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Abraham Joshua Heschel made major scholarly contributions to the fields of biblical studies, rabbinics, medieval Jewish philosophy, Hasidism and mysticism. His most ambitious scholarly achievement, his three volume study of rabbinic Judaism, is now appearing in English. Heschel's general insight...


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Abraham Joshua Heschel made major scholarly contributions to the fields of biblical studies, rabbinics, medieval Jewish philosophy, Hasidism and mysticism. His most ambitious scholarly achievement, his three volume study of rabbinic Judaism, is now appearing in English. Heschel's general insight is that the world of rabbinic thought can be divided into two schools, those of Rabbi Akiba, and Rabbi Ishmael, and that the historic disputes between them are based on a fundamental disagreement over the nature of religion and revelation. Furthermore, this disagreement constitutes a basic ongoing polarity between immanence and transcendence, mysticism and rationalism, neo-Platonism and Aristotelianism. Heschel then shows how these two fundamental theologies may be used to interpret many topics central to Judaism.
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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, originally published in Hebrew between the years 1962 and 1990, is only now appearing in English."--BOOK JACKET. Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
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Known most widely for his active role in the civil rights and peace movements of the 1960s, Abraham Heschel made major scholarly contributions to the fields of biblical studies, rabbinics, and Hasidism. His most ambitious scholarly achievement, his three-volume study of rabbinic Judaism written in Hebrew, is available for the first time in English.
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Abraham Joshua Heschel

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.

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