God as teacher: Jewish reflections on a theology of pedagogy

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In western religion we are accustomed to conceiving God in political terms as King, Ruler, or Lawgiver. This often results in a coercive conception of religion and education in which people are forced to do and believe that to which they would otherwise object. This essay explores images of God found in rabbinic readings of the Hebrew Bible as teacher and parent. These images form the basis of a non-coercive view of religion and education rooted in cultivation, nurture, and persuasion rather than force. According to this account, the authority of religious and educational leaders should be grounded in moral purpose rather than the exercise of power.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-17
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Beliefs and Values
Issue number1
StatePublished - Apr 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Religious studies


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