Monday, June 30, 2008

What Should We (and You) Read?

What books would you recommend we read that address the specific topics of this blog?

I've complied a list of general categories and books and articles within each category. Please suggest more books and articles in the comments, as well as more categories. I'll try to update this list from the comments to keep it current, although I might not add every book. These are in no particular order, and I've probably left off a bunch of important ones. I have not read all of these, and there's no guarantee I will. But a list is a good place to start.

General Approaches to Judaism.
- Julius Guttmann, Philosophies of Judaism
- Martin Buber, I-Thou
- Franz Rosenzweig, Star of Redemption
- Emmanuel Levinas, Nine Talmudic Readings (Diane would kill me if I left this one off)
- Arnold Eisen, Rethinking Modern Judaism
- Leo Strauss, Jewish Philosophy and the Crisis of Modernity
- Abraham Joshua Heschel, Man Is Not Alone: A Philosophy of Religion
- Abraham Joshua Heschel, God in Search of Man
- Rabbi Joseph Telushkin, The Jewish Book of Values

Orthodox Thought
- SR Hirsch, The Nineteen Letters
- SR Hirsch, Horeb
- Maimonides, Guide of the Perplexed (S. Pines translation, with Leo Strauss's introduction)
- Luzzato, Path of the Just
- Yehuda Halevi, The Kuzari

Conservative Thought
- Mordecai Waxman, Tradition and Change
- Elliot Dorff, Our Ancestors to Our Descendents
- Elliot Dorff, The Unfolding Tradition: Jewish Law After Sinai
- Elliot Dorff, Conservative Judaism: Our Ancestors to Our Descendants
- Elliot Dorff, Knowing God: Jewish Journeys to the Unknowable
- Arnold Eisen, Taking Hold of Torah

Reform Thought
- Eugene Borowitz, Renewing the Covenant: A Theology for the Postmodern Jew.
- Gunther Plaut, The Rise of Reform Judaism

Reconstructionist Thought
- Mordecai Kaplan, Judaism as a Civilization
- Harold Schulweis, For Those Who Can't Believe : Overcoming the Obstacles to Faith

Bible Criticism
- Richard E. Friedman, The Bible With Sources Revealed
- Richard E. Friedman, Who Wrote the Bible?
- Jame Kugel, How to Read the Bible
- Alexander Rofe, Introduction to Composition of the Pentateuch (recommended by Little Foxling)
- S.R. Driver, Introduction to the Literature of the Old Testament (recommended by Little Foxling)
- William Schneidewind, How the Bible Became a Book
- Emmanuel Tov, Textual Criticism of the Hebrew Bible
- Ernst Wurthwein, The Text of the Old Testament

Responses to Bible Criticism
- David Weiss HaLivni, Revelation Restored: Divine Writ And Critical Responses
- Yitzhak Etshalom, Between the Lines of the Bible
- Louis Jacobs, Beyond Reasonable Doubt
- Louis Jacobs, We Have Reason to Believe

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