Turning Points in Jewish History

Turning Points in Jewish History

By: Marc J. Rosenstein (author)Paperback

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Examining the entire span of Jewish history by focusing on thirty pivotal moments in the Jewish people's experience from biblical times through the present-essentially the most important events in the life of the Jewish people-Turning Points in Jewish History provides "the big picture": both a broad and a deep understanding of the Jewish historical experience. Zeroing in on eight turning points in the biblical period, four in Hellenistic-Roman times, five in the Middle Ages, and thirteen in modernity, Marc J. Rosenstein elucidates each formative event with a focused history, a timeline, a primary text with commentary as an intimate window into the period, and a discussion of its legacy for subsequent generations. Along the way he candidly analyzes various controversies and schisms arising from Judaism's encounters with power, powerlessness, exile, messianism, rationalism, mysticism, catastrophe, modernity, nationalism, feminism, and more. The book's thirty distinct and logically connected events lend themselves to a full course or to customized classes on specific turning points. Discussion questions for every chapter (some in print, more online) facilitate reflection and continuing conversation.

About Author

Marc J. Rosenstein is the former director of both the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion's Israel Rabbinical Program and the Galilee Foundation for Value Education. He is the author of Galilee Diary and the coauthor of Our Place in the Universe: Judaism and the Environment.


List of Maps Acknowledgments Introduction Additional Notes on Biblical Texts 1. Imagining the Beginning: The Call to Abraham, ~1500 BCE? 2. Liberation from Slavery: The Exodus from Egypt, ~1200 BCE? 3. The Covenant: Revelation at Sinai, ~1200 BCE? 4. Entering the Promised Land: Crossing the Jordan, ~1200 BCE? 5. Establishing a State: "Give Us a King!" ~1000 BCE 6. The Fall of Israel: Exile of the Ten Tribes, 722 BCE 7. The Babylonian Exile: The Destruction of the First Temple, 586 BCE 8. The Second Temple: Return to Zion, 538 BCE 9. Confronting the Challenge of Hellenism: The Hasmonean Revolt, 167 BCE 10. Roman Rule: The Great Revolt and Destruction of the Second Temple, 70 CE 11. Finding a Messianic Equilibrium: The Bar Kokhba Revolt, 132-135 CE 12. The Oral Law Becomes Literature: The Mishnah, ~200 CE 13. The Golden Age of Iberian Jewry: Maimonides, 700-1100 CE 14. The Rise of Eastern European Jewry: The Crusades, 1100-1300 CE 15. Kabbalah Enters the Mainstream: Nahmanides, ~1300 CE 16. The End of Iberian Jewry: Conversion, Expulsion, Diaspora, 1300-1600 CE 17. The Rise and Collapse of Polish Jewry: The Cossack Revolt, 1648 CE 18. The Rise of Hasidism: The Baal Shem Tov and His Disciples, ~1750 CE 19. The Challenge of Emancipation: The Napoleonic Sanhedrin, ~1780-1880 CE 20. Reform and Reaction: The Hamburg Temple, 1818 CE 21. The Rise of North American Jewry: The Great Migration, 1881-1924 CE 22. Jewish Nationalism: Theodor Herzl, 1896 CE 23. The Secular Zionist Revolution: Ahad Ha'am, ~1900 CE 24. Zionist Settlement of the Land of Israel: First and Second Aliyot, 1882-1914 CE 25. The Destruction of European Jewry: The Holocaust, 1933-45 CE 26. The Jewish State: Proclaiming and Defending Independence, 1948 CE 27. East Meets West: The Mass Aliyah from North Africa and the Mideast, 1949-64 CE 28. Benefits and Costs of Military Power: The Six-Day War, 1967 CE 29. The Feminist Revolution: The Ordination of Women, 1972 CE 30. The Fall of the Iron Curtain: The Liberation of Soviet Jewry, 1989 CE Afterword Bibliography Index

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  • ISBN13: 9780827612631
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 480
  • ID: 9780827612631
  • ISBN10: 082761263X

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