The Female Face of God in Auschwitz
A Jewish Feminist Theology of the Holocaust
By (author) Melissa Raphael
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Female Face of God in Auschwitz by Melissa Raphael
Book DescriptionThe dominant theme of post-Holocaust Jewish theology has been that of the temporary hiddenness of God, interpreted either as a divine mystery or, more commonly, as God's deferral to human freedom. But traditional Judaic obligations of female presence, together with the traditional image of the Shekhinah as a figure of God's 'femaleness' accompanying Israel into exile, seem to contradict such theologies of absence. The Female Face of God in Auschwitz, the first full-length feminist theology of the Holocaust, argues that the patriarchal bias of post-Holocaust theology becomes fully apparent only when women's experiences and priorities are brought into historical light. Building upon the published testimonies of four women imprisoned at Auschwitz-Birkenau - Olga Lengyel, Lucie Adelsberger, Bertha Ferderber-Salz and Sara Nomberg-Przytyk - it considers women's distinct experiences of the holy in relation to God's perceived presence and absence in the camps. God's face, says Melissa Raphael, was not hidden in Auschwitz, but intimately revealed in the female face turned towards the other as a refractive image of God, especially in the moral protest made visible through material and spiritual care for the assaulted other.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415236652
(234mm x 156mm x 19mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 13-Mar-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Melissa Raphael
Judaism and the Visual Image, Hardback (February 2009)
Provides an enquiry into the visuality of the relationship between God and Israel. This book argues that revelation is an aesthetic moment, but that the Jewish assumption of its own aniconism has meant that the aesthetic has come to play no significant role in Jewish theology and ethics.
Female Face of God in Auschwitz, Hardback (March 2003)
The first full-length feminist dialogue with Holocaust theory, theology and social history. Considers women's reactions to the holy in the camps at Auschwitz.
Rudolf Otto and the Concept of Holiness, Hardback (September 1997)View all books by Melissa Raphael
An examination of Rudolf Otto's 20th-century concept of holiness. This volume analyzes the scholarly context that shaped Otto's idea of holiness, and discusses the relation of the numinous and the holy to the divine personality, morality, religious experience and emancipatory theology.
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Author Biography - Melissa Raphael
Melissa Raphael is Principal Lecturer in Theology and Religious Studies at The University of Gloucestershire. She is the author of Introducing Thealogy: Discourse on the Goddess (1999), Rudolf Otto and the Concept of Holiness (1997) and Thealogy and Embodiment (1996).
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