God, Man and History


God, Man and History examines the underpinnings of Judaism as a whole, from theology to law to the meaning of Jewish nationhood.

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God, Man and History examines the underpinnings of Judaism as a whole, from theology to law to the meaning of Jewish nationhood.

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David Novak
"Eliezer Berkovits was a great Jewish theologian who did not receive the attention he deserved. By republishing what is Berkovits chief theological work, plus adding to it his own superb introduction, David Hazony had done a great service to a new generation of Jews concerned with the central theological-political issues of our time."
J.Richard and Dorothy Shiff Professor of Jewish Studies, University of Toronto
David Hartman
The re-publication of Eliezer Berkovits' God, Man and History is a most important contribution to contemporary Jewish theological discourse…God, Man and History can be seen as the heart of Berkovis' theology, and as an indispensable foundation for understanding his later works.
Founder and director of the Shalom Hartman Institute
David Ellenson
Eliezer Berkovits possessed a rare combination of deep Jewish learning and profound philosophical knowledge. The re-publication of his philosophical magnum opus God, man and History is cause for celebration in the Jewish and academic worlds, giving new audiences access to the worlds of this great sage.
President of Hebrew Union College
Tzvi Hersh Weinreb
David Hazony has done a remarkable service to the Jewish world by re-issuing Eliezer Berkovits' masterwork God, Man and History. Berkovits was a talmud hacham of the first order, who mined the Bible and the rabbinic tradition to address major contemporary theological concerns, and drew his conclusions from them with clarity, conviction and above all, relevance….The renewed availability of Berkovits' tour de force will help to restore the vital balance between praxis and belief.
Executive vice president of The Orthodox Union
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789657052150
  • Publisher: Shalem Press
  • Publication date: 9/9/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 215
  • Sales rank: 634,751
  • Product dimensions: 5.59 (w) x 8.16 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Table of Contents

I. Encounter with God

1.      Philosophy and Religion

2.      The Foundation of Religion

3.      The Record of the Encounter

4.      The Paradox of the encounter

5.      Faith, Reason and the Encounter

6.      God encountered

7.      The Absolute versus God

8.      Creation and Value

9.      Evil in Creation


II. Encountering the World

10.  How to Encounter the “Other”

11.  Divine Law and Ethical Deed

12.  The Holy Deed


III. Deed and History

13.  Israel

14.  God and History

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