New Book: Is the Biblical God Perfect?

Screen Shot 2018-11-28 at 5.10.01 PMThe Question of God’s Perfection: Jewish and Christian Essays on the God of the Bible and Talmud
Series: Philosophy of Religion – World Religions, Volume: 8
Editors: Yoram Hazony and Dru Johnson
In this new volume from Brill (edited by Yoram Hazony and me),  Jewish and Christian scholars explore arguments for, against, and perpendicular to the idea that God must be a “perfect being.” Essays both force new questions and re-capture ancient arguments. No one will leave this book with their notions of God undisturbed!

Order a copy for your library HERE.


“Introduction”, Yoram Hazony and Dru Johnson

Part 1 Challenging God’s Perfection

  1. “Is God ‘Perfect Being’?”, Yoram Hazony
  2. “God the Walker”, Berel Dov Lerner
  3. “The Living God: on the Perfection of the Imperfect”, James A. Diamond

Part 2 In Defense of God’s Perfection

  1. “The Personal God of Classical Theism”, Eleonore Stump
  2. “Toward a More Perfect Idea of God”, Lenn E. Goodman
  3. “Perfect Being Theology and Friendship”, Brian Leftow

Part 3 Divine Morality

  1. “Trusting God and Being Ourselves”, Alan L. Mittleman
  2. “Anger and Divine Perfection”, Edward C. Halper
  3. “Omnipotence is No Perfection: Rabbinic Conceptions of God’s Power, Knowledge, and Pursuit of Justice”, Alex Sztuden

Part 4 Divine Attributes

  1. “On How Not to ‘Sublime’ God’s Perfection”, Randy Ramal
  2. “Unifying the Name of God”, Joshua I. Weinstein
  3. “Turning from the Perfection of God to the Wondrousness of God: Redirecting Philosophical-Theological Attention in Order to Preserve Humility”, Heather C. Ohaneson

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s