Tradition in the Public Square: A David Novak Reader (Google eBook)

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Randi Rashkover, Martin Kavka
Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2008 - Literary Criticism - 372 pages
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Tradition in the Public Square collects key essays by David Novak, one of the world's leading contemporary Jewish thinkers. Novak's insightful writings in this reader address the inextricable relationship between philosophical and theological matters and present the implications of his philosophical theology for social ethics and theo-politics.

"One of the marks - perhaps the most important mark - of a great thinker is the ability to respond to the conditions and problems of one's time by changing the terms of the conversation. By this standard, David Novak ranks as one of the great American theologians of our time. His work, a response to the primary issue confronting modern Judaism - namely, what it means to be a part of Western culture yet separate from its secularized form of life - has helped to make Jewish theology and philosophy thriving fields in North American university life." - from the introduction

  

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Contents

Philosophy and the Possibility of Revelation A Theological Response to the Challenge of Leo Strauss 1996
3
The Dialectic between Theory and Practice in Rabbinic Thought 2004
21
Heschel on Revelation 1999
37
Creation and Election 1995
46
The Life of the Covenant 1995
66
The Role of Dogma in Judaism 1988
73
Is There a Concept of Individual Rights in Jewish Law? 1994
88
Noahide Law A Foundation for Jewish Philosophy 1979
113
Is Natural Law a Border Concept between Judaism and Christianity? 2004
213
The Treatment of Islam and Muslims in the Legal Writings of Maimonides 1986
231
A Jewish View of War 1974
253
A Jewish View of Abortion 1974
266
A Halakhic View of Responsibility 1982
279
Religious Communities Secular Societies and Sexuality One Jewish Opinion 1998
283
Jewish Marriage and Civil Law A TwoWay Street? 2000
304
Can Capital Punishment Ever Be Justified in the Jewish Tradition? 2004
328

Persons in the Image of God 1998
145
Natural Law Universalism and Multiculturalism 1998
154
Law Religious or Secular? 2000
163
What Is Jewish about Jews and Judaism in America? 1993
187
The Right and the Good 2002
202
A Jewish Argument for Socialized Medicine 2003
345
Index of Subjects and Names
360
Index of Scripture and Other Ancient References
370
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About the author (2008)

Randi Rashkover is assistant professor of religious studies at York College of Pennsylvania. She is the author of Revelation and Theopolitics: Barth, Rosenzweig, and the Politics of Praise.

Martin Kavka is Associate Professor of Religion at Florida State University. He is the author of Jewish Messianism and the History of Philosophy (2004), which was awarded the Jordan Schnitzer Book Award in Philosophy and Jewish Thought by the Association for Jewish Studies in 2008.

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