God's Others

Non-Israelites’ Encounters With God in the Hebrew Bible

by David Perlstein



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 6/8/2010

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 380
ISBN : 9781450222785
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 380
ISBN : 9781450222792
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 380
ISBN : 9781450222808

About the Book

God’s Others: Non-Israelites’ Encounters with God in the Hebrew Bible reveals the stories of two-dozen of the “best-kept secrets” in what is often referred to as the Old Testament—the foundation text for the three Abrahamic faiths. Often overlooked or misunderstood, these non-Israelite individuals and groups encounter God through personal or historic revelations. They include: • Melchizedek, King of Salem • Lot, Abraham’s nephew • Hagar, Abraham’s concubine • Laban, Jacob’s brother-in-law • The Pharaoh of the Exodus • Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law • Rahab, harlot of Jericho • The Queen of Sheba • Ruth • Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon • The Gentiles of Jonah • Job “God’s others” demonstrate that people may approach God by many paths. They show that claims to exclusive religious truth, which often have pitted Jews, Christians and Muslims against each other, represent a misreading of the Hebrew Bible and the Jewish position of respect for others. Traditional and modern commentary add depth to these biblical stories, making them as accessible as they are fascinating.

About the Author

David Perlstein, who taught himself to read biblical Hebrew, spent 12 years researching and writing God’s Others. A resident of San Francisco with his wife Carolyn, he guides Lifelong Learning at Congregation Sherith Israel. David has led numerous Torah Study sessions, taught courses on Job and TV’s Jewish Sitcoms among others, and lectured in synagogue, church and university settings. A retired advertising creative, he has written both short stories and novels. David holds a bachelors degree in English Literature from Alfred (New York) University and a master’s in English from St. Mary’s (San Antonio) University.