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The Election of Israel : The Idea of the Chosen People - David Novak

The Election of Israel

The Idea of the Chosen People

Paperback Published: 20th December 2007
ISBN: 9780521044820
Number Of Pages: 304

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In this book, David Novak conducts an historical, philosophical and theological reflection on the central Jewish doctrine of Israel's election by God, also known as the idea of the chosen people. Historically, he analyses the great change in modern Jewish thought brought about by Spinoza's inversion of the doctrine: that it was not God who elected Israel, but Israel who elected God. The development of that inversion is illustrated by the thought of the German philosopher-theologian, Hermann Cohen. Philosophically, Novak explores the ontological implications of the two differing theologies of election. Theologically, he argues for the correlation of election and revelation, and maintains that a theology of election is required in order to deal with two central questions, namely: who are the Jews, and how are Jews to be related to the world? The constructive picture which results leads to a fresh understanding of Jewish modernity.

'A profound and erudite study which makes a valuable contribution to our appreciation ... it will be indispensable for the philosopher of religion.' Expository Times

Preface
List of abbreviations
Introduction
Spinoza and his challenge
Hermann Cohens concept of election
Franz Rosenzweigs return to the doctrine
The retrieval of the biblical doctrine
The rabbinic development of the doctrine
Two medieval views of election
Conclusion
Appendices
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521044820
ISBN-10: 0521044820
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 20th December 2007
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.39

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