This outstanding volume presents 140 concise yet authoritative essays by renowned Jewish figures Eugene Borowitz, Emil Fackenheim, Blu Greenberg, Susannah Heschel, Jacob Neusner, Gershom Scholem, Adin Steinsaltz, and many others. They define and reflect upon such central ideas as charity, chosen people, death, family, love, myth, suffering, Torah, tradition and more.With entries from Aesthetics to Zionism, this book provides striking insights into both the Jewish experience and the Judeo-Christian tradition.
Arthur A. Cohen was the author of Martin Buber
(1959), The Natural and the Supernatural Jew: An Historical and Theological Introduction
(1962), The Myth of the Judeo-Christian Tradition
(1970), and The Tremendum: A Theological Interpretation of the Holocaust
(1981). He also edited the theological writings of Milton Steinberg. An acclaimed novelist, his Artists and Enemies
was published posthumously in October 1986.
Paul Mendes-Flohr is Professor of Modern Jewish Thought at the Divinity School of the University of Chicago. He is the editor of a series on German-Jewish literature and cultural history for the University of Chicago Press, and he co-edited one of the seminal works of Jewish studies: The Jew in the Modern World: A Documentary History (1980). He received his Ph.D. from Brandeis University and has taught at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
"There's perhaps no way that any reviewer, in such a relatively small space, could possibly convey the riches that have been amassed ... between the covers of 20th Century Jewish Religious Thought."—Jewish Exponent
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