This is not so much a biography of Buber as an account of his thoughts, teachings, and personality as perceived by Mr. Hodes...

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MARTIN BUBER: An Intimate Portrait

This is not so much a biography of Buber as an account of his thoughts, teachings, and personality as perceived by Mr. Hodes on the basis of his intimate association with Buber during the last twelve years of the theologian's lite. His approach is informal, though well integrated, and centers around Buber's ideas on a variety of subjects related to the situation of modern Judaism: the evolution of Hebrew humanism, the political condition of the Middle East, Jewish attitudes reward Germany and Eichmann, dialogue with the Christian churches, and Hasidism. Even ""neutral"" matters -- such as Buber's attitude toward youthful protesters and demonstrators, and his relationship with Bertrand Russell -- are treated within the framework of Jewish theological or political interests. There are lengthy, and skillfully used, reports of the author's conversations with Buber on these subjects, as well as quotations from Buber's works. The whole is an easily readable account, on a minor scale, of modern Judaism's most eminent and influential theologian. However it will perhaps be more of interest to Jewish readers than to Buber's large Christian following.

Pub Date: July 15, 1971

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Publisher: Viking

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 1971