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The Lord is My Shepherd: The Theology of a Caring God

The Lord is My Shepherd: The Theology of a Caring God (Paperback)

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Timeless and inspiring, the shepherd metaphor addresses the fundamental relationship between God and man, speaking directly to questions raised by centuries of persecution. What is the nature of suffering in a just universe? How does suffering alter our perceptions of God? Rabbi Samuel explores questions of faith that are as old as the story of Job and as modern as the Holocaust. The image of God as a shepherd caring for his flock is well-known from the Twenty-third Psalm, "The Lord is My Shepherd." However, the concept of a God who nurtures and watches over people is often difficult to accept for those who have endured great tragedy, particularly for Jews living after the Holocaust. In this groundbreaking book, The Lord Is My Shepherd: The Theology of a Caring God, Rabbi Michael Samuel examines the image of God as a shepherd in Jewish tradition, contending that this image is essential to Jewish theology. By illuminating the challenges of modernity, and suggesting that the key to reawakening our sense of spiritual life lies in the ability to grasp the images that inspired our ancestors, The Lord Is My Shepherd offers contemporary seekers a great deal to ponder.

Philosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesReligion & BeliefsJudaismJudaism: theology Publisher: Jason Aronson Inc. Publishers Publication Date: 01/10/1996 ISBN-13: 9781568219127  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Rabbi Michael Samuel was ordained as a Lubavitch-trained rabbi and dayyan (judge) of Jewish Law, and has been involved in Jewish education for more than 20 years. He received his Doctorate of Ministry from the San Francisco Theological Seminary in 1995, and is also a licensed pastoral therapist. Currently the spiritual leader of Congregation Shaaray Tefila in Glens Falls, New York, he has served as a pulpit rabbi for the last 12 years. Rabbi Samuel has written numerous articles on contemporary ethical and political problems and their relevance to Jewish tradition. He gives lectures and conducts workshops around the country on ethical themes drawn from the Talmud, Responsa, Jewish theology and Mysticism, biblical imagery, and spiritual formation in Jewish tradition. Rabbi Samuel lives in Glens Falls, New York, with his wife and children.

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