Faith: Jewish Perspectives

Faith: Jewish Perspectives

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Edited by Avi Sagi & Dov Schwartz

Series: Emunot: Jewish Philosophy and Kabbalah
ISBN: 9781618112828 (hardcover) / 9781618113047 (paper)
Pages: 750 pp. 
Publication Date: September 2013

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Faith: Jewish Perspectives explores important questions in both modern and premodern Jewish philosophy regarding the idea of faith. Is believing a voluntary action, or do believers find themselves within the experience of faith against their will? Can faith be understood through other means (psychological, epistemic, and so forth), or is it only comprehensible from the inside, that is, from within the religious world? Is a subjective experience of faith fundamentally communicative, meaning that it includes intelligible and transmittable universal elements, or is it a private experience that we can point to or talk about through indirect means (poetic, lyrical, and so forth), but never fully decipher? This book presents various manifestations of the concept of faith in Judaism as a tradition engaged in a dialogue with the outside world. It will function as an opening and an invitation to an ongoing conversation with faith.


Avi Sagi is a Professor at Bar-Ilan University and Senior Research Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem. His recent books include Circles of Jewish Identity (with Zvi Zohar, 2000) and Jewish Religion After Theology (2009).

Dov Schwartz, a former Dean of Humanities at Bar Ilan University and head of the departments of Philosophy and of Music, currently heads its interdisciplinary unit, and holds the Natalie and Isidore Friedman Chair for Teaching Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik’s Thought.