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The Future of Jewish Theology



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The Future of Jewish Theology explores the concept of holiness as a path to recapturing the essence of faith. The author argues that a balanced interpretation of holiness must acknowledge holiness as a ritual and ethical reality in order to heal the rift between different forms of Jewish practice and theology. A theology of holiness calls Jews back to sources of Judaism-Torah and mitzvoth-even as it requires them to move out of their communities and join sister faiths of Christianity and Islam in an attempt to redeem the world.

Author Biography

Steven Kepnes is Murray W. and Mildred K. Finard Professor of Jewish Studies and Religion and Director of Jewish Studies at Colgate University, USA. His research and teaching focuses on Judaism, Jewish philosophy and ethics, and Western traditions in religion and philosophy. He is the author of numerous publications including Jewish Liturgical Reasoning (2007) and editor of Studying the ‘Other’, Understanding the ‘Self’: Scripture, Reason and the Contemporary Islam-West Encounter (with Basit Koshul, 2007).

Table of Contents

Preface viii

Acknowledgments xii

1 You Shall Be Holy 1

Part One 27

2 Holy Blessings, Torah, People 29

3 Holy Shabbat 48

4 Holy Food and Holy Sacrifices 76

5 The Ethics of Holiness 102

6 Prophetic Holiness 124

Part Two 145

7 Ethical Monotheism 147

8 Textual Reasoning 172

9 Liturgical Reasoning 200

10 Scriptural Reasoning 219

11 High Holiness 246

Index 261

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