The Oxford Dictionary of the Jewish Religion

The Oxford Dictionary of the Jewish Religion

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The single-volume reference work covers the religious life of historical and contemporary Jewry. Entries range from brief definitions of terms to essays on major topics. The dictionary addresses all aspects of Jewish practice and Jewish law deriving from the traditional 613 biblical commandments as laid down in the Pentateuch and elaborated in rabbinic literature. Thorough treatment is given to both the Jewish theology of the Bible and Talmud and that of the philosophers of late antiquity, the Middle Ages, and modern times. Due consideration is also given to customs that have developed in different lands, including such communities as the Ethiopian and Indian Jews.
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  • Hardback | 784 pages
  • 198.1 x 258.6 x 57.4mm | 1,841.29g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195086058
  • 9780195086058
  • 2,095,970

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This dictionary, because of its high standard of academic achievement, the breadth of its coverage and its up-to-date information, could immediately become the leading one-volume English-language reference work on the subject. A copy should be found in every library: in schools, synagogues, universities and public libraries. Le'ela The editors are to be commended for bringing together a truly splendid team of scholars from Israel and the United States, with expertise in all aspects of the Jewish religion. Jeruslaem Post
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This comprehensive dictionary of the Jewish religion contains nearly 2,400 alphabetically arranged entries ranging from short definitions to lengthy essays on major topics. It is the most accessible and complete one-volume resource available for information on the concepts, beliefs, and practices of historical and contemporary Jewish religious practice. The combined effort of Israeli, American, and European scholars, this dictionary reflects the great variety of Jewish religious expression, from the traditional approaches to such recent variations as Reform, Conservative, and Reconstructionist Judaism. The work also includes biographical sketches of important personalities associated with the development of the Jewish religion over the centuries, articles on the mystical tradition and folklore, and entities addressing the more recent religious issues posed by the existence of the State of Israel.
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