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This engaging argument for the future of Jewish theology, written by a renowned Jewish scholar, provides a rounded introduction to the faith, its history, and its place in the modern world. Explores foundational Jewish structures and concepts through the discussion and interpretation of Jewish texts Argues that we must acknowledge holiness as a ritual and ethical reality in order to heal the rift between different forms of Jewish practice and theology Covers historical context as well as the relations between Judaism, Israel and the wider world today Speaks to both Jews and non-Jews and demonstrates through textual readings how Jews, Christians, and Muslims can understand and share their theological riches

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 Scripture, Reason and the Contemporary Islam-West Encounter: Studying the “Other”, Understanding the “Self” (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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