The Bloomsbury Companion to Jewish Studies

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-10-10
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

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The Bloomsbury Companion to Jewish Studies is a comprehensive reference guide, providing an overview of Jewish Studies as it has developed as an academic sub-discipline. This volume surveys the development and current state of research in the broad field of Jewish Studies - focusing on central themes, methodologies, and varieties of source materials available. It includes 11 core essays from internationally-renowned scholars and teachers that provide an important and useful overview of Jewish history and the development of Judaism, while exploring central issues in Jewish Studies that cut across historical periods and offer important opportunities to track significant themes throughout the diversity of Jewish experiences. In addition to a bibliography to help orient students and researchers, the volume includes a series of indispensable research tools, including a chronology, maps, and a glossary of key terms and concepts. This is the essential reference guide for anyone working in or exploring the rich and dynamic field of Jewish Studies.

Author Biography

Dean Phillip Bell is Dean, Chief Academic Officer and Professor of Jewish History at Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies, Chicago, USA.

Table of Contents

1. How To Use This Book \ 2. Introduction to Jewish Studies: History and Development \ 3. Research Methods, Issues and New Directions \ 4 Content and Methodology \ Ancient Near East and the Hebrew Bible Leonard Greenspoon \ The Development of Rabbinic Judaism Gary Porton \ Medieval Jewish History and Judaism Marina Rustow & Elisheva Baumgarten \ Early Modern Jewries Dean Phillip Bell \ Modernity, Judaism and Jews Paul Mendes-Flohr \ Contemporary Jewry to be confirmed \ Gender and Judaism Judith Baskin \ Israel Studies and Zionism Elie Rekhess \ Jewish Arts and Material Culture Judah Cohen \ Demographics and Jewish History Sergio DellaPergolla \ Jewish Mysticism Zohar Raviv \ 5. A-Z Glossary of Key Terms and Concepts \ 6. Maps \ 7. Chronology \ 8. Annotated Bibliography \ Index

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