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.
Professor Blumenthal also did very 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 (“Reading Genesis,” “Praying Ashrei,” “The Creator and the Computer,” and "Text-ing" in Facing the Abusing God: A Theology of Protest). 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 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. And he has hosted a course on Israeli and Topical Judaica Philately based upon the holdings of Emory University.
Professor Blumenthal is a member of the European Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Religion.
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Praying Ashrei (Meditations on Psalm 145) -- revised 11/12/97
The Creator and the Computer
Commentary to Sefer Yetsira
Israeli and Topical Judaica Philately
Gyongyi "Ginger" Goldhammer, June 16th, 1907 - June 9th, 2008 (updated 11/17/10)
Salvador Dali, "Aliyah, The Rebirth of Israel