By Edward K. Kaplan

A procedure for analyzing Heschel's significant works, in addition to a brand new path to figuring out spiritual writing mostly: a lucid learn of recent non secular and moral concept utilizing literary criticism.

"A outstanding, and while, relocating, and deeply own interpretation of the works of 1 of the best non secular thinkers of this century. by means of skillfully reading Heschel's rhetoric and mastery of language--his 'poetics of faith'--Edward Kaplan acts as a consultant to Heschel's writings for the expert in addition to the final reader, for Jew in addition to non-Jew. Holiness in phrases enables us to determine that what Heschel wrote of scripture applies to his personal works: '...the phrases turned a stay twine charged together with his spirit.'" -- Eva Fleischner, Professor Emerita, Montclair country University

"Once again--and in a brand new way--the theological and ethical nuances of Heschel's religious ardour should be heard. Kaplan has set our ear to sounds long-forgotten or by no means recognized. His paintings is not any deposit of educational travail, yet exemplifies scholarship as provider within the optimum sense.

"A life of listening has long past into the making of this booklet. Over decades, Edward Kaplan has contributed cautious and perceptive reviews on Heschel's poetic rhetoric, on his knowing of prophecy and prophetic attention, and at the ethical existence and its courting to mysticism and transcendence. they're now placed to the provider of a full-scale exposition of Heschel's suggestion and religious orientation." -- From the Foreword through Michael Fishbane

Holiness in phrases: Abraham Joshua Heschel's Poetics of Piety is either an advent to examining Heschel's works in English, and an in-depth examine of how his literary sort can rework the cognizance of readers. Heschel's lifestyles and works reply to the modern situation in faith, formulating positions on religion and melancholy, racism and social justice, the Holocaust, interreligious discussion, and the provision of God's presence. We research Heschel's conception and use of literary language, his "poetics of piety," on the way to elucidate his narrative technique to train God-centered (or prophetic) thinking.

The publication lines the key issues of his "depth theology," awe and radical amazement, the that means of image, ritual, prayer, and mystical perception. historic and biographical info clarifies Heschel's implicit polemic with Martin Buber and a supplemental learn consultant offers assets for every bankruptcy and recommendations for extra inspiration and discussion.

"This paintings is an surprisingly poignant and targeted research of realizing smooth spiritual notion utilizing literary feedback. Unrelated to this statement, yet of equivalent value, is the author's vital presentation of Heschel's reaction to the Holocaust. additionally vital is his linkage among Heschel's theology--particularly his perspectives of prophecy, and his biography--especially his involvement in social motion. whereas different writers on Heschel have touched on those concerns, no different writer has performed it with such intensity or with such readability. the focal point upon the cultured positive aspects of Heschel's paintings makes this paintings targeted and important. The delineation of Heschel's 'sacred humanism' is particularly good performed and will function a version for facing comparable thinkers, e.g., Thomas Merton." -- Byron L. Sherwin, Spertus Institute of Jewish reviews

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38 Theological seriousness is imperative. Religious observance can provide the elements of a remedy: liTo pray, then, means to bring God back into the world .... " Human beings have immense power and responsibility. In North America as in Europe, before and after the War, skepticism had undermined the ability to recall God's self-expression at Sinai: "1f [conviction in the reality of God] is lacking, if the presence of God is a myth, then prayer to God is a delusion. "39 Heschel seems to have considered the 1930s and 1950s as spiritually equivalent.

His 1933 dissertation had defined a "religion of sympathy" as a response to God's pathos, the moral emotions expressed by the Divine reacting to human events. In both 18 ABRAHAM JOSHUA HESCHEL IN AMERICA versions of the study, Heschel's phenomenological method-a detailed analysis of the prophets' identification with God's turning toward humanity-helps today's readers welcome inspiration. Abraham Joshua Heschel writes as a Western philosopher, a JudaiC scholar, a theologian, a Hasidic rebbe, and a poet who assumes an unshaking confidence in God's love for humankind.

All the more fruitful when reading Heschel. His talent for nuances, and his skillful rendering of the higher reaches of religious thinking, require effort, concentration, and sympathy with his manner of reflection and feeling. Reading in solitude can become a form of meditation, of prayer, bringing consolation. We might read Heschel as a spiritual diScipline, giving a vocabulary to our inchoate inwardness. His lush prose may become devotional reading in its own right. Eventually we may form a friendship with the author's mind and heart.

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