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German rabbi, scholar, and theologian Abraham Geiger (1810--1874) is recognized as the principal leader of the Reform movement in German Judaism. In his new work, Ken Koltun-Fromm argues that for Geiger personal meaning in religion -- rather than rote ritual practice or acceptance of dogma -- was the key to religion's moral authority. In five chapters, the book explores issues central to Geiger's work that speak to contemporary Jewish practice -- historical memory, biblical interpretation, ritual and gender practices, rabbinic authority, and Jewish education. This is essential reading for scholars, rabbis, rabbinical students, and informed Jewish readers interested in Conservative and Reform Judaism.

Published with the generous support of the Lucius N. Littauer Foundation.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. CONTENTS
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction: Abraham Geiger, Religious Authority, and Personal Meaning
  2. pp. 1-11
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  1. 1. Historical Memory and the Authority of Religious Judaism
  2. pp. 12-39
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  1. 2. The Practice of Hermeneutical Authority
  2. pp. 40-63
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  1. 3. The Gendered Politics of Authority
  2. pp. 64-84
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  1. 4. Rabbinic Authority
  2. pp. 85-112
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  1. 5. Jewish Education and the Authority of Personal Meaning
  2. pp. 113-133
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  1. Conclusion: The Practice of Authority
  2. pp. 134-140
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 141-172
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 173-180
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780253111852
Print ISBN
9780253347442
MARC Record
OCLC
145747762
Pages
192
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
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