Judaism Despite Christianity

The 1916 Wartime Correspondence Between Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy & Franz Rosenzweig

By Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy and Franz Rosenzweig
Translated by Dorothy M. Emmet. Schocken Books, 1971.

Here is an exchange of letters between two German soldiers during World War I: Eugen Rosenstock, an officer at the western front, and Franz Rosenzweig, serving in an antiaircraft outfit in Macedonia. Less than three years before this correspondence began, Rosenzweig, an historian and philosopher, had made his dramatic decision to remain a Jew and not to convert to Christianity. Rosenstock, a jurist, historian, and theologian of Jewish origin, had years earlier become a faithful Christian. In his introductory essay, Alexander Altmann writes:

“The ‘Letters on Judaism and Christianity’ of Franz Rosenzweig and Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy have rightly been described by H. J. Schoeps, in Jüdisch-Christliches Religionsgespräch, as one of the most important religious documents of our age.”

Although both men were united in the affirmation of the most profound aspects of faith, the difference between their positions became increasingly pronounced as the correspondence continued. However, the goal of their dialogue from the start had not been conciliation but clarification of respective views. This goal was splendidly achieved.

A revised, expanded edition of Judaism Despite Christianity, with extensive new scholarly support material is being prepared by Fordham University Press. The new edition contains the complete text of the 1969 University of Alabama Press edition, together with a new introduction, new textual commentaries, bibliographies and photos. The new edition has been prepared by Harold Stahmer and Michael Gormann Thelen.

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Paperback, 181 pages.