The Jewish Expression

Judah Goldin

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In this classic collection, once again available in a paperbound edition, leading modern scholars examine and interpret 3,000 years of Jewish literature and history.  The essays study the actions and institutions of the Jewish people as well as their literary tradition.  These forms of expression have all been influenced by contemporary events: Jewish philosophizing, for example, developed in relation to Greek philosophy; ancient Hebrew prayers may be similar to the prayers of other Near Eastern religions.  But Jewish philosophy and prayers remain essentially, uniquely, Jewish.  As Professor Goldin explains in his introduction, “There is Jewish expression whenever the Jew strives to understand or explain life in terms which he appropriates from his own tradition.”
This book brilliantly displays the range of historical Jewish response.  Included are essays on medieval poetry (Shalom Spiegel), Jewish thought and Jewish learning (Harry Austryn Wolfson and Louis Ginzberg); Spinoza (Leo Strauss); the Kaddish (S. Y. Agnon); the Maccabean uprising (Elias Bickerman); and Jewish mysticism (Gershom G. Scholem).  Each essay reveals the diverse ways in which the Judaic tradition interacts with contemporary events, so that the Jewish expression remains vital and immediate.  

"Judah Goldin . . . brings together 19 essays by top Jewish scholars covering a wide range of Jewish literature from the Bible to modern Israel. The high quality of the selections and reasonableness of its price should make it a popular textbook for introductory, college-level courses on the subject."—Origins

"The interrelationship of all things Jewish is manifest in The Jewish Expression, a superb anthology edited by Judah Goldin. . . . This anthology presents nineteen essays by leading Israeli and American scholars, most of whom write with the kind of grace that makes them accessible to non-scholars as well as colleagues. . . . The volume ends with a moving two-page kaddish written by the late Nobel Laureate S.Y. Agnon for the soldiers fallen in defense of modern Israel."—The National Jewish Monthly

"Judah Goldin has compiled a veritable treasure trove of Judaica. Originating nearly a decade ago as a guide for a Yale seminar, the book was widely adopted by colleges and universities. The nineteen assembled essays and writings represent Jewish scholarship at its best. Chronologically, the works begin with biblical material and end with a restored and returned Israel. In between are glimpses at mystics, philosophers, poets, rabbis, theologians, and the very nature and structure of Jewish thought itself. Goldin's own introduction is a valuable guide for what follows. The essays vary only in length; their quality is uniformly superb."—Alan L. Berger, Religious Studies Review
ISBN: 9780300019759
Publication Date: April 1, 1976
512 pages, 5 1/8 x 8