Heavenly Torah: As Refracted Through the Generations

Heavenly Torah: As Refracted Through the Generations


By (author) Abraham Joshua Heschel, Edited by Gordon Tucker, Translated by Gordon Tucker

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  • Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
  • Format: Paperback | 848 pages
  • Dimensions: 155mm x 234mm x 53mm | 1,157g
  • Publication date: 18 January 2007
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0826418929
  • ISBN 13: 9780826418920
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 305,840

Product description

Known most widely for his role in the civil rights and peace movements of the 1960s, Abraham Joshua Heschel made major scholarly contributions to the fields of biblical studies, rabbinics, medieval Jewish philosophy, Hasidism, and mysticism. Yet, his most ambitious scholarly achievement, his three-volume study of Rabbinic Judaism, is only now appearing in English. Heschel's great insight is that the world of rabbinic thought can be divided into two types or schools, those of Rabbi Akiva and Rabbi Ishmael, and that the historic disputes between the two are based on fundamental differences over the nature of revelation and religion. Furthermore, this disagreement constitutes a basic and necessary ongoing polarity within Judaism between immanence and transcendence, mysticism and rationalism, neo-Platonism and Aristotelianism. Heschel then goes on to show how these two fundamental theologies of revelation may be used to interpret a great number of topics central to Judaism.

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Author information

Gordon Tucker is senior rabbi of Temple Israel Center in White Plains, NY, and adjunct assistant professor of Jewish philosophy at Jewish Theological Center, New York. He is the editor and translator of Heavenly Torah as Refracted through the Generations by Abraham Joshua Heschel.

Review quote

"'This is a splendid translation of a pivotal work. Tucker and Levin make the intricacies of Heschel's thoughts understandable to the reader.' Shamash Book of the Month, July 2006 'The translators have skilfully transformed Heschel's complex study of the doctrine of "Devine revelation," into an accessible text for students and scholars alike. The translation itself is clear and avoids archaic renditions of difficult texts. Importantly, the translators are careful to remain faithful to Heschel's original Hebrew work."