The Jewish People: Their History and Their Religion

The Jewish People: Their History and Their Religion

by David J. Goldberg, John D Rayner

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ISBN-13: 9780571288359
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Publication date: 02/02/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 440
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Rabbi Dr. David J. Goldberg OBE is Emeritus Rabbi of The Liberal Jewish Synagogue, London, having served the congregation as Associate then Senior Rabbi since 1975. The Liberal Jewish Synagogue is one of the oldest, largest and most prestigious Progressive congregations in the world, with an eminent membership that includes many well-known figures in the Arts, theatre, academia and public life.

Educated at Manchester Grammar School, Oxford University and Trinity College, Dublin, David Goldberg received his rabbinic ordination from Leo Baeck College, London in 1971.

Widely known in Jewish and general circles for his radical theological views and trenchant criticisms of Israeli policy in the Occupied Territories, he is a regular contributor on religious and political topics to BBC programmes and leading newspapers such as The Times, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, The Independent, etc.

He is the author or editor of several books, including The Jewish People: Their History and their Religion (Viking,1987, Penguin,1989), Towards the Promised Land: A History of Zionist Thought (Penguin,1996), the Italian edition of which won the 1999 Premio Iglesias as best book in the Religion and Culture category (it is shortly to be reissued by Faber Finds), and The Divided Self: Israel and the Jewish Psyche Today (I B Tauris, 2006). A long-time advocate of Israel-Palestine peace, he was one of the first British Jews to be invited to meet President Arafat after the signing of the Oslo Accords in 1993.

In 1999, he was awarded the Gold Medal of the International Council of Christians and Jews for his 'outstanding contribution to interfaith harmony', having been the initiator of the first Jewish-Christian-Muslim dialogue meetings to be held in the UK. In 2004 he had the Order of Officer of the British Empire (OBE) conferred on him by HM the Queen in recognition of his services to interfaith work.

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
vii(2)
Preface ix(3)
Introductory Note xii
PART I THE HISTORY OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE 3(192)
ONE In the Beginning
3(11)
TWO Exodus, Covenant and Conquest
14(11)
THREE Kings and Prophets: From Samuel to the Babylonian Captivity
25(24)
FOUR Exile and Restoration
49(12)
FIVE The Greek Period
61(12)
SIX Under Roman Rule
73(15)
SEVEN The Gaonic Age
88(8)
EIGHT The Shadow of the Cross
96(14)
NINE Between Darkness and Light
110(16)
TEN From Chasidism to the French Revolution
126(18)
ELEVEN Adjusting to Equality
144(13)
TWELVE Anti-Semitism: From the Franco-Prussian War to the Rise of Hitler
157(17)
THIRTEEN The 'Final Solution'
174(4)
FOURTEEN Statehood and Recovery
178(9)
Conclusion
187(8)
PART II THE LITERATURE OF JUDAISM 195(38)
ONE The Jewish Bible
195(11)
TWO Non-canonical Jewish Literature of the Graeco-Roman Period
206(4)
THREE Rabbinic Literature
210(8)
FOUR Jewish Literature since the Talmud
218(15)
PART III THE THEORY OF JUDAISM 233(60)
ONE God and His Attributes
233(14)
TWO God and His World
247(12)
THREE Man and his Destiny
259(14)
FOUR The Jewish People and their Task
273(20)
PART IV THE PRACTICE OF JUDAISM 293(90)
ONE The Ethical Dimension
293(21)
TWO The Devotional Discipline
314(21)
THREE From Week to Week
335(10)
FOUR From Year to Year
345(21)
FIVE From Birth to Death
366(17)
Glossary 383(2)
Select Bibliography 385(9)
Index 394

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