Dictionary of Jewish Biography

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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. Modelled on the highly acclaimed Dictionary of Christian Biography (Continuum 2001) and with the advice of leading Jewish scholars, the Dictionary of Jewish Biography provides a rapid reference to those Jewish men and women who have, over the last four thousand years, ...

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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. Modelled on the highly acclaimed Dictionary of Christian Biography (Continuum 2001) and with the advice of leading Jewish scholars, the Dictionary of Jewish Biography provides a rapid reference to those Jewish men and women who have, over the last four thousand years, contributed to the life of the Jewish people and the history of the Jewish religion. 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. Designed as an accessible reference tool, this volume is an indispensable guide for anyone interested in the history of the Jewish people - the uninitiated will become initiated; the curious will become informed; the informed will now have a handy reference tool.

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

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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.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780195223910
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 9/28/2005
  • 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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Table of Contents

This panoramic bibliographic survey provides a unique guide to the leading figures of the past and present. Included are: *rabbinic scholars *key religious thinkers *spiritual leaders *founders of religious movements *major writers *Enlightenment figures *novelists and jourbanalists *artists *scientists *mystics *Israeli politicians *Zionists *musicians *actors and actresses *film stars *famous rabbis *distinguished cantors *biblical figures *athletes *economists *architects *radicals and heretics Designed as an accessible reference tool, this volume is an indispensable guide for anyone interested in the history of the Jewish people - the uninitiated will become initiated; the curious will become informed; the informed will now have a handy reference tool. Historical Introduction Time Line Maps Glossary 4000 entries listed alphabetically with bibliographical information, from Aaron to Stefan Zweig Full list of books consulted and further reading

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