Historical Dictionary of Judaism

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The Historical Dictionary of Judaism doesn't just present "religious" beliefs in a traditional sense, but investigates the complex intermingling of religion, devotion, lifestyle and culture, as it is found in diverse Jewish populations around the world and as it has evolved over the course of recent human history. Judaism, like many other cultural institutions, has rarely remained static--instead, continually investigating and questioning itself, metamorphosing in relation to the world.

There are numerous useful, unique features that make this Dictionary user-friendly. Hebrew words are often included to further texture the entries, though each is fully explained in English. Historical charts focus on special issues such as Jewish theology, philosophy, and religious law. The bibliography includes an eclectic collection of reference, bibliographical, and primary source works, as well as many recent works accessible to the general reader. Additional, dedicated bibliographies are included for topics of particular interest such as Jewish Religious Texts, Women in Judaism, Christian-Jewish Relations, and Judaism and the Environment.

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Norman Solomon served as a rabbi and then became a scholar, presently at Wolfson College and the Unit for Teaching and Research in Hebrew and Jewish Studies at the University of Oxford. He was also the founder-director of the Centre for the Study of Judaism and Jewish/Christian Relations at the Selly Oak Colleges.

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