André Neher

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André Neher (22 October 1914 – 23 October 1988) was a Jewish scholar and philosopher, born 12, rue du Marché, in Obernai, Bas-Rhin. He was a student at the Collège Freppel in Obernai, then at the Lycée Fustel de Coulange in Strasbourg. He became professor at the Collège Erckmann-Chatrian in Phalsbourg, then at the Lycée Kléber in Strasbourg. During WWII, he lived in Brive-la-Gaillarde, where he was a member of Rabbi David Feuerwerker's community. After the War, he became a professor at the University of Strasbourg, before moving with his wife, Renée Neher-Bernheim, to Jerusalem, Israel.

L'Exil de la Parole[edit]

His masterpiece is The Exile of the Word (L'Exil de la Parole. Du silence biblique au silence d'Auschwitz, Ed.: Seuil, 1970), about the biblical silence, and God’s silence after the Shoah and the great world tragedies.[1] Neher thinks that through the biblical silence you can find the divine revelation: through the silence it’s possible the human freedom. His idea of suspension bridge indicates the human “ontological insecurity and pain” caused by this freedom, that’s a “radical factor of uncertainty”: for this reason it is necessary to concentrate our attention not on the ideas of redemption or salvation, but on “to be here in our life”.[2]

L'espoir n'est pas dans le rire et dans la plénitude.
L'espoir est dans les larmes, dans le risque et dans leur silence

André Neher, L'Exil... p.256

Hope is not in the laugh or fullness.
Hope is in the tears, in the risk and in their silence

André Neher, L'Exil... p.256


  • Transcendance et immanence (1946; Transcendence and immanence)
  • Amos, contribution à l'étude du prophétisme (1950; Amos, contribution to the study of the prophecy)
  • L'Essence du prophétisme (1955; Quality of Prophecy)
  • Notes sur Qohélét (1951; Notes on Ecclesiastes)
  • Moïse et la vocation juive (1956; Moses and the Jewish vocation)
  • Le Conflit du sacré et du profane dans la renaissance de l'hébreu (1958; The conflict of sacred and profane in the renaissance of Hebrew)
  • Jérémie (1960; Jeremiah)
  • Histoire biblique du peuple d'Israël (1962; Biblical history of the people of Israel) — with Renée Neher
  • L'Existence juive (1962; The Jewish Existence)
  • Le Puits de l'Exil, la théologie dialectique du Maharal de Prague (1962; The Well of the Exile, dialectical theology of Maharal of Prague)
  • De l'hébreu au français. Manuel de l'hébraïsant : la traduction (1969; From Hebrew to French) — a manual for translating the Hebrew language into French
  • L'Exil de la Parole. Du silence biblique au silence d'Auschwitz (1970; The Exile of the Word, from the silence of the Bible to the silence of Auschwitz)
  • Dans tes portes, Jérusalem (1972; Within your gates, Jerusalem)
  • Ils ont refait leur âme (1979; They rebuilt their soul) ISBN 2-234-01192-2
  • Jérusalem, vécu juif et message (1984; Jerusalem, Lived Jerusalem And Message) ISBN 2-268-00287-X
  • David Gans, 1541-1613 : disciple du Maharal, assistant de Tycho Brahe et de Jean Kepler (1974; David Gans, 1541-1613 : disciple of Maharal, assistant of Tycho Brahe and of Johannes Kepler) ISBN 2-252-01723-6; English translation as Jewish thought and the scientific revolution of the sixteenth century : David Gans (1541-1613) and his times (1986) OUP. ISBN 978-0-19-710057-8.
  • Faust et le Maharal de Prague : le mythe et le réel (1987; Faust and Maharal of Prague : myth and reality) ISBN 2-13-039777-8.


  1. ^ David Patterson, Some theological aspects..., on The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, Vol. 548, No. 1, 200-218 (1996)
  2. ^ Sergio Quinzio, La Croce e il Nulla, Adelphi ed., Milan 1984, p.33

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