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Questions and Answers: Intellectual Foundations of Judaism

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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...

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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565638655
  • Publisher: Hendrickson Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/2006
  • Pages: 254
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Jacob Neusner is research professor of religion and theology at Bard College and senior fellow of the Institute of Advanced Theology at Bard College. He has published more than eight hundred books and innumerable articles, and he is editor of The Dictionary of Judaism in the Biblical Period and the three-volume Encyclopaedia of Judaism. He has also served as president of the American Academy of Religion and was appointed as a member of the National Council on the Humanities and the National Council on the Arts.
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Table of Contents

1 Early stages of Judaism 3
2 Rabbinic Judaism 6
3 Jews within rabbinic Judaism 10
4 The place of the temple 15
5 The place of the synagogue 20
6 Authorities in rabbinic Judaism 23
7 Prayer in rabbinic Judaism 28
8 The celebration of God 33
9 Rabbinic Judaism and the Hebrew scriptures 41
10 Halakah 49
11 The Mishnah 53
12 Between the Mishnah and the Talmuds 60
13 The Talmuds 66
14 Aggadic midrash 75
15 Genesis Rabbah and Leviticus Rabbah 80
16 Song of songs Rabbah and Ruth Rabbah 86
17 Lamentations Rabbah 90
18 Aggadah and history 95
19 Torah 101
20 God in the Aggadah 105
21 Israel 111
22 Gentiles 116
23 Suffering and resurrection 122
24 Intentionality 127
25 Sin 130
26 Repentance 135
27 Atonement 140
28 The messiah 144
29 Resurrection of the dead 150
30 The world to come 155
31 Aggadah and Halakah 158
32 Narrative pattern and the Halakah 163
33 The sabbath 170
34 Purity and impurity 174
35 Festivals 179
36 A unifying rule 184
37 Family and life roles 191
38 Gender roles 197
39 Virtue 203
40 Work 208
41 The development of rabbinic Judaism's theology 215
42 Rabbinic Judaism's responses to the challenge of Christianity 220
43 The Pharisees 225
44 The success of rabbinic Judaism 230
45 The relationship between rabbinic Judaism and Christianity over time 235
46 Modern divisions within Judaism 239
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