The postmodern Jew seeks a Judaism that weaves God, folk, and self into a seamless whole. In twenty searching chapters, Eugene B. Borowitz creatively explores his theory of Covenant, linking self to folk and God through the contemporary idiom of relationship.
Widely regarded as one of liberal Judaism's leading theologians, Rabbi Borowitz has long championed the need for Jews to return to the Covenant—a personal relationship with God. In this volume, Rabbi Borowitz straightforwardly faces fundamental theological issues: "The who/what of God," "What does God still do?" and "What can we do about our will-to-do-evil?" He concludes by articulating his own vision: a theology of contemporary Jewish duty.
- Analyzes two subjects in detail: "Jewish Religious Experience in Our Time" and "A Postliberal Theology of Jewish Duty"
- Encourages and emphasizes the need for us to seek a personal relationship with God
- Includes an introduction, afterword, glossary, bibliographic notes, and an index
Praise for the Print Edition
Renewing the Covenant is the most important work of the premier thinking of Liberal Judaism in America. It is a powerful theological statement that calls for study, reflection, and response from everyone interested in and concerned with Jewish thought in our time.
—David Novak, Professor of Modern Judaic Studies, University of Virginia
This book demonstrates once again the keen intellect, deep wisdom, sensitive moral concerns, and committed religious faith of Eugene Borowitz. Christians can learn much about Judaism from this master teacher, but Borowitz also helps all religious believers understand how to make our religious faith a living tradition and how to be committed to both our particular faith and to the needs of all humankind.
—Charles E. Curran, Professor of Human Values, Southern Methodist University
This is a major statement in contemporary Jewish theology by the leading Reform theologian of our generation. . . . Borowitz has set out the essential concerns with clarity, learning, and intelligence and has established the ground for an important, ongoing, theological dialogue about what Judaism can authentically mean, and demand, at the end of the 2th century.
This major work is an extremely thought-provoking, introspective interpretation of contemporary theology.
- Title: Renewing the Covenant
- Author: Eugene B. Borowitz
- Publisher: Jewish Publication Society
- Publication Date: 1991
- Pages: 336
About Eugene B. Borowitz
Eugene B. Borowitz is Sigmund L. Falk Distinguished Professor of Education and Jewish Religious Thought at the Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion in New York, where he has taught since 1962. For 25 years, he was the editor of Sh'ma, a Journal of Jewish Responsibility, which brought together writers and readers from across the entire spectrum of the Jewish community. He is also an award-winning author of numerous books.