Response: Judaism and Anatheism

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic


Study of Judaism Unit
Theme: Judaism and Anatheism
Tuesday, 9:00 AM-11:00 AM (Virtual)
Sam Shonkoff, Graduate Theological Union, Presiding
We seek to apply to the academic study of Judaism the critical method of Richard Kierney’s anatheism. This approach seeks to move past prior concern with aporia, difference, and impossibility. Instead, they view religion as uncertainty and creativity, a location envisioned by potentiality, profundity, and enrichment. The first speaker will look at the role of the Jewish concept of hospitality through Kearney’s wager of hospitality and this concept anticipates Jonathan Sacks notion of covenant. A second speaker will discuss Kearney’s concrete overlay of carnality, sacramentality, and hospitality in comparison to Levinas, focusing on some of the implications for time, memory, and the im/possibilities of returning to god after god. The third speaker will focus on anantheism and Biblical exegesis, focusing on Kearney’s presentation of the biblical narrative of the Burning Bush. The fourth speaker will focus on the importance of interreligious encounter in Judaism, which for anantheism is an act of both translation and imaginative openness to another worldview. A respondent will comment on the difference from Christian applications.

Alan Brill, Seton Hall University: Inter-religious Hermeneutics from a Jewish Perspective.
Reuven Pepper, Drew University: Rabbinic Hospitality and the Anatheism Wager
Miriam Feldmann Kaye, Bar Ilan University: Richard Kearney’s Critique of the Burning Bush (Ex. 3:13) Compared to Jewish Exegesis
Sarah Pessin, University of Denver: Sacred Bread, Sacred Body: From Kearney on ‘Eucharist of the Everyday’ to Levinas on ‘Living from Bread’
Responding: Marius van Hoogstraten, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Period23 Nov 2021
Event titleAmerican Academy of Religion Annual Meeting
Event typeConference
LocationUnited States, Texas