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Traces of God

Seeing God in Torah, History and Everyday Life

Rabbi Neil Gillman

6 x 9, 240 pp, Quality Paperback, 978-1-58023-369-9

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A Probing and Powerful Look at the Role You Play
in Shaping Your Relationship with God
“No matter how hard we look, the God of Israel cannot be seen. Looking is not seeing, and seeing God is not like seeing an apple. It is much more like making a medical diagnosis on the basis of looking at a complex set of symptoms. Each of the symptoms is a dot. We can look at the dots and still miss the pattern.”
from Part I
The Torah is replete with references to hearing God but precious few references to seeing God. Seeing is complicated. What we look for and see are traces of God’s presence in the world and in history, but not God. In order to identify those traces as reflections of divine presence, we need to re-examine how we see, what we see, and how we interpret that information.
In this challenging and inspiring look at the dynamics of the religious experience, award-winning author and theologian Neil Gillman guides you into a new way of seeing the complex patterns in the Bible, history, and everyday experiences and helps you interpret what those patterns mean to you and your relationship with God.
Examining faith and doubt, revelation and law, suffering and redemption, Gillman candidly deconstructs familiar biblical moments in order to help you develop and refine your own spiritual vision, so that you are able to discern the presence of God in unanticipated ways.
 Praise for Traces of God
“Beautifully written and totally accessible.... Open[s] possibilities for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of God’s presence in our lives.”
Jewish Book World
 Praise for Neil Gillman’s Work
“Courageous…. Gillman revives the intelligence, wisdom, and moral sensibility of religious discourse.”
Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis, Conservative Judaism
“Gillman has a rare gift for translating complex theological ideas into terms that laypeople as well as specialists can appreciate.”
CCAR Journal: A Reform Jewish Quarterly
“Steady and sure … Gillman has a knack for addressing common questions— ‘Can people know anything about God?’—in an everyday vernacular.”
Library Journal
“A model of using textual and historical studies to provide new insights into contemporary religious issues.”
Dr. Tikva Frymer-Kensky, professor of Hebrew Bible, University of Chicago Divinity School; author of In the Wake of the Goddesses
“Evokes the age-long Jewish wrestling with the God of Israel … brilliantly clear prose cuts through the gordian knots of centuries of philosophical thought to make the most profound issues accessible to modern readers.”
Dr. Eugene Fisher, Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs,
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
“Will challenge the doubter, engage the seeker, and inspire the believer.... Beautifully presents age-old conversations about God in a modern voice.”
Rabbi Elyse Goldstein, editor of The Women’s Torah Commentary:
New Insights from Women Rabbis on the 54 Weekly Torah Portions
“Beautifully written and totally accessible … will enrich any reading of the Torah. But more importantly, it will open possibilities for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of God’s presence in our lives, whether or not we perceive it.”
Jewish Book World
“A book to be read and digested slowly…. Peoples of many faiths can benefit from its theological questions and discourses.”
Midwest Book Review

 

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