By Ken Koltun-Fromm
German rabbi, student, and theologian Abraham Geiger (1810--1874) is famous because the important chief of the Reform stream in German Judaism. In his new paintings, Ken Koltun-Fromm argues that for Geiger own that means in faith -- instead of rote ritual perform or recognition of dogma -- was once the major to religion's ethical authority. In 5 chapters, the publication explores matters imperative to Geiger's paintings that talk to modern Jewish perform -- ancient reminiscence, biblical interpretation, ritual and gender practices, rabbinic authority, and Jewish schooling. this is often crucial analyzing for students, rabbis, rabbinical scholars, and educated Jewish readers drawn to Conservative and Reform Judaism.Published with the beneficiant help of the Lucius N. Littauer origin.
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Extra resources for Abraham Geiger's Liberal Judaism: Personal Meaning And Religious Authority (Jewish Literature and Culture)
I cannot vouch for Geiger’s scienti¤c research. But I do want to argue that his account of human perception mirrors his critique of “the knowing ones” who remain stubbornly blind to important distinctions among past, present, and future. “The knowing ones” only consider the present, just as human vision sees objects only at one distance; both reveal a profound lack of depth perception and knowledge. To envision only the present, without distance or history, recalls only a partial record of total perception.
70 Funkenstein’s historian acts much like Geiger, who reads the past as a retrospective self ¤rmly committed to the collective memories of the present. Group memories do indeed shape the way in which historians read the past. So even as Geiger appeals to memory in order to displace culturally dominant accounts of common sense (“the knowing ones”), he still reads that past as a mirror to the present. In Geiger’s texts, historical memory is a hermeneutical exercise of retrieval that manifests the religious moral spirit.
Greek gods exert power, but they also exhibit “moral defects” and “indulge in the most sensual pleasures, break faith and promises, have sexual affairs [Buhlerei ], dispute and quarrel,” and are generally cruel, arbitrary, and envious of human welfare. ”61 By contrast, Judaism offers a picture of ethical purity and holiness: a moral and just God who remains the supreme and only power. ”62 Religious Judaism is for Geiger a set of moral truths that stand above historical contingency and progress.
Abraham Geiger's Liberal Judaism: Personal Meaning And Religious Authority (Jewish Literature and Culture) by Ken Koltun-Fromm