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Symbol and Theology in Early Judaism Jacob Neusner

Symbol and Theology in Early Judaism

Jacob Neusner

Published August 28th 1991
ISBN : 9780800624569
Paperback
242 pages
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In the fifth and sixth centuries C.E., a new mode of talking about God took shape, both in synagogue art and in rabbinic writing. This new approach appealed not to propositional but to symbolic modes of discourse. In symbolic discourse attitudes andMoreIn the fifth and sixth centuries C.E., a new mode of talking about God took shape, both in synagogue art and in rabbinic writing. This new approach appealed not to propositional but to symbolic modes of discourse. In symbolic discourse attitudes and emotions rather than propositions are conveyed and evoked: faith as confidence in God rather than faith as the statement of truth about God.In Judaism, a mode of communication evolved that combined and recombined various symbols to make normative theological statements. Neusner analyzes those symbols, both iconic and literary, showing how both were meant to elicit right attitudes and approved emotions in the meeting with God.Includes important appendixes on Max Kadushins reflections on the rabbinic canon and E. R. Goodenoughs collection of synagogue art.Jacob Neusner is Graduate Research Professor of Religious Studies at the University of South Florida, Tampa. The leading authority on Rabbinic literature and Talmudic Judaism, Neusner is a prolific author (some 270 books), translator, editor, lecturer, and public figure. He is the author of several Fortress Press books.