Religion and the Individual : A Jewish Perspective (Cambridge Studies in Religious Traditions)


Religion and the Individual : A Jewish Perspective (Cambridge Studies in Religious Traditions)

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  • 製本 Hardcover:ハードカバー版/ページ数 163 p.
  • 言語 ENG
  • 商品コード 9780521411387
  • DDC分類 296.32

Full Description

The aim of this study is to demonstrate that, for all the admitted emphasis on peoplehood in the Jewish religious tradition, there are equally strong individualistic tendencies within Judaism which should not be confined to the sidelines. Dr Jacobs maintains that - in any balanced view of Judaism - it needs to be shown that what the individual does with his life has eternal significance for that same individual, not only for the Jewish people as a whole. Through a careful analysis of the primary texts, Jacobs conducts a thorough survey of some of the most important instances where the individual is discussed in the Jewish religious tradition. In so doing, his aim is not to elevate individualism at the expense of the Jewish community, but rather to show that Judaism pivots centrally neither on the people nor on the individual, but rests, rather, on both: his contention, finally, is that each needs to be taken equally into account if a balanced opinion of both is to be formed.

Table of Contents

List of abbreviations
1. The significance of the individual
2. The individual and self-realization
3. The individual: his life and death
4. The individual and the family
5. The individual and the neighbour
6. The individual and the community
7. The individual and God: 1. the soul
8. The individual and God: 2a. the body
9. The indivudual and God: 2b. the body in
Jewish worship
10. The individual and God: 3. human freedom
11. The individual and immortality
12. Conclusion: a question of emphasis