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A Traditional Quest: Essays in Honour of Louis Jacobs
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A Traditional Quest: Essays in Honour of Louis Jacobs


JSOT Press 1991

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Louis Jacobs has made a formidable contribution to Jewish scholarship over the last 40 years. In addition, he has inspired a generation of students of Judaica as well as members of his own congregation at the New London Synagogue. The contributors to this volume in his honor include a wide range of distinguished scholars.

Beginning with Jacob Neusner's essay on the transformation of the Dual Torah in the first four centuries CE, this volume covers a variety of topics in the field of Bible, Talmud, history and theology, mirroring the wide range of Louis Jacobs' own interests. Over a dozen top scholars contributed to this volume, offering a trove of wisdom and intellectual verve from some of today’s finest authors. In addition, a full bibliography of Louis Jacobs' publications is included.

Collected and edited by Dan Cohn-Sherbok, prolific author and respected scholar of Judaism, these essays are invaluable in their depth and variation. A perfect collection for students and scholars of the Hebrew Bible, Judaism, and Old Testament history, Logos Bible Software makes this anthology easily accessible and searchable, allowing a deeper exploration of the work of Louis Jacobs.


  • “From Philosophy to Religion,” Jacob Neusner
  • “A Theological Response to Orthodoxies,” Eugene Borowitz
  • “Defining the Uniqueness of the Holocaust,” Steven T. Katz
  • “Leo Baeck: New Dimensions and Explorations,” Albert Friedlander
  • “The Human Body and the image of God,” Byron L. Sherwin
  • “The Classical Tradition in Byzantium,” Nicholas de Lange
  • “Akkadian Medicine in the Babylonian Talmud,” M. J. Geller
  • “Psychoanalytic Approaches to Biblical Narrative (Genesis 1–4),” Adrian Cunningham
  • “Saul Levi Morteira's Eulogy for Manasseh ben Israel,” Marc Saperstein
  • “Ownership and Autonomy: Elements of Composition in the 'Book of the Covenant,'” Jonathan Magonet
  • “Law in Reform Judaism,” Dan Cohn-Sherbok
  • “Moses Mendelssohn's Concept of Tolerance,” David Patterson
  • “The Quest for a Jewish Theology and a Non-Fundamentalist Halakhah,” Paul Morris

Product Details

  • Title: Traditional Quest: Essays in Honour of Louis Jacobs
  • Editor: Dan Cohn-Sherbok
  • Publisher: JSOT
  • Publication Date: 1991
  • Pages: 240

About Dan Cohn-Sherbok

Rabbi Dan Cohn-Sherbok has a Ph.D. in theology from Cambridge University, UK, and an honorary doctorate in divinity from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, USA. He is currently Visiting Professor at St. Mary's University College, London, UK, and was the first Professor of Judaism at the University of Wales, UK. He is also a member of the Arts and Humanities Research Council's Peer Review Council, UK. He has written numerous books, including The Paradox of Anti-Semitism, Dictionary of Jewish Biography, Messianic Judaism and Modern Judaism.

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