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Neil Gillman is the Aaron Rabinowitz and Simon H. Rifkind Professor and Cahir of the Department of Jewish Philosophy at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. A native of Quebec City, Canada, he was ordained at the Seminary in 1960 and earned his Ph.D. in philosophy at Columbia University in 1975. Gillman's dissertation Gabriel Marcel on Religious Knowledge was published by the University Press of America in 1980. Dr. Gillman's second book, Sacred Fragments: Recovering Theology for the Modern Jew won him the 1991 National Jewish Book Award in Jewish Thought. His latest book, The Death of Death: Resurrection and Immortality in Jewish Thought was published in 1997.

 

Abstract of paper given at Judaism and Ecology conference:
Liturgical Transformations of the Creation Narratives

The methodological thrust of this paper is the thesis that those portions of the Jewish liturgy, formulated during the talmudic period, can be studied as the pre-eminent source for the ongoing development of the central doctrines of Jewish belief after the Bible. In the course of this development, significant biblical doctrines are extended and frequently transformed. Examples will be taken from liturgical references to Creation in the wedding liturgy and in the Yotzer benediction in the Shaharit service.

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