Jan 1, Known most widely for his role in the civil rights and peace movements of the s, Abraham Joshua Heschel made major scholarly. Jun 5, My Wednesday morning Torah study group is reading Abraham Joshua Heschel’s Torah Min HaShamayim b’Aspeklaria HaDorot / Heavenly. Jan 27, In the Fall issue of Modern Judaism 29/3 October , there is a devastating review of Gordon Tucker’s translation of Heschel’s Heavenly.

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Our inclination to understand Judaism or to approach the divine through only one of the poles leaves us, according to Heschel, with partial understandings of Judaism and fragmentary visions of the divine.

Reviews of Heavenly Torah acknowledge Tucker’s contribution, yet they all overlook the problem of translating Heschel’s ideas from one language to another. The whole truth remains elusively human, exclusively divine. Two Approaches to Torah Exegesis. I can well imagine a year-long course on Judaism using this book alone. But of course, this is entirely Heschel’s book, and that is cause enough for radical amazement. Others literally died trying to translate this sprawling masterpiece I would like to receive.


Israel lives by the rule: The growth of the power of the general thus corresponds to hexchel increase in compliance by the soldier, and vice versa. Actually the idea of pathoswhich I consider to be the central idea in prophetic theology, contains the doctrine havenly the shekinah.

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This is a book that demands considerable time and effort, but is well worth it. Others literally died trying to translate this sprawling masterpiece. I disagree with his claim that Heschel is promoting the more pluralistic exegesis of the Yishmaelian School. The Descent of the Divine Glory. Without the principle of God in search of man, the whole idea of shekinah is not intelligible.


Just as theology and scholarship are cut of one cloth, the language and thought of the classical Jewish sources are inseparably united.

Although Heschel is aware of the plurality of opinions shared by the Sages, I found that he nevertheless strives to determine which opinion is correct, according to its compatibility with the simple meaning of the biblical text Peshuto shel Mikra.

In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: Beholding the Face of God. Comments The comments are moderated and checked when I get to them. We might have expected that he would incline to the mystical-transcendent pole, but that does not seem to be the case. The Jewish mystics, Heschel wrote, are inspired by a bold and dangerously paradoxical idea that not only is God necessary to man but man is also necessary to God, to the unfolding of his plans in this world.

You can unsubscribe from newsletters at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link in any newsletter. It was followed in the s by his two classic texts on theology. It guides the reader through the woof and warp of the classic texts— Man Is Not Alone and God in Search of Man— that inform his writings on contemporary theology. With regard to the comment in Sifrei Deuteronomy quoted above by Heschel, Urbach writes, rather apologetically: Where the academics seek to summarize rabbinic thinking, Heschel draws the reader inside it, exegeting it from within, as it were.

For the first time, the English reader was offered not only a comprehensive translation, but a detailed and systematic commentary on TMS.

Transcendental and Terrestrial Perspectives. Moshe June 18, at 9: It is an anthology of viewpoints clustered in two posing constellations This entry was heavfnly in aggadahjewish thought and tagged a j heschelabraham Heschelalan brillgedalia HaberGordon TuckerHeavenly TorahRabbi Akiva.

Tucker is the first scholar to endeavor to seek out Heschel’s theological message word for word, chapter by chapter, enabling Heschel scholars to deepen their knowledge and understanding of Heschel. You are commenting using your Facebook account.


It is precisely because he was anchored in a received tradition, with all of its particularities, that he can be a figure of universal importance.

Furthermore, this disagreement constitutes a basic and heshel ongoing polarity within Judaism between immanence and transcendence, mysticism and rationalism, neo-Platonism and Aristotelianism.

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Sometimes whole chapters are in dialectical relationship. Published over many years in Hebrew, it has now been made available in clear, idiomatic English Continuum, 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.

Email required Address never made public. Duties of the Heart. Was TMS an embodiment heavdnly his English theological writings, or a scholarly study of rabbinic literature? Web Exclusives First Thoughts.

The Theology of Abraham Joshua Heschel

The Torah Given Scroll by Scroll. You are commenting using your Twitter account. Indeed, he is most eloquent expounding the human aspect of Torah One might think of the divine—human relationship as heechel to that of a general and soldier where the power lies with the general and the soldier merely follows orders.

But his general point was clear: My library Help Advanced Book Search. This work is like a symphony with many movements. Best known for his role in the Civil Rights and peace movements of the s and for his A tour de force of gigantic proportions; recommended for all libraries.

While in India, that is likely to be once a day hsavenly best.