Abraham Joshua Heschel

The Call of Transcendence

Shai Held
Indiana University Press, $45, 333 pp.

Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel (1907–72) was one of the most eloquent religious figures of the twentieth century—a “jeweler of words,” in the estimation of one colleague. Prolific both as a scholar and as a devotional writer, he left work that continues to circulate widely within Jewish circles and beyond. A political activist, Heschel participated in the Selma Civil Rights March in 1965. (There is an iconic photo of him alongside Martin Luther King Jr., John Lewis, and Ralph Abernathy.)...

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About the Author

Mary C. Boys is the Skinner and McAlpin Professor of Practical Theology at Union Theological Seminary in New York City, and author of the forthcoming <i>Redeeming Our Sacred Story: The Death of Jesus and Relations between Jews and Christians</i> (Paulist Press).