Heavenly Torah: As Refracted Through the Generations

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A&C Black, Jan 1, 2005 - Religion - 814 pages
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Known most widely for his role in the civil rights and peace movements of the 1960s, Abraham Joshua Heschel made major scholarly contributions to the fields of biblical studies, rabbinics, medieval Jewish philosophy, Hasidism, and mysticism. Yet his most ambitious scholarly achievement, his three-volume study of Rabbinic Judaism, is only now appearing in English. Heschel's great insight is that the world of rabbinic thought can be divided into two types or schools, those of Rabbi Akiva and Rabbi Ishmael, and that the historic disputes between the two are based on fundamental differences over the nature of revelation and religion. Furthermore, this disagreement constitutes a basic and necessary ongoing polarity within Judaism between immanence and transcendence, mysticism and rationalism, neo-Platonism and Aristotelianism. Heschel then goes on to show how these two fundamental theologies of revelation may be used to interpret a great number of topics central to Judaism.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Two Approaches to Torah Exegesis
46
Miracles
65
The Tabernacle and the Sacrifices
71
The Abode of the Shekhinah
93
Teachings concerning the Shekhinah
104
Afflictions
127
Torah and Life
144
The Book of Deuteronomy
451
Is the Prophet a Partner or a Vessel?
478
See How Great Was MosesPower
502
Moses Prophecy
517
How the Torah Was Written
538
The Maximalist and Minimalist Approaches
552
The Maximalist Approach to the Principle Torah
589
Changes in the Text of Scripture
595

In Awe and Trembling
168
Duties of the Heart
189
Issues of Supreme Importance
208
Scriptural Language Not Befitting Gods Dignity
223
The Language of Torah
239
Transcendental and Terrestrial Perspectives
259
Goround the Orchard
279
Beholding the Face of God
299
The Torah That Is in Heaven
321
MosesAscent to Heaven
341
The Descent of the Divine Glory
358
Torah from Heaven
368
The Sectarians
387
Moses Did Things on His Own Authority
407
Two Methods of Understanding Thus Says the Lord
423
Is It Possible That It Was on His Own Sayso
439
Variants in Ptolemys Torah
601
The Kings Scroll and the Words on the Stones
607
The Last Twelve Verses
618
The Torah Given Scroll by Scroll
626
The Beggars Wisdom
633
Lost Books
641
It Is Not in the Heavens
658
Renewal of Torah
680
Both These and These Are the Words of the Living God
701
Against Multiplying Rules
720
Stringencies and Leniencies
740
Former and Latter Authorities
757
Theology in the Legal Literature
770
Interpersonal Relationships
777
Appendixes
789
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Abraham Joshua Heschel (1907-1972) was a preeminent scholar, acclaimed spiritual writer, and prophetic activist. He was a professor of ethics and mysticism at Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City. Gordon Tucker is senior rabbi of Temple Israel Center in White Plains, NY, and adjunct assistant professor of Jewish philosophy at Jewish Theological Center, New York. He is the editor and translator of "Heavenly Torah as Refracted through the Generations" by Abraham Joshua Heschel.

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