Thursday, October 3, 2013

New book on Heschel and Buber

Without question, the two twentieth century giants of Jewish thought were Martin Buber and Abraham Joshua Heschel. A new book has been published written by Alexander Even-Chen & Ephraim Meir, Between Heschel and Buber: A Comparative Study. Reviewer, Dr. Michael Marmur, writes:

   Between them, articles relating to Martin Buber and Abraham Joshua Heschel account for over nine hundred entries in the Jewish National Library’s Index of Articles on Jewish Studies. Add to this the steady stream of books concerning either Buber or Heschel, and the sheer bulk of the bibliography is even more daunting. Comparisons between the two thinkers, however, are rare.[1] None of the previous attempts to set these two figures alongside each other in search of affinities and contrasts compares in scope and depth to the volume under review. By undertaking a well-structured and thoughtful comparison of the men they describe as “giant and committed thinkers of the twentieth century,” Alexander Even-Chen and Ephraim Meir have achieved a significant feat. Rather than being one more entry in a crowded field, Between Heschel and Buber deserves a special place within a rapidly burgeoning literature. Read the whole review here.

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