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Product Details

  • Series: Paraclete Guide
  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Paraclete Press (September 23, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557257043
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557257048
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #277,612 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Rabbi Rachel Tinoner has given us a wonderful little book. In easy but deceptively profound language, she deftly savors the essential unknowability of God, the ubiquity of Torah and the mystery of redemption. Much more than one of those little "one religion" for people of "another religion," books, Timoner gives us an immensely literate and serious, contemporary Jewish theology. Breath of Life, despite its brevity, is a spiritual tour de force." --Rabbi Lawrence Kushner is the Emanu-El Scholar in residence at Congregation Emanu-El of San Francisco and the author several books including Kabbalah: A Love Story

About the Author

Drawn to the rabbinate by her connection to God as spirit as well as a passion for social justice, Rabbi Rachel Timoner was ordained by Hebrew Union College in 2009, where she received the Rubin Prize for Writing, the Stanley Givertz Award for Bible, and the Wexner Graduate Fellowship. She has a B.A. from Yale University. She serves as Assistant Rabbi at Leo Baeck Temple in Los Angeles, where she lives with her family.

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I highly recommend this book to anyone who wishes to expand his/her spiritual path in Judaism.
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Here we look at ideas such as the Spirit's role in shaping the cosmos, the Spirit in us, and the Spirit as a way to God.
Robert Cornwall
I think a general understanding of what is meant by "spirit" from the Tanakh (the Hebrew Bible) was very influential.
Jeff Borden

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robert Cornwall on October 28, 2011
Format: Paperback
It's true that the Spirit is present in the Hebrew Bible, sometimes seemingly incognito, but many Christians have this sense that the Spirit really wasn't very active until Pentecost. I've found myself, in some of my own writings on the Holy Spirit, making that claim. But, perhaps there is more to the story than many Christians have realized. Having a Jewish guide to this topic would be helpful, and help has arrived. I will confess that I've never really read anything specifically Jewish on this topic until I took up Rabbi Rachel Timoner's new book from Paraclete Press -- Breath of Life. And what a breath of fresh air this book is.

I've read a lot of books on the Holy Spirit, including another recent contribution on the Holy Spirit published by Paraclete Press, Amos Yong's excellent "Who Is the Holy Spirit?" (2011). While many of these books are helpful and contribute to my understanding of the nature and function of the Holy Spirit, rarely do I see something really new and refreshing. Breath of Life offered me something new and even revolutionary. Timoner writes as a Jew, knowing that much of her audience for this book likely will be Christians (Paraclete Press is, after all, a Christian publishing company). I wasn't sure what to expect, though I wasn't expecting to learn anything all that new and revolutionary, and yet I found it that truly opened my eyes to new ways of looking at the Spirit, recognizing that the Spirit didn't just come and go, but the Spirit was and is present and active in all of life's experiences.

The starting point of this discussion of the Spirit involves definitions. Timoner notes that most Christians think of the Spirit in terms of the Trinity, a theological construct that is foreign to Judaism.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Borden VINE VOICE on April 3, 2013
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This is the third book I've read of the six that have been published by Paraclete Press in a series on the subject of the Holy Spirit in various faith traditions (see here and here for reviews on other titles I have read). I have intentions of reading and reviewing all of them eventually, but at this juncture, I can report that I am greatly impressed with the series thus far. Each of the three titles I have read are very scholarly, but not difficult to read and respectfully objective with regard to viewpoints outside the particular tradition they are written.

As the subtitle reads, Breath of Life is written from the Jewish perspective. My history and tradition is of the Christian persuasion, so I wasn't sure what to expect when I began Breath of Life. What I did find, was not only refreshing, but in many ways revolutionary, even to the point that some of my theology concerning the doctrine of the Holy Spirit (pneumatology) has been changed. Perhaps it might be better stated instead of revolutionary, I rephrase my new awareness as evolutionary.

Why the change?

What was it that brought me new awareness that would change my thinking about the Holy Spirit? I think a general understanding of what is meant by "spirit" from the Tanakh (the Hebrew Bible) was very influential. Rabbi Timoner shares much in the introduction that helps to shed light on some of the translation issues we encounter; this was enlightening to me. Another influential point was the Rabbi's writing in Part One - Creation: Breath of Life; specifically the chapters two through four were very poetic and extremely moving to me. My intellect, my emotion, and my spirit were all equally moved as I read and learned things I had not considered before about the movement and the ministry of the Holy Spirit.
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By Poon Yiu-lun on June 14, 2013
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The author demonstrates a strong and thorough understanding on the Jewish traditions. Arguments are sound. It lures you to spend time on the other books that the author writes.
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By Sheep23 on November 4, 2012
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Breath of Life: God as Spirit in Judaism by Rabbi Rachel Timoner

Reading the title of this book is quite puzzling to me, seeing to it that I find glimpses of God as Spirit in the Old Testament as pointing to the coming of the Messiah, yet I had not thought much about this theme. Rabbi Rachel Timoner helpfully puts into perspective what is meant by God as Spirit in Judaism by dividing her book into three sections: Creation, Revelation and Redemption. At the beginning of the book, she takes time to explain what is meant by both the terms `God' and `Spirit.' She writes, "Judaism's primary innovation was its understanding that God cannot be reduced to any thing we know-not a body, an object, or a natural force" (xiv). The poetic expressions and prophetic voices that reference God's body are understood as metaphor, helping us to relate to God rather than describing who God is. Part of the difficulty in seeking to describe God as Spirit is that by saying God is spirit might actually reduce the infinite One to our own concept or words for the Divine. Timoner writes, "More often, it seems God has spirit, or gives spirit, or takes spirit back" (xix). The Tanakh is very careful not to associate one word or phrase as providing ultimate meaning to God, for God is without shape or form but also a wholly different kind of being than humanity.

Creation
Rabbi Timoner makes an interesting point in the first chapter of the book by writing, "One of the most extraordinary features of God's spirit, God's creative force, is that some of its creatures also have spirit, enabling God's creations to create as well" (6). By bestowing upon us God's ruach, we are able to create and shape others, including in the very concrete way of pro-creation.
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More About the Author

Rabbi Rachel Timoner serves as Associate Rabbi at Leo Baeck Temple, a 650-household congregation in Los Angeles, where her focus is on social justice, spiritual life, and lifelong learning. She was born in Miami, Florida, received a B.A. from Yale University, and was ordained by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, where she was a Wexner Graduate Fellow and received numerous honors. From 1991 to 2004 she worked with social justice non-profit organizations, was named an Unsung Hero by KQED (PBS) and a Next Generation Leadership Fellow by the Rockefeller Foundation, and received the Do Something award for community service. Breath of Life is her first book.