Heavenly Torah: As Refracted through the Generations / Edition 1

Heavenly Torah: As Refracted through the Generations / Edition 1

by Abraham Joshua Heschel
     
 

ISBN-10: 0826418929

ISBN-13: 9780826418920

Pub. Date: 11/29/2006

Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

Known most widely for his role in the civil rights and peace movements of the 1960s, Abraham Joshua Heschel made major scholarly contributions to the fields of biblical studies, rabbinics, medieval Jewish philosophy, Hasidism, and mysticism. Yet his most ambitious scholarly achievement, his three-volume study of Rabbinic Judaism, is only now appearing in English.

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Known most widely for his role in the civil rights and peace movements of the 1960s, Abraham Joshua Heschel made major scholarly contributions to the fields of biblical studies, rabbinics, medieval Jewish philosophy, Hasidism, and mysticism. Yet his most ambitious scholarly achievement, his three-volume study of Rabbinic Judaism, is only now appearing in English. Heschel's great insight is that the world of rabbinic thought can be divided into two types or schools, those of Rabbi Akiva and Rabbi Ishmael, and that the historic disputes between the two are based on fundamental differences over the nature of revelation and religion. Furthermore, this disagreement constitutes a basic and necessary ongoing polarity within Judaism between immanence and transcendence, mysticism and rationalism, neo-Platonism and Aristotelianism. Heschel then goes on to show how these two fundamental theologies of revelation may be used to interpret a great number of topics central to Judaism.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826418920
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
11/29/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
848
Sales rank:
824,188
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.90(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
1Introduction1
2Two approaches to Torah exegesis46
3Miracles65
4The tabernacle and the sacrifices71
5The abode of the Shekhinah93
6Teachings concerning the Shekhinah104
7Afflictions127
8Torah and life144
9In awe and trembling168
10Duties of the heart189
11Issues of supreme importance208
12Scriptural language not befitting God's dignity223
13The language of Torah239
14Transcendental and terrestrial perspectives259
15Go 'round the orchard!279
16Beholding the face of God299
17The Torah that is in heaven321
18Moses' ascent to heaven341
19The descent of the divine glory358
20Torah from heaven368
21The sectarians387
22Moses did things on his own authority407
23Two methods of understanding "thus says the Lord"423
24Is it possible that it was on his own say-so439
25The book of deuteronomy451
26Is the prophet a partner or a vessel?478
27"See, how great was Moses' power!"502
28Moses' prophecy517
29How the Torah was written538
30The maximalist and minimalist approaches552
31The maximalist approach to the principle "Torah from heaven"589
32The minimalist approach to the principle "Torah from heaven"610
33Lost books641
34It is not in the heavens658
35Renewal of Torah680
36Both these and these are the words of the living God701
37Against multiplying rules720
38Stringencies and leniencies740
39Former and latter authorities757
40Theology in the legal literature770
41Interpersonal relationships777
AppRabbinic authorities of the Mishnah and Talmud (Tannaim and Amoraim)790

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