This volume in the Studying World Religions series is an essential guide to the study of Judaism.
Author: Melanie J. Wright
Publisher: A&C Black
This volume in the Studying World Religions series is an essential guide to the study of Judaism. Clearly structured to cover all the major areas of study, including historical foundations, scripture, worship, society, material culture, thought and ethics, this is the ideal study aid for those approaching Judaism for the first time. Studying Judaism offers readers the chance to engage with a religious tradition as a diverse, living phenomenon. Its approach is 'critical' in two major respects: its use of the dimensional approach to the study of religions as an interpretive framework, and its focus on matters perceived as problematic by insider and/or outsider commentators, such as gender, demography, geo-politics, the 'museumization' of Jewish cultures and its impact on religion and identity. This book is the perfect companion for the fledgling student of Judaism.
Author: Elizabeth Shanks AlexanderPublish On: 2017-09-08
The book argues that if scholars from Religious Studies and Rabbinics do not realize they are addressing the same problems, they will not benefit from each other’s solutions.
Author: Elizabeth Shanks Alexander
Religious Studies and Rabbinics have overlapping yet distinct interests, subject matter, and methods. Religious Studies is committed to the study of religion writ large. It develops theories and methods intended to apply across religious traditions. Rabbinics, by contrast, is dedicated to a defined set of texts produced by the rabbinic movement of late antiquity. Religious Studies and Rabbinics represents the first sustained effort to create a conversation between these two academic fields. In one trajectory of argument, the book shows what is gained when each field sees how the other engages the same questions: When did the concept of "religion" arise? How should a scholar’s normative commitments interact with their scholarship? The book argues that if scholars from Religious Studies and Rabbinics do not realize they are addressing the same problems, they will not benefit from each other’s solutions. A second line of argument brings research methods, theoretical claims, and data associated with one field into contact with those of the other. When Religious Studies categories such as "ritual" or "the sacred" are applied to data from Rabbinics and, conversely, when text-reading strategies distinctive to Rabbinics are employed for texts from other traditions, both Religious Studies and Rabbinics enlarge their scope. The chapters range across such themes as ritual failure; rabbinic conceptions of scripture, ethics, food, time, and everyday life; problems of definition and normativity in the study of religion; J.Z. Smith’s writings; and the preaching of the African-American Christian evangelical social justice activist John Perkins. With chapters written by world-class theorists of Religious Studies and prominent text scholars of Rabbinics, the book provides a unique opportunity to expand the conceptual reach and scholarly audience of both Religious Studies and Jewish Studies.
Exemplifying the entire array of Orthodox responses to modernity, this book is a valuable addition to the scholarship of Judaism in the modern era and will be of interest to students and scholars of Religion, Gender Studies and Jewish ...
Author: Ilan Fuchs
One of the cornerstones of the religious Jewish experience in all its variations is Torah study, and this learning is considered a central criterion for leadership. Jewish Women’s Torah Study addresses the question of women's integration in the halachic-religious system at this pivotal intersection. The contemporary debate regarding women’s Torah study first emerged in the second half of the 19th century. As women’s status in general society changed, offering increased legal rights and opportunities for education, a debate on the need to change women’s participation in Torah study emerged. Orthodoxy was faced with the question: which parts, if any, of modernity should be integrated into Halacha? Exemplifying the entire array of Orthodox responses to modernity, this book is a valuable addition to the scholarship of Judaism in the modern era and will be of interest to students and scholars of Religion, Gender Studies and Jewish Studies.
In this book, Aaron W. Hughes explores the unique situation of Jewish studies and how it intersects with religious studies, noting particular areas of concern for those interested in the field_s intellectual health and future flourishing.
Author: Aaron W. Hughes
Publisher: SUNY Press
Considers Jewish studies as an academic discipline from its origins to the present. The relationship between Jewish studies and religious studies is a long and complicated one, full of tensions and possibilities. Whereas the majority of scholars working within Jewish studies contend that the discipline is in a very healthy state, many who work in theory and method in religious studies disagree. For them, Jewish studies represents all that is wrong with the modern academic study of religion: too introspective, too ethnic, too navel-gazing, and too willing to reify or essentialize data that it constructs in its own image. In this book, Aaron W. Hughes explores the unique situation of Jewish studies and how it intersects with religious studies, noting particular areas of concern for those interested in the field’s intellectual health and future flourishing. Hughes provides a detailed study of origins, principles, and assumptions, documenting the rise of Jewish studies in Germany and its migration to Israel and the United States. Current issues facing the academic study of Judaism are discussed, including the role of private foundations that seek inroads into the academy.
This volume frames a program of inquiry into the formative century of the Judaism of the dual Torah, which is the fourth century of the common era, or the age of Constantine.
