"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."
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by Isaiah M. Gafni
by Lawrence M. Principe
by Daniel M. Cobb
by Peter M. Vishton
by Jason M. Satterfield
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by John M. Bowers
by Suzanne M. Desan
by Scott M. Lacy
"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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