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By Cass Fisher

Contemplative Nation demanding situations the long-standing view that theology isn't really an integral part of the Jewish culture. For political and philosophical purposes, either students of Judaism and Jewish thinkers have sought to reduce the function of theology in Judaism. This ebook constructs a brand new version for realizing Jewish theological language that emphasizes the imperative position of theological mirrored image in Judaism and the shut courting among theological mirrored image and spiritual perform within the Jewish culture. Drawing on varied philosophical assets, Fisher's version of Jewish theology embraces the a number of varieties and features of Jewish theological language. Fisher demonstrates the software of this version by way of venture shut readings of an early rabbinic observation at the ebook of Exodus (Mekhilta of Rabbi Ishmael ) and a piece of contemporary philosophical theology (Franz Rosenzweig's The superstar of Redemption). those readings improve the dialogue of theology in rabbinics and smooth Jewish proposal and supply assets for positive Jewish theology.

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