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Judaism: The Basics

By Jacob Neusner

© 2007 – Routledge

202 pages

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About the Book

The oldest of the world’s major faiths, Judaism as practiced today represents a tradition that goes back nearly 6,000 years. Accessible and wide-ranging, Judaism: The Basics is a must-have resource covering the stories, beliefs and expressions of that tradition.

Key topics covered include:

  • the Torah
  • Israel – the state and its people
  • Passover
  • Reform Judaism, Orthodox Judaism and Zionism
  • the impact of the Holocaust.

With a glossary of terms and extensive suggestions for further reading, Judaism: The Basics is an essential guide through the rich intricacies of the Jewish faith and people.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Defining a Religion and Judaism in Particular 1. Defining Judaism through Stories 2. Who and What is Israel? The Community of Judaism and Passover 3. The Israelite Before God and the Days of Awe 4. The Individual Israelite and Israel in History: The Huppah, the Covenant of Abraham, Eating Lunch 5. The Purpose of the Law, the Ten Commandments, the Sabbath 6. God is One, Merciful and Just 7. The Formation of Normative Judaism 8. The Articulation of Normative Judaism 9. Reform, Orthodox and Conservative Judaisms, Zionism 10. The Holocaust and How Judaism Speaks Today

About the Author

Jacob Neusner was the Research Professor of Theology at Bard College and Senior Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Theology at Bard. He was also a Member of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton NJ, and a Life Member of Clare Hall, Cambridge University, in England. He published more than 900 books and unnumbered articles and was the most published humanities scholar in the world.

About the Series

The Basics

The Basics is a highly successful series of accessible guidebooks which provide an overview of the fundamental principles of a subject area in a jargon-free and undaunting format.

Intended for students approaching a subject for the first time, the books both introduce the essentials of a subject and provide an ideal springboard for further study. With over 50 titles spanning subjects from Artificial Intelligence to Women’s Studies, The Basics are an ideal starting point for students seeking to understand a subject area.

Each text comes with recommendations for further study and gradually introduces the complexities and nuances within a subject.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
REL000000
RELIGION / General
REL040000
RELIGION / Judaism / General
SOC049000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Jewish Studies