Main CategoriesJudaism and TorahJudaism: Prophets and Patriarchs God in Search of Man

God in Search of Man

Product no.: 0-374-51331-7
God in Search of Man and its companion volume, Man Is Not Alone, two of Abraham Joshua Heschel's most important books, are classics of modern Jewish theology.

Product is in stock

Additional product information

Publisher's Synopsis

God in Search of Man combines scholarship with lucidity, reverence and compassion as Dr. Heschel discusses not man's search for God but God's for man - the notion of a Chosen People, an idea which, he writes, "signifies not a quality inherent in the people but a relationship between the people and God".

It is an extraordinary description of the nature of Biblical thought, and how that thought becomes faith.


"Prose that sings and soars in the warm, intuitive tradition of the great 18th-century Hasidic leaders from whom [Heschel] is descended... God in Search of Man is subtitled 'A Philosophy of Judaism,' but it speaks to all those for whom the Bible is a holy book."       ~Time

"The results of Heschel's wide-ranging studies contributed to the formation of his original philosophy of Judaism, expressed in his two foundational books, Man Is Not Alone (1951) and God in Search of Man (1955). Religion is defined as the answer to man's ultimate questions. Since modern man is largely alienated from reality, which informs genuine religion, Heschel tried to recover the significant existential questions to which Judaism offers answers.

This leads to a depth-theology which goes below the surface phenomena of modern doubt and rootlessness and results in a humanistic approach to the personal God of the Bible, who is neither a philosophical abstraction nor a psychological projection, but a living reality who takes a passionate interest in His creatures."      ~Encyclopaedia Judaica

"It is customary to blame secular science and anti-religious philosophy for the eclipse of religion in modern society. It would be more honest to blame religion for its own defeats. Religion declined not because it was refuted, but because it became irrelevant, dull, oppressive, insipid. When faith is completely replaced by creed, worship by discipline, love by habit; when the crisis of today is ignored because of the splendor of the past; when faith becomes an heirloom rather than a living fountain; when religion speaks only in the name of authority rather than with the voice of compassion–its message becomes meaningless."


Abraham Joshua Heschel (1907-1972) was a Polish-born American theologian, educator and philosopher who sought to build a modern philosophy of religion on the basis of ancient Jewish tradition. Among other posts, he held the chair of professor of Jewish ethics and mysticism at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, New York City.

Author Heschel, Abraham Joshua
Book Type Trade Paperback
Page Count 437 pp.
Publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux 1976
Browse these categories as well: Judaism: Prophets and Patriarchs, Torah, Talmud and Midrash, Masterworks of the Western Mystery Tradition

We also recommend