Creation and the Persistence of Evil
The Jewish Drama of Divine Omnipotence
Jon D. Levenson
This paperback edition brings to a wide audience one of the most innovative and meaningful models of God for this post-Auschwitz era. In a thought-provoking return to the original Hebrew conception of God, which questions accepted conceptions of divine omnipotence, Jon Levenson defines God's authorship of the world as a consequence of his victory in his struggle with evil. He traces a flexible conception of God to the earliest Hebrew sources, arguing, for example, that Genesis 1 does not describe the banishment of evil but the attempt to contain the menace of evil in the world, a struggle that continues today.
First published in 1994.Jon D. Levenson is Albert A. List Professor of Jewish Studies at Harvard Divinity School.