By Edward K. Kaplan
A procedure for examining Heschel's significant works, in addition to a brand new path to realizing spiritual writing typically: a lucid examine of contemporary non secular and moral notion utilizing literary criticism.
"A terrific, and whilst, relocating, and deeply own interpretation of the works of 1 of the best spiritual thinkers of this century. via skillfully examining Heschel's rhetoric and mastery of language--his 'poetics of faith'--Edward Kaplan acts as a advisor to Heschel's writings for the professional in addition to the overall reader, for Jew in addition to non-Jew. Holiness in phrases enables us to work out that what Heschel wrote of scripture applies to his personal works: '...the phrases grew to become a stay twine charged along with his spirit.'" -- Eva Fleischner, Professor Emerita, Montclair nation University
"Once again--and in a brand new way--the theological and ethical nuances of Heschel's non secular ardour could be heard. Kaplan has set our ear to sounds long-forgotten or by no means identified. His paintings is not any deposit of educational travail, yet exemplifies scholarship as provider within the optimum sense.
"A life of listening has long past into the making of this ebook. Over decades, Edward Kaplan has contributed cautious and perceptive reports on Heschel's poetic rhetoric, on his knowing of prophecy and prophetic cognizance, and at the ethical existence and its courting to mysticism and transcendence. they're now placed to the provider of a full-scale exposition of Heschel's suggestion and religious orientation." -- From the Foreword by means of Michael Fishbane
Holiness in phrases: Abraham Joshua Heschel's Poetics of Piety is either an creation to interpreting Heschel's works in English, and an in-depth research of ways his literary variety can remodel the recognition of readers. Heschel's lifestyles and works reply to the modern quandary in faith, formulating positions on religion and melancholy, racism and social justice, the Holocaust, interreligious discussion, and the provision of God's presence. We learn Heschel's idea and use of literary language, his "poetics of piety," which will elucidate his narrative technique to educate God-centered (or prophetic) thinking.
The publication strains the foremost subject matters of his "depth theology," awe and radical amazement, the which means of image, ritual, prayer, and mystical perception. old and biographical info clarifies Heschel's implicit polemic with Martin Buber and a supplemental examine advisor offers assets for every bankruptcy and recommendations for additional concept and discussion.
"This paintings is an strangely poignant and special learn of figuring out sleek spiritual suggestion utilizing literary feedback. Unrelated to this remark, yet of equivalent importance, is the author's very important presentation of Heschel's reaction to the Holocaust. additionally vital is his linkage among Heschel's theology--particularly his perspectives of prophecy, and his biography--especially his involvement in social motion. whereas different writers on Heschel have touched on those matters, no different writer has performed it with such intensity or with such readability. the focal point upon the classy good points of Heschel's paintings makes this paintings precise and important. The delineation of Heschel's 'sacred humanism' is particularly good performed and will function a version for facing comparable thinkers, e.g., Thomas Merton." -- Byron L. Sherwin, Spertus Institute of Jewish experiences