The Blackwell Companion to Judaism / Edition 1

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The Blackwell Companion to Judaism / Edition 1

This Companion explores the history, doctrines, divisions, and contemporary condition of Judaism. It organizes and places into context the history of Judaism from ancient through modern times, identifies and expounds some of Judaism's principal doctrines, introduces the more important forms of modern and contemporary Judaism, and takes up topics of special interest in contemporary Judaic life.

The 27 contributions to this Companion and the selections in the associated Blackwell Reader in Judaism illustrate important points, with primary sources complementing the exposition. In this way, the editors talk about Judaism and let Judaism speak for itself. All the contributors, experts in their field, address a broad audience, assuming an interest in the subject but no prior knowledge. They present introductions for any reader interested in the subject, and do not take partisan or sectarian positions.

This volume will guide those curious about the past and present of a vital religious tradition that has exercised influence far beyond its own community.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781577180593
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 03/17/2003
Series: Wiley Blackwell Companions to Religion Series
Pages: 572
Product dimensions: 6.75(w) x 9.70(h) x 1.56(d)

About the Author

Jacob Neusner is Distinguished Research Professor of Religious Studies at the University of South Florida and Professor of Religion at Bard College. He has seven 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.

Table of Contents

Part IThe History of Judaism1
1Defining Judaism3
2The Religious World of Ancient Israel to 586 BCE20
3Judaism and the Hebrew Scriptures37
4Second Temple Judaism58
5The Formation of Rabbinic Judaism, 70-640 CE78
6The Canon of Rabbinic Judaism93
7Judaism and Christianity in the Formative Age112
8Judaism in the Muslim World131
9Judaism in Christendom142
10Philosophy in Judaism: Two Stances162
11Jewish Piety181
Part IIThe Principal Doctrines of Judaism191
12The Doctrine of Torah193
13The Doctrine of God212
14The Doctrine of Israel230
15The Doctrine of the Messiah247
16The Doctrine of Hebrew Language Usage268
Part IIIModern and Contemporary Judaisms289
17Reform Judaism291
18Orthodox Judaism311
19Conservative Judaism: The Struggle between Ideology and Popularity334
20New Age Judaism354
Part IVSpecial Topics in Understanding Judaism371
21Ethics of Judaism373
22Women in Contemporary Judaism393
23Judaism as a Theopolitical Phenomenon415
24Contemporary Jewish Theology441
25Secular Forms of Jewishness461
26Judaism and Zionism477
27The "Return" to Traditional Judaism at the End of the Twentieth Century: Cross-Cultural Comparisons495

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The Blackwell Companion to Judaism is a formidable attempt, in a series of learned and elegant essays, to tackle the many questions concerning Judaism. The organization is commendably lucid. The style throughout is accessible to a wide readership, without sacrifice to standards of accuracy and analysis.’ Times Literary Supplement

‘Where the Companion scores highly over other similar works is that the editors have been able to elicit contributions that contain the latest scholarship or position on each subject, so that the contemporaneity and the quality of each is perfectly dovetailed. This will be the benchmark by which future examples of the genre will be measured.’ The Expository Times

‘I am excited at the prospect of the publication of this book, in that it promises to display the lifelong fruits of research and mature insights of a master scholar on Judaism.’ Kenneth Hart Green, University of Toronto

"[T]he contributors place Judaism in historical context, elaborate on its principal doctrines, introduce forms of modern and contemporary Judaism, and shed light on special topics in understanding contemporary Judaism, such as ethics, women theopolitical aspects, secular forms of Jewishness, and Zionism." Journal of Contemporary Religion

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