On the Self-Creation of God: A Critical Theology of the First Verses of Genesis, Following Leibowitz and Hegel

Itzhak Benyamini


In this article I propose a re-expression of Judaism—doxa as it tends towards praxis—intended to address those who I would denote as ‘ordinary’ or ‘traditional’ Jews. This more subtle and softer form of belief, which I offer, negotiates the consequences of God’s self-createdness by and through the very cosmogenic act itself. I situate my position between and against the approaches of Leibowitz and Hegel, and in so doing I ultimately suggest that a new understanding of creatio ex nihilio will shed light on both current and futural possibilities of lived Judaism.


Genesis; God; Self-Creation; Judaism

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Bible and Critical Theory: ISSN 1832-3391