The Election of Israel: The Idea of the Chosen People

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The view of themselves as the chosen people of God has been maintained by Jews from the beginnings of their history to the present. The author explores the development of this idea in Jewish theology and law, and essays a contemporary retrieval of the classical doctrine of election. Through an examination of the philosophical implications of the idea, he argues for the correlation of election and revelation, and shows both what the notion of election should mean for Jews today, and how non-Jews can better ...
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Overview

The view of themselves as the chosen people of God has been maintained by Jews from the beginnings of their history to the present. The author explores the development of this idea in Jewish theology and law, and essays a contemporary retrieval of the classical doctrine of election. Through an examination of the philosophical implications of the idea, he argues for the correlation of election and revelation, and shows both what the notion of election should mean for Jews today, and how non-Jews can better understand it.
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"...an important and erudite book that contains an encyclopedia of interesting ideas." The Cresset

"The Election of Israel is a worthy successor to Novak's earlier Jewish-Christian Dialogue, giving further evidence that David Novak is one of the commanding religious thinkers at the end of the twentieth century who can be ignored by neither Jews nor Christians who would understand God's saving ways in history." First Things

"The book will appeal to a specialized audience. It will be of particular interest to those committed to interfaith matters and concerned about Israel's role in the world today." The Bible Today

"Novak's book is an important contribution toward a renewal of this central tenet of Jewish faith." Michael Wyschogrod, Modern Theology

"The book will appeal to a specialized audience. It will be of particular interest to those committed to interfaith matters and concerned about Israel's role in the world today." The Bible Today

"An indispensable study for those who are intereseted in a careful philosophical examination of this integral element of Jewish thought and life. The material is clear...and is highly recommended for graduate students, scholars, and libraries." Michael Oppenheim, Religious Studies Review

"The Election of Israel is a must read for Jews and Christians alike since it speaks to our most profound community-shaping and identity-forming theological claims. Novak has provided a compelling answer to what it means to be a Jew—an answer that cannot be ignored by Christians who worship the Jewish Jesus and are rooted in the tradition of Abraham." Pro Ecclesia

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521044820
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2007
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.43 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
List of abbreviations
General note
Introduction 1
1 Spinoza and his challenge 22
2 Hermann Cohen's concept of election 50
3 Franz Rosenzweig's return to the doctrine 78
4 The retrieval of the biblical doctrine 108
5 The rabbinic development of the doctrine 163
6 Two medieval views of election 200
Conclusion 241
Appendix 1 Some major Jewish thinkers cited 256
Appendix 2 259
Appendix 3 262
Appendix 4 264
Bibliography 266
Index 278
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