The Holy One of Israel

ISBN : 9780190698478

Lenn E. Goodman
264 Pages
156 x 156 mm
Pub date
Nov 2019
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Holy, holy, holy! The Lord of hosts! The fill of all the earth is His glory. In these few ecstatic words, the prophet Isaiah captured the core of Jewish thinking about humanity, nature, and God. If the idea of holiness generally points toward God's transcendence, Isaiah brings it back down to earth, recognizing God's presence throughout the world. The Holy One of Israel is a philosophical exploration of that remarkable and distinctively Jewish idea: that God is everywhere, yet not in space. Lenn Goodman explores what can be meant by God's uniqueness, presence, and perfection. In a text richly resonant with the classic Jewish sources and in dialogue with the great philosophers, Goodman probes the ideas of revelation, natural law, the problem of evil, the challenges and limits of the idea of God's transcendence, and God's actions in and through nature, including human nature. This book is a must-read for anyone seriously interested in how our ideas about God can inform our lives and our thinking about individual and social responsibility and intellectual and artistic creativity and spiritual growth.


Chapter 1 - Holiness in its Constellation
Chapter 2 - The Presence of the Holy
Chapter 3 - Who is Like God?
Chapter 4 - To Make a Rainbow
Chapter 5 - God and Evil
Chapter 6 - What is Positive in Negative Theology?
Chapter 7 - Natural Law
Chapter 8 - Revelation

About the author: 

Lenn E. Goodman is the author of several works on Jewish philosophy, including Judaism, Human Rights, and Human Values, On Justice: An Essay in Jewish Philosophy, and Judaism: A Contemporary Philosophical Investigation. He is Professor of Philosophy and Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Vanderbilt University.

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