By S. Leyla Gürkan
The concept that of the Jews as a selected humans is a key component of the Jewish religion and id. This ebook explores the assumption of chosenness from the traditional global, via modernity and into the Post-Holocaust period. Analysing an enormous corpus of biblical, historic, rabbinic and sleek Jewish literature, the writer seeks to offer a greater realizing of this significant doctrine of the Jewish faith. She exhibits that even supposing the belief of chosenness has been imperative to Judaism and Jewish self-definition, it has no longer been carried to the current day within the comparable shape. in its place it has passed through consistent swap, counting on who's using it, opposed to what kind of heritage, and for what goal. Surveying the several and occasionally conflicting interpretations of the doctrine of chosenness that seem in historic, glossy, and Post-Holocaust sessions, the dominant issues of ‘Holiness’, ‘Mission’, and ‘Survival’ are pointed out in each one respective interval. The theological, philosophical, and sociological dimensions of the query of Jewish chosenness are hence tested of their old context, as responses to the demanding situations of Christianity, Modernity, and the Holocaust specifically. This ebook should be of curiosity to students and scholars of Jewish experiences, the Holocaust, faith and theology.