The Jerusalem Report noemt Spinoza joods theoloog


Met het oog op de Spinoza-beeldvorming geef ik in de categorie 'merkwaardigheden over Spinoza' een link naar een artikel op de website van The Jerusalem Report. Het stukje is geschreven n.a.v. van een lezing in Jerusalem over de toekomst van het jodendom door Arthur Green, auteur van Radical Judaism: Rethinking God and Tradition. Ik meld het maar even en citeer de eerste regels.

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IT IS A PARADOX THAT FOR A people who claim to have introduced monotheism to the world, the Jews have produced very few theologians.

Many of those who may be defined as such often found themselves at odds with the mainstream community: Philo, Maimonides and Spinoza to name but three. In more recent times, weighty figures such as Franz Rosenzweig, Martin Buber, Avraham Heschel and Rabbi Yosef Soloveitchik might be added to this brief list. These are thinkers who have tried to articulate a coherent philosophy behind Judaism’s complex amalgam of beliefs, historical experiences and existential concerns. [lees hier]