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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.

8 Judaism and Christianity have said, between “ mystery and commandment,” or, in one word, by their “ romanticism.” Baeck was a great man, and he may yet lead Jewish readers to reflect on dimensions of their own religion of which they had never been aware. In sum, this is a signally important work for anyone seriously concerned with Judaism or Christianity. It may prove to be a seminal work. No doubt, it has faults— in the original, too— but a lack of nobility is not one of them. 3 Baeck’s style was legendary even among his devo-tees in Germany. Nobody questioned that it was highly peculiar, but nobody minded seriously. It seemed natu-ral that a man of Baeck’s originality should express himself in unconventional ways. One of his more frequent idioms was, “ Es ist ein zwiefaches”—“ It is something twofold.” This phrase was generally followed by a prolonged contrast. Two good examples of this mode of thought may be found in the present volume, in the juxtaposition of “ Mystery and Commandment” and of “ Classical” and “ Romantic Religion.” Whether one finds the roots of this dialectic in Ger-man philosophy or in the Talmud, this way of thinking is relatively rare in the English- speaking world. Baeck’s thinking revolves around substantive concepts; and he does not explain these by placing them in the context of some experience until they become mere labels for something that could also be spelled out in greater detail. Rather he discusses them as if they were enti-ties: he explains them not functionally but antitheti-cally, by playing them off against some counter- con-cept.   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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