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The Significance of Religious Experience$
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Howard Wettstein

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199841363

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199841363.001.0001

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Theological Impressionism

Theological Impressionism

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The Significance of Religious Experience

Howard Wettstein

Oxford University Press

This chapter argues that theological doctrine, the output of philosophical theology, is not a natural tool for thinking about biblical/rabbinic Judaism. Fundamental to the chapter's argument is the claim that there is a tension between constellations of theological doctrine of medieval vintage and the primary religious literature—the Hebrew Bible as understood through, and supplemented by, the Rabbis of the Talmud. This tension is a product of the genesis of philosophical theology, the application of Greek philosophical thought to a very different tradition, one that emerged from a very different world.

Keywords:   doctrine, theology, Biblical Judaism, Rabbinic Judaism, anthropomorphism, medieval philosophy, moral perfection, poetic imagery, belief, metaphor

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