The Question of God’s Perfection
February 4, 2015 — 9:29

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The Herzl Institute, Jerusalem
December 20-23, 2015

Philosophers often describe theism as the belief in the existence of a “perfect being” — a being that is said to possess all possible perfections, so that it is all-powerful, all-knowing, immutable, perfectly good, absolutely simple, and necessarily existent, among other qualities. However, there are reasons to question whether this conception of God’s nature is appropriate as a basis for Jewish theology, and indeed, for religious belief more generally. This conference seeks to bring together philosophers, theologians, scholars of Bible and scholars of rabbinic literature to take a fresh look at this notion of God as perfect being, asking whether it is consistent with Judaism’s foundational texts, or whether it needs to be revised or replaced by a theology that is better suited to Jewish thought.


Jewish Philosophical Theology: Request for Proposals
November 9, 2014 — 21:27

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I. Fellowship Announcement

The Herzl Institute in Jerusalem, in collaboration with the John Templeton Foundation, invites proposals for a funding initiative in “Jewish Philosophical Theology.” Our aim is to encourage research from both new and established scholars working on philosophical projects in the area of Jewish theology. We anticipate applications from philosophers interested in Jewish theology, but welcome applicants from other areas including Hebrew Bible and rabbinics, Jewish Studies and allied disciplines.

II. Fellowship Description

Project Directors:
Yoram Hazony, The Herzl Institute
Joshua Weinstein, The Herzl Institute

This $560,000 funding initiative is intended to support work in Jewish philosophical theology. Proposals can request between $40,000 and $100,000 for projects not to exceed two years in duration. We intend to make 7-10 awards.