Buber's concept of Sehen (seeing)


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Written by Daniel Gordon at 06 Jan 2001 05:22:05:

This is an arcane question, but perhaps some serious students of Buber will know the answer. In reading the introduction of Everet Fox's translation of the Five Books of Moses, I learned much about Buber's approach to translating the Bible. Some of the ideas that Fox discusses I have noticed in a text by the German sociologist, Norbert Elias, written in 1921. My questions then are:
1. When did Buber begin the translation. I think the answer is in the mid-1920, but I am wondering if he translated some extracts earlier.
2. More precisely, I'm interested in theme of "Sehen" (seeing) that Fox discusses because the Elias piece is all about "Sehen." Would anyone know of any early texts (pre-1921) in which Buber discusses how Old Testament characters, or the Jewish people as a whole, came to "see" God?




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