20th Century Jewish Religious Thought

JPS has reissued Cohen and Mendes-Flohr’s vintage paintings, probably crucial, finished anthology on hand on twentieth century Jewish proposal. This extraordinary quantity offers a hundred and forty concise but authoritative essays by means of well known Jewish figures Eugene Borowitz, Emil Fackenheim, Blu Greenberg, Susannah Heschel, Jacob Neusner, Gershom Scholem, Adin Steinsaltz, etc. They outline and replicate upon such vital principles as charity, selected humans, loss of life, relations, love, fable, discomfort, Torah, culture and extra. With entries from Aesthetics to Zionism, this publication presents awesome insights into either the Jewish adventure and the Judeo-Christian tradition.

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Raphael Loewe, "The 'Plain' Meaning of Scripture in Early Jewish Exegesis," in Papers of the Institute ofJewish Studies, 1 1964), 153. 4. l:layyim Nachman Bialik, Kitvei H. N. Bialik, II (1925), 244. BIBLIOGRAPHY l:layyim Nachman Bialik, Halachah and Aggadah, tr. Leon Simon (1944). Joseph Heinemann, Aggadot ve-Toldoteihen (1974). Max Kadushin, The Rabbinic Mind, 2d ed. (1965). M. Saperstein, Decoding the Rabbis: A Thirteenth-Century Commentary on the Aggadah (1980). Shalom Spiegel, "Introduction" to Louis Ginzberg, Legends of the Bible (1956).

Furthermore, circumcision and the Sabbath, along with the rainbow (Gen. 9: 1-1 7), are, according to the Priestly Source, parts of the complex of signs symbolizing the covenants made by God with mankind and with the Israelite forefathers. The priestly material in Genesis has the sole purpose of serving the priestly-sacred tendency that emphasizes the element of holiness in Israel and its institutions-the purpose served also by the priestly passages in Exodus, Leviticus, and Numbers. Central to the world of the Priestly Source is the Temple and all that it entails.

Even when recounting a past event-the creation (Gen. 1:1-2,3), the covenants with Noah and Abraham (Gen. 9:1-17,17), or the Exodus from Egypt-interest is still centered upon sacred institutions of Israel like the Sabbath, circumcision, the prohibition against eating blood, or the paschal offering. Another source, contained in one book of the Pentateuch and literally an organic composition, is Deuteronomy (D). It is fashioned as a farewell address of Moses delivered in the plains of Moab, is written in an autobiographical fashion (Deut.

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