Carefully exploring the works of three foundational voices of modernity, Hawkins shows that Kafka, Celan, and jabès manage to affirm, albeit with great ambivalence, the possibility of a covenant, even as belief in a covenantial relationship with a personal God grows less and less possible for them. They offer their work as a testament to an illusory and elusive divine source that persists at the samke time as it is being continuously reconstituted in the moment of writing.
ForHawkins, Kafka, Celan and Jabès mightn be described as reluctant theologians. Accepting the fundamental legitimacy of Nietzsche´s claims, they suspect that theology itself is a dangerous attempt to fix and know the unfixable and unknowable. At the same time, they find a rehabilitative purpose in the act of creating a new theology.