The Problem of Evil: The Jewish Response

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Course ID: Jewish Studies 30715-OL
Division: Undergraduate Studies, Graduate Studies
Program: Jewish Studies (Undergraduate), Jewish Studies (Graduate)
Location: Online

From ancient times to present, Jews have believed in a Messiah and a Messianic age. One question that has troubled Judaism from its very beginning to the present day is “Why does God permit suffering?” “Will the Judge of all the earth not act justly?” asks Abraham in the Book of Genesis, and from biblical times to the Holocaust and today’s headlines, the question has reverberated throughout Jewish tradition. By studying a variety of biblical, rabbinic, philosophical and mystical texts, some major responses to this question will be examined. May be taken for Jewish studies or Holocaust and Genocide Studies credit. (Classical)