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The New Standard Jewish Encyclopedia

The New Standard Jewish Encyclopedia

by Geoffrey Wigoder (Editor), Cecil Roth (Editor), Itzhak Karpman (Editor)

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Prepared in Jerusalem by more than 200 scholars and the staff of the famous Encyclopedia Hebraica, here is the standard one-volume reference to Judaism.


Prepared in Jerusalem by more than 200 scholars and the staff of the famous Encyclopedia Hebraica, here is the standard one-volume reference to Judaism.

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Many of the 8,000 articles in this one-volume encyclopedia have been updated since the last edition in 1977, and several new ones have been added (e.g., a biography of Saul Bellow). It covers all aspects of Jewish life, including religion, traditions, culture, events, places, and people important in Jewish history. A significant proportion of the entries are biographical (non-Jews are indicated by an asterisk). The unsigned articles were written by Judaic scholars and staff members of other Judaic reference works Articles range in length from two sentences to three pages; cross-references are noted in the body of an article in small capital letters. Some of the shorter articles will leave users wanting more information, but there are no references to further reading. The newly revised articles are up-to-date and include information about the Commonwealth of Independent States ("USSR" is included as a cross-reference only) and Yitzhak Rabin's reelection. Statistics on the number of Jews in countries and U.S. cities have been updated. The entry "Aliyyah" has been updated with statistics on immigration of Jews to Israel through 1991. Many of the articles are accompanied by black-and-white photographs or drawings. Only a handful are new to this edition. Some photographs are dated, for instance, a portrait of Leonard Bernstein and a photograph of Tel Aviv from the air. This edition has about 1,000 fewer pages than the last one. The publisher seems to have accomplished this by using narrower margins on pages; a significant amount of information has not been dropped Editor Wigoder is a prolific writer on Jewish topics. He also edited the "Encyclopedia of Judaism" ["RBB" Mr 1 90], which concentrates on religion without trying to cover all aspects of Jewish life. Its illustrations are much more attractive. High school, college, and public libraries that need a quick-reference source for a variety of Jewish topics will want "The New Standard Jewish Encyclopedia" for their collections. It may even be used for answers to questions that do not deal directly with Judaism.
**** Revised and updated edition of the comprehensive sourcebook cited in Sheehy. Some 8,000 entries cover not only Jewish religion and history, but also current political events, personalities, traditions, archaeological findings, and culture. This edition adds a complete list of Jewish Nobel Prize winners. Includes some 800 photographs and line drawings. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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