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Studies in Contemporary Jewry: XII: Literary Strategies: Jewish Texts and Contexts$
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Ezra Mendelsohn

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780195112030

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195112030.001.0001

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Religion, Thought and Education

Religion, Thought and Education

(p.354) Religion, Thought and Education
Studies in Contemporary Jewry: XII: Literary Strategies: Jewish Texts and Contexts

Ezra Mendelsohn

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores David R. Blumenthal's protest theology in Facing the Abusing God: A Theology of Protest. Blumenthal poses a question in this book which veritably hurls at Jewish theology: Must the concept of an abusing God remain unthinkable after Auschwitz? Or does Auschwitz, shocking without precedent, require a “theology of protest” that is itself shocking without precedent? Blumenthal's protest theology climaxes in Yom Kippur prayer, for in it—an unprecedented step!—he demands forgiveness from God even as he seeks forgiveness by Him.

Keywords:   David R. Blumenthal, protest theology, Facing the Abusing God, Jewish theology, abusing God, Auschwitz, Yom Kippur prayer, forgiveness

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