Reconciling Imagery and Doctrine

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For Howard Wettstein (2002), the imagery of the Hebrew Bible, Talmud, and Midrash does not sit well with the doctrines of medieval Jewish philosophy. Since Jewish imagery is inconsistent, Wettstein fears that it is going to serve as a shaky foundation for a body of coherent theological doctrine. Wettstein's response - the response that this paper questions - is to jettison the entire project of building a coherent body of doctrine. For Wettstein, a healthy religious life is fueled by its imagery and not by its doctrine; unlike doctrine, imagery does not need to be consistent.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationJewish Philosophy Past and Present
Subtitle of host publicationContemporary Responses to Classical Sources
EditorsDaniel Frank, Aaron Segal
ISBN (Print)9781138015739
StatePublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes


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