An Introduction to Judaism: A Textbook and Reader

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Westminster John Knox Press, 1991 - Religion - 476 pages
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Judaism is an ancient religion, practiced through most of recorded history and having profound influence on both Christianity and Islam. It is a modern religion, too, still transforming the lives of many people. In this book, Jacob Neusner brings together these two aspects of the study of Judaism. He describes how Judaism is practiced in a particular time and place--America today--and surveys how Judaism took shape as people responded to political and religious crises. Neusner provides a wealth of primary texts in addition to his own analysis.

 

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Contents

Through the Year
3
Through the Cycle of Life
15
Judaism in the Synagogue
37
Anthology for Part
83
Part
129
The Crisis Addressed
157
The Mishnah
175
The Talmud of the Land of Israel the Midrash
211
Anthology for Chapters Ten and Eleven
321
Abraham J Heschel The Mystical Element in Judaism
339
Fackenheim The Human Condition after Auschwitz
363
Ben Halpern The Jewish Consensus
375
Defining Judaism
385
Louis Jacobs Judaism Encyclopaedia Judaica
405
Introducing Judaism
433
Glossary
447

Anthology for Chapters Six to Nine
255
The Advent of New Judaisms in
291

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About the author (1991)

Jacob Neusner was born in Hartford, Connecticut on July 28, 1932. He received a bachelor's degree in history from Harvard University in 1953. He studied at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, where he was ordained a Conservative rabbi and received a master's degree in Hebrew letters in 1960. He also received a doctorate in religion from Columbia University. He taught at Dartmouth College, Brown University, and the University of South Florida before joining the religion department at Bard College in 1994. He retired from there in 2014. He was a religious historian and one of the world's foremost scholars of Jewish rabbinical texts. He published more than 900 books during his lifetime including A Life of Yohanan ben Zakkai; The Way of Torah: An Introduction to Judaism; Judaism: The Evidence of the Mishnah; Strangers at Home: The 'Holocaust,' Zionism, and American Judaism; Translating the Classics of Judaism: In Theory and in Practice; Why There Never Was a 'Talmud of Caesarea': Saul Lieberman's Mistakes; and Judaism: An Introduction. He wrote The Bible and Us: A Priest and a Rabbi Read Scripture Together with Andrew M. Greeley and A Rabbi Talks with Jesus with Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, the future Pope Benedict XVI. He also edited and translated, with others, nearly the entirety of the Jewish rabbinical texts. He died on October 8, 2016 at the age of 84.

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