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Jewish Liturgical Reasoning$
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Steven Kepnes

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195313819

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195313819.001.0001

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 Liturgical Time

 Liturgical Time

Franz Rosenzweig's “Star of Redemption”

(p.79) 3 Liturgical Time
Jewish Liturgical Reasoning

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This chapter attends to Rosenzweig's attempt to reestablish the relationship God–word–world, which was shattered in modernity. This provides the basis to rehabilitate a notion of miracle and the signs of liturgy for contemporary Jews. For Rosenzweig, liturgy is a form of reasoning about time that provides answers to the age‐old aporias that Augustine exposed in his Confessions. The first part of the chapter ends with an analysis of the psalms that are chanted in the Hallel service as keys to the liturgical relation to eternity. The second part of this chapter focuses on Rosenzweig's liturgical reasoning with each of the central festivals of the yearly Jewish calendar. These festivals are presented as expressions of three theological terms (creation, revelation, redemption) and the temporal tenses (past, present, future). The chapter concludes with an attempt to revise Rosenzweig's theology of Christianity through the Jewish‐Christian‐Islamic movement of “Scriptural Reasoning.”

Keywords:   Rosenzweig, Star of Redemption, liturgical, eternity, Jewish calendar, theology of Christianity

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