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Religion and the Individual: A Jewish Perspective (Louis Jacobs) Paperback Book, (Cambridge University Press, 1992) 9780521050302
Religion and the Individual: A Jewish Perspective (Louis Jacobs) Paperback Book, (Cambridge University Press, 1992) 9780521050302
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Title: Religion and the Individual: A Jewish Perspective

Author: Jacobs, Louis

Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Publication Date: 1992

Paperback; ISBN: 9780521050302

Volumes: 1; Pages: 175

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This study demonstrates that, for all the admitted emphasis on peoplehood in the Jewish religious tradition, there are equally strong individualistic tendencies within Judaism. Dr. Jacobs maintains that in any balanced view of Judaism it must be shown that what the individual does with his life has eternal significance for that same individual, not only for the Jewish people as a whole. Through a careful analysis of the primary texts, Jacobs conducts a thorough survey of some of the most important instances where the individual is discussed in the Jewish religious tradition. In so doing, his aim is not to elevate individualism at the expense of the Jewish community, but rather to show that Judaism pivots centrally neither on the people nor on the individual, but rests, rather, on both; and his contention, finally, is that each needs to be taken equally into account if a balanced opinion of both is to be formed.ContentsPrefaceList of abbreviations1. Individual significance2. Self-realization as a religious value3. Attitudes to life and death4. Family relationships5. Loving the neighbour6. Communal obligations7. God and the soul8. Does a person's body belong to God?9. Worship with the body10. God and personal freedom11. Immortality12. Conclusion: a question of emphasisGlossaryNotesBibliographyIndex
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