"A priceless opportunity.... Vitality, excitement and theological imagination leap from every page. For those readers who never knew Muffs the teacher, this volume is a gift." -- Dr. Neil Gillman, professor of Jewish philosophy at The Jewish Theological Seminary of America, author of The Death of Death: Resurrection and Immortality in Jewish Thought
"Behind the academic and the philosopher is the one who loves God as Person with a burning intensity. How does he work this out so it makes sense to him and to others? Those of us who have heard `Yochie Muffs' teach and those who, alas, have not can read The Personhood of God. The book is a blessing." -- Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, author of First Steps to a New Jewish Spirit: Reb Zalman's Guide to Recapuring the Intimacy & Ecstasy in Your Relationship with God
"Biblical scholar, Jewish theologian, master teacher--all three of these personae make their appearance on every page. His vast but understated erudition is completely fused with his own passionate religiosity to make for stimulating and challenging reading. The reader will be well rewarded." -- Rabbi Arthur Green, dean of the Rabbinical School at Hebrew College, author of Ehyeh: A Kabbalah for Tomorrow
"Embraces unashamedly the ways the Bible pictures God as a person with all the traits of human psychology and even anatomy. Shows convincingly how it enriches both faith and theology, not least by liberating the readers from the stultifying literal readings of the sacred texts." -- Bishop Krister Stendahl, Harvard Divinity School
"Provides modern readers with a blueprint for understanding God's dynamic nature and presence.... Succeeds in helping us see the relevancy and the power of the very rich description of God's many roles in the biblical narrative. All those in search for meaning in their lives will find in this comprehensive study of how the Bible describes God's persona a mirror reflecting our own humanity; who we are and who we can become." -- Norman J. Cohen, provost of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, author of Hineini in Our Lives: Learning How to Respond to Others through 14 Biblical Texts and Personal Stories
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In scholarly but accessible terms, with many startling and controversial insights, renowned Bible scholar Dr. Yochanan Muffs examines the anthropomorphic evolution of the Divine Image--from creator of the cosmos to God the father, God the husband, God the king, God the "chess-player," God the ultimate master--and how these different images of God have shaped our faith and world view. Muffs also examines how expressions of divine power, divine will and divine love throughout the Bible have helped develop the contemporary human condition and our enriching dialectic between faith and doubt.