Engaging Crescas


Volume 13, Number 1 (January 2022)

General Editors
Deborah Barer
Mark Randall James

Book Review Editor
Nechama Juni

Managing Editor
Ashley Tate

Founding Editors
Peter Ochs
Steven Kepnes


Crescas Among the Textual Reasoners
Mark Randall James, Independent Scholar

Crescas and Scripture

Hasdai Crescas’s Philosophical Biblical Exegesis
Roslyn Weiss, Lehigh University

The Inexhaustible Metaphor of Light: Illuminating the Fault Lines Between Crescas and Maimonides
James A. Diamond, University of Waterloo

Crescas and Philosophy

Four Critiques of Crescas against Maimonides and the Relationship of Intellect and Practice in Religion
Alexander Green, SUNY Buffalo

Philosophy and Religion in R. Crescas’s Light of the Lord
Shalom Tzadik, Ben Gurion University of the Negev

Hasdai Crescas and Simeon ben Zemah Duran on Tradition versus Rational Inquiry
Seth (Avi) Kadish, Oranim Academic College of Education and University of Haifa

Thinking with Crescas

“I Feel Love”: Hasdai Crescas on Reward and Punishment
Igor H. De Souza, Yale University

R. Hasdai Crescas and the Concept of Motivation in Modern Psychology and the Philosophy of Education
Esti Eisenmann, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Crescas on Time, Space, and Infinity
Tamar Rudavsky, The Ohio State University

Reading Crescas

Medieval Jewish Philosophy and Authentic Jewish Piety: Yitzhak Baer and Julius Guttmann on Hasdai Crescas’s Philosophy
Ari Ackerman, Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies

Wolfson’s Pragmatic Crescas
Warren Zev Harvey, Hebrew University of Jerusalem


Innovation in Crescas’s Light of the Lord
Peter Ochs, University of Virginia

Book Reviews

Dianna Lynn Roberts-Zauderer, Metaphor and Imagination in Medieval Jewish Thought: Moses ibn Ezra, Judah Halevi, Moses Maimonides, and Shem Tov Falaquera
Alexander Green, SUNY Buffalo

Paul Nahme, Hermann Cohen and the Crisis of Liberalism: The Enchantment of the Public Sphere
Sam S.B. Shonkoff, Graduate Theological Union

Randi Rashkover, Nature and Norm: Judaism, Christianity, and the Theo-Political Problem
Mark Randall James, Independent Scholar