Jacob Neusner was a prolific and innovative contributor to the study of religion for over fifty years. A scholar of rabbinic Judaism, Neusner regarded Jewish texts as data to address larger questions in the academic study of religion that he helped to formulate. Jacob Neusner on Religion offers the first full critical assessment of his thought on the subject of religion. Aaron W. Hughes delineates the stages of Neusner's career and provides an overview of Neusner's personal biography and critical reception. This book is essential reading for students and scholars interested in Neusner specifically, or in the history of Religious Studies, Jewish Studies, and philosophy of religion more broadly.
Aaron W. Hughes holds the Philip S. Bernstein Chair in Jewish Studies at the University of Rochester. He has taught at McMaster University, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the University of Calgary, and the University at Buffalo. He is the author of over 50 articles and 10 books, in addition to being the editor or co-editor of 18 books.
Preface. Introduction. Biographical Sketch. Chapter One: Biography. Chapter Two: History. Chapter Three: Literature. Chapter Four: Religion. Chapter Five: Theology. Chapter Six: Assessment. Glossary. Summary of Major Intellectual Accomplishments. Summary of Major Criticisms. Annotated Bibliography. References. Subject Index. Name Index.