Judaism

Judaism

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In today's world, where religious divides and cultural differences so often have tragic consequences, a sound understanding of the belief systems and practices of other peoples and cultures is essential. The four books in the World Faiths series: Christianity; Hinduism and Other Eastern Religions; Islam and Judaism, offer a simple and child-friendly introduction to religion around the world. The history and origins of each religion are explained, along with information about their calendar and festivals; places of worship; religious practices and their place in modern society. Religious artwork from through the ages demonstrates how each religion has been practised, and has evolved, throughout history, while dynamic photographs show how modern worship is celebrated today. Solid facts, and text from an expert author, make World Faiths an invaluable resource for religious education.show more

Product details

  • 9+
  • Paperback | 40 pages
  • 204 x 248 x 6mm | 140g
  • Pan MacMillan
  • Kingfisher Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • UK ed.
  • Illustrations (chiefly col.), col. map
  • 0753435063
  • 9780753435069
  • 1,032,362

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"Immensely informative...comprehensive and well-written." - The Carroll News, Hickory Ridge Reader "A colorful, non-intimidating series that manages to pluck out some of the more interesting aspects of four of the world's great religions...particularly suited for middle school collections." - The Carroll News, Hickory Ridge Reader Children's LiteratureThis is a beautiful, lavishly-illustrated book. VOYA Here is a colorful, non-intimidating series that manages to pluck out some of the more interesting aspects of four of the world's great religions. These inexpensive paperback books have the lavish pictorial interest of coffee-table books...This series is particularly well suited for middle school collections where there is a call for comparing religious traditions, but it could be used in high school and public libraries as well. KLIATTBriefly, and with beautifully produced full-color illustrations, these books summarize the essential facts about the world's major religions...In our multicultural society, these essential guides to the major faiths will be most helpful. Even high school students will find them useful introductions. Children's Literature This is a beautiful, lavishly-illustrated book. VOYA Here is a colorful, non-intimidating series that manages to pluck out some of the more interesting aspects of four of the world's great religions. These inexpensive paperback books have the lavish pictorial interest of coffee-table books...This series is particularly well suited for middle school collections where there is a call for comparing religious traditions, but it could be used in high school and public libraries as well. KLIATT Briefly, and with beautifully produced full-color illustrations, these books summarize the essential facts about the world's major religions...In our multicultural society, these essential guides to the major faiths will be most helpful. Even high school students will find them useful introductions. Judy Silverman - Children's Literature This is a beautiful, lavishly-illustrated book. There are fourteen chapters, beginning with a quick overview of Jewish history from Abraham to the founding of Israel, and then continuing on to a more detailed treatment of the Diaspora, worship, festivals, and way of life. It is a fascinating read with fabulous illustrations--Medieval illuminations coexist with Rembrandt. There are photographs of historic sites and modern Israel and Israelis. There is an excellent glossary and a good index. However, the book presented certain problems for me as an American Reform Jew. The author refers to dates in ancient history as B.C. and A.D. for "universality of understanding," he says. Why does he not say B.C.E.--Before the Common (or Christian) Era and C.E.--Common (or Christian) Era--and explain those terms? The photographs of modern life seem to concentrate entirely on Orthodox Jews, although there are explanations of the four branches of Judaism: Orthodox, Conservative, Reform and Reconstructionist. I wonder who will read this book. It may be marketed as a young person's title, but I would be more likely to give it to a non-Jewish adult. It is also very British in outlook. Recommended, with limitations. 