By Eric Jacobson
Walter Benjamin and Gershom Scholem are considered as of the main influential Jewish thinkers of the 20 th century. jointly they produced a dynamic physique of principles that has had a long-lasting effect at the examine of faith, philosophy, and literary criticism.
Drawing from Benjamin's and Scholem's principles on messianism, language, and divine justice, this e-book strains the highbrow trade throughout the early a long time of the 20 th century--from Berlin, Bern, and Munich within the throws of conflict and revolution to Scholem's departure for Palestine in 1923. It starts off with a detailed analyzing of Benjamin's early writings and a learn of Scholem's theological politics, by way of an exam of Benjamin's proposals on language and the impact those principles had on Scholem's scholarship on Jewish mysticism. From there the e-book turns to their principles on divine justice--from Benjamin's critique of unique sin and violence to Scholem's program of the types to the prophets and Bolshevism. Metaphysics of the Profane is the 1st booklet to make this early interval on hand to a much broader viewers, revealing the elaborate constitution of this early highbrow partnership on politics and theology.
"The time period 'political theology' frequently invokes photographs of progressive political struggles caused by way of messianic or apocalyptic expectancies. As Eric Jacobson shows... such innovative Messianism... isn't really exclusively the province of Catholic liberation theology and Protestant theologies of wish, yet is usually attribute of the writing of 2 of the extra widespread Jewish thinkers within the 20th century. … Jacobson's account of the early spiritual and political strategies of Benjamin and Scholem is filled with illuminating insights into the interdependence of those thinkers, and into the uniqueness in their politics." — Thomas A. James, magazine of Political Theology
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