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This is a work about the religion of Judaism, not about the Jews and their history. The author rejects the traditional "Sinai to Golders Green" approach, and instead begins by showing how Judaism is seen today in the world around us: how it is practised, and its principal organizations. Later in the book Neusner tackles the formative history of Judaism we see how the contemporary religion has taken shape. From this unconventional reading Judaism emerges as full of diversity and vitality. The focus of the book is the religion as it lives and forms the lives of real people.
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  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 162.1 x 196.1 x 15.2mm | 213.19g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • bibliography, index
  • 0141008490
  • 9780141008493

Table of contents

The story Judaism tells about Israel: what is Israel; who is Israel; the historical view of the formation of Judaism. Israel's story in everyday life: chapters of the story of Judaism in the life cycle of the Israelite; God in the here and now; the story of the good life - Judaism's ethical imperatives. Israel's story in theology and law: the theology of Judaism - revealing the rationality of being; the law of Judaism. Judaism in Medieval and modern times: the success of Judaism's story; women in the Aggadah and the Halakhah; contemporary communities of Judaism.
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About Jacob Neusner

Jacob Neusner is Research Professor of Religion and Theology at Bard College, New York and the author of numerous volumes on Jewish history and religion.
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