Dictionary of Jewish Biography

Dictionary of Jewish Biography

by Dan Cohn-Sherbok
     
 

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From Abraham to Saul Bellow, from Moses Maimonides to Woody Allen, from the Baal Shem Tov to Albert Einstein, this comprehensive dictionary of Jewish biographies provides a first point of entry into the fascinating richness of the Jewish heritage. Compiled with the assistance of a distinguished group of scholars, theDictionary of Jewish Biographyprovides a rapid

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From Abraham to Saul Bellow, from Moses Maimonides to Woody Allen, from the Baal Shem Tov to Albert Einstein, this comprehensive dictionary of Jewish biographies provides a first point of entry into the fascinating richness of the Jewish heritage. Compiled with the assistance of a distinguished group of scholars, theDictionary of Jewish Biographyprovides a rapid reference to the biographies of almost 4000 Jewish men and women who, over the past four millennia, have contributed to the life, history, and study of Judaism in all its facets. Those profiled represent every walk of life and every area of accomplishment. Included are rabbinic scholars, key religious figures, spiritual leaders, founders of modern movements, major writers, Enlightenment figures, novelists, journalists, scientists, mystics, Israeli politicians, musicians, actors and actresses, film stars, famous rabbis, distinguished cantors, biblical figures, economists, architects, athletes, and radicals and heretics. Each entry is followed by a short bibliography. The book includes an extended Introduction, which explains the criteria for inclusion, and outlines the history of Israel and the Jewish diaspora. This dictionary will prove essential for general readers interested in the evolution of Judaism from ancient times to the present day, a perfect study aid for students and teachers. This panoramic bibliographic survey provides a unique guide to the leading figures of the past and present.

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"An important and very useful reference text for the general reader...highly recommended."—Library Journal

Library Journal
This ambitious reference provides short introductions to nearly 4000 individuals important to Jewish history and culture. Rabbi Cohn-Sherbok (Jewish theology, Univ. of Wales, Lampeter; Judaism: History, Belief, and Practice) meticulously and concisely documents the key contributions of Jewish writers, scientists, rabbis, philosophers, philanthropists, entertainers, intellectuals, and biblical personages, from the well known (e.g., Aaron, brother of Moses) to the more obscure (e.g., Austrian writer Stephan Zweig). Relevant maps of Israel and Europe during key periods in Jewish history precede specific dictionary entries. There is also a useful chronology and an impressively comprehensive, albeit brief, historical background essay following the history of the Jews from the ancient world to the end of the 20th century. The short profiles reflect the diversity and range of Jewish contributions to every aspect of culture and civilization. While some entries are only a sentence long, all provide the year of birth and death, country of origin, and Jewish contribution. It is difficult to determine why the 16th-century Italian adventurer David Reuveni (who claimed to be the son of King Solomon) gets a nearly 150-word entry, while there is no entry at all for a prominent Jewish politician like New York's Ed Koch, once mayor of the city claiming the largest Jewish community in the world. Also, there are some idiosyncratic slips, such as the identification of literary critic Lionel Trilling as "Leopold." Bottom Line Despite these cavils, this is an important and very useful reference text for the general reader and is highly recommended for public and academic libraries.-Herbert E. Shapiro, Empire State Coll., SUNY at Rochester Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195223910
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
09/28/2005
Pages:
374
Product dimensions:
9.50(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.50(d)

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Rabbi Professor Dan Cohn-Sherbokis one of the world's leading authorities on Judaism. He has written and edited over 70 books includingJudaism: History, Belief and Practice;The Future of Judaism; andFifty Key Jewish Thinkers. He is currently Professor of Jewish Theology at the University of Wales, Lampeter.

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