Leo Strauss and Judaism: Jerusalem and Athens Critically Revisited

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This collection of original essays by prominent scholars of political philosophy analyzes Leo Strauss's thoughts concerning the relationship between revelation and reason within the context of Jewish religion and thought. Unlike other edited collections about Strauss, the contributors to Leo Strauss and Judaism: Jerusalem and Athens Critically Revisited examine their subject using a wide range of ideological and methodological approaches, arriving at a variety of conclusions, many of which are controversial. This book will be of interest to students and scholars of Leo Strauss, Jewish philosophy, and political theory.

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David Novak is the Edgar M. Bronfman Professor of Modern Judaic Studies at the University of Virginia. He is the author of numerous books on Jewish religious and political thought.

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. . . a welcome addition to the literature on Strauss. (Harry V. Jaffa)

The contributors to this volume are a diverse lot, indeed, but they share in an uncommon sobriety. Their analyses and meditations on the man, the texts, and the theme will be provocative of further thought and welcome to all but those who believe they have already attained certainty. (Lerner, Ralph)

We should be grateful to David Novak for having edited this excellent collection on a Jewish thinker who derserves to be better know among Jews. (Jewish Political Studies Review)

Werner J. Dannhauser persuasivley states that the tensions, not the synthesis, between reason and revelation is at the core of Strauss's thought, so that he was a good Jew and a good philospoher as well. (Giovanni Giorgini Political Studies, Vol.46., N0. 2 June 1998)

This volume is a worthy addition to the growing literature meant to include Strauss within the canon of modern Jewish thought. It offers a wide spectrum of approaches to Strauss's writings on religion. An excellent introduction to Strauss... a variety of viewpoints... (Martin Kavka Religious Studies Review)

. . . admirably edited . . . engaging . . . (Choice)

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