The Blackwell Companion to Judaism
October 2000, Wiley-Blackwell
- Surveys those issues most relevant to Judaic life today: ethics, feminism, politics, and constructive theology
- Explores the definition of Judaism and its formative history
- Makes sense of the diverse data of an ancient and enduring faith
Part I: The History of Judaism:.
1. Defining Judaism: Jacob Neusner (University of South Florida and Bard College).
2. The Religious World of Ancient Israel to 586: Marvin Sweeney (Claremont School of Theology and Claremont Graduate University).
3. Judaism and the Hebrew Scriptures: Philip R. Davies (Sheffield University).
4. Second Temple Judaism: Frederick J. Murphy (College of the Holy Cross).
5. The Formation of Rabbinic Judaism, 70-640 C.E: G_nther Stemberger (Universitat Wien).
6. The Canon of Rabbinic Judaism: Jacob Neusner (University of South Florida and Bard College).
7. Judaism and Christianity in the Formative Age: Bruce D. Chilton (Bard College).
8. Judaism in the Muslim world: Sara Reguer (Brooklyn College of the City University of New York).
9. Judaism in Christendom: David R. Carr (University of South Florida).
10. Philosophy in Judaism: Two Stances: Daniel Breslauer (University of Kansas). 11. Jewish Piety: Tzvee Zahavy (Fairleigh Dickinson University).
Part II: The Principal Doctrines of Judaism:.
12. The Doctrine of Torah: Jacob Neusner (University of South Florida and Bard College).
13. The Doctrine of God: Alan J. Avery-Peck (College of the Holy Cross).
14. The Doctrine of Israel: Jacob Neusner (University of South Florida and Bard College).
15. The Doctrine of the Messiah: William Scott Green (University of Rochester).
16. Language as Doctrine: Hebrew: David Aaron (Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion).
Part III: Modern and Contemporary Judaisms:.
17. Reform Judaism: Dana Evan Kaplan (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee).
18. Orthodox Judaism: Benjamin Brown (Hebrew University).
19. Conservative Judaism: The Struggle Between Ideology and Popularity: Daniel Gordis (University of Judaism).
20. New Age Judaism: Jeffrey K. Salkin (Port Washington, New York).
Part IV: Special Topics in Understanding Judaism:.
21. Ethics of Judaism: Elliot Dorff (University of Judaism).
22. Women in Contemporary Judaism: Judith Baskin (University at Albany, State University of New York).
23. Judaism as a Theopolitical Phenomenon: Daniel J. Elazar (Jerusalem Center For Public Affairs).
24. Theology in Contemporary Judaism: Neil Gillman (Jewish Theological Seminary).
25. Secular Forms of Jewishness: Paul Mendes-Flohr (Hebrew University).
26. Judaism and Zionism: Yosef Gorney (Tel Aviv University).
27. The "Return" to Traditional Judaism at the End of the Twentieth Century: Cross Cultural Comparisons: M. Herbert Danzger (City University of New York).
Alan J. Avery-Peck is Kraft-Hiatt Professor in Judaic Studies at The College of the Holy Cross. His has published widely and is editor of the journal The Annual of Rabbinic Judaism: Ancient, Medieval and Modern.
- Surveys those issues most relevant to Judaic life today:
ethics, feminism, politics, and constructive theology.
- Explores the definition of Judaism and its formative
- Makes sense of the diverse data of an ancient and enduring faith.
—Times Literary Supplement
‘Where the Companion scores highly over other
similar works is that the editors have been able to elicit
contributions that contain the latest scholarship or position on
each subject, so that the contemporaneity and the quality of each
is perfectly dovetailed. This will be the benchmark by which future
examples of the genre will be measured.’
—The Expository Times
‘I am excited at the prospect of the publication of this
book, in that it promises to display the lifelong fruits of
research and mature insights of a master scholar on
—Kenneth Hart Green, University of Toronto
"[T]he contributors place Judaism in historical context,
elaborate on its principal doctrines, introduce forms of modern and
contemporary Judaism, and shed light on special topics in
understanding contemporary Judaism, such as ethics, women
theopolitical aspects, secular forms of Jewishness, and
—Journal of Contemporary Religion
"Comparative, comprehensive and highly readable, Matthewes' book
provides an overview of religious ethics in three traditions
without sacrificing the specificity of each ethical system. The
author effortlessly enlightens the reader as to how Judaism,
Christianity and Islam deals with highly relevant topics such as
family, love, sexuality, lying, war, capital punishment and many
more themes in a provocative and graceful manner."
—Ebrahim Moosa, Duke University
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