Download PDF by Ken Koltun-Fromm: Abraham Geiger's Liberal Judaism: Personal Meaning And

By Ken Koltun-Fromm

ISBN-10: 0253111854

ISBN-13: 9780253111852

ISBN-10: 0253347440

ISBN-13: 9780253347442

German rabbi, pupil, and theologian Abraham Geiger (1810--1874) is famous because the valuable chief of the Reform move in German Judaism. In his new paintings, Ken Koltun-Fromm argues that for Geiger own which means in faith -- instead of rote ritual perform or popularity of dogma -- was once the main to religion's ethical authority. In 5 chapters, the booklet explores matters critical to Geiger's paintings that talk to modern Jewish perform -- ancient reminiscence, biblical interpretation, ritual and gender practices, rabbinic authority, and Jewish schooling. this is often crucial examining for students, rabbis, rabbinical scholars, and trained Jewish readers attracted to Conservative and Reform Judaism.Published with the beneficiant help of the Lucius N. Littauer starting place.

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There would be de¤nite limits to how far science could proceed, but Geiger expressed genuine enthusiasm for scienti¤c discoveries. Indeed, he believed science had discovered in nature a controlling will and rational purpose that could only be divine in character. To be sure, humans were embodied, limited, and natural beings who obeyed laws of nature. In this regard, they were ¤tting subjects for scienti¤c research. But Geiger turned to another human feature—spirit (Geist)—to mark the distinction between human beings and all other natural phenomena.

All remains present before their inquisitive gaze—the sure method and faith of scienti¤c investigation. Geiger also appeals to 22 Historical Memory and the Authority of Religious Judaism a notion of human autonomy, for spirit exempli¤es an individual power unbounded by natural limits of time and space. But spirit delimits an autonomous power that stretches the present to include recollections of the past and images of potential futures. Memory links the present to the past, while imagination opens future worlds.

It is signi¤cant that Bauer, and not some less worthy opponent, wrote Die Judenfrage. Geiger’s response turns Bauer’s article about Jews into a personal statement against Jews. It truly shocks Geiger, as it surely did his peers, that such an esteemed German liberal could argue so forcefully against Jewish emancipation. ”41 Bauer’s reputation precedes his article, and his public standing would encourage readers to accept the competence and “level” of his historical inquiry. Geiger worries that less sophisticated readers might well judge the historical narrative not according to its critical method, but on the reputation and standing of the author.

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