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The Sensual God: How the Senses Make the Almighty Senseless

Aviad Kleinberg


In the Old Testament, God wrestles with a man (and loses). In the Talmud, God wriggles his toes to make thunder and takes human form to shave the king of Assyria. In the New Testament, God is made flesh and dwells among humans. For religious thinkers trained in Greek philosophy and its deep distaste for matter, sacred scripture can be distressing. A philosophically respectable God should be untainted by sensuality, yet the God of sacred texts is often embarrassingly sensual. Setting experts’ minds at ease was neither easy nor simple, and often faith and logic were stretched to their limits. Fo ... More

Keywords: Religion, Sensuality, The body, Theology, exegesis

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780231174701
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231174701.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Aviad Kleinberg, author
Tel Aviv University