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By Arthur A. Cohen, Paul Mendes-Flohr

ISBN-10: 0827608926

ISBN-13: 9780827608924

JPS is proud to reissue Cohen and Mendes-Flohr’s vintage paintings, maybe an important, accomplished anthology to be had on twentieth century Jewish concept. This striking quantity provides a hundred and forty concise but authoritative essays via popular Jewish figures Eugene Borowitz, Emil Fackenheim, Blu Greenberg, Susannah Heschel, Jacob Neusner, Gershom Scholem, Adin Steinsaltz, and so on. They outline and mirror upon such vital principles as charity, selected humans, demise, relations, love, fable, ache, Torah, culture and extra. With entries from Aesthetics to Zionism, this e-book presents notable insights into either the Jewish adventure and the Judeo-Christian culture.

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Thus a deist, for example, would be an atheist under descriptions specific to Christianity or Judaism, but not necessarily in every sense. Spinoza was certainly both a kofer be'ikkar and a kofer ba-Torah in the sense of Maimonides, yet he surely possessed his own notion of God. Hence, the problem and the unease of recognition granted by monotheistic religions to believers in other such religions. Maimonides' own high rating of Islam versus his low rating of Christianity is very much in point. For the believer in the God of one religion may well be an atheist under a description adopted by another.

7 The date of the book of Deuteronomy serves as a point of departure for determining the dates of the remaining pentateuchal sources. Those assuming the existence of noncentralized worship, such as Exodus 20:21-23, clearly belong to the pre-Hezekiah-josianic age, while those demanding centralized worship come from a later period. Accordingly, it is clear that jE is earlier than D; as for P, however, there is still debate. In the view of the German scholar julius Wellhausen, P was written during the Babylonian Exile and therefore takes unification of the cult for granted.

21, 22), holy seasons (Lev. 23; Num. 28-29), and sabbatical and jubilee years as the land's observance of the Sabbath of the Lord (Lev. 25). Even when recounting a past event-the creation (Gen. 1:1-2,3), the covenants with Noah and Abraham (Gen. 9:1-17,17), or the Exodus from Egypt-interest is still centered upon sacred institutions of Israel like the Sabbath, circumcision, the prohibition against eating blood, or the paschal offering. Another source, contained in one book of the Pentateuch and literally an organic composition, is Deuteronomy (D).

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