What Do Jews Believe?: Sacred Myths and Jewish Spirituality

What Do Jews Believe?: Sacred Myths and Jewish Spirituality

by David S. Ariel
     
 

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Ariel, president of the Cleveland College of Jewish Studies, here offers a lucid and accessible study of the central beliefs of Judaism. With grand and sure strokes, the author paints the history of the ``sacred myths'' of Judaism-God, Torah, human destiny, chosenness, prayer, theodicy, mitzvot and messiah-using the colorful texts of biblical writers, rabbinic scholars and contemporary Jewish leaders. For example, in his remarks on messiah, Ariel moves from the biblical expectation of two messiahs to the fervor of contemporary messianic movements like the Lubavitch Hasidim. In a concluding letter to his children, Ariel argues that the great value of Judaism is its attempt to discover God's image in ourselves. In sum, this is a powerful introduction to the rich history and lively character of Judaism. (Feb.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805241198
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/14/1995
Pages:
290
Product dimensions:
6.43(w) x 9.52(h) x 1.03(d)

Meet the Author

David S. Ariel is president of the Cleveland College of Jewish Studies and author of The Mystic Quest: An Introduction to Jewish Mysticism

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