2005, Kingfisher, Ages 8 up. Diane Emge - VOYA Here is a colorful, non-intimidating series that manages to pluck out some of the more interesting aspects of four of the world's great religions. These inexpensive paperback books have the lavish pictorial interest of coffee-table books. The author is a religion reporter for the BBC, which seems to have given him a sense of the questions people might ask about each religion. Each book has a similarformat of two-page spreads devoted to a topic, liberally embellished with pictures, very often of children, very often multicultural. Each book covers the basic details of history, worship services, and holidays. But Barnes allows theology and practice to brush against history and politics, creating four unique stories. The life of Jesus dominates the first third of Christianity, for example, whereas the life of Muhammad gets just a much briefer treatment in Islam. The beauty and sanctity of the Islamic Koran and the Judaic Torah are emphasized in a way that the Christian Bible is not. Unique themes run throughout each text, such as Jews as the persecuted "Chosen People" and Muslims fighting to maintain a pure religious culture. Perhaps the most unique of all stories is sketched out in Hinduism and Other Eastern Religions, as Barnes tries to quickly summarize complex religious traditions that are decidedly non-Western. He makes the welcome observation, "Hindus believe in one god as the ultimate source of reality and existence," even as he explores the mystery of elephant-headed gods. Sikhism and Buddhism get equal attention in this volume, with glances into Jainism, Shintoism, and Taoism. Barnes's narrative is always generous and tolerant. When writing of the "modern dilemma" facing Islam, henotes the "tension between those who want to see religion in political life and those who do not." In describing the different divisions of Christianity, he kindly says, "[A]ll Christians are trying to wrestle with the challenges contained in the Gospel." And he delicately steps through the minefield of Zionism with, "In 1948, the State of Israel came into being, but while its legitimacy isconstantly being questioned by its Arab neighbors, it has offered Jews around the world a haven from persecution." This series is particularly well suited for middle school collections where there is a call for comparing religious traditions, but it could be used in high school and public libraries as well. (World Faiths). VOYA CODES: 4Q 3P M J (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Will appeal with pushing; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9). 2005, Kingfisher/Houghton Mifflin, 40p.; Glossary. Index. Illus. Photos. Maps., Trade pb. Ages 11 to 15. Claire Rosser - KLIATT Briefly, and with beautifully produced full-color illustrations, these books summarize the essential facts about the world's major religions. The illustrations include photographs of people worshiping, art depicting the major components of each faith, and photographs of places of worship. "Hinduism and Other Eastern Religions" crams in a lot of information, since it covers Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism. The vocabulary is the equivalent of text written for adults, but many words specific to each faith are explained in context and glossaries appear at the end of each book. The book on Christianity has brief chapters titled The Development of Christianity, The Life of Jesus, The Ministry of Jesus, The Crucifixion, The Trinity, Christian Worship, The Sacraments, Christmas, Celebrating Easter, The Religious Life, Cathedrals and Churches, Missionaries, Divisions in Christianity, The Church in the Twenty-first Century. In our multicultural society, these essential guides to the major faiths will be most helpful. Even high school students will find themuseful introductions. (World Faiths Series). KLIATT Codes: JS--Recommended for junior and senior high school students. 2005, Houghton Mifflin, Kingfisher, 40p. illus. index., each. Ages 12 to 18. School Library Journal Gr 5-8-These books were originally published in one volume-The Kingfisher Book of Religions (1999)-with material added on ancient religions and traditional beliefs. Hinduism crams six Eastern religions into 29 pages of text and is totally unacceptable, with glaring omissions. The three other titles actually expand on their original entries, with varying results; in Judaism it leads to unnecessary repetition, while Christianity and Islam make better use of the additional space. The books are visually attractive, with eye-catching covers, but that is one of their few strengths. Maps are absent or inadequate. Not all unusual or new terms used in the text are found in the glossaries, and many definitions are inadequate and confusing. Corresponding titles in Geoff Teece's "Religion in Focus" series (Smart Apple, 2004) are practical and appealing but have a British bias and sometimes awkward writing; Sue Penney's "World Beliefs and Cultures" series (Heinemann Library, 2000) are comprehensive but stodgily written.-Ann W. Moore, Schenectady County Public Library, NY Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.show more

About Trevor Barnes

Trevor Barnes is a skilled writer with great story-telling abilities, as well as the awardwinning presenter of many religious programmes for BBC radio and TV. He has written numerous articles on religion for newspapers and magazines, and is the author of several other books, including The Wounded City, a book about the people of Belfast, and Man With a Mission, a biography of Terry Waite. For Kingfisher he has also written the Kingfisher Children's Bible.show more

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