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by Israel I. Efros

Ancient Jewish Philosophy download ebook
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0819700142
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978-0819700148
Author:
Israel I. Efros
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Bloch Pub Co; 1 ED edition (May 1, 1997)
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199 pages
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Ancient Jewish Philosophy has been added to your Cart. As a Christian reader I found Professor Efros' study of the historical development of Jewish philosophical theology very helpful historically as well as theologically.

Ancient Jewish Philosophy has been added to your Cart. Efros highlights the continuing tension between two schools of thought: Holiness (emphasizing God's transcendence) and Glory (stressing the immanence of God). The tension between these two poles of thought is traced from the prophetic era to the Middle Ages.

Jewish philosophy (Hebrew: פילוסופיה יהודית‎) includes all philosophy carried out by Jews, or in relation to the religion of Judaism. Until modern Haskalah (Jewish Enlightenment) and Jewish emancipation, Jewish philosophy was preoccupied with attempts to reconcile coherent new ideas into the tradition of Rabbinic Judaism, thus organizing emergent ideas that are not necessarily Jewish into a uniquely Jewish scholastic framework and world-view.

Ancient Jewish Philosophy book. Part 1 presents the philosophy of religion reflected in ancient. Details (if other): Cancel.

Israel L. Efros, Hebrew and American poet and scholar who was the coauthor of a definitive Hebrew-English dictionary, died on Jan. 4 in Tel Aviv. A long-time resident of New York City, he was 90 years old. Dr. Efros was born in the Ukraine and came to the United States in 1905. He received a doctorate from Columbia University and taught Jewish philosophy at Johns Hopkins University and the University of Buffalo. He was the author of nine books of poetry and scholarly works, including ''Ancient Jewish Philosophy'' and ''Silent Wigwams,'' a collection of poems based on American Indian legends and lore. There were no immediate survivors.

Ancient Jewish Philosophy. Detroit: Wayne State University Press (1964). Emil L. Fackenheim - 1982 - Schocken Books. Post-Holocaust Dialogues: Critical Studies in Modern Jewish Thought. Steven T. Katz - 1984 - New York University Press.

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Part 1 presents the philosophy of religion reflected in ancient Hebrew literature Part II is devoted to the philosophy of biblical ethics
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Ancient Jewish Philosophy is a learned work on philosophy with a lot of footnotes, but it is written in a style that flows, as one would expect from a prolific poet. The diction is explained clearly making the subject easy to understand.
The late Rabbi Efros demonstrates in this work that Jewish philosophy began with the five books of Moses, and was further developed in the prophetic books - all long before Socrates, let alone the medievals. The book is arranged in two parts, the first describing the dichotomy and tension between the concepts of Kadosh (holiness as separateness, limitlessness) and K'vod (glory as omnipresence, accessability, and intimacy). Kadosh and K'vod are the the warp and weft of Ancient Jewish philosophy, prophecy and ethics.
Part two shows that the the attribute Kadosh is the foundation of Jewish ethics, providing absolute authority in decision making: "You shall be Holy, for I your G!d am Holy". K'vod works in tandem with Kadosh, making holiness possible in the human realm as well as the Divine. In other words, we are to do the right thing because we are told to do so by the most authoritative Being, and in following that instruction we move closer to being holy ourselves. Decision making and action become sacramental.
In contrast, the ancient gods of Greek religion offered no admirable role models, and no good advice for human conduct, while Greek philosophy tended to deal with the abstract rather than the difficult decisions that people face in life.
I say that the scheme Efros distinguishes makes nonsense of old accusations that the ancient Hebrews 'performed works' in order to bribe or change G!d. Rather, they 'performed works' in order to change themselves. Read with Efros' scheme in mind, the Bible becomes a work that inextricably joins mysticism (by which I mean the practice of opening to the Presence) with ethics. Having read Efros' book, the Bible became new for me once more.
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As a Christian reader I found Professor Efros' study of the historical development of Jewish philosophical theology very helpful historically as well as theologically. Efros highlights the continuing tension between two schools of thought: Holiness (emphasizing God's transcendence) and Glory (stressing the immanence of God). The tension between these two poles of thought is traced from the prophetic era to the Middle Ages. I was struck by many suggestive parallels with Christian struggles over the concepts of immanence and transcendence and have been stimulated to learn further from Jewish scholars as I seek to find the right balance between the two extremes. I strongly recommend this fine work to anyone interested in theocentric philosophy.