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Creation and Persistence of Evil: The Jewish Drama of Divine Omnipotence (Jon D Levenson) Paperback Book, (Princeton University Press, 1994) 9780691029504
Creation and Persistence of Evil: The Jewish Drama of Divine Omnipotence (Jon D Levenson) Paperback Book, (Princeton University Press, 1994) 9780691029504
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Title: Creation and Persistence of Evil: The Jewish Drama of Divine Omnipotence

Author: Levenson, Jon D

Publisher: Princeton University Press; Publication Date: 1994

Paperback; ISBN: 9780691029504

Volumes: 1; Pages: 200

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This paperback edition brings to a wide audience one of the most innovative and meaningful models of God for this post-Auschwitz era. In a thought-provoking return to the original Hebrew conception of God, which questions accepted conceptions of divine omnipotence, Jon Levenson defines God's authorship of the world as a consequence of his victory in his struggle with evil. He traces a flexible conception of God to the earliest Hebrew sources, arguing, for example, that Genesis 1 does not describe the banishment of evil but the attempt to contain the menace of evil in the world, a struggle that continues today.Reviews:"A doctrine of creatio ex nihilo and a perception of creation as essentially a fait accompli 'in the beginning' have stripped much of the drama from the views of creation found in the Hebrew Bible. Levenson seeks--with impressive success--to restore that drama. He provides, thereby, a reflective biblical foundation, based in solid philological and comparative study."--Lee Humphreys, Hebrew Studies"This masterful biblical and rabbinic study of creation and evil may challenge Christian proponents of creation theology and spirituality and adherents of the doctrine of creatio ex nihilo."--John C. Endres, S.J., Theological StudiesTable of Contents:Abbreviations ixAcknowledgments xiNote on the Text (1994) xiiiPreface (1994) xvPreface xxixPart I THE MASTERY OF GOD AND THE VULNERABILITY OF ORDER1. The Basic Idea of Israelite Religion? 32. The Survival of Chaos After the Victory of God 143. The Futurity and Presence of the Cosmogonic Victory 264. Conclusion: The Vitality of Evil and the Fragility of Creation 47Part II THE ALTERNATION OF CHAOS AND ORDERGENESIS 1:1-2:35. Creation Without Opposition: Psalm 104 536. Creation in Seven Days 667. Cosmos and Microcosm 788. Rest and Re-Creation 1009. Conclusion: Chaos Neutralized in Cult 121Part III CREATION AND COVENANT: THE DYNAMICS OF LORDSHIP AND SUBMISSION10. The Two Idioms of Biblical Monotheism 13111. The Dialectic of Covenantal Theonomy 14012. Argument and Obedience 149Notes 157Scripture Index 177Author Index 181
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