Great World Religions: Judaism

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Author(s): Isaiah M. Gafni
Series: Great Courses
Genre: Religion
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (6.15 hours)
Product Number: Z100016832
Released: Oct 21, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781682766163
Narrator/s: Isaiah M. Gafni
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Description

"What is the essence of Judaism? Is it the Ten Commandments, given by God to Israel at Mount Sinai? Or is it the totality of teachings in the Hebrew Bible? Or is it symbolized by something outside the Bible? However Judaism is defined, the beliefs, practices, attitudes, and institutions of Jews through the ages display a striking diversity, despite the fact that all would ascribe to a common heritage. Professor Isaiah M. Gafni of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem addresses these and other issues as he explores the ever-changing 4,000-year-old saga of Judaism, one of the world's most ancient and influential religions."

Professional reviews

"Gafni, a professor of Jewish history at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, brings decades of classroom experience and scholarly knowledge to these 12 insightful lectures covering the sweep of Jewish history, thought, and religious practice. With a friendly delivery style that draws us along, Gafni guides listeners down a well-lighted path, from 1800 B.C. to modern times. Topics include Judaism's sacred literature, the rise of rabbinic Judaism, the fixing of the Jewish calendar, Jewish forms of prayer and worship, traditions marking various important stages in the lives of individual believers, and divisions within Judaism. Gafni's clear focus on the history and forms of Judaism provides a rich introduction to the fundamentals of this world religion. M.G. (c) AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine"

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