A History of Judaism by Martin Goodman

By Martin Goodman

Judaism is via a ways the oldest of the 3 Abrahamic religions and, regardless of the terribly assorted varieties it has taken and numerous ideals it has contained over 3 millennia, it's been typically understood by way of either Jews and gentiles as a unmarried entity. there were many histories of the Jewish humans yet remarkably few makes an attempt to narrate the historical past and evolution of Judaism itself. during this ebook, the 1st accomplished, single-volume paintings of its sort in English, Martin Goodman explains how Judaism got here to be and the way it has built from one interval to a different, in addition to the ways that its kinds have concerning each one other.

A historical past of Judaism levels from the religion's inception amidst polytheistic societies within the moment and primary millennia BCE, during the Temple cult on the time of Jesus to the rabbis, mystics and messiahs of medieval and early glossy occasions and, eventually, the various denominations of the modern Jewish international. it's a really international tale, spanning (of path) the center East, Europe and North Africa, but in addition China, India and the USA, and person who money owed for the threads of doctrinal and philosophical debate operating in the course of the religion's historical past in addition to the associations on which (or in response to which) all types of Judaism are established. This publication addresses one of many world's nice religions on a grander scale than any predecessor.

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