Guiding the Perplexed of the Modern Age
Publication Year: 1993
"A well-organized and engaging read."
Religious Studies Review
The first in-depth look at...an important nineteenth century Jewish thinker and historian. Well-written [and] well- researched."
The Jerusalem Post Magazine
"A significant contribution to our understanding of the rise of modern Judaism in its East European manifestation."
Harris examines Nachman Krochmal's work, particularly as it aimed to guide Jews through the modern revolution in metaphysical and historical thinking, thus enabling them to commit themselves to Judaism without sacrificing intellectual integrity.
Published by: NYU Press
Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
List of Abbreviations
Chapter 1: Introduction
There are at least two different approaches one can take in writing the biography of a towering intellectual figure such as Nachman Krochmal (1785-1840). One is to carefully track the events of his life, his friends, acquaintances...
Chapter 2: Metaphysics and Jewish Faith
Consistent with the method outlined above, in chapters 5, 6, 7, and 17 of the Guide we find Krochmal attempting to clarify the central metaphysical positions of Judaism in a way that allows for their latent philosophical...
Chapter 3: Krochmal's Theory of History
Krochmal Claimed that his metaphysical specu- . lation represents the metaphysical position that is at the root of Judaism, and of which Jews have been aware, in full or inchoate form, throughout their history. That Jewish...
Chapter 4: Biblical Studies
The onset of historical thought and scholarship touched on virtually all aspects of traditional self-understanding, but perhaps none more than on the place of the Bible within traditional culture. From the time of Hobbes and Spinoza...
Chapter 5: The Rabbinic Tradition
In traditional Jewish self-understanding, the Torah, the basis of Judaism, is actually comprised of two Torahs, one written, the other oral. This fundamental claim represents the basis of rabbinic Judaism. The history of Jewish...
Chapter 6: The Perplexities of the Aggadah
Krochmal's chapter on aggadah opens with the juxtaposition of these conflicting rabbinic pronouncements. He cites them to illustrate the deep ambivalence of Jewish culture toward this genre of rabbinic discourse. On the...
Chapter 7: Conclusion
Krochmal's work remains of interest for at least three reasons. It represents an important Jewish reaction, both critical and sympathetic, to the intellectual modernization that shook the foundations of traditional society; it...
Publication Year: 1993
OCLC Number: 859686303
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