Charismatic Spirituality of Abraham Joshua Heschel

Author: Breslauer, S.
Year:2011
Pages:220
ISBN:0-7734-2531-4
978-0-7734-2531-6
Price:199.95
This is a reflection on the teachings of Abraham Joshua Heschel, a teacher to an entire generation of rabbis. Breslauer looks at Heschel as an “ethical scholar,” a teacher of both Jewish and non-Jewish traditions, and a Jewish Kabbalah mystic. The book addresses Heschel’s concern that a spiritual crisis existed for all religions. In particular, Breslauer’s examination of Heschel’s development of the “depth-theology” concept to address the spiritual crisis is the central focus of this book. Breslauer draws attention to Hesechel’s use of Jewish tradition and his understanding of God, not as a physical being, but rather as a form of human emotions, to inspire a type of charismatic spirituality which all people can share as an answer to the divine pathos. By looking at the teachings of Heschel, Breslauer offers to the reader a sense of social and personal responsibility to guide them while they have their brief moment on earth.

Reviews

“The most important 20th century American Jewish Theologian is Abraham Joshua Heschel. He was the teacher of an entire generation of young Rabbis at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. This book by Daniel Breslauer explicates the deep spirituality that underlay’s Heschel’s theological views. In this respect Rabbi Heschel is one of America’s greatest mystics, a teacher of universal significance akin to Martin Buber, Thomas Merton, or Jonathan Edwards.” – Prof. Herbert Richardson, Secretary of the Jonathan Edwards Society, Northampton, Massachusetts

Table of Contents

PREFACE

INTRODUCTION: ABRAHAM HESCHEL, DEPTH-THEOLOGY AND CHARISMATIC SPIRITUALITY

CHAPTER ONE: CHARISMATIC SPIRITUALITY, ABRAHAM JOSHUA HESCHEL, AND DEPTH-THEOLOGY

CHAPTER TWO: HESCHEL AND THE SPIRITUAL PERSONALITY

CHAPTER THREE: ABRAHAM HESCHEL, CHARISMATIC SPIRITUALITY AND THE NIGHTMARE OF HISTORY

CHAPTER FOUR: HESCHEL, CULTURE, SPIRITUALITY AND GENEROSITY

CHAPTER FIVE: QUESTIONING CIVILIZATIONS: HESCHEL, SPIRITUALITY AND CAUTION

CHAPTER SIX: HESCHEL, RITUAL AND CHARISMATIC SPIRITUALITY

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