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Evil and suffering in Jewish philosophy / Oliver Leaman.

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Subject: Bible. Job > Criticism, interpretation, etc., Jewish.
Good and evil > Religious aspects > Judaism.
Suffering > Religious aspects > Judaism.
Judaism > Doctrines.
Jewish philosophy.
Genre: Electronic books.

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  • ISBN: 0511003870
  • ISBN: 9780511003875
  • ISBN: 9780521427227
  • ISBN: 0521427223
  • ISBN: 9780521417242
  • ISBN: 0521417244
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource (xiii, 257 pages).
  • Publisher: Cambridge, U.K. ; Cambridge University Press, 1995.

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 251-254) and index.
Formatted Contents Note: 1. Job -- 2. Philo -- 3. Saadya -- 4. Maimonides -- 5. Gersonides -- 6. Spinoza -- 7. Mendelssohn -- 8. Cohen -- 9. Buber -- 10. The Holocaust -- 11. Back to the Bible.
Summary: The problems of evil and suffering have been extensively discussed in Jewish philosophy, and much of the discussion has centred on the Book of Job. In this study Oliver Leaman poses two questions: how can a powerful and caring deity allow terrible things to happen to obviously innocent people, and why have the Jewish people been so harshly treated throughout history, given their status as the chosen people? He explores these issues through an analysis of the views of Philo, Saadya, Maimonides, Gersonides, Spinoza, Mendelssohn, Hermann Cohen, Buber, Rosenzweig, and post-Holocaust thinkers, and suggests that a discussion of evil and suffering is really a discussion about our relationship with God.
Language Note: English.
Source of Description Note: Print version record.
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