Translated by William W. Hallo
The Star of Redemption is widely recognized as a key document of modern existential thought and a significant contribution to Jewish theology in the twentieth century. An affirmation of what Rosenzweig called “the new thinking,” the work ensconces common sense in the place of abstract, conceptual philosophizing and posits the validity of the concrete, individual human being over that of “humanity” in general. Fusing philosophy and theology, it assigns both Judaism and Christianity distinct but equally important roles in the spiritual structure of the world and finds in both biblical religions approaches toward a comprehension of reality.
“Rosenzweig was a pioneer in the recovery of Jewish theological thought in the twentieth century, a great partner of Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy, and perhaps the most innovative Jewish thinker in decades. His Star of Redemption is regularly treated as a classic, and deservedly so.” — Christian Century
“While not claiming final truth, the chapters of Star of Redemption provide a balanced approach, asking questions of origins, religious and historic traditions, and the influence of Jewish and non-Jewish traditions on one another. As such, the volume has contributed enormously to the direction of contemporary ecumenical dialogues.” — Religious Studies Review