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The Origins of Judaism
From Canaan to the Rise of Islam


  • Date Published: November 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521606288

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  • The Origins of Judaism provides a clear, straightforward account of the development of ancient Judaism in both the Judean homeland and the Diaspora. Beginning with the Bible and ending with the rise of Islam, the text depicts the emergence of a religion that would be recognized today as Judaism out of customs and conceptions that were quite different from any that now exist. Special attention is given to the early rabbis' contribution to this historical process. Together with the main narrative, the book provides substantial quotations from primary texts (biblical, rabbinic and other) along with extended side treatments of important themes, a glossary, short biographies of leading early rabbis, a chronology of important dates and suggestions for further reading.

    • A subject in which interest is growing significantly
    • Goldenberg is an esteemed scholar of Rabbinic Judaism
    • Designed specifically for undergraduate students, with a glossary, questions for further study, an extensive bibliography and boxes focusing on key topics
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    'This engaging and carefully written undergraduate textbook provides a brief history of the development of Judaism.' Journal for the Study of the Old Testament

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521606288
    • length: 312 pages
    • dimensions: 231 x 155 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.48kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Abbreviations and references
    1. The prehistory of Judaism
    2. The beginnings of Monotheism
    3. The book and the people
    4. Crisis and a new beginning
    5. The first kingdom of Judea
    6. Diaspora and homeland
    7. A century of disasters
    8. The rebirth of Judaism
    9. The Rabbis and their Torah
    10. The end of ancient history
    Appendix 1. Three sample passages from the Babylonian Talmud
    Appendix 2. Rabbinic biographies
    Appendix 3. The Sabbath in the history of Judaism

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Ancient Jewish Hist
    • Introduction to Religious Studies
  • Author

    Robert Goldenberg, State University of New York, Stony Brook
    Robert Goldenberg is Professor of History and Judaic Studies at Stony Brook University (SUNY). He has published in numerous journals, including the Journal of Jewish Studies, the Journal of the American Academy of Religion, Judaism, Harvard Theological Review, the Journal for the Study of Judaism in the Persian, Hellenistic, and Roman Periods, and Jewish Studies Quarterly. His most recent book is The Nations that Know Thee Not: Ancient Jewish Attitudes toward Other Religions (1998).

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