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Beyond Reasonable Doubt
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Beyond Reasonable Doubt (Paperback)

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Synopsis

More than forty years

have passed since Louis Jacobs first put forward the argument that

traditionally observant Jews have no reason to take issue with the results

obtained by the historical critics in their investigation into the Bible and

the other classical sources of Judaism. In his numerous works on Jewish

theology and in lectures worldwide, Jacobs has argued that the traditional

doctrine which claims that `the Torah is from Heaven' can and should be

maintained - provided that the word `from' is understood in a non-fundamentalist

way to denote that there is a human as well as a divine element in the Torah:

God revealing His will not only to but through the Jewish people in their

historical experiences as they reached out to Him.







As

a result of these views, which were first published in the still-controversial

text We Have Reason to Believe, the

Anglo-Jewish Orthodox hierarchy banned Jacobs from serving as an Orthodox

rabbi. This was the cause of the notorious `Jacobs affair', which culminated in

the creation of the New London Synagogue and, eventually, in the establishment

of the Masorti movement in the UK with strong affinities with Conservative

Judaism in the United States.







In this book, Louis

Jacobs examines afresh all the issues involved. He does so objectively but with

passion, meeting the objections put forward by critics from the various trends

within the Jewish world, both Orthodox and Reform, and inviting readers to

follow the argument and make up their own minds.

Philosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial groupsReligious groups: social & cultural aspectsJewish studiesReligion & BeliefsJudaism Publisher: Liverpool University Press Publication Date: 01/07/2004 ISBN-13: 9781904113119  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Louis Jacobs, founding rabbi of the New London Synagogue, was a renowned scholar with an international reputation as a lecturer. He was the author of The Jewish Religion: A Companion (1995) and of many other distinguished books, several of them published by the Littman Library, including Beyond Reasonable Doubt (1999), Hasidic Prayer (paperback 1993), and Theology in the Responsa (paperback 2005), as well as an edition and translation of Zevi Hirsch Eichenstein's Turn Aside from Evil and Do Good (1995). He died in 2006.

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