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Understanding Judaism : Origins * Beliefs * Practices * Holy Texts *  Sacred Places - Carl S. Ehrlich

Understanding Judaism

Origins * Beliefs * Practices * Holy Texts * Sacred Places

Paperback with Flaps on Inside & Back Covers

Published: 31st August 2010
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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.

Introductionp. 6
Origins and Historical Developmentp. 10
Extract and Commentaryp. 22
Aspects of the Divinep. 24
Extract and Commentaryp. 34
Sacred Textsp. 36
Extract and Commentaryp. 48
Sacred Personsp. 50
Extract and Commentaryp. 56
Ethical Principlesp. 58
Extract and Commentaryp. 64
Sacred Spacep. 66
Extract and Commentaryp. 76
Sacred Timep. 78
Extract and Commentaryp. 86
Death and the Afterlifep. 88
Extract and Commentaryp. 94
Society and Religionp. 96
Extract and Commentaryp. 104
Glossaryp. 106
General Bibliographyp. 107
Indexp. 108
Acknowledgments and Picture Creditsp. 112

ISBN: 9781907486173
ISBN-10: 1907486178
Audience: General
Format: Paperback with Flaps on Inside & Back Covers
Language: English
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