In the Fall issue of Modern Judaism 29/3 October , there is a devastating review of Gordon Tucker’s translation of Heschel’s Heavenly. My Wednesday morning Torah study group is reading Abraham Joshua Heschel’s Torah Min HaShamayim b’Aspeklaria HaDorot / Heavenly. Heavenly Torah by Abraham Joshua Heschel, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.

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His daughter, Susannah Heschel, remarks that “The rabbinic texts were all in his memory, he said, and they were simply pouring out. But heavnely course, this is entirely Heschel’s book, and that is cause enough for radical amazement.

This book comes close to being exactly that. But his general point was clear: Yet his most ambitious scholarly achievement, his three-volume References to this book Rewriting the Torah: Many scholars who have not studied sufficiently cannot be considered laymen anymore but did not reach the level of the great [rabbis].

About Abraham Joshua Heschel. As Refracted Through the Generations. Transcendental and Terrestrial Perspectives. In his teens he received a traditional yeshiva education, and obtained traditional semicha, rabbinical ordination.

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In his English [End Page ] writings, Heschel’s style seemed emotional, poetic, and simplistic. Can the school of Akiba and that of Ishma’el be ultimately reconciled? This book is a rich lode of explorations of God’s ways with humanity and humans’ ways with God or, to change the figure, a Schatzkammer, a treasure house of heavenly wisdom.


Hard to understand, but well worth the effort. Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. The Torah Given Scroll by Scroll. Heschel’s tour de force summation of all of Jewish theology; comparable to Nibley’s One Eternal Round. The comments are moderated and checked when I get to them. Yet his most ambitious scholarly achievement, his three-volume study of Rabbinic Judaism, is only now appearing in English.

It is surely a primary, not a secondary text, both for Jews and for gentiles, especially for Christians who too worship the Lord God of Israel and study His Torah. Others literally died trying to translate this sprawling masterpiece.

Heschel’s Heavenly Torah- Lost in Translation

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The National Catholic Weekly. Sariel Bier rated it really liked it Nov 16, Heavenly Torah is thus a major addition to the library of Religious Humanism in our time. Does the trivial discussion of idlers compare to the complete Torah of the forefathers? This probably has some truth to it as well.

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Tucker and Levin deserve great credit for bringing this brilliant work to the modern student of Jewish theology, and especially for their masterful “unpacking” and contextualization of Heschel’s Scholarly argument. Contact Contact Us Help. Heschel then goes on to show how these heaavenly fundamental theologies of revelation may be used to interpret a great number of topics central to Judaism.


This work demonstrates the opposite of Bernard Lonergan’s bon mot about “ideas passed from book to book without any evidence of having gone through a mind. I can well imagine a year-long course on Judaism using this book alone.

Heavenly Torah : As Refracted Through the Generations

Jsavett1 rated it it was amazing Jan 09, I had to purchase the rest of the volumes on my own, since this book—although rich with erudite discussions on Aggadic literature—was not to be found in the yeshiva’s library. Account Options Sign in.

Michael Jones rated it really liked it Jun 15, Be what may, this is obviously what Heschel thought of as his magnum opus, and his scholarship is evaluated primarily by this book. We might have expected that he would incline to the mystical-transcendent pole, but that does not seem to be the case.

Ishmael and Rabbi Akiva had fundamentally different approaches I read this book a while ago in the original Hebrew, which, if you can, is the way to go, since Heschel is a master of prose and writes in a beautiful Hebrew. If you would like to authenticate using a different subscribed institution that supports Shibboleth authentication or have your todah login and password to Project MUSE, click ‘Authenticate’.

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