Judaism, Fourth Edition presents the basic beliefs of the Jewish religion and highlights the different ways in which these traditions have been upheld. Both Orthodox Judaism and the religious practices and movements within modern Judaism-including Reform Judaism, Conservative Judaism, and Reconstructionist Judaism-are explored in clear, accessible language that has become the hallmark of the World religions series.
Almost from the start of civilization more than 10,000 years ago, religion has shaped human history. Today more than half the world's population adhere to a major religion or indigenous spiritual tradition. In societies throughout the world, increasing ethnic and cultural diversity has led to a variety of religions being practiced side by side. This makes it vital that we understand as much as we can about the world's religions.
Rigorously nonsectarian, the books in the World Religions series offer clear, accessible overviews of the major religious traditions of our time, including
Origins and history
Central beliefs, rituals, and sacred sites
Contributions to world civilization
Carefully chosen photographs complement the text, and sidebars, a map, fact file, glossary, bibliography, further reading, and index are included to help readers gain a more complete understanding of the subject at hand.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Introduction: The Modern Jewish World 8
Chapter 2 Early History of the Jews and Judaism 20
Chapter 3 The Restoration to the Present 46
Chapter 4 The Hebrew Bible: An Overview 70
Chapter 5 Branches of Judaism and Their Basic Beliefs 84
Chapter 6 Rites of Passage 102
Chapter 7 The Impact of Judaism 112
Chapter 8 Judaism: Facing the Future 128
Fact File and Bibliography 138
Further Reading and Web Sites 139
About the Authors and Series Editors 144
Picture Credits 144