Presentation Title

C-2 Justifying the God of the Akedah: Interpretation as Theodicy

Presenter Information

Arlyn S. Drew, Andrews University

Presenter Status

PhD Candidate, Department of Theology and Christian Philosophy

Location

Buller Room 150

Start Date

1-11-2013 3:15 PM

End Date

1-11-2013 3:30 PM

Presentation Abstract

Theodicies attempt to justify how an omniscient, omnipotent, omnibenevolent God could allow evil in our world. The Akedah (Binding of Isaac) intensifies this challenge for in Genesis 22:1-19, God Himself requires Abraham to offer his son as a burnt offering. Even though a ram was divinely provided at the end, disturbing implications about the morality of the divine Tester’s methodology linger on. Because most theological interpretations of the Akedah attempt to justify God or Abraham’s actions, this study will evaluate major interpretive traditions of the Akedah as theodicies, analyze the moral logic used and propose a comprehensive theodicy model that illuminates their relation to each other.

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C-2 Justifying the God of the Akedah: Interpretation as Theodicy

Buller Room 150

Theodicies attempt to justify how an omniscient, omnipotent, omnibenevolent God could allow evil in our world. The Akedah (Binding of Isaac) intensifies this challenge for in Genesis 22:1-19, God Himself requires Abraham to offer his son as a burnt offering. Even though a ram was divinely provided at the end, disturbing implications about the morality of the divine Tester’s methodology linger on. Because most theological interpretations of the Akedah attempt to justify God or Abraham’s actions, this study will evaluate major interpretive traditions of the Akedah as theodicies, analyze the moral logic used and propose a comprehensive theodicy model that illuminates their relation to each other.