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Historical dictionary of Judaism /
Norman Solomon.
edition
2nd ed.
imprint
Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 2006.
description
xxxii, 537 p.
ISBN
0810855046 (hardcover : alk. paper), 9780810855045 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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imprint
Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 2006.
isbn
0810855046 (hardcover : alk. paper)
9780810855045 (hardcover : alk. paper)
catalogue key
5917867
 
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Appeared in Choice on 1999-05-15:
Solomon offers a user-friendly resource about Judaism's history that is not a dictionary of the Bible. Biblical figures (Elijah, Abraham) and other events are presented in the light of rabbinic writings. Arranged by English equivalents ("Day of Atonement" for "Yom Kippur," "Dead Sea Scrolls" for "Qumran"), this source can be used by those without knowledge of Hebrew. Solomon excels in complex moral issues (abortion, organ transplants, peace, feminism, euthanasia), events (Passover), and persons ranging from Messiah and medieval Jewish theologians to contemporary prose writers. He includes lengthy essays on Holocaust theology and Christian-Jewish relations. Particularly useful are tables of books in the Torah and other literature, given in Roman and Hebrew characters, and the Mirzvor, the 613 commandments with Biblical references. The Oxford Dictionary of the Jewish Religion, ed. by R.J.Z. Werblowsky and G. Wigoder (CH, Sep'97), more comprehensive with individual bibliographies, is more biblical in its approach. While most articles are carefully referenced, one cross-reference to Hanukkah is blind. Despite these minor problems, Solomon has created a useful tool for the study of Judaism's history. Recommended for academic libraries. R. Hartsock; University of North Texas
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...an excellent addition...a wonderful book...
Solomon (Hebrew and Jewish studies, University of Oxford, UK) presents entries on the religious beliefs and practices of Judaism, and on the intermingling of religion, devotion, lifestyle, and culture found in diverse Jewish populations around the world. Cross- referenced entries cover important people, places, writings, institutions, concepts, philosophy, and theology. A chronology and an overview of Judaism are included.
Solomon's dictionary is well done and reflects his background both as a rabbi and a very knowledgeable Jewish scholar. Recommended for larger public libraries and academic collections.
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Judaism, the religion of the Jewish people, is one of the first recorded monotheistic religions, and as such is one of the oldest religious traditions still practiced today. While its influences can be seen in the religions of both Christianity and Islam, many of its beliefs, traditions, and practices are unknown. The second edition of 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. By means of a list of acronyms and abbreviations, a chronology, an introductory essay, a bibliography, and numerous cross-referenced dictionary entries on important persons, writings, institutions, concepts, Hebrew words, philosophy, theology, and religious law, author Norman Solomon provides an important reference source for the study of Judaism.
Long Description
Judaism, the religion of the Jewish people, is one of the first recorded monotheistic religions, and as such is one of the oldest religious traditions still practiced today. While its influences can be seen in the religions of both Christianity and Islam, many of its beliefs, traditions, and practices are unknown. The second edition of 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. By means of a list of acronyms and abbreviations, a chronology, an introductory essay, a bibliography, and numerous cross-referenced dictionary entries on important persons, writings, institutions, concepts, Hebrew words, philosophy, theology, and religious law, author Norman Solomon provides an important reference source for the study of Judaism.

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