Religion and the Individual
A Jewish Perspective
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Religion and the Individual by Louis Jacobs
Book DescriptionThe aim of this study is to demonstrate that, for all the admitted emphasis on peoplehood in the Jewish religious tradition, there are equally strong individualistic tendencies within Judaism which should not be confined to the sidelines. Dr Jacobs maintains that - in any balanced view of Judaism - it needs to be shown that what the individual does with his life has eternal significance for that same individual, not only for the Jewish people as a whole. Through a careful analysis of the primary texts, Jacobs conducts a thorough survey of some of the most important instances where the individual is discussed in the Jewish religious tradition. In so doing, his aim is not to elevate individualism at the expense of the Jewish community, but rather to show that Judaism pivots centrally neither on the people nor on the individual, but rests, rather, on both: his contention, finally, is that each needs to be taken equally into account if a balanced opinion of both is to be formed.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521411387
(228mm x 152mm x 14mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 9-Jan-1992
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Louis Jacobs
Religion and the Individual, Paperback (February 2008)
Jacobs conducts a thorough survey of some of the most important instances where the individual is discussed in the Jewish religious tradition.
Structure and Form in the Babylonian Talmud, Paperback (February 2008)
This book attempts to uncover the basic form and structure of this important text in Jewish studies.
Jewish Religion, Hardback (September 1995)
From manna to witchcraft, Aaron to Zweifel - this fascinating and comprehensive companion is intended as both a personal testimony of Jewish belief and practice and an invaluable guide for anyone interested in finding more about the Jewish religion.
Talmudic Argument, Paperback (September 1984)» View all books by Louis Jacobs
This book examines in detail a number of typical lengthy passages with a view to showing how Talmudic reasoning operates and how the Talmud was compiled by its final editors.
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