A Concise Companion to the Jewish Religion

A Concise Companion to the Jewish Religion

A Concise Companion to the Jewish Religion

A Concise Companion to the Jewish Religion

Synopsis

In the Concise Companion to the Jewish Religion, Jacobs brings comprehension and understanding to the many complex and important issues of Judaism. From Maimonides to Methuselah, from Kabbalah to Kibbutz, Jacobs provides an invaluable source of information for anyone wanting to learn more about the rich heritage of the Jewish religion. With all Hebrew terms clearly explained, entries range from personalities in the Bible to today's Jewish thinkers and writers, and the comprehensive coverage includes customs, traditions, and Jewish ideas on subects as diverse as dance, vegetarianism, and eternity. Including a bibliography, the Jewish calendar, and a detailed chronology, this illuminating and authoritative guide contains a wealth of data on every aspect of Jewish belief and practice, both ancient and modern.

Excerpt

This Companion to the Jewish Religion is a concise version of The Jewish Religion: A Companion, published by OUP in 1995. All the entries in the larger work have been included in this one, but many of the elaborations have been omitted in order to produce a much more compact volume. As in its predecessor, the conventional Jewish method of dating has been followed: BCE ('Before the Common Era') for BC and CE ('the Common Era') for AD. Thus 586 BCE = 586 BC and 70 CE = 70 AD. I am grateful to Hilary O'Shea of OUP for suggesting that I compile the larger volume and to Angus Phillips of OUP for suggesting that I compile this shorter but still sufficiently comprehensive volume.

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