Rule of the Word versus Rule of the Image: Two Defining Moments

By Brian Klug

Association for Jewish Studies (AJS), Fall 2011

When I was seventeen and applying to university, I told my teachers that I wanted to study philosophy. They did not show much enthusiasm for my choice of subject. This was an Orthodox Jewish school in northwest London, and philosophy, an intellectual tradition whose very name stamps it as Greek, was hardly the flavor of the month - or the millennium. And yet I took to Plato like a herring to water. Why? There is no denying the disparities between Greek and Hebrew styles of thinking, and you might have thought that reason and revelation are ultimately mutually exclusive. So, how come I, a nice Jewish boy with an Orthodox education from age five to eighteen, felt at home with the apikoroi? And not me alone: lots of other nice Jewish girls and boys, without turning their backs on Judaism,have had a similar experience. How come?

Topic: Philosophy, Judaic Studies, Jewish Studies, Religion

Name of Publication: AJS Perspectives: The Magazine of the Association for Jewish Studies

Editor: Bunzl, Matti , Havrelock, Rachel

Volume/Issue: Fall 2011

Page Number(s): 26-27

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United Kingdom

Identifier: ISSN 1529-6423

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Klug, Brian. Rule of the Word versus Rule of the Image: Two Defining Moments. AJS Perspectives: The Magazine of the Association for Jewish Studies. Association for Jewish Studies (AJS). Fall 2011: 26-27. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=13600


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