Abraham Joshua Heschel

The Call of Transcendence

by Shai Held

Published by: Indiana University Press

352 pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in

  • Paperback
  • 9780253017147
  • Published: February 2015


  • Hardcover
  • 9780253011268
  • Published: November 2013


  • eBook
  • 9780253011305
  • Published: November 2013


Abraham Joshua Heschel (1907-1972) was a prolific scholar, impassioned theologian, and prominent activist who participated in the black civil rights movement and the campaign against the Vietnam War. He has been hailed as a hero, honored as a visionary, and endlessly quoted as a devotional writer. In this sympathetic, yet critical, examination, Shai Held elicits the overarching themes and unity of Heschel's incisive and insightful thought. Focusing on the idea of transcendence—or the movement from self-centeredness to God-centeredness—Held puts Heschel into dialogue with contemporary Jewish thinkers, Christian theologians, devotional writers, and philosophers of religion.