A Critical Theology of Genesis: The Non-Absolute God by Itzhak Benyamini

By Itzhak Benyamini

In this e-book Itzhak Benyamini offers another examining of Genesis, an in depth textual research from the tale of production to the binding of Isaac. This interpreting bargains the potential of a tender relation to God, now not one characterised by way of worry and awe. the quantity provides Don-Abraham-Quixote no longer as a perpetual knight of religion yet as a crafty believer within the face of God's calls for of him. Benyamini reads Genesis with out making concessions to God, asking approximately Him ahead of He examines the guts of Adam, Noah, Abraham, and the opposite knights of religion (if they're relatively that). during this method, the statement on Genesis turns into a platform for a brand new kind of serious theology. via this unconventional rereading of the known biblical textual content, the booklet makes an attempt to extract a special ethic, one who demanding situations the Kierkegaardian call for of blind religion in an all-knowing ethical God and provides in its stead another, daily ethic. The ethic that Benyamini uncovers is characterised by way of family members continuity and culture meant to make sure that very axis—familial permanence and resilience within the face of the not easy and capricious legislations of God and the standard hardships of lifestyles.

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BENYAMINI * In this context it is appropriate to present the words of Franz Rosenzweig, with which I agree word for word: “For it is certain that the text as it is has an intention; it is not only something that was written, which is essentially what interests the Protestant science of the Bible; it also speaks: Read me— Understand me! And for understanding it, there is the meaning of the text as edited and finalized, and not the meaning of various sources, which can be peeled away and removed from it.

And to Adam he said, Because you listened to the voice of your woman, and you ate of the tree of which I commanded you, You shall not eat of it, cursed is the ground because of you; in sorrow you shall eat of it all the days of your life. (3:15–17) There is a similarity between Eve’s punishment and that of the earth (for the man: the punishment for Adam refers to the earth, refers to its being cursed), and from this, we may conclude retroactively about relations between God and the earth, his spouse.

God hallowed the seventh day in the sense of separating it from the others. Thus, this separation is also a type of sanctification. Thereby God performs the first religious act of separation and distinction between the sacred and the profane. 22 I. BENYAMINI What is sanctification? Is it to be understood as the traumatic of Rudolf Otto and Freud and as the real in Lacan (in relation to “what does not go”)? For the ordinary person, it is not usually revealed as a truly transcendent revelation, for it is self-evident.

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