The preeminent scholar of the history of Judaism explains here how Judaism changed from a philosophy to a religion between 200 and 400 C.E. He produces a work both revolutionary in its method and unprecedented in its results.
Comparing earlier and later sets of Judaic writings, Neusner sets forth how philosophy--abstract, elegant, orderly, and intellectual--turned into religion--tangible, down-to-earth, chaotic, and concrete. In the process, he offers an account of the birth of the Judaism that has become normative.
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Jacob Neusner holds joint appointments as Distinguished Research Professor of Religious Studies at the University of South Florida and professor of religion at Bard College. He is the author of Judaism as Philosophy: The Method and Message of the Mishnah, also available from Johns Hopkins.Review:
"[The Transformation of Judaism] is a serious piece of scholarship, and anyone studying Jewish religious history at the graduate level and above ought to read it." -- William Scott Green, University of Rochester
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Book Description University of Illinois Press, 1992. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110252018052
Book Description University of Illinois Press. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0252018052 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.1907006