This newly revised all-encompassing textbook is a guide to the history, beliefs and practice of Judaism. Beginning with the ancient Near Eastern background, it covers early Israelite history, the emergence of classical rabbinic literature and the rise of medieval Judaism in Islamic and Christian lands. It also includes the early modern period and the development of Jewry in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Extracts from primary sources are used throughout to enliven the narrative and provide concrete examples of the rich variety of Jewish civilization.
Specially designed to assist learning, Judaism:
* Introduces texts and commentaries, including the Hebrew Bible, rabbinic texts, mystical literature, Jewish philosophy and Jewish theology
* Provides the skills necessary to understand these step-by-step with the help of a companion website
* Explains how to interpret the major events in nearly four thousand years of Jewish history
* Supports study with discussion questions on the central historical and religious issues, and includes key reading for each chapter, an extensive glossary and index
* Illustrates the development of Judaism, its concepts, observances and culture, with maps, photos, paintings and engravings
* Links each chapter to a free companion website at www.routledge.com/cw/cohnsherbok which provides things to think about, things to do and tips for teachers as well as other online resources
Dan Cohn-Sherbok is an American-born rabbi and Professor Emeritus of Judaism at the University of Wales, Honorary Professor at Aberystwth University, and Visiting Professor at St Mary's University, London and York St John's University, UK.
List of maps List of figures Preface Tips for students Sources Acknowledgements Part I: History 1 Ancient Mesopotamian Civilization 2 The Bible and Ancient Near Eastern Civilization 3 Israelite Monotheism and Law 4 The Patriarchs 5 Exodus 6 Conquest and Settlement 7 The Rise of Monarchy 8 Solomon and the Divided Monarchy 9 Kings of Israel and Judah 10 Jeroboam II to the Fall of the Northern Kingdom 11 Ahaz and Hezekiah 12 From Manasseh to Babylonian Captivity 68 13 Aftermath of the Fall of Judah 14 Return and Restoration 15 The Rise of Hellenism 16 Judaism under Hellenism 17 The Kingship of Herod 18 Rebellion against Rome 19 The Rise of Christianity 20 Roman Jewish War and Aftermath 21 Jews in the Roman Empire 22 Jews in Babylonia 23 Rabbinic Scriptural Interpretation 24 Rabbinic Theology 25 Judaism under Islamic Rule 26 Karaism 27 Jews in Muslim Spain and other Islamic Lands 28 Jewry in Christian Europe in the Middle Ages 29 The Jews in Christian Spain 30 Dispersion of the Marranos 31 Early Medieval Thought 32 The Philosophy of Maimonides 33 Jewish Philosophy after Maimonides 34 Rabbinic Mysticism 35 The Hasidei Ashkenaz 36 The Emergence of Kabbalah 37 Jews in the Ottoman Empire 38 The Shabbatean Movement 39 Jewry in Eastern and Western Europe 40 The Rise of the Hasidic Movement 41 The Status of Jewry in Europe 42 Jews in Eastern Europe 43 The Emergence of Jewish Thought in the Enlightenment 44 The Origins of Reform 45 The Rise of Anti-Semitism 46 The Zionist Movement 47 Jews in the United States, Palestine, Africa and Asia 48 The Nazi Regime 49 The Death Camps 50 Jewry after the Holocaust 51 The State of Israel 52 The Palestinian-Israeli Conflict 53 The Ongoing Struggle 54 Women in Modern Judaism 55 Jews and Culture 56 Jews in Medicine and Science 57 The Future of Judaism Part II: Belief and Practice BELIEF 58 The Unity of God 59 Divine Transcendence and Immanence 60 Eternity 61 Omnipotence and Omniscience 62 Creation 63 Providence 64 Divine Goodness 65 Revelation 66 Torah and Mitzvot 67 Commandments 68 Sin and Repentance 69 The Chosen People 70 The Promised Land 71 Prayer 72 Love and Fear of God 73 Messiah 74 The Afterlife PRACTICE 75 Community Life 76 Jewish Education 77 The Jewish Calendar 78 Places of Worship 79 Worship 80 The Sabbath 81 Special Sabbaths 82 Pilgrim Festivals 83 New Year and Day of Atonement 84 The Days of Joy 85 Fasts 86 Life Cycle Events 87 Marriage 88 Divorce 89 The Home 90 Dietary Laws 91 Death and Mourning 92 Jewish Ethics 93 Conversion Glossary Reference Bibliography Judaism on the Internet Index