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Berkovits’ la ter works are already presen ted clearly and concisely
in this ea rlier work. In his more recent volume,
Crisis and Faith
(1976), Berkovits revises some o f his earlier views regard ing the
Holocaust and expands his discussion o f the theological implica­
tions o f the State o f Israel begun in
Faith After the Holocaust.
(For a
more extensive analysis o f Berkovits, see M. Fox,
Spring 1974.)
Finally, one should note tha t no t all works in Jewish theology
written du r ing the 1970s focus on the Holocaust. Besides Jacobs’
and Cohon’s aforem en tioned works, one may note, fo r example,
David Novak’s two-volume work, Law
and Theology infudaism
1,1974; vol. 2,1976), which explores the relationship between the
assum p tion s o f Jew ish theo logy and th e ir crystalization in
halakhic decision-making. Along these lines, one must mention
Louis Jacobs’ extensive survey o f theological topics discussed in
responsa rang ing from the Geonic Period until the present,
ology in the Responsa
T he publication o f the
Encyclopedia Judaica
(1972) spawned a
num ber o f derivative volumes. For example, articles in the
clopedia Judaica
on Jewish philosophy and Jewish philosophers
were collected and issued as a separate volume,
Jewish Philosophers
(1975), edited by Steven Katz. This volume serves as a good
survey and overview o f Jewish philosophy from the ancient
period to the contemporary era.
Foremost among historians o f Jewish philosophy writing in the
English language was the late H arry Wolfson. T he year before his
dea th (1973), Wolfson published a collection o f essays entitled
Studies in theHistory ofPhilosophy and Religion, Vol. 1.
Because o f the
efforts o f some o f Wolfson’s devoted disciples, Wolfson’s literary
ou tpu t con tinued after his death .
Studies in the History ofPhilosophy
and Religion, Vol. 2
(1977) deals preponderan tly with medieval
Jewish philosophy as does his
The Philosophy of the Kalam
As Wolfson’s works often addressed themselves to the responses
o f Jew ish medieval ph ilo sophers to medieval philosophical
trends, Jacob Agus’
Jewish Identity in an Age of Ideologies
explores responses o f m ode rn Jewish thinkers to ideological chal­
lenges o f the past two centuries. In the area o f biographies o f
pivotal figures in the history o f Jewish philosophy, A lexander