A Rabbinic Anthology

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2012-07-12
  • Publisher: Cambridge Univ Pr
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Founder of Liberal Judaism in England, Claude Goldsmid Montefiore (1858-1938) wrote extensively on Jewish and Christian theology and ethics. His final book, published in 1938 and co-edited with Herbert Loewe (1882-1940), remains one of the most comprehensive and authoritative collections available of Rabbinic literature dating from 100 to 500 CE. The edition, which provides extensive historical and lexical context, features two introductions, one from Montefiore espousing a Liberal perspective and the other from Loewe speaking as an Orthodox Jew. Together, they argue for 'a common foundation, a common past, and a common future' linking their outlooks. Their anthology in turn models this co-operation, offering more than 1,600 rabbinical extracts, and covering topics including the nature of God, the Commandments and the Law, prayer and charity. Both a compilation of theological writings and a meditation on theology itself, this work remains a pre-eminent text of Jewish religious scholarship.

Table of Contents

Introduction and prefatory remarks
System of transcription, abbreviations, etc.
The nature and character of God and his relations with man
God's love for Israel
Man's nature and God's grace
Israel's love for God
The Law
Study, practice and goodness
The Commandments, the Sabbath, and the Law
Reward, merit and atonement
Divine mercy and divine judgment, idolatry, martyrdom
The importance of motive or intention. Kawwanah, and Lishmah. The love, the fear, and the praise of God
The doctrine of the evil inclination. Righteousness and sin
Man's repentance and God's compassion
Hope and faith. Miracles
On prayer
Justice, honesty, truth in oaths
On charity
On industry and independence. On poverty and riches
Hospitality, courtesy and good manners
Pity, forgiveness and love
On humility and pride
Various ethical conceptions
The family: (a) father and mother
The family: (b) the wife
The family: (c) children
This life in comparison with the next life
On sufferings
The gentiles
On proselytes
The life to come: resurrection and judgment
The use of the adjectives 'Jewish' and 'Christian' in England
Rabbinical and early Christian ethics R. H. Snape
The Rabbis, their 'generations' and their countries
List of rabbis
The dating of Rabbinic material
Table of dates of extracts
List of editions used
List of biblical passages
List of Greek and Latin passages
List of Rabbinic passages
General index
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