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Dr. Judith Plaskow Engages with the Question: What is the Role of Theology in the Jewish Tradition?
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  • Judith Plaskow, Manhattan College
  • Alfred Benney, Fairfield University
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What is the role of Theology in the Jewish tradition? Dr. Judith Plaskow discusses the role of “theology” in the Jewish tradition, and how Judaism places a greater focus on laws and practices. Dr. Plaskow comments on the way in which Jews explore religion through commentary and midrash on Scripture and how this process often leads to multiple interpretations and meanings.

Playing Time: 3:09 minutes

About the Interviewee:

Dr. Judith Plaskow is Professor of Religious Studies at Manhattan College. Her major interest is in feminist theology in the United States and Europe and she is co-founder of The Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion and co-edited it for its first ten years. Past President of the American Academy of Religion, Dr. Plaskow helped found the Jewish feminist group, B’not Esh. She has written two books, Sex, Sin and Grace: Women's Experience and the Theologies of Reinhold Niebuhr and Paul Tillich, and Standing Again at Sinai: Judaism from a Feminist Perspective and published other works of note, mostly on the topic of feminist spirituality. Dr. Plaskow is a graduate of Yale University.

About the Interviewer:

Dr. Alfred Benney is a professor of Religious Studies at Fairfield University. He has a Ph.D in Theology from the Hartford Seminary Foundation and teaches courses in Non-Traditional American Religions and Christian Religious Thought. His research interests include "how people learn"; "the appropriate use of technology in teaching/learning" and "myth as explanatory narrative". He has published work on teaching with technology.

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Judith Plaskow and Alfred Benney. "Dr. Judith Plaskow Engages with the Question: What is the Role of Theology in the Jewish Tradition?" (1999)
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