This fresh and contemporary introduction to the Jewish faith, its philosophies and worldviews, explores debates which have preoccupied Jewish thinkers over the centuries and examines their continuing influence in contemporary Judaism.
Written by Oliver Leaman, a leading figure in the field, the book surveys the central controversies in Judaism, including the protracted arguments within the religion itself. Topics range from the relations between Judaism and other religions, such as Islam and Christianity, to contemporary issues such as sex, gender and modernity. Central themes such as authority and obedience, the relations between Jewish and Greek thought, and the position and status of the State of Israel are also considered. The debates are further illustrated by reference to the Bible, as a profoundly realistic text in describing the long interaction between the Jews, their ancestors and God, as well as discussions about major thinkers, and passages from the ancient texts: The Mishnah, Talmud and Midrash.
Oliver Leaman’s lively approach and light touch makes Jewish Thought ideal reading for anyone who wants to understand more about the Jewish faith and its outlook, past and present
Table Of Contents:Jewish history : a timeline1Jews and the Bible12The commentatorial tradition : Mishnah and Talmud173Jews versus Greeks304Jews versus Christians525Jews versus Muslims596Written law versus oral law747Philosophers versus kabbalists818The ideal versus the real959The intellectual versus the natural11610The "norm" versus the "deviant" : sex and gender in Judaism12511Orthodoxy versus reform13412How special are the Jews?14813The future of Judaism versus Jewish futures157
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|Book:||Jewish Thought: An Introduction|
|Publisher:||Taylor & Francis, Inc.|
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