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Redemptive HopeFrom the Age of Enlightenment to the Age of Obama$
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Akiba J. Lerner

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780823267910

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823267910.001.0001

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Revival of Messianic Hope

Revival of Messianic Hope

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Redemptive Hope

Akiba J. Lerner

Fordham University Press

Chapter 2 focuses on the recovery of messianic hope narratives by Jewish thinkers—particularly Martin Buber—who in the early part of the twentieth century perceived the failure of Marxist utopianism and secular humanism to adequately address modern alienation. In response to the crisis of reason created by the technological devastation unleashed during the First World War, theologians and secular theorists generated new redemptive narratives in which they combined secular utopianism with pre-modern messianic narratives. Chapter 2 also presents a reinterpretation of Buber’s work on I-and-Thou encounters in relation to what Marcel referred to as a phenomenology of hope. Additionally, Buber’s reflections on messianism are contextualized in relation to other Jewish intellectuals during this same period, most notably Franz Rosenzweig and Gershom Scholem.

Keywords:   apocalypticism, messianism, phenomenology, subjectivity, utopianism

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