The Blackwell Reader in Judaism


The Blackwell Reader in Judaism introduces Judaism in its own words, affording readers a direct encounter with this ancient and enduring faith.

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The Blackwell Reader in Judaism introduces Judaism in its own words, affording readers a direct encounter with this ancient and enduring faith.

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From The Critics
In The Blackwell Reader In Judaism, Jacob Neusner (Research Professor of Religion and Theology at Bard College) and Alan J. Avery-Peck (Kraft-Hiatt Professor in Judaic Studies at The College of the Holy Cross) effective collaborate to provide readers with a clear, comprehensive, single volume introduction to Judaism, including passages from Scripture, the Dead Sea Scrolls, Rabbinic writings, medieval and modern Jewish philosophy and theology, and statements drawn from modern movements in Judaism — all with editorial comment and guidance. The Blackwell Reader In Judaism is a very highly recommended, scholarly, and "reader friendly", core reference for any personal, academic, or community library Judaic studies reference collection.
From the Publisher
"I am excited at the prospect of the publication of these books, in that they promise to display the lifelong fruits of research and mature insights of a master scholar on Judaism." Robert Goldenberg.

"The editors set out to produce a work that is open to the educated general reader, rather than being restricted to a scholarly audience, and in this reviewer's opinion they have certainly succeeded. Overall what is a detailed, balanced, scholarly but approachable work, a source of information as well as a resource for further study." The Expository Times

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Meet the Author

Jacob Neusner is Research Professor of Religion and Theology at Bard College. He has nine honorary degrees, fourteen academic medals and has published more than 800 books.

Alan J. Avery-Peck is Kraft-Hiatt Professor in Judaic Studies at The College of the Holy Cross. His has published widely and is editor of the journal The Annual of Rabbinic Judaism: Ancient, Medieval and Modern.

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Table of Contents

List of Contributors
Pt. I The History of Judaism 1
1 Defining Judaism 3
2 The Religious World of Ancient Israel to 586 19
3 Judaism and the Hebrew Scriptures 31
4 Second Temple Judaism 42
5 The Formation of Rabbinic Judaism, 70-640 C.E. 60
6 The Canon of Rabbinic Judaism: The Mishnah and the Midrash 73
7 Judaism and Christianity in the Formative Age 86
8 Judaism in the Muslim World 101
9 Judaism in Christendom 114
10 Philosophy in Judaism: Two Stances 128
11 Jewish Piety 145
Pt. II The Principal Doctrines of Judaism 157
12 The Doctrine of Torah 159
13 The Doctrine of God 173
14 The Doctrine of Israel 187
15 The Doctrine of Hebrew Language Usage 202
Pt. III Modern and Contemporary Judaisms 215
16 Reform Judaism 217
17 Orthodox Judaism 232
18 Conservative Judaism: The Struggle between Ideology and Popularity 256
19 New Age Judaism 268
Pt. IV Special Topics in Understanding Judaism 285
20 Ethics of Judaism 287
21 Women in Contemporary Judaism 316
22 Judaism as a Theopolitical Phenomenon 333
23 Theology in Contemporary 363
24 Secular Forms of Jewishness 378
25 Judaism and Zionism 397
26 The "Return" to Traditional Judaism at the End of the Twentieth Century: Cross-Cultural Comparisons 411
List of Abbreviations 432
Index 434
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