Religion, Thought and Education

Ezra Mendelsohn

in Studies in Contemporary Jewry: XII: Literary Strategies: Jewish Texts and Contexts

Published in print April 1997 | ISBN: 9780195112030
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199854608 | DOI:

Series: Studies in Contemporary Jewry

Religion, Thought and Education

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This chapter explores David R. Blumenthal's protest theology in Facing the Abusing God: A Theology of Protest. Blumenthal poses a question in this book which veritably hurls at Jewish theology: Must the concept of an abusing God remain unthinkable after Auschwitz? Or does Auschwitz, shocking without precedent, require a “theology of protest” that is itself shocking without precedent? Blumenthal's protest theology climaxes in Yom Kippur prayer, for in it—an unprecedented step!—he demands forgiveness from God even as he seeks forgiveness by Him.

Keywords: David R. Blumenthal; protest theology; Facing the Abusing God; Jewish theology; abusing God; Auschwitz; Yom Kippur prayer; forgiveness

Chapter.  4862 words. 

Subjects: History of Religion

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