Creating Judaism History, Tradition, Practice

ISBN-10: 0231134894

ISBN-13: 9780231134897

Edition: 2006

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Description: How can we define "Judaism," and what are the common threads uniting ancient rabbis, Maimonides, the authors of the Zohar, and modern secular Jews in Israel? Michael L. Satlow offers a fresh perspective on Judaism that recognizes both its similarities and its immense diversity. Presenting snapshots of Judaism from around the globe and throughout history, Satlow explores the links between vastly different communities and their Jewish traditions. He studies the geonim, rabbinical scholars who lived in Iraq from the ninth to twelfth centuries; the intellectual flourishing of Jews in medieval Spain; how the Hasidim of nineteenth-century Eastern Europe confronted modernity; and the post-World War II development of distinct American and Israeli Jewish identities. Satlow pays close attention to how communities define themselves, their relationship to biblical and rabbinic texts, and their ritual practices. His fascinating portraits reveal the amazingly creative ways Jews have adapted over time to social and political challenges and continue to remain a "Jewish family."

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List price: $36.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 12/19/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 360
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.364
Language: English

David Brakke is Professor of Religious Studies and Adjunct Professor of History at Indiana University.Michael L. Satlow is Associate Professor in the Program in Judaic Studies and the Department of Religious Studies at Brown University.Steven Weitzman is the Irving M. Glazer Chair in Jewish Studies and Director of the Robert A. and Sandra S. Borns Jewish Studies Program at Indiana University.

Acknowledgments
Chronology
Introduction
Promised Lands
Creating Judaism
Between Athens and Jerusalem
The Rabbis
Rabbinic Concepts
Mitzvot
The Rise of Reason
From Moses to Moses
Seeing God
East and West
Epilogue: Whither Judaism?
Glossary
Bibliographical Notes
Index
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