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Judaism: A Very Short Introduction

Judaism: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback Very Short Introductions

By (author) Norman Solomon

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 168 pages
  • Dimensions: 112mm x 176mm x 14mm | 41g
  • Publication date: 15 June 2000
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0192853902
  • ISBN 13: 9780192853905
  • Edition: 2
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised ed.
  • Illustrations note: halftone, line drawings, tables
  • Sales rank: 49,902

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Norman Solomon's succinct book is an ideal introduction to Judaism as a religion and way of life. In addition to answering questions such as Who are Jews? and How did Judaism Develop?, this Very Short Introduction outlines the basics of practical Judaism-its festivals, prayers, customs, and various sects. Modern concerns and debates of the Jewish people are also addressed, such as the impact of the Holocaust, the establishment of the State of Israel, the status of women, and medical and commercial ethics. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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Dr Norman Solomon is a freelance writer and journalist, and a regular contributor to the Jewish Chronicle. He is a Fellow in Modern Jewish Thought at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies. His previous publications include Judaism and World Religion and he contributed to The Oxford Companion to the Jewish Religion.

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Throughout Solomon's Judaism there is a freshness of approach which will make it interesting to those who already know something about Judaism. The conversational style will also make it valuable for beginners. Marcus Braybrooke, Church Times Just as its name implies, this series features concise works that aim to give a crisp insight into otherwise complicated topics ... complicated subjects are condensed and made simple, to whet the appetite or provide just enough material for those with a casual interest. Bournemouth Evening Echo Norman Solomon has achieved the near impossible with his enlightened Very Short Introduction to Judaism. He manages to keep the reader engaged, never patronizes, assumes little knowledge but a keen mind, and takes us through Jewish life and history with such gusto that one feels enlived, rather than exhausted, at the end. Rabbi Julia Neuberger A magnificent achievement. Dr Solomon's treatment, fresh, very readable, witty and stimulating, will delight everyone interested in religion in the modern world. Louis Jacobs, University of Lancaster This book will serve a very useful purpose indeed. I'll use it myself to discuss, to teach, agree with, and disagree with, in the Jewish manner! Rabbi Lionel Blue

Table of contents

INTRODUCTION; 1. WHO ARE THE JEWS? 2. HOW DID JUDAISM AND CHRISTIANITY SPLIT UP? 3. HOW DID JUDAISM DEVELOP? 4. THE CALENDAR AND FESTIVALS; 5. THE SPIRITUAL LIFEDSPRAYER, MEDITATION, TORAH; 6. MAKING A JEWISH HOME; 7. OUT OF THE GHETTO, INTO THE WHIRLWIND; 8. TWENTIETH-CENTURY JUDAISM; 9. 'ETERNAL LAW', CHANGING TIMES; APPENDIX A: THE THIRTEEN PRINCIPLES OF FAITH, AS FORMULATED BY MAIMONIDES; APPENDIX B: THE 'PHILADELPHIA PLATFORM' OF REFORM JUDAISM; SUGGESTIONS FOR FURTHER READING; INDEX