ISBN-10:
1571819711
ISBN-13:
9781571819710
Pub. Date:
12/01/1997
Publisher:
Berghahn Books, Incorporated
An Understanding of Judaism / Edition 1

An Understanding of Judaism / Edition 1

by John D. Rayner?

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Overview

This is the first of two volumes of edited sermons spanning the greater part of the second half of the twentieth century, and the first major collection of sermons from a Liberal Jewish point ofview produced in Britain since Claude G. Montefiore's Truth in Religion of 1906. It combines forthrightly radical thinking with spirituality, love of Jewish tradition, and an abundance of carefully documented quotations from classical Jewish sources. This combination yields many fresh insights into the interpretation of Scripture, as examined in Part I, and the significance ofthe Jewish festivals dealt with in Part II, and brings out the relevance of both to present-day intellectual and social issues. Both Parts will be found to contain many original ideas, novel formulations, and occasional touches of humour.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781571819710
Publisher: Berghahn Books, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/01/1997
Series: Progressive Judaism Today , #1
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)
Lexile: 1190L (what's this?)

About the Author

John D. Rayner† graduated from Emmanuel College, Cambridge and Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion, Cincinnati. He was Emeritus Rabbi of the Liberal Jewish Synagogue, London, Hon. Life-President of the Union of Liberal and Progressive Synagogues, and Lecturer in Liturgy at Leo Baeck College, London.

Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations

Glossary

Foreword

Preface

PART I: AN UNDERSTANDING OF SCRIPTURE

Chapter 1. The Myth of the Garden

Chapter 2. Cain and Abel

Chapter 3. Never Again?

Chapter 4. The Tower of Babel

Chapter 5. Abraham and Sodom

Chapter 6. Ishmael my Brother

Chapter 7. The Birthright of a Jew

Chapter 8. Israel and Edom

Chapter 9. Jacob's Ladder

Chapter 10. Esau's Kiss

Chapter 11. Life and the Use We Make of it

Chapter 12. The Ten Plagues

Chapter 13. The Spirit of Nachshon

Chapter 14. Miriam and Deborah

Chapter 15. The Jews had Light

Chapter 16. Sacrifices

Chapter 17. Loving the Stranger

Chapter 18. The Numbers Game

Chapter 19. Eldad and Medad

Chapter 20. The Cushite Woman

Chapter 21. The Spirit that Affirms

Chapter 22. Controversies and Controversies

Chapter 23. The Mortality of Moses

Chapter 24. Jews and Non-Jews

Chapter 25. Signposts of Repentance

Chapter 26. The Stranger Who Lives Among You

Chapter 27. Good God?

Chapter 28. Sword or Book

PART II: SEASONS OF THE JEWISH YEAR

Chapter 29. Season of Freedom

Chapter 30. Season of Revelation

Chapter 31. Season of Sorrow

Chapter 32. Season of Repentance

Chapter 33. Season of Atonement

Chapter 34. Season of Gladness

Chapter 35. Season of Dedication

Chapter 36. Season of Levity

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