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JPS has reissued Cohen and Mendes-Flohr’s vintage paintings, possibly an important, complete anthology to be had on twentieth century Jewish proposal. This striking quantity provides one hundred forty concise but authoritative essays by means of popular Jewish figures Eugene Borowitz, Emil Fackenheim, Blu Greenberg, Susannah Heschel, Jacob Neusner, Gershom Scholem, Adin Steinsaltz, and so forth. They outline and mirror upon such crucial principles as charity, selected humans, demise, kinfolk, love, fantasy, pain, Torah, culture and extra. With entries from Aesthetics to Zionism, this e-book presents awesome insights into either the Jewish event and the Judeo-Christian tradition.


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The prophets themselves, in this interpretation, are regarded not as Jews but as proto-Christians, so that, in this pre-Christian period, there is an anti-Semitism combined with a pro-Judaism: The Jews are conceived as having a religion that was too good for them. This pre-Christian Judaism pointing to Christianity is, however, conceded a certain validity even after the coming of Christ. Jews who practice Old Testament Judaism, even in a "blind" way, may come to see eventually that it points to the truth of Christianity; so Old Testament Judaism was given status as a licit religion, and it was expected that through its practice, the Jews' "blindness" would eventually be lifted, as Paul had prophesied in Romans 11 :26.

The difficulty with Kadushin's approach is that it seeks to elevate the problem-the chaos of aggadah-to the level of a concept without ever seriously accounting for the problem. Rabbinic thought, according to Kadushin, is not a philosophy or a myth or even a theology so much as it is a way of thinking, a virtual psychology; indeed, the model for Kadushin's organicism was early Gestalt psychology. Yet this problem is not unique to Kadushin's work. It faces every attempt to traduce a theology from aggadah, to translate the latter's context-specific themes and formulations into discursive, abstract, and systematic concepts.

A person who subscribed to such a view would be straddling agnosticism and atheism. Historically, atheism is usually taken to mean the denial of the existence of God described in judeo-Christian Scripture. Hence, the atheist typically denies the divine origin of these Scriptures. Since for many centuries all social order has been taken to rest not only upon the truth of those Scriptures but also upon the rules of conduct they endorsed, an atheist was regarded as a socially dangerous person. For this reason the history of atheism is also the record of persecution of atheists.

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