The Jewish Approach to God by Rabbi Neil Gillman
A Brief Introduction for Christians

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A window into the Jewish understanding of God throughout
history and today—written especially for Christians.

In Jewish Scripture—Christianity's foundation—God's presence is everywhere: in nature, in history, and in the range of human experience. Yet the Torah, Maimonides, and 4,000 years of Jewish tradition all agree on one thing: that God is beyond any form of human comprehension. How, then can Judaism be so crowded with descriptions and images of God? And what can they mean to the ways Christians understand their own faith?

In this special book, Rabbi Neil Gillman guides you through these questions and the countless different ways the Jewish people have related to God, how each originated and what each may mean for you. Whether you are Christian, Muslim, or even Jewish, this nuts-and-bolts introduction will both answer your questions—and stimulate new ones.

A theologian who writes as a great teacher, Gillman addresses the key concepts at the heart of Judaism’s approach to God. From Ein Sof (Infinity) to Shekhinah (Presence), Gillman helps you understand what the search for knowing God itself says about Jewish tradition and how you can use the fundamentals of Judaism to strengthen, explore, and deepen your own spiritual foundations.

God Is Echad (Unique) God Is Power God Is Person God Is Nice—Sometimes God Is Not Nice—Sometimes God Can Change God Creates God Reveals God Redeems
 

About Rabbi Neil Gillman

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Dr. Neil Gillman is a rabbi and professor of Jewish philosophy at The Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, where he has also served as chair of the Department of Jewish Philosophy and dean of the Rabbinical School. His previous books include Sacred Fragments: Recovering Theology for the Modern Jew, winner of the National Jewish Book Award; The Death of Death: Resurrection and Immortality in Jewish Thought, a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year; and The Way Into Encountering God in Judaism (Publishers Weekly starred review).
 
Published October 1, 2003 by Jewish Lights. 192 pages
Genres: History, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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In a masterful survey of Jewish attitudes toward the concepts of resurrection and immortality, Gillman, who teaches Jewish philosophy at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, defies the common notion that Judaism is a religion that fails to address the afterlife.

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The mystical belief that "not only are Jews partners with God in redeeming the world, they are also partners with God in redeeming God" may sound radical, but "Christianity, by portraying a God who suffered and died on the Cross, extended this biblical notion...

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