Judaism is one of the oldest and most influential of all faiths and it has been a profound formative influence on both Christianity and Islam. Understanding Judaism is a concise, illustrated introduction to this ancient religion.
It traces the connections between past and present, to show why the religion is a powerful shaping force in the world today - from the forging of the special relationship, or covenant, that God is believed to have entered with the Jewish people to the diaspora and the maintenance and evolution of this faith through three millennia.
All the major aspects of Judaism are featured, such as the Pharisees and other early sects, the importance of Moses, the Hebrew Bible, messianism, the Talmud, synagogues, Hasidism, Zionism, the kabbalistic tradition, rites of passage, the sabbath, festivals, the cultural contribution of the diaspora, and relations with Christianity and Islam.
The book also includes special documentary sections presenting summaries of key texts.
About the Author
Carl S. Ehrlich is Professor of Humanities at York University, Toronto. He has lectured widely and contributed to many important publications, including the Journal of Biblical Literature, the Oxford Companion to the Bible , and World Religions : The Illustrated Guide (DBP). He is currently coediting a new annotated translation of the Hebrew Bible into German and beginning research on a cultural history of Moses.
|Origins and Historical Development||p. 10|
|Extract and Commentary||p. 22|
|Aspects of the Divine||p. 24|
|Extract and Commentary||p. 34|
|Sacred Texts||p. 36|
|Extract and Commentary||p. 48|
|Sacred Persons||p. 50|
|Extract and Commentary||p. 56|
|Ethical Principles||p. 58|
|Extract and Commentary||p. 64|
|Sacred Space||p. 66|
|Extract and Commentary||p. 76|
|Sacred Time||p. 78|
|Extract and Commentary||p. 86|
|Death and the Afterlife||p. 88|
|Extract and Commentary||p. 94|
|Society and Religion||p. 96|
|Extract and Commentary||p. 104|
|General Bibliography||p. 107|
|Acknowledgments and Picture Credits||p. 112|
Format: Paperback with Flaps on Inside & Back Covers
Number Of Pages: 112
Published: 31st August 2010
Publisher: Watkins Media
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.0 x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.208