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The essence of Judaism.

Author: Leo Baeck; Irving Howe; Victor Grubwieser
Publisher: New York, Schocken Books [1961, ©1948]
Series: Schocken paperbacks, SB6.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This classic of Jewish religious thought began as a critical essay vigorously challenging Adolf Harnack's "Essence of Christianity". It grew into a comprehensive examination of Jewish religion and an invaluable key to understanding the background of Christianity and Islam. Jewish tradition permits conflicting schools of thought to exist side by side, as well as a many-sided interplay of ceremonial law, philosophy,  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Leo Baeck; Irving Howe; Victor Grubwieser
OCLC Number: 377539
Notes: "This rendition by Irving Howe is based on the translation from the German by Victor Grubenwieser [sic] and Leonard Pearl (Macmillan ... London, 1936) The text of the 1948 edition has been corrected."
Description: 287 pages 21 cm.
Contents: I. The character of Judaism --
Unity and development --
Prophetic religion and community faith --
Revelation and world religion --
II. The ideas of Judaism --
Faith in God --
Faith in man --
faith in ourselves --
Faith in one's fellow man --
Faith in mankind --
III. The preservation of Judaism --
History and task.
Series Title: Schocken paperbacks, SB6.
Other Titles: Wesen des Judentums.

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This classic of Jewish religious thought began as a critical essay vigorously challenging Adolf Harnack's "Essence of Christianity". It grew into a comprehensive examination of Jewish religion and an invaluable key to understanding the background of Christianity and Islam. Jewish tradition permits conflicting schools of thought to exist side by side, as well as a many-sided interplay of ceremonial law, philosophy, theology and mysticism. It has never been greatly concerned with formulating dogmas. It is therefore a major achievement to have succeeded in defining its essential ideas and doctrines. This presentation is based upon Biblical, talmudic and later rabbinical sources. It preserves the variety and fullness of these classical originals; it avoids dogmatism; yet to Judaism, with all its diversity, it has given a definitive formulation. [Back cover].

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