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Faith Finding Meaning: A Theology of Judaism

Byron L. Sherwin

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780195336238
eISBN:
9780199868520
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195336238.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

Recent sociological studies have confirmed the persistence of profound internal challenges to the continuity of Judaism as a religion and to the Jews as a people. These challenges are eroding the ... More


Meaning Despite Evil and Absurdity

Byron L. Sherwin

in Faith Finding Meaning: A Theology of Judaism

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780195336238
eISBN:
9780199868520
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195336238.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

Absurdity, evil, and natural catastrophes pose a visceral challenge to faith and to meaning. This challenge is known in theology as “theodicy.” This chapter addresses the problem of theodicy by ... More


Kabbalah

Robert Eisen

in The Peace and Violence of Judaism: From the Bible to Modern Zionism

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199751471
eISBN:
9780199894833
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199751471.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

According to the first reading, Kabbalah implicitly supports violence. It expresses the most negative views of non-Jews in the history of Judaism by associating them with the realm of pure evil, and ... More


Malicious Clerks: The Nazi Security Police and the Banality of Evil

Yaacov Lozowick

in Hannah Arendt in Jerusalem

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520220560
eISBN:
9780520923669
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520220560.003.0014
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

For many, the name Adolf Eichmann is synonymous with the Nazi murder of six million Jews. Alongside Adolf Hitler and Heinrich Himmler, he is probably the most infamous of the Nazi murderers. ... More


Theodicy in Jerusalem

Susan Neiman

in Hannah Arendt in Jerusalem

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520220560
eISBN:
9780520923669
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520220560.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter offers a reading of the book, Eichmann in Jerusalem, in terms that are unavailable on its surface. It begins with a summary of the modern problem of evil in order to place the issues ... More


Post-Holocaust French Writing: Reflecting on Evil in 1947

Bruno Chaouat

in Post-Holocaust France and the Jews, 1945-1955

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9781479835041
eISBN:
9781479814954
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479835041.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter enumerates a significant number of literary, testimonial, and philosophical works that appeared in France and in other European countries in 1947. These works, offering different ... More


Nebuchadnezzar: History, Memory, and Myth-Making in the Persian Period

Jonathan Stökl

in Remembering Biblical Figures in the Late Persian and Early Hellenistic Periods: Social Memory and Imagination

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199664160
eISBN:
9780191748462
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199664160.003.0013
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies, Judaism

Nebuchadnezzar is the iconic king of Babylon. This article follows traditions ascribed to this King in the Hebrew Bible and other ancient Near Eastern texts and shows how some of them originated with ... More


Ethical Digests

John Barton

in Ethics in Ancient Israel

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
December 2014
ISBN:
9780199660438
eISBN:
9780191787270
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199660438.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies, Judaism

One of the more rational features in the Old Testament is a tendency to look for ways of reducing moral obligation to a short epitome—the classic example is the Ten Commandments. These digests (which ... More


And Hannah Laughed: The Role of Irony in Hannah Arendt’s Eichmann in Jerusalem

Kerstin Steitz

in A Club of Their Own: Jewish Humorists and the Contemporary World

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
October 2016
ISBN:
9780190646127
eISBN:
9780190646158
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190646127.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter analyzes Hannah Arendt’s use of irony and humor in Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil (1963), a compilation of her serialized account of the Adolf Eichmann trial ... More


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