Theology and Poetry: Studies in the Medieval Piyyut by Jakob J. PetuchowskiTheology and Poetry: Studies in the Medieval Piyyut by Jakob J. Petuchowski

Theology and Poetry: Studies in the Medieval Piyyut

byJakob J. Petuchowski

Paperback | June 15, 2004

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Petuchowski's Theology and Poetry is a unique contribution to Jewish thought and Jewish literature. It is the first - and to this day, the only - discussion of the religious message of the poetry composed for the synagogue by poets who were active during a period of more than a millennium.Petuchowski explores ten representative poems from this great body of literature through translations and explications that are sensitive both to the poems' theological and poetic values. These explications restore liturgical poetry to its rightful role as a repository of Jewish religious thoughtand experience and point the way to important future research. The book is essential reading for a fuller understanding of Jewish thought and worship.' Ray Scheindlin. In the Middle Ages, unconventional theological views were often expressed in poetic form. Jakob Petuchowski provides parallel textsof ten medieval theological poems in the standard liturgy that express unconventional and daring theological ideas, each with a commentary on the poem and its author, and a survey of Jewish thought on its particular theme.
Jakob J. Petuchowski is The Sol and Arlene Bronstein Professor of Judaeo-Christian Studies, and Research Professor of Jewish Theology and Liturgy at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, Ohio. He has written or edited over thirty books.
Title:Theology and Poetry: Studies in the Medieval PiyyutFormat:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 8 × 5 × 0.37 inPublished:June 15, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1904113168

ISBN - 13:9781904113164

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Editorial Reviews

"Perceptive, original and thought provoking, this slim volume presents a real contribution to the understanding of the nature of the Piyyut." --Journal of Jewish Studies