POST-SHOAH JEWISH THEOLOGIES AND SELECTED CHRISTIAN RESPONSES
Objectives and Content: The Holocaust has shaken to the core the
pillars of Jewish beliefs. Jewish Covenant theology has always interpreted
the events of Jewish history as being a significant expression of God’s will.
How is it therefore possible to argue today that the murder of more then
six millions Jews can be understood in such a way? Looking at the writings
of three major post-Holocaust theologians (Fackenheim, Rubenstein and
Berkovits), the course aims at exploring the depth of questioning and
doubts that define the current state of Jewish belief. While the main focus
of the class will be centred on Jewish theological writings, we will also look
at the way some Christian theologians have understood and responded to
these writings and ideas.
Method: After a general introduction, the course will be based on
readings of selected passages from Jewish theologians as well as Christian
texts responding and commenting on these texts. These readings will be
discussed critically, enabling the expression of various opinions so as to
generate a debate during the classes.
Evaluation: The evaluation will take the form of an oral examination.
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|Jan 13, 2020