The Trial of God (as it was held on February 25, 1649, in Shamgorod) A Play by Elie Wiesel Translated by Marion Wiesel Introduction by Robert McAfee Brown Afterword by Matthew Fox Where is God when innocent human beings suffer? This drama lays bare the most vexing questions confronting the moral imagination. Set in a Ukranian village in the year 1649, this haunting play takes place in the aftermath of a pogrom. Only two Jews, Berish the innkeeper and his daughter Hannah, have survived the brutal Cossack raids. When three itinerant actors arrive in town to perform a Purim play, Berish demands that they stage a mock trial of God instead, indicting Him for His silence in the face of evil. Berish, a latter-day Job, is ready to take on the role of prosecutor. But who will defend God? A mysterious stranger named Sam, who seems oddly familiar to everyone present, shows up just in time to volunteer. The idea for this play came from an event that Elie Wiesel witnessed as a boy in Auschwitz: “Three rabbis—all erudite and pious men—decided one evening to indict God for allowing His children to be massacred. I remember: I was there, and I felt like crying. But there nobody cried.” Inspired and challenged by this play, Christian theologians Robert McAfee Brown and Matthew Fox, in a new Introduction and Afterword, join Elie Wiesel in the search for faith in a world where God is silent. From the Trade Paperback edition.
The trip to heaven in order to meet God has proved that the latter was wrong in claiming full authority and ownership of the creation of the whole universe. Satan, accompanied by his staunch men___a think tank of philosophers proved to God that the latter failed in his promises tendered to men and that, God has been for too long the perpetrator of the sufferings of the humanity, not Satan as it has been all along alleged. Upon the scuffle, Satan has instructed God to be honest and brave enough to reveal the truth to the humanity about their secret agreement in the creation of the world. As God resists such daring act which would expose his treachery, Satan orders him to resign from his seat of authority. Consequently, Satan decides to return to Earth and institute a lawsuit against God. As Satan returns to Earth, once more, in a court of law, Satan defends himself and wins the case. God is put to shame as the Judge President pronounces the verdict that indicts God.
This thesis retells the author's account of directing and acting in Elie Wiesel's play, 'The Trial of God, ' which is based on Wiesel's "experience as a young boy in Auschwitz where he saw three rabbis putting God on trial." Also included in the thesis is a copy of the script and journal entries from the author. "This paper will describe the process of the play from the inside out and give a glimpse of what went on backstage."--The introduction, p.[iii-iv].
Author: Andre LaCocque
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Release Date: 2006-10-30
The Adam and Eve narrative in Genesis 2-3 has gripped not only biblical scholars, but also theologians, artists, philosophers, and almost everyone else. In this engaging study, a master of biblical interpretation provides a close reading of the Yahwist story. As in his other works, LaCocque makes wise use of the Pseudepigrapha and rabbinic interpretations, as well as the full range of modern interpretations. Every reader will be engaged by his insights.
Author: John Smythies
Publisher: Booksurge Publishing
Release Date: 2005-12
Genre: Body, Mind & Spirit
This play examines the responsibility for an allegedly benevolent God for creating a world full of suffering and evil. The Counsel for the Prosecution is Voltaire. The Counsel for the Defence is the Archangel Michael. A number of celebrated witnesses are called to testify before the court
Song's theology is a startling rebuke to Christologies centered either in historical-critical searches or church doctrines. For Song, theology is the biography of God, and God's reign is evident in stories of God's saving presence in Jesus. The reign of God in Jesus "becomes manifest through movements of people to be free from the shackles of the past, to change the status quo of the present, and to have a role to play in the arrival of the future".