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Negative theology is the attempt to describe God by speaking in terms of what God is not. Historical affinities between Jewish modernity and negative theology indicate new directions for thematizing the modern Jewish experience. Questions such as, What are the limits of Jewish modernity in terms of negativity? Has this creative tradition exhausted itself? and How might Jewish thought go forward? anchor these original essays. Taken together they explore the roots and legacies of negative theology in Jewish thought, examine the viability and limits of theorizing the modern Jewish experience as negative theology, and offer a fresh perspective from which to approach Jewish intellectual history.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title, Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Introduction. Delineations: Negative Theology as Jewish Modernity
  2. pp. 1-29
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  1. 1. The Limits of Negative Theology in Medieval Kabbalah and Jewish Philosophy
  2. Sandra Valabregue
  3. pp. 30-47
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  1. 2. “No One Can See My Face and Live”
  2. Kenneth Seeskin
  3. pp. 48-61
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  1. 3. What Is Positive in Negative Theology?
  2. Lenn E. Goodman
  3. pp. 62-84
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  1. 4. Negative Theology as Illuminating and/or Therapeutic Falsehood
  2. Sam Lebens
  3. pp. 85-108
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  1. 5. “My Aid Will Come from Nothingness”: The Practice of Negative Theology in Maggid Devarav Le-Ya’akov
  2. James Jacobson-Maisels
  3. pp. 109-130
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  1. 6. Secrecy, Apophasis, and Atheistic Faith in the Teachings of Rav Kook
  2. Elliot R. Wolfson
  3. pp. 131-160
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  1. 7. Two Types of Negative Theology; Or, What Does Negative Theology Negate?
  2. Shira Wolosky
  3. pp. 161-179
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  1. 8. Khoric Apophasis: Matter and Messianicity in Islamo-Judeo-Greek Neoplatonism
  2. Sarah Pessin
  3. pp. 180-197
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  1. 9. Negative Dialectics, Sive Secular Jewish Theology: Adorno on the Prohibition on Graven Images and Imperative of Historical Critique
  2. Idit Dobbs-Weinstein
  3. pp. 198-212
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  1. 10. The Passion of Nonknowing True Oneness: Derrida and Maimonides on God—and Jew, Perhaps
  2. Michael Fagenblat
  3. pp. 213-237
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  1. 11. Jewish Negative Theology: A Phenomenological Perspective
  2. David Novak
  3. pp. 238-257
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  1. 12. Mysteries of the Promise: Negative Theology in Benjamin and Scholem
  2. Agata Bielik-Robson
  3. pp. 258-281
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  1. 13. Can Halakhah Survive Negative Theology?
  2. David Shatz
  3. pp. 282-303
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  1. 14. The Stylus and the Almond: Negative Literary Theologies in Paul Celan
  2. Adam Lipszyc
  3. pp. 304-322
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  1. 15. “Gods Change”: The Deconstruction of the Transcendent God and the Reconstruction of the Mythical Godhead in Yehuda Amichai’s Open Closed Open
  2. Tzahi Weiss
  3. pp. 323-334
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  1. 16. The Politics of Negative Theology
  2. Martin Kavka
  3. pp. 335-356
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 357-360
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 361-376
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  1. Citation Index
  2. pp. 377-380
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780253025043
Related ISBN
9780253024725
MARC Record
OCLC
970396700
Pages
388
Launched on MUSE
2017-03-04
Language
English
Open Access
No
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