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David R. Blumenthal

Jay and Leslie Cohen

Professor of Judaic Studies

 

 

Professor Blumenthal did path-breaking work in medieval intellectual Jewish history with his early studies in Yemenite philosophy, his two-volume textbook on Jewish mysticism (Understanding Jewish Mysticism), and his later work that established the concept “philosophic mysticism” as a category of analysis in medieval philosophy and mysticism (Philosophic Mysticism: Essays in Rational Religion).

Professor Blumenthal also did innovative work in modern Jewish religious thinking: in spiritual theology (God at the Center), in post-shoah theology (Facing the Abusing God: A Theology of Protest), and in social psychology and moral education in the post-shoah era (The Banality of Good and Evil: Moral Lessons from the Shoah and Jewish Tradition).

In addition, Professor Blumenthal was among the earliest scholars to use multi-textual writing in “Text-ing" in Facing the Abusing God: A Theology of Protest), “Reading Genesis,” “Praying Ashrei,” and “The Creator and the Computer.” He has also encouraged students to write creative essays and has put up their work on his website.

Finally, Professor Blumenthal has reached out from Religious and Jewish Studies to the arts and, together with his wife Ursula, has curated an exhibit, with a website and podcast, of Salvador Dali’s suite of lithographs, “Aliyah, the Rebirth of Israel.” He has taught a course on the Akeda and its expression in art, sculpture, literature, and music. More recently, Professor Blumenthal has helped to establish an internet data base for Israeli and Topical Judaica Philately and has hosted a course on this topic based upon the holdings of Emory University.

Professor Blumenthal is a member of the European Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Religion, and the Rabbinical Assembly of America.

Visitors to this page are welcome to download and use the material. Professor Blumenthal only asks that the requisite courtesy and law be observed in crediting him. He welcomes inquiries and can be reached at reldrb@emory.edu or by phone at 404-727-7545.

articles
contemporary theological reflection
on prayer
on the abusing God
on mysticism
on the banality of evil
autobiographical
other
book reviews


articles specially designed for the web

Reading Genesis
Praying Ashrei (Meditations on Psalm 145) -- revised 11/12/97
The Creator and the Computer
Commentary to Sefer Yetsira

syllabi and teaching materials
biblical studies
medieval Judaism
modern Judaism
evil studies
miscellaneous
student work
Voices from Psalms I
Voices from Psalms II
Voices from Psalms III
Voices from Psalms IV
Interpretations of the Akeda
miscellaneous

Israeli and Topical Judaica Philately (updated monthly)New04.gif

Gyongyi "Ginger" Goldhammer, June 16th, 1907 - June 9th, 2008 (updated 11/17/10)

Salvador Dali, "Aliyah, The Rebirth of Israel (revised 8/1/2013)New04.gif

How to Do Good: Links to Prosocial Sites (updated 9/2010)
frontispiece
introduction to this homepage and acknowledgement
miscellaneous
biosketch
books

full curriculum vitae   (revised 12/5/13)
 
 
 
 
 
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