God in Search of Man A Philosophy of Judaism

Abraham Joshua Heschel

Farrar, Straus and Giroux



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Abraham Joshua Heschel was one of the most revered religious leaders of the 20th century, and God in Search of Man and its companion volume, Man Is Not Alone, two of his most important books, are classics of modern Jewish theology. God in Search of Man combines scholarship with lucidity, reverence, and compassion as Dr. Heschel discusses not man's search for God but God's for man. This book concerns the notion of a Chosen People, an idea which, as Heschel writes, "signifies not a quality inherent in the people but a relationship between the people and God." It is an extraordinary description of the nature of Biblical thought, and how that thought becomes faith.


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"One of the most compelling books about being human [written in the 20th] century."—The Boston Globe

"Prose that sings and soars in the warm, intuitive tradition of the great 18th-century Hasidic leaders from whom [Heschel] is descended . . . God in Search of Man is subtitled 'A Philosophy of Judaism,' but it speaks to all those for whom the Bible is a holy book."—Time

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God in Search of Man
1.GOD1Self-understanding of JudaismTO RECOVER THE QUESTIONSIt is customary to blame secular science and anti-religious philosophy for the eclipse of religion in modern society. It would be more honest to blame religion for its own defeats. Religion declined not because it was refuted, but because it became irrelevant, dull, oppressive, insipid. When faith is completely replaced by creed, worship by discipline, love by habit; when the crisis of today is ignored because of the splendor of the past; when faith becomes an heirloom rather than a living fountain; when religion
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  • Abraham Joshua Heschel

  • Abraham Joshua Heschel (1907-72) was internationally known as a scholar, author, activist, and theologian. he was Professor of Ethics and Mysticism at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America.