A God of Love, Mercy, Forgiveness, and Punishment

In this session, we’ll carefully explore two biblical verses—Exodus 34:6-7 (“the thirteen attributes of God”) and see what they can teach us about biblical theology in general, and about the Bible’s conception of divine love in particular.These verses are so central to biblical religion that they are cited more often within the Tanakh itself than any others. We’ll see how the description of God in these verses interacts with the one in the Ten Commandments, and we’ll investigate how other biblical texts—BeMidbar, Micah, Yoel, Yonah, and Tehillim—reflect on and reinterpret the vision of God conveyed in these verses. Recorded live at the Rabbinic Yeshiva Intensive 2019.