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God in Search of Man : A Philosophy of Judaism (1955)

by Abraham Joshua Heschel

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  cavlibrary | May 2, 2013 |
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  cavlibrary | Apr 30, 2013 |
"God in Search of Man" is a splendid assortment of essays on a wide range of sub-headings found under the general heading of Judaism. Why is the Bible important? Who or what is God? How do we reconcile religious teachings with scientific facts? How is Judaism different from its cousin, Christianity? What is the relevance of religious ritual? Why should we listen to the rabbi's of the Talmudic era?

At his best, Heschel is methodical and detailed, with is passionate love of God and Judaism permeating whole sections of the book. When he delves more deeply into philosophy I found my mind wandering a bit. The weakest section is probably the portion of the book in which he defends the Bible. He posits some things that his readers - even devoutly Jewish readers - may not fully accept, and if the reader doesn't posit the same thing, then his argument collapses around it.

Read it straight through, or read its mostly short essays when the mood strikes. A good book either way. ( )
  fingerpost | Jul 20, 2011 |
NO OF PAGES: 437 SUB CAT I: Philosophy SUB CAT II: Jewish Thought SUB CAT III: Great Jewish Thinkers DESCRIPTION: The companion volume to "Man is Not Alone". Dr. Heschel discusses, not man's search for God, but God's for man-the notion of a Chosen People signifies not a quality inherent in the people but a relationship between the people and God.NOTES: SUBTITLE: A Philosophy of Judaism
  BeitHallel | Feb 18, 2011 |
NO OF PAGES: 437 SUB CAT I: Philosophy SUB CAT II: Jewish Thought SUB CAT III: Great Jewish Thinkers DESCRIPTION: The companion volume to "Man is Not Alone". Dr. Heschel discusses, not man's search for God, but God's for man-the notion of a Chosen People signifies not a quality inherent in the people but a relationship between the people and God.NOTES: SUBTITLE: A Philosophy of Judaism
  BeitHallel | Feb 18, 2011 |
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It is customary to blame secular science and anti-religion philosophy for the eclipse of religion in modern society.  It would be more honest to blame religion for its own defeats.
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God in Search of Man: A Philosophy of Judaism is among Abraham Joshua Heschel's most comprehensive studies of the Jewish religion. It is a work of impeccable scholarship conveyed with absolute clarity, in a spirit of utmost reverence and compassion. "Religion is an answer to man's ultimate questions," Heschel declares on the book's first page. Religion that forgets its roots in humanity's lived experience, religion that inadequately addresses the earthly realities of life, Heschel says, is false religion. And yet, Heschel asserts that religion is not a vehicle by which humanity draws closer to God; it is always God who reaches out to humanity through religion. "Judaism is God's quest for man. The Bible is a record of God's approach to His people. More statements are found in the Bible about God's love for Israel than about Israel's love for God."

God in Search of Man is almost as exhausting as it is exhaustive. Detailed analyses of "Awe," "Wonder," and "Glory" stand alongside discourses on religion and time, the nature of prophesy, and the problem of evil. Heschel's encyclopedic knowledge of and omnivorous interest in the nature of Judaism is, for most readers, more productively taken in small doses than swallowed whole. The book's table of contents, however, will get a considerable workout over the years, as readers return again and again to find Heschel's opinions about various aspects of spiritual life. --Michael Joseph Gross

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