Academic Studies Press is pleased to announce the publication of Judaism’s Challenge: Election, Divine Love, and Human Enmity, edited by Alon Goshen-Gottstein.
Summary: One cannot think of Judaism without taking some stance relating to Israel’s special status, its election. The present collection highlights the challenges that Judaism faces, as it continues to uphold a sense of chosenness and as it seeks to engage the world beyond it—nations, as well as religions. The challenge is captured by the dual implication of election: divine love on the one hand and enmity with others on the other. Israel’s election, mission and vocation are played out within this tension of love, grounded in God and extending to humanity, and the opposite of love, as this finds expression in Israel’s relations with others. Israel must work out the purpose of its election and its realization in history in the tension between these two extremes. This challenge takes on great urgency in the context of advances in interfaith relations. These lead us to reflect on the meaning of Israel’s election as part of developing a contemporary Jewish theology of world religions.
About the Editor:
Rabbi Dr. Alon Goshen-Gottstein is acknowledged as one of the world’s leading figures in interreligious dialogue. He is founder and director of the Elijah Interfaith Institute since 1997. His work bridges the theological and academic dimension with a variety of practical initiatives, especially involving world religious leadership. His academic work is divided between contributions to early rabbinic thought, Jewish spirituality, interfaith theory and Jewish theology of religions. He has held academic posts at Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Tel Aviv University, and has served as director of the Center for the Study of Rabbinic Thought, Beit Morasha College, Jerusalem. The present volume continues his ground-breaking work in the field of Jewish theology of religions.
Table of Contents:
The Election and Sanctity of Israel in the Hebrew Bible
A Kingdom of Priests and a Holy Nation
Israel as Blessing: Theological Horizons
Jewish Chosenness—A Contemporary Approach
Aleinu—a Prayer Common to Jews and Gentile God-Fearers
Two Dimensions of Jewish Identity
Images of the Non-Jew in the Kedushat Levi: A Textual and Theological Exploration
Israel’s Election and the Suffering of the Holocaust
Israel’s Election and the Moral Dilemma of Amalek and the Seven Nations of Canaan
From Enmity to Unity—Recovering the Ba’al Shem Tov’s Teachings on Non-Jews
Conclusion: Judaism’s Challenge—Being Israel in Changing Circumstances
Notes on Contributors