This chapter describes “liberal supernaturalism,” which affirms both belief in God and a rejection of fundamentalism. It focuses on Nahman Krochmal, a pioneer of the Wissen schaft des Judentums movement, in which Judaism was studied in terms of its historical development. Krochmal wrote his Moreh nevukhei hazeman (“Guide for the Perplexed of the Time”), which was published in Lemberg in 1851, fifteen years after his death, by the great Jewish historian Leopold Zunz, the leading figure in the Wissenschaft des Judentums movement. Krochmal's title is directed to contemporaries and intelligent Jews in the first half of the nineteenth century. The chapter highlights how Krochmal offered guidance to Jews with the particular problem of their time, of the modern age.
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