Books To Read Before You Reach 30

Perhaps the biggest surprise on the list is A.J. Heschel’s treatise on the Jewish tradition of Shabbat — The Sabbath (1955). A Polish-born rabbi and scholar, Heschel emigrated to the United States 1940 eventually becoming a professor of Jewish mysticism at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. His 1955 God In Search of Man (1955) was almost required reading during my college and seminary years, read alongside the work of Karl Barth, Paul Tillich, and Martin Buber.

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