Originally published in The Jews and Ourselves: Judaism and Christianity in the World of Today, 3:1 (Winter 1965), pp. 35-8. Principles of the Jewish Faith. An Analytical Study. By Louis Jacobs. Vallentine and Mitchell, London, 1964, pp. 474. “There is today a burning need for a Jewish theological approach to the Bible, in which eternal truths will be presented in a manner true to the facts”. This remark, made by Dr. Louis Jacobs, should ... Continue Reading ➨
Principles of the Jewish Faith
All the fundamental tenets of Judaism as expressed in the Thirteen Principles of Faith laid down my Maimonides are subjected to a brilliant, courageous interpretation - a major work.
Originally published in The Times Literary Supplement 3279 (1964), p. 1185. NEW ARTICLES OF FAITH Louis Jacobs: Principles of the Jewish Faith. An Analytical Study. 473 pp. Vallentine. Mitchell. £3 3s. Dr. Louis Jacobs has during the past year been the centre of a burning controversy in the Anglo-Jewish community. He was the minister of a leading London congregation, and some years ago, at the instance of the Chief Rabbi, gave that up to ... Continue Reading ➨
Originally published in the Washington Jewish Week, 18th May 1989. Principles of the Jewish Faith, Louis Jacobs, Jason Aronson Publishers, Northvale, N.J., 1964, republished 1988. pp. 469, $35. It is with some irony that, perhaps the greatest theologian of Conservative Judaism, was trained as an Orthodox rabbi, and teaches in a Reform seminary, in a country where the Conservative movement has little more than a nominal presence. It is also ... Continue Reading ➨
Truth in Faith by Joel Yor PRINCIPLES OF THE JEWISH FAITH: An Analytical Study. By Louis Jacobs. Basic, N.Y. xii & 473 pp. $9.50. At the heart of the tempestuous controversy that has been raging within Great Britain’s Jewish community in recent years is the commanding figure of Rabbi Louis Jacobs, whose approach to biblical scholarship and Jewish theology has riven a schism that shows no signs of being healed. One of British Jewry’s ... Continue Reading ➨
This review was cut from a newspaper. A handwritten note reads "AJN - 1.1.1965". DR. JACOBS’ SEARCH FOR A “MIDDLE WAY” Controversial English rabbi and scholar, Dr. Louis Jacobs has recently published a book “Principles of the Jewish Faith - An Analytical Study”. This review is by Rabbi Dr. S. Coleman, of Sydney. In recent years serious Jewish thinkers have been grappling with the term “Jew”. The set of circumstances which has prompted new ... Continue Reading ➨
Originally published in Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. Principles of the Jewish Faith: An Analytical Study. By Louis Jacobs. New York: Basic Books, 1964. 473 pp. $9.50. What Rabbi Jacobs, a scholar of depth and probity, has done is excellent. There seem to be to be some significant omissions, which stem from the format of the book. Jacobs uses the thirteen principles of Maimonides as chapter headings, with the consequence ... Continue Reading ➨