God in Search of ManGod in Search of Man
Abraham Joshua Heschel
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(PUBFarrar, Straus & Giroux)"Remains the most elegant Jewish theology available. A brilliant thinker and gifted wordsmith, Heschel was strong on God, religious experience, history, and Torah, but weak on Israel. Open the book at random and start reading on any page,"---Shocken Guide to Jewish Books. 436 pages, softcover.
     

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I.God
1.Self-Understanding of Judaism3
TO RECOVER THE QUESTIONS
PHILOSOPHY AND THEOLOGY
SITUATIONAL THINKING
RADICAL SELF-UNDERSTANDING
DEPTH-THEOLOGY
THE SELF-UNDERSTANDING OF RELIGION
CRITICAL REASSESSMENT
INTELLECTUAL HONESTY
PHILOSOPHY AS RELIGION
PHILOSOPHY AS A PERSPECTIVE
ELLIPTIC THINKING
RELIGION OF PHILOSOPHY
A WAY OF THINKING
METAPHYSICS AND META-HISTORY
A CHALLENGE TO PHILOSOPHY
THE WORSHIP OF REASON
IDEAS AND EVENTS
THE PHILOSOPHY OF JUDAISM
2.Ways to His Presence24
THE BIBLE IS ABSENT
MEMORY AND INSIGHT
MAN'S QUEST FOR GOD
"SEEK YE MY FACE"
THREE WAYS
3.The Sublime33
THE GRAND PREMISE
POWER, BEAUTY, GRANDEUR
THE DISTRUST OF FAITH
ON THE SUBLIME IN THE BIBLE
THE BEAUTIFUL AND THE SUBLIME
THE SUBLIME IS NOT THE ULTIMATE
HONOR AND EXALTATION
4.Wonder43
A LEGACY OF WONDER
A TINY SCREW
TWO KINDS OF WONDER
"STAND STILL AND CONSIDER"
"FOR THY CONTINUAL MARVELS"
HE ALONE KNOWS
5.The Sense of Mystery54
"FAR OFF AND DEEP"
IN AWE AND AMAZEMENT
"WHERE SHALL WISDOM BE FOUND?"
TWO KINDS OF IGNORANCE
WE APPREHEND AND CANNOT COMPREHEND
"HIDDEN ARE THE THINGS THAT WE SEE"
6.The Enigma Is Not Solved61
GOD DWELLS "IN DEEP DARKNESS"
A LOAF OF BREAD
THE INEFFABLE NAME
THE MYSTERY IS NOT GOD
BEYOND THE MYSTERY IS MERCY
THREE ATTITUDES
GOD IS NOT ETERNALLY SILENT
7.Awe73
"AS THE GREAT ABYSS"
THE BEGINNING OF WISDOM IS AWE
THE MEANING OF AWE
AWE AND FEAR
AWE PRECEDES FAITH
RETURN TO REVERENCE
8.Glory80
THE GLORY IS THE INEFFABLE
THE GLORY IS NOT A THING
THE GLORY IS THE PRESENCE OF GOD
THE LIVING PRESENCE
THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE GLORY
BLINDNESS TO THE WONDER
HARDNESS OF HEART
9.The World88
THE WORSHIP OF NATURE
THE DISILLUSIONMENT
THE DESANCTIFICATION OF NATURE
WHAT IS GIVEN IS NOT THE ULTIMATE
THE CONTINGENCY OF NATURE
THE FALLACY OF ISOLATION
NATURE IN ADORATION OF GOD
A THING THROUGH GOD
THE QUESTION OF AMAZEMENT
10.A Question Addressed to Us101
METAPHYSICAL LONELINESS
NOT A SCIENTIFIC PROBLEM
BEYOND DEFINITIONS
THE PRINCIPLE OF INCOMPATIBILITY
THE DIMENSION OF THE INEFFABLE
THE AWARENESS OF THE TRANSCENDENT MEANING
THE SENSE OF WONDER IS INSUFFICIENT
THE ARGUMENT FROM DESIGN
RELIGION BEGINS WITH WONDER AND MYSTERY
A QUESTION ADDRESSED TO US
"A PALACE FULL OF LIGHT"
WHAT TO DO WITH WONDER
11.An Ontological Presupposition114
MOMENTS OF INSIGHT
THE ENCOUNTER WITH THE UNKNOWN
PRECONCEPTUAL THINKING
RELIGION IS THE RESPONSE TO THE MYSTERY
TO RISE ABOVE OUR WISDOM
ULTIMATE CONCERN IS AN ACT OF WORSHIP
WE PRAISE BEFORE WE PROVE
AN ONTOLOGICAL PRESUPPOSITION
THE DISPARITY OF EXPERIENCE AND EXPRESSION
12.About the Meaning of God125
THE MINIMUM OF MEANING
TWO COROLLARIES
GOD'S PART IN HUMAN INSIGHT
THE ROLE OF TIME
THE RELIGIOUS SITUATION
MOMENTS
AN ANSWER IN DISGUISE
13.God in Search of Man136
"WHERE ART THOU?"
