Historical Dictionary of Judaism

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"Judaism is one of the first recorded monotheistic religions and one of the oldest religious traditions still practiced today. Like many other cultural institutions, it has rarely remained static - instead, it continually investigates and questions itself, metamorphosing in relation to the world. Although its influences can be seen in both Christianity and Islam, many of its beliefs, traditions, and practices are unknown. This second editon of Historical Dictionary of Judaism presents religious beliefs in a traditional sense while investigating
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Lanham, Maryland, U.S.A. 1998 Hardcover New 0810834979. BRAND NEW, FLAWLESS COPY, NEVER OPENED--528 pages--DESCRIPTION: The "Historical Dictionary of Judaism" doesn't just ... present "religious" beliefs in a traditional sense, but investigates the complex intermingling of religion, devotion, lifestyle and culture, as it is found in diverse Jewish populations around the world and as it has evolved over the course of recent human history. Judaism, like many other cultural institutions, has rarely remained static?instead, continually investigating and questioning itself, metamorphosing in relation to the world. There are numerous useful, unique features that make this "Dictionary" user-friendly. Hebrew words are often included to further texture the entries, though each is fully explained in English. Historical charts focus on special issues such as Jewish theology, philosophy, and religious law. The bibliography includes an eclectic collection of reference, bibliographical, and primary source works, as well as Read more Show Less

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"Judaism is one of the first recorded monotheistic religions and one of the oldest religious traditions still practiced today. Like many other cultural institutions, it has rarely remained static - instead, it continually investigates and questions itself, metamorphosing in relation to the world. Although its influences can be seen in both Christianity and Islam, many of its beliefs, traditions, and practices are unknown. This second editon of Historical Dictionary of Judaism presents religious beliefs in a traditional sense while investigating the complex intermingling of religion, devotion, lifestyle, and culture found in diverse Jewish populations around the world." This book includes a chronology and an introduction that presents an overview of all aspects of Judaism. Numerous cross-referenced dictionary entries detail important people, writings, institutions, concepts, Hebrew words, philosophy, theology, and religious law, and an extensive bibliography provides access for further study.
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Editorial Reviews

Choice
Solomon offers a user-friendly resource about Judaism's history...can be used by those without knowledge of Hebrew...Solomon has created a useful tool...
American Reference Books Annual (ARBA)
This book is an excellent addition to Scarecrow's volumes of historical dictionaries...British rabbi and scholar Norman Solomon has compiled a wonderful book that can be used for research or browsing by both laypersons and scholars.
Rabbi Richard S. Chapin
A wonderful condensation of our complex religion and a great reference for rabbis and congregants alike.
CHOICE
Solomon offers a user-friendly resource about Judaism's history...can be used by those without knowledge of Hebrew...Solomon has created a useful tool...
Booklist
...secures an important place in this vast literature by providing informative and reliable information. Recommended for academic and public libraries.
Jewish Review
A highly courageous work of love.
American Reference Books Annual
This book is an excellent addition to Scarecrow's volumes of historical dictionaries...British rabbi and scholar Norman Solomon has compiled a wonderful book that can be used for research or browsing by both laypersons and scholars.
Bridges
...journeying through Norman Solomon's Historical Dictionary of Judaism should prove most worthwhile and enlightening.
The Quest
Because of the lack of general knowledge, a dictionary like this is especially useful.
Choice
Solomon offers a user-friendly resource about Judaism's history...can be used by those without knowledge of Hebrew...Solomon has created a useful tool....
Booknews
Presents Judaism not as a set of simple conventions or external perceptions, but from an interior point as beliefs and practices of Jewish people. Entries investigate the complex intermingling of religion, devotion, lifestyle, and culture as it has evolved over the course of history. Includes a chronology, historical charts on theology, philosophy, and religious law, and appendices of commandments and prayers, plus an extensive bibliography. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
11/15/2006 Booklist
Solomon's dictionary is well done and reflects his background both as a rabbi and a very knowledgeable Jewish scholar. Recommended for larger public libraries and academic collections.
March 2008 American Reference Books Annual
...an excellent addition...a wonderful book...
November 2006 Reference and Research Book News
Solomon (Hebrew and Jewish studies, University of Oxford, UK) presents entries on the religious beliefs and practices of Judaism, and on the intermingling of religion, devotion, lifestyle, and culture found in diverse Jewish populations around the world. Cross- referenced entries cover important people, places, writings, institutions, concepts, philosophy, and theology. A chronology and an overview of Judaism are included.
Reference and Research Book News
Solomon (Hebrew and Jewish studies, University of Oxford, UK) presents entries on the religious beliefs and practices of Judaism, and on the intermingling of religion, devotion, lifestyle, and culture found in diverse Jewish populations around the world. Cross- referenced entries cover important people, places, writings, institutions, concepts, philosophy, and theology. A chronology and an overview of Judaism are included.
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Norman Solomon served as rabbi to Orthodox congregations in England for 22 years, after which he engaged in interfaith relations, setting up the Centre for the Study of Judaism and Christian-Jewish Relations at Birmingham and taking part in international interfaith conferences in more than 20 countries. In 1995 he was appointed Lecturer in Modern Jewish Thought at Oxford, and though now retired remains a member of Wolfson College, Oxford and the Oxford University Teaching and Research Unit in Hebrew and Jewish Studies.

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Table of Contents

Editor’s Foreword by Jon Woronoff
List of Tables
Readers Note
Maps
Chronology
Introduction
THE DICTIONARY
Supplementary Tables
Appendixes:
Appendix A-The Mitzvot
Appendix B-Standard Prayer Texts
Appendix C-Reform “Platforms”
Appendix D-An Orthodox Convention
Appendix E- Christians and Christianity
Bibliography
About the Author

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