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20th Century Jewish Religious Thought

JPS has reissued Cohen and Mendes-Flohr’s vintage paintings, possibly crucial, accomplished anthology on hand on twentieth century Jewish proposal. This striking quantity offers one hundred forty concise but authoritative essays through 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 critical principles as charity, selected humans, demise, relations, love, delusion, agony, Torah, culture and extra. With entries from Aesthetics to Zionism, this e-book offers amazing insights into either the Jewish event and the Judeo-Christian tradition.

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The division into sources is supported by both the varying use of divine epithets and the employment of different names for jacob (j acob as opposed to Israel). Similarly, the two sources can be recognized by their different religious ideologies. While j represents direct contact between God and the patriarchs, E tends to soften and refine this contact by introducing a dream or an angel as an intermediary (see, for example, Gen. , 28:12, 21:11-13), even though this difference is not to be viewed as absolute and decisive.

Undoubtedly) it is in Christianity, in which anti-Semitism is intertwined in a very complex way with anti-Judaism, that the most influential form of anti-Semitism historically is to be found. That Gnostic anti-Semitism, with its picture of the Jews as ordained enemies of the Light, lies in the background of the Christian portrayal of the Jews as predetermined enemies of the incarnate God is rendered probable by the Gnostic documents discovered at Nag Hammadi, which confirm the existence of a pre-Christian Gnosticism.

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