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Heavenly Torah As Refracted Through the Generations by Abraham Joshua Heschel

Heavenly Torah As Refracted Through the Generations


Heavenly Torah As Refracted Through the Generations by Abraham Joshua Heschel

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.


'This is a splendid translation of a pivotal work. Tucker and Levin make the intricacies of Heschel's thoughts understandable to the reader.'
Shamash Book of the Month, July 2006

'The translators have skilfully transformed Heschel's complex study of the doctrine of Devine revelation, into an accessible text for students and scholars alike. The translation itself is clear and avoids archaic renditions of difficult texts. Importantly, the translators are careful to remain faithful to Heschel's original Hebrew work.'

About the Author

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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Publication date

18th January 2007


Abraham Joshua Heschel

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Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd. an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC


848 pages





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