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A People Apart
Chosenness and Ritual in Jewish Philosophical Thought
A People Apart
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Daniel H. Frank - Editor
SUNY series in Jewish Philosophy
Price: $53.50 
Hardcover - 270 pages
Release Date: October 1993
ISBN10: 0-7914-1631-3
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-1631-0

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Paperback - 270 pages
Release Date: September 1993
ISBN10: 0-7914-1632-1
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-1632-7

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"This book deals with two problems central to Jewish theology: the chosenness of the Jewish people and the rationale of the ritual commandments in Judaism. The two topics are naturally connected since the ritual commandments of Judaism most clearly demarcate Judaism from other religions and therefore contribute to the sense of chosenness so widespread among Jews." -- Michael Wyschogrod, Baruch College

"These philosophical reflections sharpen our understanding of Jewish existence and deepen our knowledge of the history of Jewish philosophy, both medieval and modern. In addition, the book represents an important methodological breakthrough for the academic discipline of Jewish philosophy. By incorporating models from the field of anthropology and philosophy of language, the essays on Jewish ritual integrate Jewish philosophy into the larger academic discipline of religious studies. The philosophical reflection on Jewish particularism is very significant. It sheds light on the meaning of Jewish existence, the nature of Jewish philosophy, and the central questions of post-modernity." -- Hava Tirosh-Rothschild, Indiana University

Daniel H. Frank is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Kentucky. He is the editor of Autonomy and Judaism: The Individual and the Community in Jewish Philosophical Thought.


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Table of Contents

Introduction

Part 1 Choseness

Chapter 1 The Election of Israel: Outline of a Philosophical Analysis
David Novak


Chapter 2 Chosenness, Not Chauvinism: Maimonides on the Chosen people
Menachem Kellner


Response to Menachem Kellner
Norbert M. Samuelson


Reply to Norbert Samuelson
Menachem Kellner


Chapter 3 Judaism and Chosenness: On Some Controversial Aspects from Spinoza to Contemporary Jewish Thought
Ze'ev Levy


Part 2 Ritual

Chapter 4 Rational Law / Ritual Law
L. E. Goodman


Chapter 5 Mitzvah as Metaphor
Moshe Sokol


Chapter 6 Jewish Ritual and the Experience of "Rootedness"
Joshua L. Golding


Chapter 7 The Concept of Worship in Judaism
Norbert M. Samuelson


Contributors

Index


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