The Jewish Idea and Its Enemies: Personalities, Issues, Events, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

The Jewish Idea and Its Enemies

Personalities, Issues, Events, 1st Edition

By Edward Alexander

Routledge

264 pages

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Paperback: 9780887388736
pub: 1988-01-30
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This volume deals with the modern fate of the traditional conception of Jews as a covenanted people chosen to receive the Law, whose ultimate purpose is contributing to the universal salvation of mankind. The author shows how, under the influence of liberalism, rationalism, relativism, and other Enlightenment ideologies, this idea was distorted, denied, inverted, yet never entirely obliterated. In his discussions of modern Jewish thinkers and writers and the ideological and political struggles of Zionism and the state of Israel against enemies from without and from within, Alexander shows that the ancient idea of covenant is still alive today, if only in the assumption that Jewish life can lead somewhere so long as Jews remember that it began somewhere. Ranging from literary criticism and the history of ideas to journalism and politics, the book is unified by a point of view unabashedly espousing the Jewish idea and challenging its enemies.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
REL040000
RELIGION / Judaism / General