Aviad Kleinberg, “Too Late to Unsay: Making Sense of God's Corporeality”

In theory, God is that which is categorically different from everything we can imagine or think. Theologians often tell us that He is just that—the ultimate Other: inaccessible not only to our bodily senses, but to our intellect. At best we can offer approximations. "Existing beings," writes Dionysus the Areopagite in The Mystical Theology, "do not know him as he actually is". And yet when believing Jews and Christians open their Scriptures and their most sacred texts—the old and new testaments, the Talmud, patristic literature—they are often shocked by the outrageousness of the Hidden God's avatars. He is seen; He is heard; He is smelled; He is even tasted and touched; He is a He. How do we make sense of the sensual, all too sensual God?

Kleinberg's latest book, The Sensual God, examines the moments where the usual means of de-carning God--metaphorization, allegorization, assigning new meaning to familiar terms--fail. In this lecture, he will use Jewish and Christian sources to discuss things that cannot be unsaid, or to use a Talmudic expression: "had they not been written, they would have been impossible to utter"  

Aviad Kleinberg is Professor of History at Tel Aviv University. For more information, please click here.

In partnership with the Centre for Medieval Studies and the Department of Religion.

This event is free and open to the public. No registration required. Please be advised that seating is limited.

Date & Time
Wednesday, September 16, 2015 - 4:00pm

Lillian Massey Building, Great Hall (Room 312), 125 Queen’s Park