Library of Jewish Ideas
The Library of Jewish Ideas is a book series sponsored by the Tikvah Fund in collaboration with Princeton University Press. The purpose of this multi-volume series is to present concise, engaging, and authoritative treatments of core Jewish concepts in a form that will be at once useful to students, of interest to professionals, and appealing to general readers curious about what Judaism has to say in key areas of human thought and experience. Written by recognized scholars, the series will offer crisply comprehensive guides to the Jewish understanding of such “abstract” themes as Time, Justice, Love, and Law, and of such specifically Jewish themes as Chosenness, Sabbath, Zion, and the like.
The first book, Inheriting Abraham: The Legacy of the Patriarch in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, will be published in October 2012. The author is Jon D. Levenson, Albert A. List Professor of Jewish Studies at Harvard University. His many books include Resurrection and the Restoration of Israel: The Ultimate Victory of the God of Life, which won the National Jewish Book Award, and Creation and the Persistence of Evil.
"Jon D. Levenson has given us an incisive and deeply challenging account of the three Abrahams of Jewish, Christian, and Islamic theology. It may be, he suggests, that we are divided by a common ancestry and that we need to understand our differences no less than our commonalities. A brilliant, well-argued, and much-needed work." -- Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth.
Future volumes include, among others, Ruth R. Wisse on Humor, Hillel Halkin on Death, Alan Mittleman on Human Nature, Allan Nadler on Heresy, and Lewis Glinert on Hebrew.