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Herberg, Will
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(Jun 30, 1901, Liachovitzi, Russia – Mar 26, 1977, Chatham, NJ), communist activist and author, later conservative Jewish theologian and social critic. Herberg grew up in Brooklyn with his nominally Jewish mother. After championing the working classes as a communist propagandist in the 1920s and 1930s, he turned, disillusioned, to the study of theology. Engagement with the works of R. Niebuhr and with other Jewish and Christian theologians brought him closer to religious existentialism and the hope of the “biblical faith,” which found expression in his book Judaism …

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Maxson, Rachel E., “Herberg, Will”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 10 May 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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