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In his accessible, perceptive introduction to the central features and figures in Judaism, Norman Solomon discusses the religion as a living force, in all its contemporary richness and variety. He presents spiritual leaders, poets, philosophers, and even eccentrics—including the mystic who tried to convert the Pope—while also addressing such questions as: How has Judaism changed since biblical days and How does the secular state of Israel resolve the conflicts of "Church” and ...

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Overview

In his accessible, perceptive introduction to the central features and figures in Judaism, Norman Solomon discusses the religion as a living force, in all its contemporary richness and variety. He presents spiritual leaders, poets, philosophers, and even eccentrics—including the mystic who tried to convert the Pope—while also addressing such questions as: How has Judaism changed since biblical days and How does the secular state of Israel resolve the conflicts of "Church” and state?

 

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Children's Literature - Sara Rofofsky Marcus
Authored by a theology lecturer at the University of Oxford and Fellow in Modern Jewish Thought at the Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, this work provides an accessible, perceptive introduction to central features and figures in Judaism, in a non-biased manner. Separated into nine broad chapters, the work begins by answering the questions: Who are the Jews? How did Judaism and Christianity split up? How did Judaism develop? The fourth chapter focuses on the calendar and festivals, while the fifth addresses the spiritual life of prayer, meditation and Torah. Next, the making of a Jewish home is discussed. Chapter Seven begins again the historical treatment, entitled Out of the Ghetto, into the Whirlwind. The eighth chapter deals with contemporary Judaism, while the final chapter focuses on the eternal law in changing times. This volume provides an introduction to Judaism as both a way of life and a religion, addressing the basics of practical Judaism, the festivals, prayers, customs and sects as well as introducing and discussing the modern concerns such as the status of women, the impact of the Holocaust, the State of Israel, and medical and commercial ethics. The two appendices, The Thirteen Principles of the Faith, and the "Philadelphia Platform" of Reform Judaism, illustrate again the wide range of coverage and sensitivity to all denominations presented in this work. A list of suggestions for further reading by chapter and a lengthy index make this work a good jumping-off point for further research. This is a useful brief overview of most aspects of Judaism, but as with any broad treatment this is only an introduction, leading to a need for further research for any in-depth inquiry. For the price, this book is a welcome addition to any high school or adult collection where brief overviews and introductions are needed to aspects of Judaism. Reviewer: Sara Rofofsky Marcus
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402768842
  • Publisher: Sterling Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/6/2009
  • Series: A Brief Insight Series
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 955,456
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

NORMAN SOLOMON is a theology lecturer at Oxford University and Fellow in Modern Jewish Thought at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish studies.

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Table of Contents

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List of Tables
Introduction 1
1 Who are the Jews? 6
2 How did Judaism and Christianity split up? 17
3 How did Judaism develop? 30
4 The calendar and festivals 52
5 The spiritual life - prayer, meditation, Torah 65
6 Making a Jewish home 81
7 Out of the ghetto, into the whirlwind 96
8 Twentieth-century Judaism 108
9 'Eternal law', changing times 125
Appendix A The Thirteen Principles of the Faith, as formulated by Maimonides 135
Appendix B The 'Philadelphia Platform' of Reform Judaism 136
Suggestions for further reading 138
Index 141
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