FAITH IS AN EVENT
A FLASH IN THE DARKNESS
RETURN TO GOD IS AN ANSWER TO HIM
A SPIRITUAL EVENT
14.Insight145
HEAR, O ISRAEL
THE INITIATIVE OF MAN
"THE EYE OF THE HEART"
"DOORS FOR THE SOUL"
15.Faith152
"CANST THOU BY SEARCHING FIND OUT GOD?"
NO FAITH AT FIRST SIGHT
FAITH IS ATTACHMENT
THE EMBARRASSMENT OF FAITH
FAITH INCLUDES FAITHFULNESS
16.Beyond Insight158
WITHIN THE REACH OF CONSCIENCE
GOD IS THE SUBJECT
ADVERBS
ONENESS IS THE STANDARD
FROM INSIGHT TO ACTION
ONLY INSIGHTS AND NOTHING ELSE?
II.Revelation
17.The Idea of Revelation167
MAN WITH TORAH
WHY STUDY THE PROBLEM?
WE FORGOT THE QUESTION
THE DOGMA OF MAN'S SELF-SUFFICIENCY
THE IDEA OF MAN'S UNWORTHINESS
THE DISTANCE BETWEEN GOD AND MAN
THE DOGMA OF GOD'S TOTAL SILENCE
THE PERSONAL ANALOGY
18.The Prophetic Understatement176
THE IDEA, THE CLAIM, THE RESULT
WHAT IS PROPHETIC INSPIRATION?
WORDS HAVE MANY MEANINGS
THE PROPHETIC UNDERSTATEMENT
THE LANGUAGE OF GRANDEUR AND MYSTERY
DESCRIPTIVE AND INDICATIVE WORDS
RESPONSIVE INTERPRETATION
19.The Mystery of Revelation184
REVELATION AND THE EXPERIENCE OF REVELATION
THE MYSTERY OF REVELATION
THE NEGATIVE THEOLOGY OF REVELATION
TO IMAGINE IS TO PERVERT
THE ELIMINATION OF ANTHROPOMORPHISM
LIKE NO OTHER EVENT
20.The Paradox of Sinai191
THE PARADOX OF PROPHECY
IN DEEP DARKNESS
BEYOND THE MYSTERY
THE TWO ASPECTS
WAS SINAI AN ILLUSION?
A WAY OF THINKING
AN ECSTACY OF GOD
21.A Religion of Time200
THOUGHT AND TIME
THE GOD OF ABRAHAM
THE CATEGORY OF UNIQUENESS
THE CHOSEN DAY
THE UNIQUENESS OF HISTORY
ESCAPE TO THE TIMELESS
SEEDS OF ETERNITY
IMMUNE TO DESPAIR
EVOLUTION AND REVELATION
22.Process and Event209
PROCESS AND EVENT
TO SEE THE PAST IN THE PRESENT TENSE
23.Israel's Commitment213
ATTACHMENT TO EVENTS
THE MEMORY OF A COMMITMENT
LOYALTY TO A MOMENT
A WORD OF HONOR
LIFE WITHOUT COMMITMENT
REVELATION IS A BEGINNING
24.An Examination of the Prophets218
WHAT SORT OF PROOF?
THE MISTAKEN NOTION
IS REVELATION EXPLAINABLE?
ARE THE PROPHETS RELIABLE?
A PRODUCT OF INSANITY
SELF-DELUSION
A PEDAGOGICAL INVENTION
CONFUSION
THE SPIRIT OF THE AGE
THE SUBCONSCIOUS
THERE ARE NO PROOFS
25.The Bible and the World235
IS THE BIBLE AN ILLUSION?
IS GOD ABSENT EVERYWHERE?
THE PLACE OF THE BIBLE IN THE WORLD
WHAT THE BIBLE DID
NO WORDS MORE KNOWING
THE SINGULARITY OF THE BIBLE
HOW TO ACCOUNT FOR IT
THE OMNIPOTENCE OF THE BIBLE
PRECIOUS TO GOD
HOLINESS IN WORDS
ISRAEL AS EVIDENCE
HOW TO SHARE THE CERTAINTY OF ISRAEL
NOT BECAUSE OF PROOF
26.Faith with the Prophets249
FAITH WITH THE PROPHETS
ORIGIN AND PRESENCE
THE FRONTIER OF THE SPIRIT
NOT A BOOK
"CAST ME NOT AWAY"
27.The Principle of Revelation257
REVELATION IS NOT A CHRONOLOGICAL ISSUE
THE TEXT AS IT IS
REVELATION IS NOT A MONOLOGUE
THE VOICE ACCORDING TO MAN
WISDOM, PROPHECY, AND GOD
THE UNREVEALED TORAH
THE TORAH IS IN EXILE
IDEA AND EXPRESSION
COMMONPLACE PASSAGES
HARSH PASSAGES
THE BIBLE IS NOT A UTOPIA
CONTINUOUS UNDERSTANDING
THE ORAL TORAH WAS NEVER WRITTEN DOWN
III.Response
28.A Science of Deeds281
THE SUPREME ACQUIESCENCE
A LEAP OF ACTION
THE DEED IS THE RISK
OUR ULTIMATE EMBARRASSMENT
A META-ETHICAL APPROACH
THE PARTNERSHIP OF GOD AND MAN
WAYS, NOT LAWS
THE DIVINITY OF DEEDS
TO DO WHAT HE IS
LIKENESS IN DEEDS
"THE GOOD DRIVE"
ENDS IN NEED OF MAN
A SCIENCE OF DEEDS
29.More than Inwardness293
BY FAITH ALONE?
