Arthur A. Cohen

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Arthur Allen Cohen (1928–1986) was an American Jewish scholar, theologian, and author. He also collected rare books, founded an antiquarian bookstore named Ex Libris, and served as an editor for several publishers, including the Noonday Press, which he co-founded, and Holt, Rinehart & Winston, where he served as editor-in-chief.[1]

Educated at the University of Chicago and the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, Cohen divided his writing efforts between non-fiction, including a study of Martin Buber, and several novels, including In the Days of Simon Stern, Acts of Theft, The Carpenter Years, and An Admirable Woman, the last of which won the National Jewish Book Award. His book The Natural and the Supernatural Jew (1962) traced the history of Jewish theology from the late 15th century, through the German Jewish renaissance, and into what he saw as a hopeful yet troubled American Jewish scene. Cohen also edited a popular reader on Jewish thought, Arguments and Doctrines, and co-edited (with Paul Mendes-Flohr) Contemporary Jewish Religious Thought, which appeared posthumously.

In 1968, he signed the “Writers and Editors War Tax Protest” pledge, vowing to refuse tax payments in protest against the Vietnam War.[2]


  • Martin Buber: Studies in Modern European Literature and Thought (1957)
  • The Natural and the Supernatural Jew (1962)
  • The Hebrew Bible in Christian, Jewish, and Muslim Art (1963)
  • The Negative Way: A Collaboration with Paul Brach (1964)
  • Arguments and Doctrines: A Reader of Jewish Thinking in the Aftermath of the Holocaust (1970)
  • The Tremendum: A Theological Interpretation of the Holocaust
  • The Myth of the Judeo-Christian Tradition, and Other Dissenting Essays (1969)
  • Edited with Paul Mendes-Flohr, Contemporary Jewish Religious Thought: Original Essays on Critical Concepts, Movements, and Beliefs.
  • Delaunay, Robert; Delaunay, Sonia (1978). Arthur A. Cohen, ed. The New Art of Color. The Viking Press. ISBN 0-670-50636-2. 


  • The Carpenter Years (1967)
  • In the Days of Simon Stern (1973)
  • A Hero in His Time (1976)
  • Acts of Theft (1980)
  • An Admirable Woman (1983)
  • Artists and Enemies: Three Novellas (1987)


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  2. ^ “Writers and Editors War Tax Protest” January 30, 1968 New York Post