Towards Pathos

Joseph Redfield Palmisano

in Beyond the Walls

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199925025
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199980451 | DOI:


Towards Pathos

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The book begins by “situating” Heschel's The Prophets, as a response-cum-theodicy to the discontinuity of the Shoah. We bring David Tracy into dialogue with Heschel on what is constitutive of a “prophetic” interreligious witnessing. Considering Heschel with and through Tracy's hermeneutic on a “prophetico-mystical” approach provides us with a dialectically sensitive and interreligiously-attuned lens for considering both The Prophets, and Stein's later theory and praxis of empathy. In particular, the chapter examines how The Prophets' treatment of Second Isaiah and Jeremiah reveals the motif of a God who remembers. This motif is progressively widened through a consideration of how a literary descendant to The Prophets, Heschel's speech to the Quakers, Versuch einer Deutung/“A Search for a Meaning” (1938), challenges the inter-religious prophetic witness towards an ethical re-membering of oneself with the other.

Keywords: David Tracy; hermeneutics; hermeneutic of suspicion; Second Isaiah; Jeremiah; Paul Ricoeur; A Search for a Meaning; prophet-mystic

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Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies

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