Theological Impressionism

Howard Wettstein

in The Significance of Religious Experience

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199841363
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199950003 | DOI:
Theological Impressionism

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This chapter argues that theological doctrine, the output of philosophical theology, is not a natural tool for thinking about biblical/rabbinic Judaism. Fundamental to the chapter's argument is the claim that there is a tension between constellations of theological doctrine of medieval vintage and the primary religious literature—the Hebrew Bible as understood through, and supplemented by, the Rabbis of the Talmud. This tension is a product of the genesis of philosophical theology, the application of Greek philosophical thought to a very different tradition, one that emerged from a very different world.

Keywords: doctrine; theology; Biblical Judaism; Rabbinic Judaism; anthropomorphism; medieval philosophy; moral perfection; poetic imagery; belief; metaphor

Chapter.  10866 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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