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The Jewish Philosophy Reader is the first comprehensive anthology of classic writings on Jewish philosophy from the Bible to postmodernism.
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'This is an immensely wide-ranging anthology, covering all the great themes of Jewish reflection and spanning the eras from biblical texts through the medieval Jewish philosophers to modern times. I have no doubt that it will quickly become the standard text for courses on the history of Jewish thought.' - Jonathan Sacks, Jewish Chronicle
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415168601
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/28/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 640
  • Sales rank: 820,927
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Dan Frank is Professor of Philosophy, University of Kentucky, Oliver Leaman is Lecturer in Philosophy at Liverpool John Moores University and Charles Manekin is Professor of Philosophy, University of Maryland.

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Table of Contents

I Foundations and First Principles
The Bible and Philosophical Exegesis 3
1 Creation: Divine Power and Human Freedom 7
Genesis 1-3
On the Creation of the World (first century CE)
The Guide of the Perplexed (1190)
'Fundamentals of a Covenantal Anthropology' (1985)
2 The Aqedah (The Binding of Isaac): Divine Commandments and Moral Duties 39
Genesis 22
The Guide of the Perplexed (1190)
'Abraham and the Kantians: Moral Duties and Divine Commandments' (1973)
3 'Hardening of Hearts': On Free Will and Repentance 46
Exodus 9, 10, 14
Commentary on the Mishnah, Eight Chapters (1168)
'Freedom, Repentance, and Hardening of the Hearts' (1997, revised 1999)
4 Job and Divine Providence 60
Job 1-2, 42
'Job' (1995)
'Job and the Problem of Evil' (1990)
The Guide of the Perplexed (1190)
The Wars of the Lord (1329)
'Prophecy and Invulnerability' (1999)
Talmud, Mishnah and Midrash as Sources for Philosophical Reflection 87
5 Justice 90
'Toward a Theory of Justice' (1991)
'Levinas and the Jewish Ideal of the Sage' (1996)
'Friendship in Aristotle, Miskawayh and al-Ghazali (1996)
'Religious Human Rights in Judaic Texts' (1996)
6 Prayer and Faith 105
The Book of Direction to the Duties of the Heart (c. late eleventh century)
Principles of Faith (1494)
'Back to the Bible' (1995)
'Heresy and the Nature of Faith in Medieval Jewish Philosophy' (1987)
7 Free Will and Divine Foreknowledge 120
'Maimonides' (1995)
'The Binding of Isaac: A Test-Case of Divine Foreknowledge' (1985)
'Philosophical Exegesis in Historical Perspective: The Case of the Binding of Isaac' (1985)
8 Election 126
'The Election of Israel' (1993) 126
9 Law and Rationality 128
'Nietzsche and the Ascent from Knowing to Being' (1997)
The Guide of the Perplexed (1190)
'The Temptation of Temptation' (1971)
'The Talmud as a Source for Philosophical Reflection' (1997)
10 Issues of Meaning 139
The Guide of the Perplexed (1190)
'Is a Jewish Practical Philosophy Possible?' (1995)
Further Reading
II Medieval and Renaissance Jewish Philosophy
Medieval Jewish Philosophy: Reason in a Religious Age 161
11 Jewish Kalam 165
The Twenty Chapters (c. first half of ninth century)
The Book of Beliefs and Convictions (c. early tenth century)
12 Jewish Neoplatonism 182
The Book of Definitions (c. late ninth-early tenth centuries)
The Mantua Text ('Chapter on the Elements') (c. late ninth-early tenth centuries)
The Book on Spirit and Soul (c. late ninth-early tenth centuries)
The Fountain of Life (c. eleventh century)
13 Judah Halevi and Abraham Ibn Ezra 201
The Book of Refutation and Proof on Behalf of the Despised Religion (The Kuzari) (c. 1140)
Long Commentary on Exodus (c. mid-twelfth century)
14 Maimonides 220
The code of Maimonides (Mishneh Torah): The Book of Knowledge (1178)
The Guide of the Perplexed (1190)
15 Jewish Aristotelianism in Spain and Provence 244
The Emendation of the 'Opinions' (late thirteenth century?)
