By Arthur A. Cohen, Paul Mendes-Flohr

ISBN-10: 0827608926

ISBN-13: 9780827608924

JPS is proud to reissue Cohen and Mendes-Flohr’s vintage paintings, possibly an important, complete anthology to be had on twentieth century Jewish suggestion. This notable quantity offers one hundred forty concise but authoritative essays via well known Jewish figures Eugene Borowitz, Emil Fackenheim, Blu Greenberg, Susannah Heschel, Jacob Neusner, Gershom Scholem, Adin Steinsaltz, and so forth. They outline and replicate upon such critical principles as charity, selected humans, dying, family members, love, fable, soreness, Torah, culture and extra. With entries from Aesthetics to Zionism, this e-book offers notable insights into either the Jewish event and the Judeo-Christian culture.

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Therefore, no less important than the question, What is meant by atheism? is the question, What kind of atheism is intended? ATHEISM 27 REFERENCES 1. John N. " in New Essays in Philo- 2. 3. 4. 5. sophical Theology, ed. Antony Flew and Alisdair MacIntyre (1955), 47-56. Plato, Laws, Book 10, especially 908ff. Q 9, Art. 3. Pope Paul VI, Ecclesiam Suam (1968). Baruch Spinoza, Tractatus Theologico-Politicus, ch. 8-10. BIBLIOGRAPHY Paul Edwards, "Atheism," in The Encyclopedia of Philosophy, I (1967).

While this philosophical approach did not help readers to understand aggadah on its own terms, it nonetheless firmly established aggadah as the basic source for the reconstruction of rabbinic theology. As a theological source, midrash aggadah has posed two basic difficulties for its students. The first and more obvious one is the grossness of some aggadot when they are taken to be expressions of elevated spiritual or theological truths. The most famous examples of such problematic aggadot are the many anthropomorphic and anthropopathic descriptions of God that are found throughout rabbinic literature, passages that describe God wearing phylacteries (BT Ber.

Plato in his Laws subjects some of them to "one death ... or two,"2 while Thomas Aquinas no less than Moses Maimonides directs that they be done away with. / range of views to be tolerated. "4 The thinker who most readily comes to mind in this context is Baruch Spinoza. He was certainly an atheist in the sense indicated here since he pioneered the view that Scripture bears all the marks of a human product given that it abounds with textual corruption, grammatical errors, downright forgeries, and even mistakes in arithmetic.

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