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The Transformation of Judaism

From Philosophy to Religion
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"Neusner moves beyond the interpretation of individual texts to grasp as wholes two systems of Judaism, that of the Mishnah and that represented by Rabbinic documents of the fifth century. He thus provides an entirely fresh approach and a new answer to the central question 'What is Judaism?' At the same time, by providing a sound model for the evaluation and comparison of diverse religious systems, this book has an important place within the study of the history of religions in general."--Alan J. Avery-Peck, author of The Talmud of the Land of Israel: Shebiit

An eminent scholar of the history of Judaism, Jacob Neusner shows in this work how Judaism changed from a philosophy to a religion between 200 and 400 C.E. The Transformation of Judaism is a work both revolutionary in its method and unprecedented in its results. Comparing earlier and later sets of Judaic writings, Neusner sets forth how philosophy--abstract, elegant, orderly, and intellectual--turned into religion--tangible, down-to-earth, chaotic, and concrete. In the process, he offers an account of the birth of Judaism that has become normative. Moreover, Neusner's methodology can be applied to the study of religions other than Judaism because it examines the underpinnings of how a society sees the world (philosophy), orders itself (politics), and sustains itself (economics).

"This prolific author provides in this book yet another of his clear and scholarly explorations into the nature of Judaism... Scholarly detail does not preclude clarity of style and more general reflection on the character of religion in relation to other modes of thought."--Peter Byrne, Religious Studies

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    Product Specs
    • SKU: 9781592447237
    • Manufacturer: Wipf & Stock Publ
    • Language of Text: English
    • ISBN 13: 9781592447237
    • Publication Date: 06/01/2004
    • Format: Paperback
    • Author: Jacob Neusner
    • Page Count: 362
    • Width: 6.42 inches
    • Height: 0.78 inches
    • Length: 9.02 inches
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