The Call of Abraham: Essays on the Election of Israel in Honor of Jon D. Levenson by Joel S. KaminskyThe Call of Abraham: Essays on the Election of Israel in Honor of Jon D. Levenson by Joel S. Kaminsky

The Call of Abraham: Essays on the Election of Israel in Honor of Jon D. Levenson

byJoel S. KaminskyEditorGary A. Anderson

Hardcover | October 30, 2013

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The topic of the election of Israel is one of the most controversial and difficult subjects in the entire Bible. Modern readers wonder why God would favor one specific people and why Israel in particular was chosen. One of the most important and theologically incisive voices on this topic has been that of Jon D. Levenson. His careful, wide-ranging scholarship on the Hebrew Bible and its theological reuse in later Judaic and Christian sources has influenced a generation of Jewish and Christian thinkers. 
This focused volume seeks to bring to a wide audience the ongoing rich theological dialogue on the election of Israel. Writing from a variety of disciplines and perspectives, the authors—Jews, Catholics, and Protestants—contribute thought-provoking essays spanning fields including the Hebrew Bible, apocryphal and pseudepigraphic literature, New Testament, rabbinics, the history of Christian exegesis, and modern theology. The resulting book not only engages the lifelong work of Jon D. Levenson but also sheds new light on a topic of great import to Judaism and Christianity and to the ongoing dialogue between these faith traditions.
“This volume is an excellent contribution to a crucial question of both ancient and contemporary importance. The essayists give a whole range of ways to consider Jewish election both in its historical and conceptual incarnations. The complexity and richness that emerges from this range is a major strength of the collection and one that is without parallel.” —C. Kavin Rowe, Duke Divinity School
Gary A. Anderson is Hesburgh Professor of Catholic Theology at the University of Notre Dame. Joel S. Kaminsky is a professor of religion at Smith College.Contributors: Gary A. Anderson, Leora Batnitzky, Richard J. Clifford, S.J., W. Randall Garr, Greg Schmidt Goering, Matthias Henze, Marc Hirshman, Joel S. Kaminsky, James Kugel, Kevin ...
Title:The Call of Abraham: Essays on the Election of Israel in Honor of Jon D. LevensonFormat:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.1 inPublished:October 30, 2013Publisher:University of Notre Dame PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0268020434

ISBN - 13:9780268020439

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Editorial Reviews

“The Call of Abraham is an ambitious volume that sets out to consider this shared affirmation of election theology in light of Levenson’s opus while building upon it across a wide range of fields. By mining the tradition both ancient and new, the authors of this volume have ably carried forward their honoree’s legacy and pointed the way for a new generation to walk in his footsteps.” —Cithara: Essays in the Judeo Christian Tradition “. . . This volume is an excellent and satisfying tribute to its honoree [Professor Jon D. Levenson] and his research. With scholarship, clarity and interreligious sensitivity that equal Levenson’s, co-editor Kaminsky asks, ‘Can Election Be Forfeited?’” —Biblical Interpretation