Heavenly Torah: As Refracted Through the Generations
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Heavenly Torah: As Refracted Through the Generations   -     By: Gordon Tucker, Abraham Joshua Heschel

Heavenly Torah: As Refracted Through the Generations

Bloomsbury Academic / 2007 / Paperback

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"Many knowledgeable Jews consider this to be the greatest work by the greatest Jewish theologian of the 20th century. I can well imagine a yearlong course on Judaism using this book alone,"---First Things. Rabbi Akiva (immanence, mysticism) vs. Rabbi Ishmael (transcendence, rationalism). 848 pages, softcover. Continuum.

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Title: Heavenly Torah: As Refracted Through the Generations
By: Gordon Tucker, Abraham Joshua Heschel
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 848
Vendor: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication Date: 2007
Weight: 3 pounds 2 ounces
ISBN: 0826418929
ISBN-13: 9780826418920
Stock No: WW418929

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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, is only now appearing in English. Heschel's great insight is that the world of rabbinic thought can be divided into two types or schools, those of Rabbi Akiva and Rabbi Ishmael, and that the historic disputes between the two are based on fundamental differences over the nature of revelation and religion. Furthermore, this disagreement constitutes a basic and necessary ongoing polarity within Judaism between immanence and transcendence, mysticism and rationalism, neo-Platonism and Aristotelianism. Heschel then goes on to show how these two fundamental theologies of revelation may be used to interpret a great number of topics central to Judaism.

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