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Prophet of Self-Transcendence

A Review of

Abraham Joshua Heschel: The Call of Transcendence
Shai Held

Hardback: Indiana UP, 2013.
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Reviewed by Alden Bass
Many of us first encountered the Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel through his work The Prophets, a title which, despite its 1962 publication date, continues to surface in seminaries and theology courses. Prophets was unique not only because of its vivid prose, but because in the midst of an academy ruled by historical criticism, the book returned our attention to the ancient prophets themselves, granting them new voice and making them present to us once again. Moreover, Heschel himself, with his great white Gandalf beard and oracular prose, embodied the venerable tradition of the schola prophetarum through his activism and scholarship.

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