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A signally important work for anyone seriously concerned with Judaism or Christianity. It may prove to be a seminal work, a work that is interesting to both Jews and Christians. No doubt, it has faults, but a lack of nobility is not one of them.

5 A Biographical Introduction literature and thought— rather more so than any of those named so far. Most famous among these are Heine and Kafka; but alongside them there is a line of others who accented Judaism even more. It opens with Moses Mendelssohn, includes Moritz Lazarus and Heymann Steinthal and Hermann Cohen, and ends with Franz Rosenzweig, Martin Buber— and Leo Baeck. Baeck was equally at home in Aristotle and in the Talmud, in the Bible and in German literature: he was the heir of the best the world could offer him— and a rabbi. The way in which he fused this multifarious her-itage was inimitably his own; but the ability and the resolve to effect such a fusion he shared with Moses Mendelssohn and his other heirs. In these men Judaism lost the narrowness of the ghetto and recovered the scope it had always had when it was free— without ceasing to be Jewish. The major reason for the wide appeal of these men and their im-pact was that they were not eclectics, nor primarily apologists. There was something serene and irenic about Baeck, and no man could have been more polite than he could be. But he had fire and originality and was at heart an iconoclast. He never preached a sermon that did not sparkle with new ideas, and every conversation with him and almost every letter from him was memorable. He was sometimes wrong, but always wise and never dull. It is entirely fitting that his essays on Judaism and Christianity should be published as his last major work. For his first major work was his book on The Essence of Judaism, his reply to Harnack’s classic on The Essence of Christianity. In English, this point, which no German reader could miss, has been lost because Harnack’s book was translated under the title   C h a p t e r Home  | T O C For use on stand- alone, non- institutional computers only. To purchase Scholar PDF version with advanced functionality, go to www. publishersrow. com

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Front MatterTitle PageCopyright PageA NOTE TO THE READERCONTENTSJUDAISM AND CRISTIANITYLEO BAECK: A Biographical Introduction by Walter Kaufmann1 THE SON OF MAN2 THE GOSPEL AS A DOCUMENT OF THE HISTORY OF THE JEWISH FAITHPREFACETRADITIONSTHE EVENTSTHE SAYINGS AND THE PARABLESTHE PARABLES3 THE FAITH OF PAUL4 MYSTERY AND COMMANDMENT5 ROMANTIC RELIGIONROMANTICISMPAULTHE EXPERIENCE OF FAITHCULTURE AND HISTORYTHE SACRAMENTTHE ROMANTIC CHURCHROMANTIC TRUTHTHE COMMANDMENT AND THE DEEDETHICSTHE SENTIMENTALCASUISTRYHUMANITYREDEMPTIONTHE MESSIANIC IDEA
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