Same God, Other God Hardback

Judaism, Hinduism, and the Problem of Idolatry

by Alon Goshen-Gottstein;

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Same God, Other God

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Jews often consider Hinduism to be Avoda Zara, idolatry, due to its worship of images and multiple gods. Closer study of Hinduism and of recent Jewish attitudes to it suggests the problem is far more complex. In the process of considering Hinduism's status as Avoda Zara, this book revisits the fundamental definitions of Avoda Zara and asks how we use the category. By appealing to the history of Judaism's view of Christianity, author Alon Goshen-Gottstein seeks to define what Avoda Zara is and how one might recognize the same God in different religions, despite legal definitions. Through a series of leading questions, the discussion moves from a blanket view of Hinduism as idolatry to a recognition that all religions have aspects that are idolatrous and non-idolatrous. Goshen-Gottstein explains how the category of idolatry itself must be viewed with more nuance. Introducing this nuance, he asserts, leads one away from a globalized view of an entire tradition in these terms.

Same God, Other God by Alon Goshen-Gottstein was published by Palgrave Macmillan in November 2015. The ISBN for Same God, Other God is 9781137558206.

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Page last updated 17th October 2015
Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan (November 2015)
Number of Pages336
Thickness18 mm
Height229 mm
Width152 mm
Product Code4342845
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