From Mesopotamia to Modernity is a one volume introduction to both Jewish history and literature from its earliest times up to the present. Leading experts in each field of Jewish history and literature contribute original and comprehensive essays introducing their subjects. Beginning readers will learn the rudiments for further study, and scholars will be refreshed by the balanced, yet challenging treatments found here.These introductory essays cover most major aspects of Jewish studies from the Bible and its time up to modern Judaism. The work is designed to serve undergraduate and graduate courses in Judaism as well as Church and Synagogue adult study courses. Ideal for reading groups, this work will lead readers to further study of the varied subjects considered. Each essay covers the basic field, be it in a given era of Jewish history or in a defined area of Jewish literature. Suggestions for further reading will assist the reader in moving beyond this volume to explore a given area in further detail. The introductions range from encyclopedic detail through elegiac essay and enthusiastic appreciation of the field considered. The authors hold positions in major academic institutions throughout the United States and Israel.
Introduction -- The Hebrew Bible -- Jewish History and Culture in the Hellenistic Period -- Judaism Under Roman Domination: From the Hasmoneans Through the Destruction of the Second Temple -- The Literature of the Rabbis -- The History of Medieval Jewry -- Medieval Jewish Literature -- Medieval Jewish Philosophy -- Modern Jewish History -- History of Soviet Jewry -- Modern Jewish Literature