A Refining Pot for Silver (before 1331)
The Treatise on Choice (1362)
The War of the Lord (1329)
16 The Conservative Reaction in Christian Spain 263
The Light of the Lord (1410)
The Way of Faith (mid-fifteenth century)
Commentary on Joshua (1484)
The Works of God (1501)
17 Jewish Philosophy in the Italian Renaissance 282
The Examination of the True Religion (1496)
Dialogues on Love (after 1502)
Light of the Peoples (1537)
Further Reading
III Modern Jewish Thought: Between History and Tradition
Modern Jewish Thought: Between History and Tradition 303
18 A Critique of Traditional Religion 305
Theological-Political Treatise (1670)
19 Judaism and the Enlightenment 340
Jerusalem (1783)
Leviathan (1792)
History and Tradition in Nineteenth-century Jewish Thought 366
20 Scholarship and Religious Reform 371
'Ideology and History in the Age of Emancipation' (1975)
'On the Concept of a Science of Judaism' (1822)
The Liturgical Addresses of the Jews (1832)
Letter to J. Derenbourg (1836)
'The Lamentations of Tisha Beav' (1855)
Letter to Salomon Rappoport (1860)
'The Science of Judaism - Then and Now' (1959)
21 The Authority of Tradition 386
The Ceremonial Law in the Messianic Era (1845)
'The Symptoms of the Time' (1845)
'Religion Allied to Progress' (1854)
22 Revelation, Redemption, and the Nature of Judaism 398
Judaism and Its History (1866)
'On the Perennial and the Ephemeral in Judaism' (1842)
'This is Our Task' (1853)
The Guide of the Perplexed of the Time (1851)
'The Structure of Jewish History' (1846)
Rome and Jerusalem (1862)
Further Reading
IV Contemporary Jewish Philosophy
Contemporary Jewish Philosophy 429
23 Immortality and Messianism 433
Religion of Reason Out of the Sources of Judaism (1919)
After Auschwitz (1966)
24 Other Faiths 442
'Franz Rosenzweig - Today's Guide for the Perplexed' (1973)
The Star of Redemption (1921)
Letters of Eugen Rosenstock-Huessey (1916)
The Star of Redemption (1921)
25 Prophecy and the Community 461
'The Community' (1978)
'The Sage is More Important than the Prophet' (1914)
'Biblical Leadership' (1928)
26 Rationalism 477
'To Re-Cast Rationalism' (1962)
'The Autonomous Jewish Self' (1984)
27 Evil and Suffering 489
Religion of Reason Out of the Sources of Judaism (1919)
The Lights of Penitence (1925)
'Fear of God in the Book of Job' (1974)
28 Issues of Inclusion 510
'Facing the Ambiguity of God' (1991)
'Creating a Jewish Feminist Philosophy' (1986)
'Beyond Egalitarianism' (1990)
'Fragments of Light: A View as to the Reasons for the Commandments' (1910)
29 Election and Covenant 527
The Star of Redemption (1921)
'Mystery and Commandment' (1921)
30 Holocaust 538
The Jewish Bible after the Holocaust: A Re-Reading (1990)
'Thinking the Tremendum' (1981)
'Hear Israel' (1963)
31 The State of Israel/Zionism 552
'Pinsker and Political Zionism' (1902)
'The Challenge of Modern Israel' (1987)
Opening Address, World Conference of Ha-poel Hatzair (1920)
32 Reason and Faith 570
'The Mutual Influence of Theology and Philosophy' (1954)
33 Belief 583
Faith and Reason (1961)
'On Jewish Belief' (1966)
'On Prayer' (1969)
'The Faith of Judaism' (1928)
Further Reading
Index of Names 607
Index of Subjects and Places 612
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