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Death and birth of Judaism : the impact of Christianity, secularism, and the Holocaust on Jewish faith /
Jacob Neusner.
imprint
New york : Basic Books, c1987.
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xiv, 380 p.
ISBN
0465015778 :
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imprint
New york : Basic Books, c1987.
isbn
0465015778 :
general note
Includes index.
catalogue key
972427
 
Bibliography: p. 367-372.
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Appeared in Choice on 1988-01:
Neusner, one of the most prolific academics on the American Jewish scene, writes in many areas, but his expertise lies primarily with the Judaism of late antiquity. The present work opens with a theoretical statement as to how the traditional Judaism of the West originated, but it focuses primarily on the modern period. To put the matter in the author's terms, he attempts to explain the several Judaic systems that have arisen in response to the Emancipation of the Jews. Reform, Orthodox, and Conservative Judaism as well as the 20th-century Judaisms of Zionism and Yiddishism are all presented within the author's framework. He sees religion not just as a system of beliefs or a set of rituals but as the product of the interplay between a worldview and the world of the people who hold the view. Religion is not just content but context. Neusner's argument is very engaging. For those looking for a more specific knowledge, Marc Lee Raphael's recent Profiles in American Judaism (CH, Jun '85) is recommended. Neusner brings us right up to the present with a consideration of the influence of the Holocaust and the present resurgence of religiosity. He offers much food for thought on the origins of traditional Judaism and the Judaisms of the modern period. For graduate and undergraduate Judaica collections.-M. Scult, Brooklyn College, CUNY
Appeared in Library Journal on 1987-03:
Neusner continues to supply scholars and informed laypersons alike with insightful works on Judaism. His premise here is the question, Why did the Judaism of the Torahi.e., Orthodoxywork when it did, and why did it stop working? His answer is a fascinating discourse on seven new JudaismsConservative, Reform, Revisionist, Jewish Socialism, Yiddishism, Zionism, and the Judaism of Holocaust and Redemptionand the way they fit into contemporary America. Neusner breaks new ground on the influence of the Holocaust on American Jews, speaking of a ``re-ethnicization of American life.'' His conclusion is a surprise: ``Today . . . there is a reversion, a re-entry into, that Judaism of the . . . Torah (Orthodoxy) that had so long repelled so many.'' Gerda Haas, Holocaust Human Rights Ctr. of Maine, Augusta
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