those of Abraham, Moses, Jeroboam, Manasseh, Josiah, Isaiah, Ezekiel, Esther, Job, and more, Sweeney finds the recognition “that human beings cannot always depend upon God to act to ensure righteousness in the world.” The insistence, common among Holocaust theologians, that human beings must assume their own responsibility for doing justice and righteousness in the world is, Sweeney argues, powerfully present already in the Bible itself. This book is an important contribution to modern biblical theology and to Holocaust theology as well.

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  • Title: Reading the Hebrew Bible after the Shoah: Engaging Holocaust Theology
  • Author: Marvin A. Sweeney
  • Publisher: Fortress Press
  • Print Publication Date: 2008
  • Logos Release Date: 2012
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subjects: Bible. O.T. Pentateuch › Criticism, interpretation, etc; Theodicy › Biblical teaching; Holocaust (Jewish theology)
  • ISBNs: 9780800638498, 0800638492
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2022-09-30T02:38:14Z

Marvin A. Sweeney is professor of Hebrew Bible at the Claremont Lincoln University and Claremont School of Theology, and professor of Bible at the Academy for Jewish Religion in California. He is the author of 12 books, including Isaiah 1–39 in The Forms of the Old Testament Literature series, New Visions of Isaiah, and Zephanaiah in the Hermeneia commentary series.


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  1. Mattie Kissiah
    I would like to see Jon Levenson's review of this book. Does anyone know how I can find it?