Can the world be redeemed? Ge'ulah versus Pidyon: Toward a mundane, non-eschatological approach to redemption

Julie E. Cooper*

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Abstract

In this essay, I juxtapose two conceptions of redemption, as expressed by the Hebrew terms ge'ulah and pidyon. I contend that today, the non-eschatological conception of redemption that animates the term pidyon is more politically salient than traditional cautions against ge'ulah-inspired apocalypticism. Indeed, restoring the more mundane understanding of redemption suggested by pidyon - as release from inherited narratives and obligations - may help us break the stalemate that has descended upon Israeli politics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)39-54
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy
Volume29
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2021

Keywords

  • Apocalypticism
  • Benjamin Netanyahu
  • Franz Rosenzweig
  • Israel
  • Jewish politics
  • Redemption

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