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Covenantal Thinking

Essays on the Philosophy and Theology of David Novak

edited by Paul E. Nahme & Yaniv Feller

University of Toronto Press
Initial publish date
Jun 2024
Theology, Religious, Jewish Studies, Philosophy
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The philosophy and theology of David Novak, one of the most prominent and creative contemporary Jewish thinkers, grapples with Judaism, Christian theology, the tradition of natural law, and the Western philosophical canon. Never shying away from contested ethical and religious themes, Novak’s original insights and intellectual spirit have spanned voluminous publications and inspired Jewish, Christian, and Muslim thinkers to engage concepts such as religious liberty, covenantal morality, and the importance of theological reasoning.


Written primarily by scholars in the field of Jewish thought, Covenantal Thinking is a collection of essays dedicated to Novak’s work. The book examines topics such as election, natural law, Jewish political thought, Zionism, and the relation between reason and revelation. This collection is unique because it includes Novak’s replies to his critics, including his clarifications of his philosophical and theological positions. Offering a vital contribution to contemporary Jewish thought, Covenantal Thinking illuminates Novak’s contributions as a scholar who trained, conversed with, and inspired the next generation of philosophical theologians.

About the authors

Paul E. Nahme is Dorot Assistant Professor of Judaic studies and an assistant professor of religious studies at Brown University.

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Yaniv Feller is an assistant professor of religion and Jewish studies at the University of Florida.

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