James Diamond – Jewish Theology Unbound

Episode: Dru Johnson talks with Jim Diamond about his long term project of thinking theologically with the biblical authors. Through close readings of key biblical texts and Jewish sages, Diamond warns us of the “ethical gravity of avoiding reflection.” In other words, there is a general warning in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament to be philosophical. That’s an exciting claim to explore!

Guest: James A. Diamond is a full professor and the Joseph and Wolf Lebovic Chair of Jewish Studies at the University of Waterloo and former director of the university’s Friedberg Genizah Project. He is the author of Maimonides and the Hermeneutics of Concealment(SUNY Press, 2002), which was awarded the Canadian Jewish Book Award; Converts,Heretics, and Lepers: Maimonides and the Outsider(University of Notre Dame Press, 2008), which was  awarded  Notable Selection- Jordan Schnitzer Book Award as well as the  Canadian Jewish Book Award; and the book we discussed in this episode Jewish Theology Unbound (Oxford University Press, 2018).

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