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Contemplative NationA Philosophical Account of Jewish Theological Language$
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Cass Fisher

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780804776646

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804776646.001.0001

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Contemplative Nation
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This book examines the role of theology in Judaism and Jewish studies by proposing a new model for understanding Jewish theological language. Known as Jewish Theological Practice (JTP), this model accounts for the fact that theological claims serve multiple functions within Judaism and that Jewish theological language takes many linguistic and cognitive forms. In order to construct this model, the book charts an unusual path through philosophical hermeneutics: Pierre Hadot's work on ancient philosophy and William Alston's contribution to analytic religious epistemology. It also undertakes a critical analysis of the leading hermeneutic theories of Hans-Georg Gadamer and Paul Ricoeur and applies JTP in a reading of Franz Rosenzweig's The Star of Redemption. The book refutes the postmodern and postliberal readings of Rosenzweig as an opponent of metaphysics by demonstrating that divine perfection plays a central role in his system.

Keywords:   theology, Judaism, Jewish studies, theological language, Jewish Theological Practice, hermeneutics, religious epistemology, divine perfection, Franz Rosenzweig, The Star of Redemption

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