by Bender Richardson White


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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

Geographical distribution

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781604131109
Publisher: Chelsea House Publishers
Publication date: 05/01/2009
Series: Chelsea House World Religions Series
Edition description: REV
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 7.60(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

Preface 6

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

Glossary 140

Index 142

About the Authors and Series Editors 144

Picture Credits 144

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