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Spiritual RadicalAbraham Joshua Heschel in America, 1940-1972$
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Edward K. Kaplan

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780300115406

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300115406.001.0001

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A Jewish Summa Theologica (1952–1956)

A Jewish Summa Theologica (1952–1956)

(p.157) 9 A Jewish Summa Theologica (1952–1956)
Spiritual Radical

Edward K. Kaplan

Yale University Press

This chapter focuses on the 1950s, in which Heschel demonstrated intense creativity. The manuscript of Man Is Not Alone had expanded to include a second, more massive volume, a global interpretation of Judaism that was eventually entitled God in Search of Man. In the meantime, he fashioned his speeches of 1952–53 into Man's Quest for God: Studies in Prayer and Symbolism. As he consolidated his theological revolution, various branches of American Judaism were exploring his answers to their problems of Jewish identity. In addition to his encounters with the Conservative and Reform movements, Heschel was engaging with the worlds of American Jewish Orthodoxy. Among these traditionalist thinkers, Heschel found a more sympathetic audience, in addition to implicit criticism.

Keywords:   creativity, theological revolution, American Judaism, Reform movements, American Jewish Orthodoxy

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