Author: Jacob Neusner
Publisher: University Press of Amer
This volume frames a program of inquiry into the formative century of the Judaism of the dual Torah, which is the fourth century of the common era, or the age of Constantine. The study first considers the context) the historical study of Judaism. Part II is an inquiry into the text of Judaism, or a literary study of its types of writing or genres. Part III explains the circumstance, or setting, in which the study moves forward. Co-published with Studies in Judaism.
All the units of the Judaism 1 GCSE module are explained in this book.
Author: Yitzchok Sliw
All the units of the Judaism 1 GCSE module are explained in this book. This book will explain to you the Core Values of Judaism, including its under- standing of the nature of G-d, the concept of Messianism, beliefs about life after death and the significance of Covenant. It will introduce you to the practices of the major Jewish festivals and describe the different divisions within Judaism found in England today. Finally, it will discuss the significance of the land of Israel and the continuing relevance of the Nazi Holocaust to Jewish life. In short, everything you need to know about the GCSE syllabus is here for you. Rabbi Yitzchok Sliw has been an outstanding Jewish Studies teacher at Hasmonean High School since 1993 and Subject Leader for Religious Stud- ies since 1997.Teachers from all parts of England have sought Rabbi Sliw's advice and particularly his notes on Religious Studies. His students' marks rank consistently with the highest in the country. The notes used to at- tain these marks form the basis of this book. Yitzchok Sliw was born in Leeds in 1952 and attained Rabbinic Ordina- tion in Israel in 1981. Upon returning to this country he achieved a B.A. (Hon) and M.A. in Hebrew and Jewish Studies. He has also taught in Liver- pool besides being involved in numerous educational programmes in Lon- don. He is married with three children, all married with children of their own, and lives with his wife in Edgware, Middlesex. By the same author: OCR Religious Studies: Jewish Scriptures AS OCR Religious Studies: Judaism 2 GCSE
The author first addresses an important text in the canon of Judaism in its formative age. He then places the text in its context; that is, he tries to find the question that the text answers.
Author: Jacob Neusner
Publisher: University Press of Amer
A collection of essays that illustrate the issue of definition and the role of context in the study of a religion, its text and its ideas. The author first addresses an important text in the canon of Judaism in its formative age. He then places the text in its context; that is, he tries to find the question that the text answers. The author concludes by offering a general theory of the history of Judaism so that Judaisms and their histories can be included in the larger history of religion. Co-published with Studies in Judaism.
Encompassing historical, ethnographic, and theoretical viewpoints, and including contributions dedicated to the religious dimensions of foods including garlic, Crisco, peanut oil, and wine, the volume advances the state of both Jewish ...
Author: Aaron S. Gross
Publisher: NYU Press
Category: Social Science
How Judaism and food are intertwined Judaism is a religion that is enthusiastic about food. Jewish holidays are inevitably celebrated through eating particular foods, or around fasting and then eating particular foods. Through fasting, feasting, dining, and noshing, food infuses the rich traditions of Judaism into daily life. What do the complicated laws of kosher food mean to Jews? How does food in Jewish bellies shape the hearts and minds of Jews? What does the Jewish relationship with food teach us about Christianity, Islam, and religion itself? Can food shape the future of Judaism? Feasting and Fasting explores questions like these to offer an expansive look at how Judaism and food have been intertwined, both historically and today. It also grapples with the charged ethical debates about how food choices reflect competing Jewish values about community, animals, the natural world and the very meaning of being human. Encompassing historical, ethnographic, and theoretical viewpoints, and including contributions dedicated to the religious dimensions of foods including garlic, Crisco, peanut oil, and wine, the volume advances the state of both Jewish studies and religious studies scholarship on food. Bookended with a foreword by the Jewish historian Hasia Diner and an epilogue by the novelist and food activist Jonathan Safran Foer, Feasting and Fasting provides a resource for anyone who hungers to understand how food and religion intersect.
Judaism and the Visual Image argues for a Jewish theology of image that, among other things, helps us re-read the creation story in Genesis 1 and to question why images of Jewish women as religious subjects appear to be doubly suppressed by ...
Author: Melissa Raphael
Publisher: A&C Black
The widespread assumption that Jewish religious tradition is mediated through words, not pictures, has left Jewish art with no significant role to play in Jewish theology and ethics. Judaism and the Visual Image argues for a Jewish theology of image that, among other things, helps us re-read the creation story in Genesis 1 and to question why images of Jewish women as religious subjects appear to be doubly suppressed by the Second Commandment, when images of observant male Jews have become legitimate, even iconic, representations of Jewish holiness. Raphael further suggests that 'devout beholding' of images of the Holocaust is a corrective to post-Holocaust theologies of divine absence from suffering that are infused by a sub-theological aesthetic of the sublime. Raphael concludes by proposing that the relationship between God and Israel composes itself into a unitary dance or moving image by which each generation participates in a processive revelation that is itself the ultimate work of Jewish art.
