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By Arthur A. Cohen, Paul Mendes-Flohr

ISBN-10: 0827608926

ISBN-13: 9780827608924

JPS is proud to reissue Cohen and Mendes-Flohr’s vintage paintings, maybe crucial, accomplished anthology to be had on twentieth century Jewish inspiration. This striking quantity provides a hundred and forty concise but authoritative essays via popular Jewish figures Eugene Borowitz, Emil Fackenheim, Blu Greenberg, Susannah Heschel, Jacob Neusner, Gershom Scholem, Adin Steinsaltz, etc. They outline and replicate upon such critical rules as charity, selected humans, loss of life, kinfolk, love, fable, soreness, Torah, culture and extra. With entries from Aesthetics to Zionism, this booklet offers notable insights into either the Jewish event and the Judeo-Christian culture.

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However, this interpretative approach does at least point to the possibility of a kind of anti-Judaism that is not bound up with anti-Semitism, though this attitude seems essentially a product of the modern world, alien to the thought processes of both the ancient and the medieval worlds. Where Judaism is thought of as a philosophy of lifeoptimistic, rationalistic, and instructive-it may be rejected by certain types of thinkers as failing to come to grips with what is most problematic in human nature without the adoption of a paranoid view of the Jews as responsible for everything that has ever gone wrong.

From the concern with individual man, the seer moves to the fate of Zion. He sees a mourning woman whom he tries to comfort. Suddenly she disappears and in her place he sees the picture of a beautiful city: a new Jerusalem (9-10). In another vision the seer beholds the conquering Messiah who destroys the hostile armies and calls the chosen people, including the "lost ten tribes" (13:1-13). Other historically Significant examples of apocalyptic writings are the 22 APOCALYPSE Sibyline Books and the Book of Enoch.

Even so, there are other rabbinic aggadot that cannot be explained this way, aggadot that seem to preserve mythological conceptions from much earlier periods of Israelite religion or that give birth to myth anew out of genuine religious needs the rabbis themselves experienced. These passages suggest that there may have existed within rabbinic thought a serious divide between mythological and monotheistic conceptions of God; this division calls into question the very possibility of constructing a unified theology out of the material of aggadah.

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