God in Search of Man
Abraham Joshua Heschel was one of the most revered religious leaders of the 20th century, andGod in Search of Manand its companion volume, Man Is Not Alone , two of his most important books, are classics of...
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Abraham Joshua Heschel was one of the most revered religious leaders of the 20th century, andGod in Search of Manand its companion volume, Man Is Not Alone, two of his most important books, are classics of modern Jewish theology.God in Search of Mancombines scholarship with lucidity, reverence, and compassion as Dr. Heschel discusses not man's search for God but God's for man--the notion of a Chosen People, an idea which, he writes, "signifies not a quality inherent in the people but a relationship between the people and God." It is an extraordinary description of the nature of Biblical thought, and how that thought becomes faith.
Heschel received his doctorate at the Hochschule fur die Wissenschaft des Judentums in Berlin but was deported to Poland by the Nazis in 1938. He went to London in 1940 and after the war accepted a professorship in ethics and mysticism at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. Heschel articulated a depth theology, arguing that the divine-human encounter takes place at a deeper level than is attainable by the rational mind. Reaching out to skeptical Jews and seeking to make Judaism accessible and meaningful in the modern world, Heschel stressed the interdependence of God and humanity, and maintained that God recognizes and supports ethical human action and that humans express their faith through their actions. Heschel lived according to his word and played an active role in social change, including the civil rights movement.