Theology in the Responsa by Louis JacobsTheology in the Responsa by Louis Jacobs

Theology in the Responsa

byLouis Jacobs

Paperback | April 7, 2005

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Responsa are replies given by prominent rabbinic authorities to questions put to them by other scholars, asking for rulings on specific issues, generally of a practical nature. The responsa literature is thus a repository of the learning and sound sense of some of the greatest rabbinicauthorities over a period of more than a thousand years down to the present, and relates to all the countries where Jews have lived. Although most of the emphasis in the responsa literature is undoubtedly on practice, nearly all the great compilations of responsa also contain discussions of atheological nature since changing conditions posed problems for belief as well as practice. In this volume, first published in 1975 and unrivalled in its treatment of the subject, Louis Jacobs examines those responsa in which theology is considered and highlights the changes that have occurred inthe theological principles affecting the rabbis' attitudes to such questions as life after death, reward and punishment, and the problem of suffering.
Louis Jacobs, founding rabbi of the New London Synagogue, was a renowned scholar with an international reputation as a lecturer. He was the author of The Jewish Religion: A Companion (1995) and of many other distinguished books, several of them published by the Littman Library, including Beyond Reasonable Doubt (1999, paperback 2004), ...
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Title:Theology in the ResponsaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:392 pages, 8 × 6 × 0.86 inPublished:April 7, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1904113273

ISBN - 13:9781904113270

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