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Understanding Judaism Through History

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ISBN-10: 053450826X

ISBN-13: 9780534508265

Edition: 2003

Authors: S. Daniel Breslauer

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Taking an unwavering historical approach to its subject, Breslauer's text was born out of a contention that student's best learn the fundamentals of Judaism through an engagement with the historical contexts that generated the variety of Jewish religious beliefs and practices. Encountering Jewish religious expressions both within particular historical periods and across chronological eras, readers of this text will discover Judaism as a dynamic tradition, not merely a set of static ideas and actions. Above all, they will come to recognize Judaism as a religion marked perennially by a notable and important diversity.
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Book details

List price: $106.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 4/22/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.748

Preface
Introduction: Interpreting Judaism through History
The Difficulty of Introductions: Studying Religion
The Difficulty of Introductions: Studying Judaism
Jewish Ethics and Belief: The Case of Hillel the Elder
Daily Prayer and Ritual: How Does God Work?
Views of History and the Liturgical Year
Personal Rituals: The Variety of Being Human
The Rest Is Commentary: Complete the Learning
Summary
Questions
Further Reading
Formative Judaism
Introduction
The History Imagined in the Hebrew Bible
The Hellenistic and Roman Periods
The History of Jews in the Diaspora
Ethics and the History of Formative Judaism
The Jewish Canon, Rituals, and Beliefs about Divinity
Hellenistic Canonization, Rituals, and Beliefs
The Rabbinic Canon and Its Implications for Belief and Ritual
Summary
Questions
Further Reading
Rabbinic Judaism
Introduction
The Self-Understanding of Rabbinic Judaism
The Development of Rabbinic Judaism in the Land of Israel
The Development of Rabbinic Judaism in Babylonia
The Rise of Islam
Ethics, Texts, and the Shape of the Oral Torah
Ritual Practices and Views of the Divine
Summary
Questions
Further Reading
Medieval Judaism
Introduction
Response to the Collapse of the Abbasid Empire
Response to Christian Persecution
Coping with the Expulsion from Iberia
Holland and Easter Europe: Continuity despite Difference
Discontinuity and Messianic Hope
Sabbetai Zevi and His Movement
Ritual and Ethics: Ashkenazic and Sephardic Practice
Sephardic Piety: Law Codes and Philosophical Theology
The Piety of Ashkenazic Judaism
Mysticism and Pietism in Ashkenazic and Sephardic Cultures
Summary
Questions
Further Reading
Modern Judaism
Introduction
Adumbrations of Confronting Discontinuity
The Jewish Religion of Western European Jews
The Jewish Religion of Eastern European Jews
Americanizing Jewish Religion
Characteristics of the Eastern European Wave of Immigration
Summary
Questions
Further Reading
Postmodernity and Its Possibilities
Postmodernity: A Fluid Period
The Development of Postmodern Jewish Religion
Toward a Postmodern Temperament
Philosophers of Meaning
The Nazi Challenge
Ethical Dilemmas of a Jewish State
Ways of Jewish Religion in North America
Conclusions
Summary
Questions
Further Reading
Glossary of Terms
Index