New Book Edited by Professor of Religion Joel Kaminsky

"The Call of Abraham: Essays on the Election of Israel in Honor of Jon D. Levenson" is published and available in the library.


Joel Kaminsky, Professor of Religion and Member of the Program in Jewish Studies, has co-edited a new book with Gary A. Anderson, Hesburgh Professor of Catholic Theology at the University of Notre Dame, published by the University of Notre Dame Press.

The topic of the election of Israel is one of the most controversial and difficult subjects in the entire Bible. Modern readers wonder why God would favor one specific people and why Israel in particular was chosen. One of the most important and theologically incisive voices on this topic has been that of Jon D. Levenson. His careful, wide-ranging scholarship on the Hebrew Bible and its theological reuse in later Judaic and Christian sources has influenced a generation of Jewish and Christian thinkers.

The Call of Abraham seeks to bring to a wide audience the ongoing rich theological dialogue on the election of Israel. Writing from a variety of disciplines and perspectives, the authors—Jews, Catholics, and Protestants—contribute thought-provoking essays spanning fields including the Hebrew Bible, apocryphal and pseudepigraphic literature, New Testament, rabbinics, the history of Christian exegesis, and modern theology. The resulting book not only engages the lifelong work of Jon D. Levenson but also sheds new light on a topic of great import to Judaism and Christianity and to the ongoing dialogue between these faith traditions.

Professor Joel KaminskyTo learn more about Kaminsky, including his new book and other recent publications, visit his personal website.




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Five College Library Catalog
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ATLA Religion Database
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