For everyone who wants to understand the varieties of Jewish identity, its boundaries and inclusions, this book shows the way into an essential aspect of Judaism and allows you to interact directly with the sacred texts of the Jewish tradition. Dr. Sylvia Barack Fishman helps us explore the religious and historical understanding of what it has meant to be Jewish from ancient times to the present controversy over 'Who is a Jew?' Beginning with the biblical period, this volume takes us period-by-period through Jewish history to reveal who the Jewish community included, and excluded, and discusses the fascinating range of historical conflicts that Jews have dealt with internally, including rationalists, 'Lithuanians against mystics and Hasidim,' the Karaites and Jews for Jesus. It will provide an understanding of how the Jewish people and faith developed, and of what the major religious differences are among Jewish movements today.
Series: Way into...
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 1st November 2006
Publisher: Jewish Lights Publishing
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 2.4