In this course we will study Jewish texts that deal with key attributes of God. Analyzing texts from the Hebrew Bible and later Rabbinic literature, we will discuss, for example, God’s anger, love, hate, and mercy. We will consider how anthropomorphism – the attribution of human qualities to God – is expressed throughout these corpora of material as we ask questions such as: To what extent is God’s hate similar to human hate? Does God’s mercy overwhelm God’s anger? How does the Jewish understanding of God’s love change over time?
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