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The Essential Agus
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Rabbi Jacob Agus' (1911-1986) intellectual production spanned nearly a half century and covered an enormous historical and conceptual range, from the biblical to the modern era. Best known as an important Jewish scholar, he also held important rabbinic, teaching, and public positions. Although born and raised within an orthodox setting, Agus was strongly influenced by American liberalism and his work displayed modernizing sympathies, reservations about nationalism--including some forms of Zionism--and often severe criticisms of kabbalah. Agus crafted a unique, quite American, modernizing vision that ardently sought to remain in touch with the wellsprings of the rabbinic tradition while remaining open to the intellectual and moral currents of his own time.

The Essential Agus brings together a sampling of Agus' most important published and unpublished material in one easily accessible volume. It will be an invaluable resource for students and researchers seeking to experience Agus' intellectual legacy.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright Page
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  1. Contents
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Selectors
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. 1. Jacob B. Agus—An Introductory Overview
  2. pp. 1-36
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  1. Selections
  2. pp. 37-37
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  1. 2. The Ideal Personality
  2. pp. 39-56
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  1. 3. Contemporary Issues
  2. pp. 57-91
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  1. 4. Neo-Maimonism
  2. pp. 92-117
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  1. Part One. Jacob B. Agus as a Student of Modern Jewish Philosophy
  2. pp. 119-119
  1. Selections and Prefatory Remarks
  2. pp. 121-121
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  1. 5. The Common Core of Modern Jewish Philosophy
  2. pp. 123-143
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  1. 6. The Nearness of God
  2. pp. 144-168
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  1. 7. Rav Kuk, An Appreciation
  2. pp. 169-175
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  1. Part Two. Jacob B. Agus as a Student of Medieval Jewish Philosophy Aand Mysticism
  2. pp. 177-177
  1. Selections and Prefatory Remarks
  2. pp. 179-179
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  1. 8. The Rise of Jewish Rationalism
  2. pp. 181-191
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  1. 9. The Qabbalah
  2. pp. 192-206
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  1. Part Three. Jacob B. Agus and Jewish-Christian Dialogue: A View from the Christian Side
  2. pp. 207-207
  1. Selections and Prefatory Remarks
  2. pp. 209-209
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  1. 10. Judaism and the New Testament
  2. pp. 211-231
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  1. 11. Perspectives for the Study of the Book of Acts
  2. pp. 232-242
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  1. 12. A New Kind of Christian-Jewish Disputation
  2. pp. 243-280
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  1. Part Four. Jacob Agus' Ideology of American Judaism: American Jews or Jewish Americans?
  2. pp. 281-281
  1. Selections and Prefatory Remarks
  2. pp. 283-283
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  1. 13. Who We Are
  2. pp. 285-295
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  1. 14. Assimilation, Integration, Segregation: The Road to the Future
  2. pp. 296-313
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  1. 15. Jewish Self-Image in the Postwar World
  2. pp. 314-344
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  1. Part Five. The Concept of God in Jacob Agus' Theology
  2. pp. 345-345
  1. Selection and Prefatory Remarks
  2. pp. 347-347
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  1. 16. The Idea of God
  2. pp. 349-368
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  1. Part Six. Jacob B. Agus on the Meaning of Jewish History and Experience
  2. pp. 369-369
  1. Selections and Prefatory Remarks
  2. pp. 371-371
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  1. 17. Epilogue to the Evolution of Jewish Thought
  2. pp. 373-397
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  1. 18. The Concept of Israel
  2. pp. 398-446
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  1. Part Seven. Jacob B. Agus and the Conservative Movement
  2. pp. 447-447
  1. Selections and Prefatory Remarks
  2. pp. 449-449
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  1. 19. Reevaluation of the "Responsum on the Sabbath"
  2. pp. 451-457
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  1. 20. Birth Control: A Dissent
  2. pp. 458-459
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  1. 21. Law in Conservative Judaism
  2. pp. 460-469
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  1. 22. A Theological Foundation for the Halachah
  2. pp. 470-478
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  1. Part Eight. Jewish Law as Standards
  2. pp. 479-479
  1. Selection and Prefatory Remarks
  2. pp. 481-481
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  1. 23. The Conservative Movement
  2. pp. 483-523
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  1. Part Nine. Jacob B. Agus as Pulpit Rabbi
  2. pp. 525-525
  1. Selections and Prefatory Remarks
  2. pp. 527-527
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  1. 24. Religion and Nationalism
  2. pp. 529-548
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  1. 25. The Covenant Concept—Particularistic, Pluralistic, or Futuristic?
  2. pp. 549-565
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  1. Bibliography of the Works of Jacob B. Agus
  2. pp. 566-573
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