Contemporary Jewish Theology: A Reader

Paperback | September 1, 1998

EditorElliot N. Dorff, Louis E. Newman

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Contemporary Jewish Theology: A Reader presents the most comprehensive collection to date of Jewish religious writings from the latter half of this century. Featuring selections from both pre- and post-World War II thinkers, this carefully constructed anthology highlights the enormous range oftheological viewpoints and methods that have characterized Jewish theological reflection in modern times. An extraordinarily rich compilation, it represents many different perspectives, including those of Orthodox thinkers and feminists, Israelis and Americans, rationalists and mystics, andpost-modernists. Extensive introductions place these writings in historical and philosophical context and identify the fundamental continuities and tensions among contemporary Jewish thinkers. Following a general introduction, the volume is organized into four parts. The first section includes representative selections from the major Jewish philosophers of the early twentieth century (Cohen, Rosenzweig, Buber, Kook, Kaplan, and Heschel). The second part includes recent essays on God,creation, revelation, redemption, covenant/chosenness, and law. The third section provides seminal essays on the Holocaust and the modern State of Israel, topics that have held tremendous importance for Jewish thinkers over the past few decades. The book concludes with a symposium on futuredirections in Jewish theology at the dawn of the twenty-first century, and also provides extensive suggestions for further reading. Contemporary Jewish Theology: A Reader is designed as a companion volume to the editors' earlier book, Contemporary Jewish Ethics and Morality: A Reader (OUP, 1995). An exceptional introduction to contemporary Jewish thinking, it is an essential text for courses in Jewish thought andtheology.

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Contemporary Jewish Theology: A Reader presents the most comprehensive collection to date of Jewish religious writings from the latter half of this century. Featuring selections from both pre- and post-World War II thinkers, this carefully constructed anthology highlights the enormous range oftheological viewpoints and methods that hav...

Elliot N. Dorff is at University of Judaism. Louis E. Newman is at Carleton College.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:544 pages, 6.42 × 9.09 × 0.91 inPublished:September 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University Press

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PrefaceAcknowledgmentsI. Introduction1. Byron Sherwin: An Incessantly Gushing Fountain: The Nature of Jewish TheologyII. Classical Theologians in the Twentieth Century: Approaches to God2. Hermann Cohen: Religion of Reason Out of the Sources of Judaism3. Franz Rosenzweig: The Star of Redemption4. I and Thou5. Abraham Isaac Kook: A Thirst for the Living God; and The Pangs of Cleansing6. Mordecai Kaplan: God as the Power that Makes for Salvation7. Abraham Joshua Heschel: God in Search of MenIII. Contemporary Reflections on Traditional ThemesA. God8. Louis Jacobs: Belief in a Personal God: The Position of Liberal Supernaturalism9. Elliot N. Dorff: In Search of God10. Harold M. Schulweis: From God to Godliness: Proposal for a Predicate Theology11. Marcia Falk: Toward a Feminist Jewish Reconstruction of Monotheism; and Further Thoughts on Liturgy as an Expression of Theology12. Ellen M. Umansky: Jewish Feminist TheologyB. Creation13. David W. Weiss: The Wings of the Dove: Jewish Values, Science, and Halachah14. Arthur Green: Seek My Face, Speak My NameC. Revelation15. Emanuel Levinas: Revelation in the Jewish Tradition16. Neil Gillman: Sacred Fragments: Recovering Theology for the Modern JewD. Redemption17. Arthur A. Cohen: The Natural and the Supernatural Jew18. Steven Schwarzschild: On Jewish EschatologyE. Covenant/Chosenness19. Eugene Borowitz: Renewing the Covenant20. David Novak: The Election of Israel21. Michael Wyschogrod: The Body of Faith22. Judith Plaskow: Standing Again at Sinai23. Elliot N. Dorff: A Jewish Theology of Jewish Relations to Other PeoplesF. Law24. Joseph Soloveitchik: Halakhic Man25. Jakob J. Petuchowski: Some Criteria for Modern Jewish Observance26. Robert Gordis: Dynamics of Judaism27. Rachel Adler: Engendering JudaismIV. Two Pivotal Experiences in the Twentieth CenturyA. The Holocaust28. Eliezer Berkovits: Faith after the Holocaust29. Richard Rubenstein: After Auschwitz30. Emil Fackenheim: The Jewish Return into History; and To Mend the World31. Irving Greenberg: Cloud of Smoke, Pillar of Fire: Judaism, Christianity, and Modernity after the HolocaustB. The State of Israel32. A.B. Yehoshua: Exile as a Neurotic Solution33. David Hartman: The Third Jewish Commonwealth34. The Religious and Moral Significance of the Redemption of Israel. Yeshayahu Leibowitz: 35. Marc Ellis: Beyond Innocence and RedemptionV. Looking Toward the Future of Jewish Thought: A Symposium36. Arthur Green: New Directions in Jewish Theology in America37. Rebecca T. Alpert: Another Perspective on Theological Directions for the Jewish Future38. David Ellenson: The Nature and Direction of Modern Jewish Theology: Some Thoughts Occasioned by Arthur Green39. Peter Ochs: B'nei Ezra: An Introduction to Textual ReasoningSuggestions for Further ReadingBiographical Sketches

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"What a rich compendium! A stimulating distillation of the best Jewish thought from a century marked by anguish and triumph. We see in these sections how strong the theological etnerprise is in modern Judaism, in every form from Reform to Neo-Orthodoxy. Ideal for serious readers."--Ralph Keen,University of Iowa