Abraham Geiger's Liberal Judaism: Personal Meaning and Religious Authority (Jewish Literature and Culture)

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9780253347442: Abraham Geiger's Liberal Judaism: Personal Meaning and Religious Authority (Jewish Literature and Culture)

German rabbi, scholar, and theologian Abraham Geiger (1810–1874) is recognized as the principal leader of the Reform movement in German Judaism. In his new work, Ken Koltun-Fromm argues that for Geiger personal meaning in religion—rather than rote ritual practice or acceptance of dogma—was the key to religion’s moral authority. In five chapters, the book explores issues central to Geiger’s work that speak to contemporary Jewish practice—historical memory, biblical interpretation, ritual and gender practices, rabbinic authority, and Jewish education. This is essential reading for scholars, rabbis, rabbinical students, and informed Jewish readers interested in Conservative and Reform Judaism.

Published with the generous support of the Lucius N. Littauer Foundation.

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Ken Koltun-Fromm is Associate Professor of Religion at Haverford College and author of Moses Hess and Modern Jewish Identity (IUP, 2001), winner of the Koret Jewish Book Award for Philosophy and Thought.

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"... Koltun—Fromm (Haverford) convincingly articulates the heart of Geiger's theology.... [He] argues that, despite certain blind spots in his thinking, Geiger's consistent understanding of personal authority in his writings on hermeneutics, Jewish worship and ritual, rabbinical leadership, and religious education is a potent resource for 21st—century Jews.... Recommended." —Choice

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