THE ERROR OF FORMALISM
NO DICHOTOMY
SPIRITUALITY IS NOT THE WAY
AUTONOMY AND HETERONOMY
THE LAW
A SPIRITUAL ORDER
A THEOLOGICAL EXAGGERATION
30.The Art of Being306
ONLY DEEDS AND NOTHING ELSE?
A CRY FOR CREATIVITY
GOD ASKS FOR THE HEART
WHY KAVANAH?
TO DO IN ORDER TO BE
THE IMMANENCE OF GOD IN DEEDS
TO BE PRESENT
31.Kavanah314
ATTENTIVENESS
APPRECIATION
INTEGRATION
BEYOND KAVANAH
32.Religious Behaviorism320
RELIGIOUS BEHAVIORISM
SPINOZA AND MENDELSSOHN
JUDAISM AND LEGALISM
THE FUNDAMENTAL IMPORTANCE OF AGADA
TORAH IS MORE THAN LAW
BEYOND HALACHA
PAN-HALACHISM
A RELIGION WITHOUT FAITH
DOGMAS ARE NOT ENOUGH
THE FOUR CUBITS
33.The Problem of Polarity336
HALACHA AND AGADA
QUANTITY AND QUALITY
HALACHA WITHOUT AGADA
AGADA WITHOUT HALACHA
THE POLARITY OF JUDAISM
THE TENSION BETWEEN HALACHA AND AGADA
REGULARITY AND SPONTANEITY
THE VALUE OF HEART
ACTIONS TEACH
34.The Meaning of Observance348
ORIGIN AND PRESENCE
THE MEANING OF OBSERVANCE
ETERNITY, NOT UTILITY
SPIRITUAL MEANING
AN ANSWER TO THE MYSTERY
ADVENTURES OF THE SOUL
"A SONG EVERY DAY"
REMINDERS
ACTION AS REUNION
ATTACHMENT TO THE HOLY
THE ECSTACY OF DEEDS
35.Mitsvah and Sin361
THE MEANING OF MITSVAH
"FOR WE HAVE SINNED"
"THE EVIL DRIVE"
"THERE IS BUT ONE STEP"
36.The Problem of Evil367
A PALACE IN FLAMES
"INTO THE HANDS OF THE WICKED"
THE CONFUSION OF GOOD AND EVIL
THE ATONEMENT FOR THE HOLY
RELIGION IS NOT A LUXURY
A SUPREME DISTINCTION
HOW TO FIND AN ALLY
THE TORAH IS AN ANTIDOTE
IS THE GOOD A PARASITE?
EVIL IS NOT THE ULTIMATE PROBLEM
GOD AND MAN HAVE A TASK IN COMMON
THE ABILITY TO FULFILL
IN NEED OF REDEMPTION
37.The Problem of the Neutral382
THE ISOLATION OF MORALITY
HOW TO DEAL WITH THE NEUTRAL
ALL JOY COMES FROM GOD
38.The Problem of Integrity387
VESTED INTERESTS
ALIEN THOUGHTS
THE ESCAPE TO SUSPICION
THE TEST OF JOB
"A DIADEM WITH WHICH TO BOAST"
DISGUSTED POLYTHEISM
THE FAILURE OF THE HEART
39.The Self and the non-Self396
IS DESIRE THE MEASURE OF ALL THINGS?
THE CONVERSATION OF NEEDS
SELF-EFFACEMENT
REGARD FO THE SELF
40.The Deed Redeems401
AWARENESS OF INNER ENSLAVEMENT
MOMENTS OF PURITY
CONTRITION
GOD IS FULL OF COMPASSION
ENDS PURIFY MOTIVES
THE DEED REDEEMS
"SERVE HIM WITH JOY"
"WE SPOIL AND HE RESTORES"
41.Freedom409
THE PROBLEM OF FREEDOM
FREEDOM IS AN EVENT
FREEDOM AND CREATION
DIVINE CONCERN
42.The Deed Redeems414
THE MEANING OF SPIRIT
THE SPIRIT OF JUDAISM
THE ART OF SURPASSING CIVILIZATION
43.The People Israel420
THE MEANING OF JEWISH EXISTENCE
THINKING COMPATIBLE WITH OUR DESTINY
ISRAEL--A SPIRITUAL ORDER
THE DIGNITY OF ISRAEL
Index429