ISBN-10: 0415401763

ISBN-13: 9780415401760

Edition: 2007

Authors: Jacob Neusner

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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.
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List price: $23.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 9/19/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 216
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

Introduction: Defining Judaism
Religion as a cultural system: Ethos, ethics, ethnos
Judaism: The social entity, its way of life and worldview
What question does Judaism ask and what answer does it set forth?
Judaism and the Jews
The Israelite people, the Israeli state
Judaism Through Story
Defining Judaism through stories
Scripture and the narrative repertoire of Judaism
Which books of Scripture tell the story? The Torah and the former prophets
The latter prophets: Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and the Twelve Minor Prophets
The writings
From the history of ancient Israel to a narrative of the human condition
Adam, Eve and Eden, Israel and the Land
Adam and Israel: The parallel stories
Who and what is Israel?
Supplying the sustaining script
Israel and the nations
Five great occasions of basic Judaism
The community of Judaism and Passover
How Passover defines Judaism
The lesson of Passover
Who and what is Israel?
The story of Passover perpetually present
The Israelite before God and the Days of Awe
A different kind of narrative
The narrative of the Days of Awe: The New Year, the Day of Remembrance
Rosh Hashanah, the New Year: The birthday of the world
Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement
New beginnings on the Day of Atonement
Sukkot / the Festival of Tabernacles
The individual Israelite and Israel in history: the Huppah; the Covenant of Abraham; eating lunch
How the marriage rite (Huppah) defines the bride and groom within the narratives of Judaism
How the rite of the Covenant of Abraham (circumcision) defines the newborn son within the narratives of Judaism
How the Grace after Meals situates the Israelite within the narratives of Judaism
Judaism in Behavior and Belief
The purpose of the Law, the Ten Commandments, the Sabbath
The 613 Commandments and their single purpose
"'What is hateful to you, to your fellow don't do.' That's the entirety of the Torah; everything else is elaboration. So go, study!"
"Study is greater, for study brings about action"
The Ten Commandments
The Sabbath
God is One, merciful and just
Ethical monotheism
God represented as one
The creed of Judaism: "Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is One"
How does the Torah prove the justice of God?
"Measure for Measure" illustrated by the ordeal of the wife accused of adultery
The problem of evil
How Judaic monotheism solves the problem of evil
How does the Torah prove the mercy of God?
All Israel has a portion of the world to come
How do we know that the Resurrection of the Dead is basic to Judaism?
The Secular History of Judaism
The formation of normative Judaism
From story to history
The Pentateuch in historical context
Second Temple Judaisms, 450 B.C.E. to 70 C.E.
The social world of Second Temple Judaism
Qumran's Judaic system
The scribes and the Pharisees before 70 C.E.
The first phase of Rabbinic Judaism, 70-200 C.E.: The Judaism of the Mishnah
The second phase of Rabbinic Judaism, 200-600 C.E.: The Judaism of the Talmuds
The articulation of normative Judaism
The success of Rabbinic Judaism in Western civilization
Subsets of Rabbinic Judaism: New philosophical thinking
Judah Halevi
Subsets of Rabbinic Judaism: Media of mystical piety, Hasidism
Rabbinic Judaism defines its heretics: Karaism and Sabbateanism
Karaism and the doctrine that at Sinai God revealed the Torah to be transmitted through two media, written and oral
Reform, Orthodox, and Conservative Judaisms, Zionism
Competition in defining Judaism in modern times
Why did the Rabbinic system meet competition?
Reform Judaism
Integrationist Orthodox Judaism
Conservative Judaism
The Holocaust
How Judaism speaks today
The Judaism of Holocaust and Redemption
The worldview, way of life, and theory of Israel of the Judaism of Holocaust and Redemption
The problem of evil
How Judaism speaks today
An Orthodox voice
A Reform voice
Glossary and Abbreviations
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