Feb 18th, 2020
Episode: Dru Johnson speaks with James Diamond about why Jewish theology matters, and how he understands themes like love, death, freedom, names of God, angels, the philosophical quest, and Zionism in light of the Hebrew Bible and the Jewish Rabbinic, philosophical, and mystical traditions. This episode focuses on his book Jewish Theology Unbound (OUP).
Guest: Professor James A. Diamond is the Joseph and Wolf Lebovic Chair of Jewish Studies at the University of Waterloo. He holds a Ph.D. in Religious Studies and Medieval Jewish Thought from the University of Toronto, and an LL.M. from New York University’s Law School. He is also a Herzl Institute/Templeton Foundation Fellow. Dr. Diamond is the author of Maimonides and the Hermeneutics of Concealment (SUNY, 2002) which was awarded the Canadian Jewish Book Award and Converts, Heretics and Lepers: Maimonides and the Outsider (University of Notre Dame, 2008), awarded Notable Selection-Jordan Schnitzer Book Award in the Category of Philosophy and Jewish Thought for best book in 4 years (2008). His book Maimonides and the Shaping of the Jewish Canon (Cambridge, 2014) was a recipient of the Canadian Jewish Literary Award and his most recent book is JewishTheology Unbound (OUP).
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