Judaism: The Basics

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2006-09-19
  • Publisher: Routledge
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The oldest of the world's major faiths, Judaism as practiced today represents a tradition that goes back nearly 6,000 years. Accessible and wide-ranging, Judaism: The Basics is a must-have resource covering the stories, beliefs and expressions of that tradition. Key topics covered include: the Torah Israel - the state and its people Passover Reform Judaism, Orthodox Judaism and Zionism the impact of the Holocaust. With a glossary of terms and extensive suggestions for further reading, Judaism: The Basics is an essential guide through the rich intricacies of the Jewish faith and people.

Author Biography

Jacob Neusner is Research Professor of Theology at Bard College and Senior Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Theology at Bard.

Table of Contents

Introduction : defining Judaismp. 1
Defining Judaism through storiesp. 11
Who and what is Israel?p. 25
The community of Judaism and passoverp. 38
The Israelite before God and the days of awep. 47
The individual Israelite and Israel in history : the Huppah; the Covenant of Abraham; eating lunchp. 61
The purpose of the law, the ten commandments, the sabbathp. 77
God is one, merciful and justp. 92
The formation of normative Judaismp. 111
The articulation of normative Judaismp. 129
Reform, orthodox, and conservative Judaisms, Zionismp. 148
How Judaism speaks todayp. 171
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