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The Theological Discussion between Franz Rosenzweig and Hans Ehrenberg / בין פרנץ רוזנצווייג להנס ארנברג — דיון תיאולוגי

אהרן שאר-ישוב and Aharon Shear-Yashuv
Daat: A Journal of Jewish Philosophy & Kabbalah / דעת: כתב-עת לפילוסופיה יהודית וקבלה
No. 21 (קיץ תשמ"ח), pp. 103-114
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/24186863
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The Theological Discussion between Franz Rosenzweig and Hans Ehrenberg / בין פרנץ רוזנצווייג להנס ארנברג — דיון תיאולוגי
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Abstract

The essay describes the positions of Resenzweig and his cousin Ehrenberg (the former professor of philosophy at the University of Heidelberg who after his conversion to Christianity acted as minister in a Lutheran congregation in Bochum) concerning the Christian-Jewish relationship. Ehrenberg holds, as expressed especially in his book "Deutschland im Schmelzofen" (Germany in the melting furnace) and in his "72 Leitsatze zur judenchristlichen Frage" (72 theses about the Jewish-Christian question) that the Synagogue is not an equal partner of the Church. In accordance with the classical Christian view he is in favor of mission towards Jews. The Judenchristen are a living example of God's mercy which he bestows on Israel. Rosenzweig, on the other hand, is of the opinion that synagogue and church are complementary· In his dialogue with Ehrenberg, as especially reflected in his letters to his cousin in addition to his other writings, he expresses his theory in general and his denial of the Judenmission in particular. We do criticize Rosenzweig's general position as not being based on solid halakhic ground and as deviating from the classical Jewish discussions about this theme. In the last chapter we refer to the problem of the ecumenical dialogue and express our doubts about the theological dialogue with the "verus Israel".

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