By Buber, Martin
1999/03 - Syracuse University Press
0815605897 - Trade Paper, 320p.
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Originally titled For the Sake of Heaven, Gog and
Magog is a fictional religious chronicle in which the heroes are Hasidic
rabbis. The setting for the novel is Poland and Hungary during the
Napoleonic wars at the end of the eighteenth century. Although magic and
superstition play their parts in the story, it is really Martin Buber's
effort to articulate two approaches to the question: May men use evil to
accomplish good? May men take power into their own hands - even to do
the work of redemption - without submitting first to the will of God?
More particularly, Buber unfolds the inner world of messianic longing
and expectations that characterized Judaism then and continues to
characterize it to the present day.