A Critical Theology of Genesis

The Non-Absolute God

  • Itzhak Benyamini

Part of the Radical Theologies book series (RADT)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Itzhak Benyamini
    Pages 1-3
  3. The Creation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 5-5
    2. Itzhak Benyamini
      Pages 7-22
    3. Itzhak Benyamini
      Pages 23-37
    4. Itzhak Benyamini
      Pages 39-45
    5. Itzhak Benyamini
      Pages 47-58
    6. Itzhak Benyamini
      Pages 59-64
    7. Itzhak Benyamini
      Pages 65-74
  4. The Binding of Laughter

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 79-79
    2. Itzhak Benyamini
      Pages 81-97
    3. Itzhak Benyamini
      Pages 99-104
    4. Itzhak Benyamini
      Pages 105-109
    5. Itzhak Benyamini
      Pages 111-120
    6. Itzhak Benyamini
      Pages 121-131
    7. Itzhak Benyamini
      Pages 133-138
    8. Itzhak Benyamini
      Pages 139-148
    9. Itzhak Benyamini
      Pages 149-150
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 155-159

About this book


In this book Itzhak Benyamini presents an alternative reading of Genesis, a close textual analysis from the story of creation to the binding of Isaac. This reading offers the possibility of a soft relation to God, not one characterized by fear and awe. The volume presents Don-Abraham-Quixote not as a perpetual knight of faith but as a cunning believer in the face of God's demands of him. Benyamini reads Genesis without making concessions to God, asking about Him before He examines the heart of Adam, Noah, Abraham, and the other knights of faith (if they are really that). In this way, the commentary on Genesis becomes a platform for a new type of critical theology. Through this unconventional rereading of the familiar biblical text, the book attempts to extract a different ethic, one that challenges the Kierkegaardian demand of blind faith in an all-knowing moral God and offers in its stead an alternative, everyday ethic. The ethic that Benyamini uncovers is characterized by family continuity and tradition intended to ensure that very axis—familial permanence and resilience in the face of the demanding and capricious law of God and the everyday hardships of life. 


Bible Hebrew bible Hermeneutics Genesis Critical theology Monotheism Abraham Theology bible biblical studies Christianity god Judaism philosophy religion religious studies theology

Authors and affiliations

  • Itzhak Benyamini
    • 1
  1. 1.Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, and University of HaifaGivataimIsrael

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-59508-9
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-59509-6
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