Originally published in Religious Studies, 13:4 (1977), pp. 511-14. Louis Jacobs, Theology in the Responsa. The Littman Library of Jewish Civilization. (London and Boston: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1975). Pp. xi + 378. £6.00. The Jewish responsa literature comprises a very mountain of replies to questions put to rabbis from the middle ages. For the most part, the concern is with halakhah, the practice of Jewish law in all its ... Continue Reading ➨
In this volume, unrivalled in its treatment of the subject, Louis Jacobs examines those responsa in which theology is considered and highlights the changes that have occurred in the theological principles affecting the rabbis’ attitudes to such questions as life after death, reward and punishment, and the problem of suffering.
Originally published in the Journal of the American Academy of Religion, 44:4 (1976), p. 742. Theology in the Responsa. By Louis Jacobs. London, Routledge & Kegan Paul (The Littman Library of Jewish Civilization), 1975. xi + 378 pages. $18.75. ISBN 0-718010-7. Some old and cherished wrong notions die hard. There are still people who play off the NT God of Love against the OT God of Justice, people who, without any qualifications, would ... Continue Reading ➨
Originally published in European Judaism: A Journal for the New Europe, 10:1 (Winter 1975/6), pp. 49-50. Theology in the Responsa. Louis Jacobs. The Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, Routledge & Kegan Paul, London and Boston, 1975. £6. In 1865, Zechariah Fraenkel of Breslau wrote an essay which called for a systematic, scientific study of the Responsa Literature. What Fraenkel had in mind was quite different from the scholarly use ... Continue Reading ➨