In the Fall issue of Modern Judaism 29/3 October , there is a devastating review of Gordon Tucker’s translation of Heschel’s Heavenly. My Wednesday morning Torah study group is reading Abraham Joshua Heschel’s Torah Min HaShamayim b’Aspeklaria HaDorot / Heavenly. Heavenly Torah by Abraham Joshua Heschel, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.

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Without seeing how thorough and well-disciplined has been his study of Talmudic literature, one cannot fully appreciate his achievement in bringing some order and sense to it Changes in the Text of Scripture.

Heavenly Torah

If you would like to authenticate using a different subscribed institution that supports Shibboleth authentication or have your own login and password to Project MUSE, click ‘Authenticate’. But on the whole, the introductions to each chapter, the explanatory notes on almost every page including identifying Heschel’s often obscure sources are wonderful aids in working through this massive work.

Masterfully brought to the marketplace in a beautiful edition by Continuum Books, who were also responsible for publishing Jonathan Sacks’ masterpiece The Dignity of Difference, and translated by Gordon Tucker with precision and tremendous knowledge and skill, Heavenly Torah is a seminal addition to our library of Jewish studies Review quote “‘This is a splendid translation of a pivotal work. As if permission had been granted for each person to build an altar for himself.


The Best Books of This site uses cookies. This is a book that demands considerable time and effort, but is well worth it. Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of Reading this was an ambitious undertaking for me — pp.

Heschel clearly saw himself as some ultimate combination of the “Ishmaelian” and “Akiban” schools, the rational scholar and thinker and also the champion of the mystical and the “emotional” side of Judaism. 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.

About Abraham Joshua Heschel. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. The Book of Deuteronomy.

Is the Prophet a Partner or a Vessel? Can a Hegelian synthesis be accomplished? Yishmael was the “rationalist”, a champion yorah straightforward and, well, rational thinking; Akiva was the mystic who embraced the ineffable and championed the supernatural.

Yet, his most ambitious scholarly achievement, his three-volume study of Rabbinic Judaism, is only now appearing in English. Answering these questions would involve a good amount of comparison between Heschel’s English works and TMSa task which has not yet been fully achieved. You can unsubscribe from newsletters at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link in any newsletter. Sandra Rousso rated it really liked it Apr 21, Reviews of Heavenly Torah acknowledge Tucker’s contribution, yet they all overlook the problem of translating Heschel’s ideas from one language to another.


Project MUSE – Lost In Translation: Abraham Joshua Heschel’s “Heavenly Torah”—A Review Essay

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In Awe and Trembling. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. One could rightfully claim that Heschel did not intend his philosophy for the Israeli audience in the first place.

Description Known most widely for his role in the civil rights and peace movements heavebly the s, Abraham Joshua Heschel made major scholarly contributions to the fields of biblical studies, rabbinics, medieval Jewish philosophy, Hasidism, and mysticism.

Can the school of Akiba and that of Ishma’el be ultimately reconciled?

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. Helena Clare rated it it was amazing May 01, Some think that this book is an attempt of Heschel’s to prove his worthiness as a scholar to Saul Lieberman, then the head of the Jewish Theological Seminary, who apparently didn’t take Heschel seriously.