New PDF release: 20th Century Jewish Religious Thought

ISBN-10: 0827608926

ISBN-13: 9780827608924

JPS has reissued Cohen and Mendes-Flohr’s vintage paintings, maybe crucial, entire anthology to be had on twentieth century Jewish concept. This awesome quantity provides a hundred and forty concise but authoritative essays via well known Jewish figures Eugene Borowitz, Emil Fackenheim, Blu Greenberg, Susannah Heschel, Jacob Neusner, Gershom Scholem, Adin Steinsaltz, and so forth. They outline and replicate upon such important rules as charity, selected humans, dying, family members, love, fantasy, soreness, Torah, culture and extra. With entries from Aesthetics to Zionism, this publication offers awesome insights into either the Jewish adventure and the Judeo-Christian tradition.


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The issue is complicated by the fact that his term hofer (literally, he who denies) does not possess the same built-in neutrality as does the English term nonbeliever. A hofer, (pI. hofrim) is one who denies the true conviction, arrived at after due study and consideration, that "the object is exactly as apprehended" (Guide 1, 50). Mai- 26 ATHEISM monides takes God's existence to be a demonstrable truth and thus the kofer is wrong in precisely the same way as someone who denies that the sum of the angles in a triangle is equal to two right angles.

The fall of Persia was not the end of paganism; a new pagan kingdom (Greece) arose and kept Israel in bondage. Antiochus Epiphanes' aggression against the Judaic religion and Jerusalem called for an interpretation. The pious Jews of this dark period saw in it the End of Days and expected the coming of the Messiah. But neither the Hasmonaean kingdom nor the rebellion against the mighty Roman rule pointed in the direction of messianic fulfillment. E. The visionary is deeply convinced of divine providence, of God's hand as guiding history in all its details; he sees four world empires rising and succeeding each other yet forming a united "world history"; the end is clearly predetermined and the present generation is to be the last.

The differentiation between j and E in Genesis helps to explain such contradictions and repetitions as the two flights of Hagar (Gen. 16, 21:9-21); the two abductions of Sarah (Gen. 12: 10-20, 20); jacob's wealth, acquired by his own cunning on the one ~ hand (Gen. 30:25-43) and by the advice of an angel in a dream on the other (Gen. ); Reuben's rescue of joseph-through causing him to be thrown into a pit and pulled out by the Midianites on the one hand (Gen. 37:20-24, 28a, 29-30) and joseph's being saved by virtue of judah's selling him to the Ishmaelites on the other (Gen 37:25-27, 28b), and Reuben's offering surety for Benjamin (Gen.

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