Judaism: The Basics

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The oldest of the world’s major faiths, Judaism as practiced today represents a tradition that goes back nearly 6,000 years. Accessible and wide-ranging, Judaism: The Basics is a must-have resource covering the stories, beliefs and expressions of that tradition.

Key topics covered include:

  • the Torah
  • Israel – the state and its people
  • Passover
  • Reform Judaism, Orthodox Judaism and Zionism
  • the impact of the Holocaust.

With a glossary of terms and extensive suggestions for further reading, Judaism: The Basics is an essential guide through the rich intricacies of the Jewish faith and people.

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About the author

Jacob Neusner was the Research Professor of Theology at Bard College and Senior Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Theology at Bard. He was also a Member of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton NJ, and a Life Member of Clare Hall, Cambridge University, in England. He published more than 900 books and unnumbered articles and was the most published humanities scholar in the world.

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Publisher
Routledge
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Published on
Nov 22, 2006
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Pages
216
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ISBN
9781134144099
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Language
English
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Genres
Religion / General
Religion / Judaism / General
Social Science / Jewish Studies
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