Religious foundations of Western civilization: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam

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Abingdon Press, 2005 - Literary Criticism - 164 pages
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Rabbinic literature is a complex and interwoven body of texts whose importance is extensive: it is, of course, central to studying Judaism; its texts are valuable for broad religious study and are crucial for understanding the background of early Christianity; and the history of biblical interpretation inevitably involves this quite immense and varied set of writings. There is no scholar more highly regarded as an authority on Rabbinic literature and Judaism than Jacob Neusner. And there is no educator better suited to explaining it in clear and concise terms, laying out the list of texts, their background and development, their content, the resources with which to delve more deeply into their meaning, and their importance for Judaism, biblical studies, and Christianity. This Essential Guide discusses all the texts in Rabbinic literature, including the Mishnah, Tosefta, Talmuds, and Midrash. With this Guide, students will better understand the complex and unique world of Judaism and its significance for studying the Bible, Judaism, and Christian origins. Jacob Neusner is Research Professor of Religion and Theology and Senior Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Theology at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson , New York .The purpose of Abingdon Essential Guides is to fulfill the need for brief, substantive, yet highly accessible introductions to the core disciplines in theological and religious studies. Drawing on the best in current scholarship, written with the needs of students foremost in mind, and addressed to learners in a number of contexts, Essential Guides will be the first choice of those who wish

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User Review  - Maurice Lusk - Christianbook.com

Jacob Neusner in one of the foremost scholars on Second Temple Judaism and the rabbinic thought which may have influenced the the early messianic movement that became Christianity. Very much worth the reading for the serious NT student. Read full review

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Contents

What Is Rabbinic Literature? Why Is It Important?
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The Oral Torah
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Law Halakhah
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Copyright

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Jacob Neusner is the Research Professor of Religion and Theology and Senior Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Theology at Bard College. Having published more than 900 books and innumerable articles he is the most published humanities scholar in the world. He has been awarded nine honorary degrees, including seven US and European honorary doctorates. He holds fourteen academic medals and prizes, as well as numerous other academic awards. He received his A. B. from Harvard College, his Ph. D. from Columbia University and Union Theological Seminary, and Rabbinical Ordination and the degree of Master of Hebrew Letters from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. In his professional career he was founding chairman of the Department of Hebrew Studies at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, held a post-doctoral fellowship at Brandeis University, and taught at Dartmouth College and at Brown University. He spent a research year at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton NJ, and served as Distinguished Research Professor of Religious Studies at University of South Florida. He was President of the American Academy of Religion, and a member of the founding committee of the Association for Jewish Studies. He single-handedly founded the European Association of Jewish Studies. He also served, by appointment of President Carter, as Member of the National Council on the Humanities and, by appointment of President Reagan, as Member of the National Council on the Arts. He is editor of the Encyclopaedia of Judaism (Brill, 1999. I-III) and its Supplements; chairman of the Editorial Board of The Review of Rabbinic Judaism, and Editor in Chief of the Brill Reference Library of Judaism, both of them published by E. J. Brill, Leiden, The Netherlands. He is editor of Studies in Judaism, University Press of America. He was editor for Judaism of the Dictionary of Religion (Harper/AAR), and of the Encyclopaedia of Religion (Britannica/Merriam Webster).