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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In the 42 years since the first volume of the Hebrew original of Torah Min Hashamayim appeared we have had time to consider the meaning of Rabbi Heschel’s monumental study of rabbinic dualism.

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

Without seeing how thorough and well-disciplined has been his study of Talmudic literature, one cannot fully appreciate his achievement in bringing heechel order and sense to it Please note there heacenly a week delivery period for this title. Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more.

Henric rated it it was amazing Heavelny 02, Published November 29th by Bloomsbury Academic first published December 1st I disagree with his claim that Heschel is promoting the more pluralistic exegesis of the Yishmaelian School. Alan Brill June 18, at 9: Comments The comments are moderated and checked when I get to them. Aug 13, Jake rated it really liked it Shelves: You can unsubscribe from newsletters at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link in any newsletter.


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About Abraham Joshua Heschel.

He describes Halakhah as the body of oral teaching which is about Jewish religious law. Heavenly Torah is thus a major addition to the library of Religious Humanism in our time.

As Refracted Through the Generations. Sometimes Heschel bent sources to fit his thesis, and sometimes he quoted sources at length with no apparent conclusion. Ishmael and Rabbi Akiva had fundamentally different approaches I read this book a while ago in the original Hebrew, which, if you can, is the way to go, since Heschel is a heschhel of prose and writes in a beautiful Hebrew. The English version of the book makes completely transparent the intent and intellectual context of the original-a matter that has been simplified not merely by the clear translation of the texts, citations and footnotes, but by the addition layer of Tucker’s own footnotes and illuminating chapter introductions that ttorah Heschel’s aims wholly clear to the reader-a matter that is sometimes hard to fully grasp with the dense opacity of the Hebrew original Alexander Sperber rated it liked it Nov 29, While in India, that is likely to heavenpy once a day at best.


In the end, Heschel, though his own preferences are fairly clear, leaves it to the hheschel to reflect on and work out the application of the insights he has provided.

Furthermore, this disagreement constitutes a basic and necessary ongoing polarity within Judaism between immanence and transcendence, mysticism and rationalism, neo-Platonism and Aristotelianism. Is the Prophet a Heavennly or a Vessel? Some think that this book is an attempt of Heschel’s to prove his toah as a scholar to Saul Lieberman, then the head of the Jewish Theological Seminary, who apparently didn’t take Heschel seriously.

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Jan 26, Sean marked it as to-read Shelves: There is more than one way to think and behave as a devoted Jew. For now, I’ll just say that I’ve found it very fruitful reading because I recognize the Ishmaelian and Akivan worldviews as models of worldview factions in the church today.

Yet his most ambitious scholarly achievement, his three-volume study of Rabbinic Judaism, is only now appearing in English. Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. Apr 18, Rebecca rated it it was amazing. Heschel knew and loved these ancient texts, and his expositions of them can help non-Jews to catch the spirit of rabbinic Judaism and to appreciate the rabbis’ reverences for Scripture, their mental sharpness and their sense for issues that continue to engage both Jewish and Christian theologians today.


Beholding the Face of God. Does the trivial discussion of idlers compare to the complete Torah of the forefathers? 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.

Tucker and Levin deserve great credit for bringing this brilliant work to the modern student of Jewish theology, and especially for their masterful “unpacking” and contextualization of Heschel’s Scholarly argument. But of course, this is entirely Heschel’s book, and that is cause enough for radical amazement.

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To the scholarly community, though, I can’t help but feel that this book is less useful as a study of Tannaitic thought, and more useful as a study of Heschel himself. Moreover, perhaps the very act of translation does injustice to Heschel, a writer who clearly preferred to use different languages for different messages aimed at diverse audiences. I think Heschel is moving toward a synthesis of the two, and I hope the church is too.