This book is essential reading for students and scholars interested in Neusner specifically, or in the history of Religious Studies, Jewish Studies, and philosophy of religion more broadly.
Author: Aaron W Hughes
Jacob Neusner was a prolific and innovative contributor to the study of religion for over fifty years. A scholar of rabbinic Judaism, Neusner regarded Jewish texts as data to address larger questions in the academic study of religion that he helped to formulate. Jacob Neusner on Religion offers the first full critical assessment of his thought on the subject of religion. Aaron W. Hughes delineates the stages of Neusner’s career and provides an overview of Neusner’s personal biography and critical reception. This book is essential reading for students and scholars interested in Neusner specifically, or in the history of Religious Studies, Jewish Studies, and philosophy of religion more broadly.
These are deeply personal and inspiring accounts of how encounters with Jews and Judaism have enhanced Christian faith. This is an ideal book for courses on interreligious dialogue.
Author: John C. Merkle
Publisher: Liturgical Press
Traditionally, Christian churches have taught that the validity of Judaism came to an end with the emergence of Christianity. But in the last half-century, many Christians have reputiated this teaching and have affirmed the abiding validity of Judaism. Consequently, they have had to reevaluate Christian self-understanding in relation to Judaism. In Faith Transformed, Christian scholars who have been at the forefront of Christian-Jewish relations share how their encounters with Jews and Judaism have transformed their understanding and practice of Christianity. They reveal how their Christian faith has been profoundly enriched by drawing inspiration from the Jewish tradition.
This textbook, the first to cover Judaism for OCR's new GCSE (9-1) Religious Studies syllabus for first examination in 2018 (J625/J125), includes comprehensive notes on Jewish Beliefs, Teachings and Practices as set out in OCR's accredited ...
A thousand years ago, the Chinese government invited merchants from one of the Chinese port synagogue communities to the capital, Kaifeng.
Author: Jordan Paper
Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press
A thousand years ago, the Chinese government invited merchants from one of the Chinese port synagogue communities to the capital, Kaifeng. The merchants settled there and the community prospered. Over centuries, with government support, the Kaifeng Jews built and rebuilt their synagogue, which became perhaps the world’s largest. Some studied for the rabbinate; others prepared for civil service examinations, leading to a disproportionate number of Jewish government officials. While continuing orthodox Jewish practices they added rituals honouring their parents and the patriarchs, in keeping with Chinese custom. However, by the mid-eighteenth century—cut off from Judaism elsewhere for two centuries, their synagogue destroyed by a flood, their community impoverished and dispersed by a civil war that devastated Kaifeng—their Judaism became defunct. The Theology of the Chinese Jews traces the history of Jews in China and explores how their theology’s focus on love, rather than on the fear of a non-anthropomorphic God, may speak to contemporary liberal Jews. Equally relevant to contemporary Jews is that the Chinese Jews remained fully Jewish while harmonizing with the family-centred religion of China. In an illuminating postscript, Rabbi Anson Laytner underscores the point that Jewish culture can thrive in an open society, “without hostility, by absorbing the best of the dominant culture and making it one’s own.”
The book provides: an overview of the roles of religion in society; an account of the historic development of Religious Studies, and an introduction to some of the major theories and methods – the tools – used in the study of religion; ...
Author: John Morreall
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
This complete overview of religious studies provides students with the essential knowledge and tools they need to explore and understand the nature of religion. Covers the early development of religion, with overviews of major and minor religions from Islam to Scientology Considers recent developments including secularization; the relationship between religion and science; and scientific studies on religion, health, and mystical experience Uses humor throughout, allowing students to remain open-minded to the subject Explains what it means to study religion academically, and considers the impact of the study of religion on religion itself Contains numerous student-friendly features including photos, maps, time lines, side bars, historical profiles, and population distribution figures Provides classroom users with a lively website,www.wiley.com/go/religiontoolkit, including questions, quizzes, extra material, and helpful primary and secondary sources
3-4 Neusner, Jacob, 1 932- The religious study of Judaism. (Studies in Judaism) Includes bibliographical references and indexes. Contents: v. 1.
Author: Jacob Neusner
Publisher: University Press of Amer
In this volume, Dr. Neusner explores the history of religious ideas and writings, focusing first on the idea of history, and second, on the conception of a foundation document comprising the Pentateuch and the Mishnah. He then moves on to an interpretation of the implications, for the history of Judaism, of the distinctive and particular character of an important document, Sifra, a sustained address to the book of Leviticus by sages of the fourth or fifth century. ^BContents:: Part I: The Idea of History in Formative Judaism; Part II: "The Constitution" of the Judaism of the Dual Torah; Part III: Ethics or Ontology in Formative Judaism; Part IV: From Text to Matrix in the Case of Sifra; Part V: The University as Locus for Studying the Formative Age of Judaism.