The Martin Buber Reader / Edition 1

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There is no adequate understanding of contemporary Jewish and Christian theology without reference to Martin Buber. Buber wrote numerous books during his lifetime (1878-1965) and is best known for I and Thou and Good and Evil. Buber has influenced important Protestant theologians like Karl Barth, Emil Brunner, Paul Tillich, and Reinhold Niebuhr. His appeal is vast--not only is he renowned for his translations of the Hebrew Bible but also for his interpretation of Hasidism, his role in Zionism, and his writings in psychotherapy and political philosophy.

In addition to a general introduction, each chapter is individually introduced, illuminating the historical and philosophical context of the readings. Footnotes explain difficult concepts, providing the reader with necessary references, plus a selective bibliography and subject index.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Martin Buber, one of the greatest Jewish thinkers of the 20th century, had a career that spanned more than six decades. How, then, to gather the most representative pieces of his work into a collection that is still accessible? In The Martin Buber Reader: Essential Writings, Asher Biemann collects 32 essays and excerpts from all periods of Buber's career, from his 1903 article "On the Jewish Renaissance" to a 1956 treatise on "Hasidism and Modern Man." Biemann organizes Buber's writings topically, including sections on the Bible, Jewish religiosity, Hasidism, dialogue, philosophy, community and Zionism. This is just a small portion of Buber's corpus, since he also dabbled in fiction, poetry, playwriting and aesthetic criticism. However, it is a fine tribute to Buber as we are most likely to remember him today: as a major Jewish philosopher. Biemann's introduction is a rather dense intellectual history, but helpfully places the various works in context.
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"Asher D. Biemann has gathered the ‘essential writings’ of Buber, allowing one to gain an overview of the many bridges he built. The selection also provides a nuanced appreciation of the deep existential and moral commitment that sustained Buber's life of dialogue. Biemann's selection is judicious, and his explanatory notes illuminating." --Paul Mendes-Flohr, Professor of Modern Jewish Thought at The University of Chicago and director of the Franz Rosenzweig Research Center at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

...[offers] the general reader a refreshingly broad perspective on a powerful thinker...

...a fine tribute to Buber...helpfully places the various works in context.
-Publishers Weekly

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312292904
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 9/1/2002
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,413,425
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Asher Biemann teaches modern Jewish thought and intellectual history at Harvard University. He is the author of a study on Martin Buber's philosophy and is co-editor of the first critical edition of Martin Buber's collected works in German.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
The Election of Israel: A Biblical Inquiry (1938) 23
Biblical Leadership (1933) 33
What are we to do about the Ten Commandments? Reply to an Inquiry (1929) 43
Biblical Humanism (1933) 46
The Man of Today and the Jewish Bible (1936) 51
Spirit and Body of the Hasidic Movement (1935) 63
The Life of the Hasidim (1908) 72
Hasidism and Modern Man (1956) 85
The Faith of Judaism (1929) 97
Two Foci of the Jewish Soul (1932) 107
Jewish Religiosity (1923) 115
Heruth: On Youth and Religion (1919) 125
On the [Jewish] Renaissance (1903) 139
The Renewal of Judaism (1911) 145
Hebrew Humanism (1941) 158
From Religion as Presence (1922) 169
From I and Thou 181
From Dialogue (1932) 189
Distance and Relation (1950) 206
Genuine Dialogue (1954) 214
Philosophical and Religious World View (1928) 219
Religion and Philosophy (1951) 223
Teaching and Deed (1934) 234
Comments on the Idea of Community (1931) 243
Community (1919) 247
How Can Community Happen? (1930) 252
Three Theses of a Religious Socialism (1928) 258
Concepts and Reality (1916) 263
Nationalism (1921) 268
Zionism and Nationalism (1929) 277
The National Home and National Policy in Palestine (1929) 281
Zionism and "Zionism" (1948) 289
Bibliographical Guide 293
Index 295
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