The Female Face of God in Auschwitz : A Jewish Feminist Theology of the Holocaust (Religion Andgender)

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The Female Face of God in Auschwitz : A Jewish Feminist Theology of the Holocaust (Religion Andgender)

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  • 製本 Hardcover:ハードカバー版/ページ数 288 p.
  • 言語 ENG
  • 商品コード 9780415236645
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Publication delayed (Originally scheduled in August 2002). The first full-length feminist dialogue with Holocaust theory, theology and social history.

Full Description

The dominant theme of post-Holocaust Jewish theology has been that of the temporary hiddenness of God, interpreted either as a divine mystery or, more commonly, as God's deferral to human freedom. But traditional Judaic obligations of female presence, together with the traditional image of the Shekhinah as a figure of God's 'femaleness' accompanying Israel into exile, seem to contradict such theologies of absence. The Female Face of God in Auschwitz, the first full-length feminist theology of the Holocaust, argues that the patriarchal bias of post-Holocaust theology becomes fully apparent only when women's experiences and priorities are brought into historical light. Building upon the published testimonies of four women imprisoned at Auschwitz-Birkenau - Olga Lengyel, Lucie Adelsberger, Bertha Ferderber-Salz and Sara Nomberg-Przytyk - it considers women's distinct experiences of the holy in relation to God's perceived presence and absence in the camps. God's face, says Melissa Raphael, was not hidden in Auschwitz, but intimately revealed in the female face turned towards the other as a refractive image of God, especially in the moral protest made visible through material and spiritual care for the assaulted other.

Table of Contents

Series editors' preface                            ix
Preface xi
Acknowledgements xiii
Introduction 1 (3)
The argument of this book 4 (9)
From Jewish women's history to Jewish 13 (6)
feminist theology
Reading post-Holocaust theology from a 19 (24)
feminist perspective
Writing women out of (and into) 21 (6)
post-Holocaust theology
The patriarchal characteristics of 27 (2)
post-Holocaust theology
Post-Holocaust affirmations of the 29 (6)
sovereignty of God
God's failure to be patriarchal enough 35 (2)
Re-figuring divine power 37 (6)
The hiding of God's face in Auschwitz 43 (16)
The holocaustal dis-appearance of God 44 (3)
A God who looks away 47 (3)
Presence, absence and gender 50 (4)
Israel, present to God 54 (5)
Feminist intimations of the holy in 59 (27)
The covenantal sanctification of Auschwitz 59 (4)
The profanization of women in Auschwitz 63 (4)
Washing Auschwitz 67 (3)
Women's sanctification of Auschwitz 70 (11)
The (de)portation of the holy into 81 (5)
Face to face (with God) in Auschwitz 86 (21)
The degradation of relation 89 (5)
The persistence of relation 94 (6)
Facing God in Auschwitz 100 (7)
A mother/God in Auschwitz 107 (21)
Maternalist perspectives on 107 (3)
post-Holocaust theology
(Divine) motherhood and providence 110 (8)
The maternal face of God in Auschwitz 118 (6)
A dying and deathless God 124 (4)
The redemption of God in Auschwitz 128 (38)
Part I
Jewry's eternal presence (or the stopping 128 (6)
Envisioning tikkun 134 (5)
Signals of redemption 139 (6)
Part II
Jewish mysticism and the narration of 145 (4)
Jewish feminism and the redemptive process 149 (3)
Shekhinah: God going with us 152 (5)
The vision of God in Auschwitz 157 (9)
The princess and the city of death: a 161 (5)
feminist maaseh, after Rabbi Nachman of
Notes 166 (39)
Select glossary of Hebrew and Yiddish terms 205 (2)
Bibliography 207 (14)
Index 221