Questions and Answers: Intellectual Foundations of Judaism

Questions and Answers: Intellectual Foundations of Judaism

by Jacob Neusner
     
 

What is rabbinic Judaism? Was Jesus a Jew by the definition of Judaism? What is Midrash? When and how did rabbinic Judaism recognize Christianity as a separate religion? What is Reform Judaism? Orthodox Judaism? Conservative Judaism?

Jacob Neusner addresses the fundamental questions students of the Bible, Judaism, or world religions often pose about the literature,

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What is rabbinic Judaism? Was Jesus a Jew by the definition of Judaism? What is Midrash? When and how did rabbinic Judaism recognize Christianity as a separate religion? What is Reform Judaism? Orthodox Judaism? Conservative Judaism?

Jacob Neusner addresses the fundamental questions students of the Bible, Judaism, or world religions often pose about the literature, history, religion, and theology of Rabbinic Judaism. Here are the recurring questions asked of this renowned Jewish scholar during forty years of lecturing to non-Jewish students at countless Protestant and Roman Catholic schools--plus a few questions he wished they had asked. His clear, succinct answers feature portions of rabbinic texts drawn from the rich tradition of Judaism, and include supplementary readings.

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Publishers Weekly
Neusner, an innovative and astonishingly prolific Jewish scholar, has written or edited around 1,000 books, including textbooks, primers and biblical commentaries as well as translations, dictionaries and encyclopedias. He is perhaps best known for applying his impressive scholarship to the classical rabbinic writings produced from the first to the seventh century by sages who preserved and interpreted both the written and the oral Torah. Based on this vast body of literature, Neusner tries here "to clarify important traits of rabbinic Judaism that enrich the study of the New Testament." He draws upon 40 years' worth of questions that he has encountered while lecturing in non-Jewish colleges, universities and seminaries. For each question, Neusner not only offers his answer but also provides the sources in rabbinic Judaism that amplify and support his response. Neusner begins by defining rabbinic Judaism and ends by examining its relationship to Christianity. Along the way, he addresses the theology of rabbinic Judaism, which includes fascinating discussions of God, Israel, gentiles, suffering, resurrection, sin, repentance, atonement, Messiah and the hereafter. Designed for thoughtful Christians, this book will also appeal to Jews who wish to learn more about the foundations of their religion. (Jan.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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ISBN-13:
9781565638655
Publisher:
Hendrickson Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/28/2006
Pages:
254
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

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