Publication of Rabbi Michael Marmur's "Abraham Joshua Heschel and the Sources of Wonder"

Monday, April 18, 2016

Rabbi Michael Marmur, Ph.D., Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Provost at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR), announces the publication of his new book, Abraham Joshua Heschel and the Sources of Wonder (University of Toronto Press, 2016).

Abraham Joshua Heschel (1907–1972) was one of the twentieth century’s most influential Jewish thinkers, a respected theologian and enthusiastic civil rights activist who marched to Selma with Martin Luther King, Jr. His theology emphasized the immediacy of wonder and awe, yet his writing was studded with signs of his vast knowledge of traditional scholarship. No other Jewish thinker of note in the twentieth century used such a wide range of texts so extensively. 

Abraham Joshua Heschel and the Sources of Wonder is the first book to demonstrate how Heschel’s political, intellectual, and spiritual commitments were embedded in his reading of Jewish tradition. By shedding new light on how Heschel’s theological project reconciled the demands of tradition and the modern world, Dr. Marmur offers an inspirational lesson in how contemporary Jewish thought can embrace both the texts of the past and the challenges of the present.

Rabbi Marmur has served as the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Provost of HUC-JIR since 2013. He previously served as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Jerusalem campus of HUC-JIR. In recent years, he has taught courses in Theology, Homiletics, and Pluralistic Jewish Education. Born and raised in England, Rabbi Marmur earned his B.A. in Modern History at the University of Oxford before moving to Israel in 1984. While studying for the M.A. in Ancient Jewish History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, he completed his studies in the Israel Rabbinical Program at HUC-JIR/Jerusalem, becoming ordained in 1992. Rabbi Marmur's Ph.D. dissertation at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem was entitled "Heschel's Rhetoric of Citation: The Use of Sources in God In Search of Man." He has lectured and taught extensively in North America, Israel, and many parts of Western and Central Europe. 

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