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The Chosen FewHow Education Shaped Jewish History, 70-1492

The Chosen Few: How Education Shaped Jewish History, 70-1492

Maristella Botticini and Zvi Eckstein

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691144870
eISBN:
9781400842483
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691144870.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

In 70 CE, the Jews were an agrarian and illiterate people living mostly in the Land of Israel and Mesopotamia. By 1492, the Jewish people had become a small group of literate urbanites specializing ... More

Human Nature & Jewish ThoughtJudaism's Case for Why Persons Matter

Human Nature & Jewish Thought: Judaism's Case for Why Persons Matter

Alan L. Mittleman

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780691176277
eISBN:
9781400865789
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691176277.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This book explores one of the great questions of our time: How can we preserve our sense of what it means to be a person while at the same time accepting what science tells us to be true—namely, that ... More

Jabotinsky's ChildrenPolish Jews and the Rise of Right-Wing Zionism

Jabotinsky's Children: Polish Jews and the Rise of Right-Wing Zionism

Daniel Kupfert Heller

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780691174754
eISBN:
9781400888627
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691174754.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

By the late 1930s, as many as fifty thousand Polish Jews belonged to Betar, a youth movement known for its support of Vladimir Jabotinsky, the founder of right-wing Zionism. Poland was not only home ... More

The Origin of the JewsThe Quest for Roots in a Rootless Age

The Origin of the Jews: The Quest for Roots in a Rootless Age

Steven Weitzman

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780691174600
eISBN:
9781400884933
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691174600.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

The Jews have one of the longest continuously recorded histories of any people in the world, but what do we actually know about their origins? While many think the answer to this question can be ... More

The Scandal of KabbalahLeon Modena, Jewish Mysticism, Early Modern Venice

The Scandal of Kabbalah: Leon Modena, Jewish Mysticism, Early Modern Venice

Yaacob Dweck

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691145082
eISBN:
9781400840007
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691145082.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This is the first book about the origins of a culture war that began in early modern Europe and continues to this day: the debate between kabbalists and their critics on the nature of Judaism and the ... More

Tradition and the Formation of the Talmud

Tradition and the Formation of the Talmud

Moulie Vidas

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691154862
eISBN:
9781400850471
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691154862.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This book offers a new perspective on perhaps the most important religious text of the Jewish tradition. It is widely recognized that the creators of the Talmud innovatively interpreted and changed ... More

What's Divine about Divine Law?Early Perspectives

What's Divine about Divine Law?: Early Perspectives

Christine Hayes

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691165196
eISBN:
9781400866410
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691165196.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

In the thousand years before the rise of Islam, two radically diverse conceptions of what it means to say that a law is divine confronted one another with a force that reverberates to the present. ... More

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