The Way of Torah: An Introduction to Judaism / Edition 7by Jacob Neusner
This classic text from one of the leading Judaic scholars today, THE WAY OF THE TORAH introduces students to Judaism via a three-pronged examination of its history, its scriptures, and its practices. Neusner first defines Judaism across time, showing its changes and development. He then introduces students to the classic texts of Judaism, the Hebrew Bible, and… See more details below
This classic text from one of the leading Judaic scholars today, THE WAY OF THE TORAH introduces students to Judaism via a three-pronged examination of its history, its scriptures, and its practices. Neusner first defines Judaism across time, showing its changes and development. He then introduces students to the classic texts of Judaism, the Hebrew Bible, and beyond. Finally, the Torah and Judaism are presented in their living contexts. It is the only interpretive work that addresses Judaism within the context of religious studies in general as opposed to the many other texts that use an historical or scriptural approach exclusively.
Table of Contents
Part I: DEFINING JUDAISM, THE RELIGION AND ITS HISTORY. 1. Judaism and the "Old Testament." 2. The History of Judaism. 3. Defining Judaism in the Context of Christianity. Part II: CLASSICAL JUDAISM (1) THE ORAL PART OF THE TORAH. 4. What Does Judaism Mean by "Torah"? 5. The Mishnah. 6. The Mishnah and the Talmud. 7. The Midrash. Part III: CLASSICAL JUDAISM (2) THREE IMPORTANT DOCTRINES: ETHICS, ETHOS, AND ETHNOS. 8. Way of Life: Women. 9. World-View: The Messiah-Theme. 10. The Doctrine of "Israel." Part IV: CLASSICAL JUDAISM (3) THE TORAH''S THEOLOGY. 11. Hear O Israel: The Unity of God. 12. Coming Together: The Sanctity of the Family. 13. Going Forth: Israel, the Holy People, and God''s First Love. 14. The Holy Land and Jerusalem in the Age to Come. Part V: CLASSICAL JUDAISM (4) THE TORAH''S WAY OF LIFE. 15. Life Under the Law of Torah. 16. Hear Our Prayer, Grant Us Peace. 17. Sabbaths for Rest, Festivals for Rejoicing. 18. Rites of Passage: Birth, Maturity, Death. Part VI: FOUR TYPES OF JUDAIC PIETY. 19. The Philosopher. 20. The Mystic. 21. An Ordinary Man. 22. Two Extraordinary Women. Part VII: CLASSICAL JUDAISM IN MODERN TIMES: REFORM, ORTHODOX, CONSERVATIVE JUDAISMS, ZIONISM. 23. Modern Times. 24. Reform Judaism. 25. Orthodox Judaism. 26. Conservative Judaism. 27. Zionism. Part VIII: THE PRACTICE OF JUDAISM IN CONTEMPORARY NORTH AMERICA. 28. Beyond "Emancipation:" Agudathe Israel and Habad Hasidism in Contemporary North America. 29. The American Judaism of Holocaust and Redemption. 30. How Jews Practice Judaism in North America. 31. Reversionary Judaism: Forward to "Tradition"? 32. Facing the Twenty-First Century: Ethnic and Religious in Contemporary Judaism. Glossary. Index.
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