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Introduction to American Judaism: What the Books Say, What the People Do

Introduction to American Judaism: What the Books Say, What the People Do

Jacob Neusner

| Wipf & Stock | 2004

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The character of any religion as it is lived and practiced can be quite different from the prescriptions and ideals of its traditions and rituals. This bifurcation can also be found in the tension between the ideas people hold and the things they do. In this volume, Jacob Neusner addresses a broad audience of people who care about religion in general, not Judaism in particular.

Students, general readers, members of the clergy, and teachers will find here a lucid and compelling account of the actual life of Jewish people—in the synagogue, at home, in ritual—and of commonly held attitudes toward Holocaust and redemption, the Sabbath and festivals, study of the Torah, the State of Israel, and more.

Author Bio

Jacob Neusner (1932–2016) was a preeminent scholar of ancient Judaism and one of the most published authors ever, with more than 900 original volumes to his name. He was educated at Harvard University, the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, the University of Oxford, and Yale University. He was research professor of theology and senior fellow of the Institute of Advanced Theology at Bard College. Neusner’s work has been highly influential, if sometimes controversial. He pioneered applying “form criticism” to Rabbinic texts, and aimed at a humanistic and academic reading of ancient Jewish literature.

Nesuner’s works include the Jacob Neusner Jewish Studies Bundle (99 vols.).