Who Is Man?
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Who Is Man?

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One of the world’s most illustrious and influential theologians here confronts one of the crucial philosophical and religious questions of our time: the nature and role of man. In these three lectures, originally delivered in somewhat different form as The Raymond Fred West Memorial Lectures at Stanford University in May 1963, Dr. Heschel inquires into the logic of being h...more
Paperback, 120 pages
Published June 1st 1965 by Stanford University Press
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Our Age
"This is an age in which it it is impossible to think about the human situation without shame, anguish, and disgust ... The sickness of our age is the failure of conscience rather than the failure of nerve." (p. 14-15)

The Human Face
"A human being has not only a body but also a face. A face cannot be grafted or interchanged. A face is a message, a face speaks, often unbeknown to the person. Is not the human face a living mixture of mystery and meaning? We are all able to see it, and are un...more
This little volume is probably the best introduction to Heschel's theology available. I mean, Man is Not Alone and God in Search of Man are far more comprehensive and in-depth, but for someone who just wants to get their feet a little bit wet and still understand Heschel's thought, this is the book to read as it covers most of his primary themes and concerns in just over 100 beautifully written pages. Also, the last paragraph is one of my favorite things ever written: “Who is man? A being in tra...more
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"Animals are content when their needs are satisfied; man insists not only on being satisfied but also on being able to satisfy, on being a need not simply on having needs. Personal needs come and go, but one anxiety remains: Am I needed? There is no human being who has not been moved by that anxiety."
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Heschel was a descendant of preeminent rabbinic families of Europe, both on his father's (Moshe Mordechai Heschel, who died of influenza in 1916) and mother's (Reizel Perlow Heschel) side, and a descendant of Rebbe Avrohom Yehoshua Heshl of Apt and other dynasties. He was the youngest of six children including his siblings: Sarah, Dvora Miriam, Esther Sima, Gittel, and Jacob. In his teens he recei...more
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