Perfect Goodness and the God of the Jews: A Contemporary Jewish Theology

Perfect Goodness and the God of the Jews: A Contemporary Jewish Theology


Jerome Yehuda Gellman

Series: Emunot: Jewish Philosophy and Kabbalah
ISBN: 9781618118387 (hardcover)
Pages: approx. 240 pp.
Publication Date: October 2019


That the God of the Hebrew Bible and rabbinic literature, “the God of the Jews,” is perfectly good is challenged by apparently immoral acts of that God, by contemporary standards, as well as by the classic problem of evil. In this book, Jerome Gellman aims to alleviate the first challenge, the so-called ideological critique, for the traditional believer by recommending replacing the God of the Jews with a different God, a “Jewish God,” one in whom many traditional Jews have come to believe. And the problem of evil is lightened for the traditional believer, mainly by a possible theodicy explaining much evil. The book is at once analytic in style and Hasidic in broad orientation.

Jerome Yehuda Gellman is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Ben-Gurion University, Israel. Gellman has been a fellow at the Hartman Institute, Jerusalem, at the Harvard Center for the Study of World Religions, and at the Center for Philosophy of Religion at University of Notre Dame, Indiana. He has published widely in the fields of philosophy of religion and Jewish thought.  

Table of Contents


My Theological Method
A Perfectly Good Being
The God of the Jews
The Ideological Critique
The Argument from Evil
The Humility Response
Response to the Present-Day Ideological Critique
Hasidic Panpsychism: “A Portion of God from Above”
The Multiverse: A Possible Theodicy