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In this volume, Jacob Neusner analyzes the social foundations of Judaism in classical and modern times and in various contexts. Beginning with the formative and the classical ages of Judaism, Neusner and several other contributing authors describe the formation of the Judaism of the Pentateuch, then go on to discuss topics ranging from religion and society in the law of the Mishnah to contemporary Judaism in America and in the state of Israel.

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.).