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Author QuotedAbraham Joshua Heschel
Title QuotedProphets
Date (Year/Month/Day)1963/01/26
ImprintNew York : Jewish Publication Society of America. [1962]
QuotationIt is a great pleasure to have received your fine book on The Prophets. I have been anticipating this for a long time, and my anticipation is not disappointed. It is a fine book, perhaps your very best. Or at least it is one that says a great deal to me. You take exactly the kind of reflective approach that seems to me most significant and spiritually fruitful, for after all it is not the Prophets we study but the word of God revealed in and through them. They offer us examples of fidelity to Him and patterns of suffering and faith which we must take into account if we are to live as religious men in any sense of the word. The book is in many ways just the kind of reflection germane to monks, and I hope to be able to use it in my conferences with the novices. In any case, it is a privilege to be able to share your own meditations on the Prophets and indeed to find very little in those pages that I would not myself want to express in much the same way. Someday perhaps I will muster up courage to try the difficult task of saying what the Prophets must mean to a Christian: difficult because of the heritage of past interpretations and allegories.
Quotation SourceThe Hidden Ground of Love: The Letters of Thomas Merton on Religious Experience and Social Concerns.; Selected and edited by William H. Shannon. / New York : Farrar Straus Giroux. 1985, p. 431-32
Letter toAbraham Heschel
Link to Merton's Copy 43008 

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