Levenson-divine jealousy and the divine love language


I am reading Jon Levenson’s The Love of God.

Today I want to cover two points that derive from Levenson’s teaching experience. When a writer can bring real world experience–okay, sometimes it is a stretch to call universities the real world–to a book about theological ideas, I think that is helpful.

One of these points relates to the Hebrew Bible calling God a jealous God. This is a hard concept even after noting that some of the rabbis have explained that God, unlike people, is in control of his jealousy and not driven by it.

This is particularly a hard concept against the background of world religions and multiculturalism today. So Levenson mentions that a Hindu student asked this question of him: “Why is God so jealous?” This is a problem that probably mystifies many connected with Asian religion and culture. Often, in those cultures there is an openness…

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About jamesbradfordpate

My name is James Pate. I study the History of Biblical Interpretation at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio, as part of its Ph.D. program. I have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting.
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