New from JPS: Essential Judaism Series

The following is a brief update from our publishing partners at The Jewish Publication Society.

The JPS Essential Judaism series addresses our core beliefs and why they’ve mattered through many ages and still today. These informed yet approachable works offer readers the opportunity to question, as many teachers have before them, why they believe what they believe.

Thinking about God: Jewish Views (August) addresses the genuinely intertextual nature of evolving Jewish God concepts. Rabbi Kari H. Tuling guides readers through the Bible and a wide array of Jewish commentators’ writings to answer questions such as, Who—or what—is God? Is God like a person? Does God have a gender? Does God have a special relationship with the Jewish people? Does God intervene in our lives? As Publishers Weekly declares, “Tuling does a superior job unpacking the eclectic and evolving range of Jewish beliefs about God.

A noted scholar of Jewish philosophy, Kenneth Seeskin demonstrates that great ideas are not limited by time or place in Thinking about the Prophets: A Philospher Reads the Bible (September). Rethinking the great literary prophets whose ministry ran from the eighth to the sixth centuries BCE—Amos, Hosea, First Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Second Isaiah, and Job—Thinking about the Prophets examines their often-shocking teachings in light of their times, their influence on later Western and Jewish thinkers, and their enduring lessons for all of us.

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