Theology: Encounters with God

For Jews and Christians alike, the significance of God's covenant with the Jews is one of history's great theological mysteries. Why did the Creator entrust his revelation to an obscure tribe of ancient Palestine? Why have the chosen people become a nation of exile, torment and holocaust? Just published in the U.S. is one of the century's most profound and moving attempts to unravel the meaning of Judaism: This People Israel, by the late Rabbi Leo Baeck (Holt, Rinehart & Winston; $9.50).

Baeck, who died nine years ago, is revered as a saint of modern Judaism, and as one of...

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