TOWARD A NEW JEWISH THEOLOGY by Arnold Jacob- Ed. Wolf

TOWARD A NEW JEWISH THEOLOGY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The editor, in his Introduction, concedes that an unfriendly critic might say that this symposium was ""neither new, nor Jewish nor theology."" Nevertheless, he insists, the contributors are ""new men,"" ""most of them American in birth and all now living on the American continent, and all sharing in a new sense of the importance of Jewish thought for the present."" The justice of this claim is supported by the chapter titles: The Dialectics of Reason and Revelation; The Revealed Morality of Judaism and Modern Thought; Israel: The Uniqueness of Jewish History, The Individual and the Community in Jewish Prayer; Psychoanalysis and the Temperaments of Man; Patterns of Good and Evil; Christianity and the Contemporary Jew: Judaism and the Problem of Peace. Much of the discussion, as these titles suggest, might well be transferred to Protestant and even Roman Catholic thinking today with compatibility. The writers come from Orthodox, Conservative, and Reformed strands of the Jewish religious community, the majority having been students at one time or another at Hebrew Union college. But a general consensus of outlook makes these identifications of little importance. This should be a helpful volume to Jewish religious leaders and adherents, but also to readers in other religious faiths who wish both to acquaint themselves with what is going on among their Jewish contemporaries as well as to enrich their own thought.

Publisher: Quadrangle Books