The Jews as a Chosen People
Tradition and Transformation
By (author) S. Leyla Gurkan
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Jews as a Chosen People by S. Leyla Gurkan
Book DescriptionThe concept of the Jews as a chosen people is a key element of the Jewish faith and identity. This book explores the idea of chosenness from the ancient world, through modernity and into the Post-Holocaust era. Analysing a vast corpus of biblical, ancient, rabbinic and modern Jewish literature, the author seeks to give a better understanding of this central doctrine of the Jewish religion. She shows that although the idea of chosenness has been central to Judaism and Jewish self-definition, it has not been carried to the present day in the same form. Instead it has gone through constant change, depending on who is employing it, against what sort of background, and for what purpose. Surveying the different and sometimes conflicting interpretations of the doctrine of chosenness that appear in Ancient, Modern, and Post-Holocaust periods, the dominant themes of 'Holiness', 'Mission', and 'Survival' are identified in each respective period. The theological, philosophical, and sociological dimensions of the question of Jewish chosenness are thus examined in their historical context, as responses to the challenges of Christianity, Modernity, and the Holocaust in particular. This book will be of interest to scholars and students of Jewish Studies, the Holocaust, religion and theology.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415466073
(234mm x 156mm x 20mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 2-Dec-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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It has long been understood that the Jews see themselves as a chosen people; a key element in a Jewish identity based on quality and duty. This book explores the idea of chosenness - from the ancient world, through modernity and into the post-Holocaust era.
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Author Biography - S. Leyla Gurkan
Leyla Gurkan is a research fellow in the department of history of religions for the Centre for Islamic Studies (ISAM), Istanbul. Her research interests include Jewish theology and comparative approach to Jewish and Islamic concepts. She is the author of a Turkish book on Judaism.
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