The Jewish people have been connected with some of the important movements in history. The early histories of the world’s most influential monotheistic religions are connected with the Hebrew Bible. The Jewish Encyclopedia gives a comprehensive, systematized, and succinct account of the Jewish people—their history and literature, social and intellectual life, and their contribution to the world’s history. With over 15,000 articles—including over 1,000 images and illustrations—it covers ethical and religious views, customs, rites, and traditions. It also offers detailed biographical information on prominent Jewish people throughout history, and casts light on the phases and development of Judaism.
The Jewish Encyclopedia represents the pinnacle of nineteenth century scholarship, yet remains profoundly relevant for today’s issues. This publication is the achievement of the Wissenschaft des Judentums—the nineteenth century movement to modernize Judaism and highlights the contributions of Jewish people in the fields of arts, literature, and science. It brings the best objective scholarship to bear on the history and status of the Jewish people in the modern world. Although nearly a century old, this massive reference works contains important articles on history, culture, and more.
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“the bowing or bending of the upper part of the body” (Volume 1, Page 211)
“At Burak, between Jerusalem and Bethlehem, is the tomb of Rachel” (Volume 10, Page 37)
“Rabbi Meïr (‘Ba‘al ha-Nes’ = ‘the miracle-worker’).” (Volume 10, Page 37)
“As a pupil of Gamaliel, Paul simply operates with conceptions familiar to the Palestinian theologians. Messiah, as the Midrash remarks, is, on the one hand, the first Adam, the original man who existed before Creation, his spirit being already present. On the other hand, he is also the second Adam in so far as his bodily appearance followed the Creation, and inasmuch as, according to the flesh, he is of the posterity of Adam.” (Volume 1, Pages 181–182)
“But it is in apocalyptic writings that this notion assumes crystallized definiteness and is brought into relations with the theological problem of the origin and nature of evil and sin.” (Volume 5, Page 333)
. . . Unsurpassed as the greatest single achievement of American Jewish scholarship.
—Joshua Trachtenberg, author, Jewish Magic and Superstition: A Study in Folk Religion
An extraordinary achievement and turning point in the history of Jewish learning in the United States, a signal of the entrance of America into the field of Jewish Wissenschaft studies with distinction.
—Salo W. Baron, Professor, Columbia University, 1930-1963