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A Rivalry of Genius
A Rivalry of Genius (November 1995)
Jewish and Christian Biblical Interpretation in Late Antiquity
Marc Hirshman - Author

Compares Rabbinic midrash and Patristic exegesis in late antiquity and provides an introduction to the various forms of Patristic literature.

By comparing interpretations of the Hebrew Bible by Jews, Christians, and Gnostics in Late Antiquity, this book provides a unique perspective on these religious movements in Palestine. Rival interpretations of the early Church and the Midrash are set against the backdrop of the pagan critique of ...(Read More)
Philosopher and Prophet
Philosopher and Prophet (July 1995)
Judah Halevi, the Kuzari, and the Evolution of His Thought
Yochanan Silman - Author

This book relates the various strata of Halevi's Book of Kuzari to the different periods of Halevi's philosophical development.
This book is the first to describe the development of Halevi's thought with a view to reaching a better understanding of its inherent systematic difficulties, as well as enabling identification of the various strata of the book belonging to different periods in his philosophical development.
The first ...(Read More)
Hasidism (January 1995)
Between Ecstasy and Magic
Moshe Idel - Author

"Idel's book has broken new ground in the study of the mystical Judaism of Eastern Europe in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. By applying what he calls the panoramic approach, in contrast to the existentialist approach of Buber and the historicist approach of Scholem, Idel has been able to illuminate the phenomenon of Hasidism in all its complexity and diversity. Rather than focusing on any one immediate aspect of Jewish mysticism, Idel prop...(Read More)
How Do We Know This?
How Do We Know This? (November 1994)
Midrash and the Fragmentation of Modern Judaism
Jay M. Harris - Author

This book is a study of rabbinic legal interpretation (midrash) in Judaism's rabbinic, medieval, and modern periods. It shows how the rise of Reform, Conservative, and Orthodox Judaism in the modern period is tied to distinct attitudes toward the classical Jewish heritage, and specifically, toward rabbinic midrash halakah.

What has gone unnoticed until now is the extent to which the fragmentation of modern Judaism is re...(Read More)
Moses Mendelssohn and the Enlightenment
Moses Mendelssohn and the Enlightenment (September 1994)
Allan Arkush - Author

Moses Mendelssohn, the author of numerous works on natural theology and ethics, was also the first modern philosopher of Judaism. This book places 039039;s thought within the context of the Leibnizian-Wolffian school, the writings of Kant and Lessing and other major figures of the Enlightenment, and within the age-old tradition of Jewish rationalism. More than any previous treatment of this subject, it questions the extent to which Mendelssohn truly...(Read More)
Gershom Scholem
Gershom Scholem (July 1994)
The Man and His Work
Paul Mendes-Flohr - Editor

In the early part of the twentieth century, Gershom Scholem (1897-1982) founded the academic discipline of the study of Jewish Mysticism. In so doing, he not only broke new scholarly ground; but he also revolutionized the field of Judaic Studies as a whole and left an indelible mark on the study of religion.

This book presents essays by several of Israel's eminent scholars, reflecting on Scholem's impact on the academic and Jewish worlds, an...(Read More)
Jew and Philosopher
Jew and Philosopher (November 1993)
The Return to Maimonides in the Jewish Thought of Leo Strauss
Kenneth Hart Green - Author

This is the first book to deal with the Jewish thought of Leo Strauss. Known primarily as one of the leading contemporary political thinkers, this book reveals another side of Leo Strauss--as one of the most important Jewish thinkers of the present century. The author presents the Jewish thought of Leo Strauss as powerful, original, and provocative, but also as essential for grasping the true character of Strauss's thought. His Jewish thought may...(Read More)
The Enlightened Will Shine
The Enlightened Will Shine (October 1993)
Symbolization and Theurgy in the Later Strata of the Zohar
Pinchas Giller - Author

"This is a fine piece of scholarship. It constitutes a pioneering study of a major figure in the medieval Jewish mystical tradition. The discussion of theurgy and the experiential element within the Jewish mystical tradition are particularly important contributions to this fledgling area of study." -- Mark Verman, St. John's University

This book analyzes the use of symbolism and theurgy in two sections of the Zohar, the centra...(Read More)
Esther in Medieval Garb
Esther in Medieval Garb (September 1993)
Jewish Interpretation of the Book of Esther in the Middle Ages
Barry Dov Walfish - Author

"There is nothing like this for the Book of Esther, and little like it for any body of medieval Jewish exegesis. The author's research enables the reader to see specific connections between individual exegetes and the medieval settings in which they lived. One gets a wonderful picture of various medieval Jewish (and gentile) communities from this book." -- Edward L. Greenstein, Jewish Theological Seminary of America

This comprehensive histo...(Read More)
Rav Avraham Itzhak Hacohen Kook
Rav Avraham Itzhak Hacohen Kook (August 1993)
Between Rationalism and Mysticism
Benjamin Ish-Shalom - Author

This is the first comprehensive philosophical-theological study of the mystical thought of Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook (1865-1935), the Chief Rabbi of Palestine prior to the establishment of the state of Israel, and the great representative of the most significant renewal of the Jewish mystical thought in modern times. Rav Kook was the spiritual and hallachic authority who laid the foundation of religious Zionism. Discontent with "Hamizrakhi" politic...(Read More)
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