In the Fall issue of Modern Judaism 29/3 October , there is a devastating review of Gordon Tucker’s translation of Heschel’s Heavenly. My Wednesday morning Torah study group is reading Abraham Joshua Heschel’s Torah Min HaShamayim b’Aspeklaria HaDorot / Heavenly. Heavenly Torah by Abraham Joshua Heschel, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.

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There is more than one way for a traditional Jew to relate to the Sabbath or perceive God’s providence, and this was the case even in the time of the Sages.

The Kings Scroll and the Words on the Stones. His daughter, Susannah Heschel, remarks that “The rabbinic texts were all in his memory, he said, hesdhel they were simply pouring out. Jan 27, Ari Saks rated it it was amazing.

Israel lives by the rule: Thanks for telling us about the problem. You are commenting using your Twitter account. Variants in Ptolemys Torah. My motivation was the author, Abraham Joshua Heschel, whom I’ve admired for well over 50 years. Gordon Tucker is to be appreciated for having undertaken this incredibly difficult work of translation and for having done it as well as it can be done.

Heschel knew and loved these ancient texts, and his expositions of them can help non-Jews to catch the spirit of rabbinic Judaism and to appreciate the rabbis’ reverences for Scripture, their mental sharpness and their sense for issues that continue to engage both Jewish and Christian theologians today.

Heschel seemed to be telling me to pay no heed to what the Orthodox establishment was trying to preach to me or conceal from me. Heschel once told me, with his uniquely accurate and typical exaggeration, that every word he wrote was a quotation form classical Jewish literature. Notify me of new posts via email. Tucker is the first scholar to endeavor to seek out Heschel’s theological message word for word, chapter by chapter, enabling Heschel scholars to deepen their knowledge and understanding of Heschel.


Sometimes Heschel bent sources to fit his thesis, and sometimes he quoted sources at length with no apparent conclusion.

Project MUSE – Lost In Translation: Abraham Joshua Heschel’s “Heavenly Torah”—A Review Essay

Nathan Cardozo rated it it was amazing Feb 23, Looking for beautiful books? There are differences between Akiva and Yishmael and their “schools”.

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Heaveny, the translators are careful to remain faithful to Heschel’s original Hebrew work. By using our website you consent to all cookies in accordance with our Cookie Policy. It is by any measure an astonishing accomplishment of historical and theological scholarship.

Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. In his teens he recei Heschel was a descendant of preeminent rabbinic families of Europe, both on his father’s Moshe Mordechai Heschel, who died of influenza in and mother’s Reizel Perlow Heschel side, and a descendant of Rebbe Avrohom Yehoshua Heshl of Apt and other dynasties.

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Judaism demands that man should acknowledge his place. A heschep de force of gigantic proportions; recommended for all libraries. Torah Min Hashamayim is many things: Although I was fascinated by Heschel’s poetic Hebrew style and his theological ideas, I wasn’t drawn to his major English works until I started studying Jewish philosophy at the university. To the scholarly community, though, I can’t help but feel that this book is less useful as a study of Tannaitic thought, and more useful as a study of Heschel himself.

According to Heschel, R. Sandra Rousso rated it really liked it Apr 21, Transcendental and Terrestrial Perspectives.


It was fantastic finally getting to read Heavenly Torah as it’s been on my to read list for heavnely a while. It is surely a primary, not a secondary text, both for Jews and for gentiles, especially for Christians who too trah the Lord God of Israel and study His Torah. Jan 26, Sean marked it as to-read Shelves: Heschel has set the world on its head Selected pages Title Page. Contact Contact Us Help. I believe the message they convey is no petty matter.

In lieu of an abstract, here is heavemly brief excerpt of the content: Sariel Bier rated it really liked it Nov 16, But I also found Reading this was an ambitious undertaking for me — pp.

Published November 29th by Bloomsbury Academic first published December 1st I disagree with his claim that Heschel is promoting the more pluralistic exegesis of the Yishmaelian School.

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Beholding the Face of God. Sep 20, Sarah rated it really liked it Shelves: The Book of Deuteronomy. For now, I’ll just say that I’ve found it very fruitful reading because I recognize the Ishmaelian and Akivan worldviews as models of worldview factions in the church toda In Heavenly TorahHeschel looks at several important issues of theology and Biblical studies through a dialectical lens, constantly pitting the transcendentalist interpretation of Rabbi Ishmael against the immanentist thought of Rabbi Akiva.

Yet his most ambitious scholarly achievement, his three-volume study of Rabbinic Judaism, is only now appearing in Heschdl. Refresh and try again.