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Jewish Theology for a Postmodern Age$
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Miriam Feldmann Kaye

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781906764685

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781906764685.001.0001

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(p.99) Three Revelation
Jewish Theology for a Postmodern Age

Miriam Feldmann Kaye

Liverpool University Press

This chapter internalizes the postmodern critique of religion and explores the potential for a new theology of revelation. It integrates cultural particularism by maintaining the concept of revelation at the heart of Jewish theology, while recasting it as a non-metaphysical experience. It also tackles the problem of language through its textual manifestations and explores linguistic functions or 'signifiers' that reflect a communal reality. The chapter illustrates how language is used as an instrument to designate a variety of conflicting and complementary narratives rather than as a description of a metaphysical truth. It discusses Tamar Ross's non-realist application of mysticism to religious truth statements and Rav Shagar's denial of language's ability to refer to anything beyond itself.

Keywords:   cultural particularism, Jewish theology, signifiers, metaphysical truth, Tamar Ross, Rav Shagar

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