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The Illustrated Guide to Judaism: A Comprehensive History of Jewish Religion and Philosophy, Its Traditions and Practices, Magnificently Illustrated with Over 500 Photographs and Paintings [Hardcover]

Dan Cohn-Sherbok
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14 Oct 2013
This is a comprehensive history of Jewish religion and philosophy, its traditions and practices, magnificently illustrated with over 500 photographs and paintings. It is an in-depth introduction to the religion and its rich cultural and spiritual heritage. It describes the different aspects of Orthodox and Reform, and of mysticism and kabbalah. This book highlights biblical teaching and traces its development across the centuries from earliest and rabbinic times to the present day. It presents all the festivals of the year, such as Yom Kippur, Hanukkah, Purim and Passover. It covers teachings about rites of passage including marriage, bar and bat mitzvahs. Blending authoritative information with superb pictures of Jewish life and culture, this book brings together a vast amount of knowledge for students and general readers. For nearly 4,000 years, Judaism has been a living monotheistic faith. This book offers an account of the faith, its core beliefs and practices, and the way of life of Jewish people today. The book is divided into three sections: Jewish Traditions covers the history of Jews from the biblical period to the present; Jewish Belief introduces the reader to the concept of God and his relationship with Israel as the chosen people; and Jewish Practice embraces all aspects of worship and personal piety. This comprehensive picture of Jewish life, thought and heritage, with its 500 stunning illustrations, is a fascinating reference guide to every aspect of this complex religion.

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Lorenz Books; Ill edition (14 Oct 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0754823563
  • ISBN-13: 978-0754823568
  • Product Dimensions: 29.6 x 23.6 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 736,589 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dan Cohn-Sherbok is Professor Emeritus of Judaism at the University of Wales, Honorary Professor at Aberystwyth University, Visiting Professor at St Mary's University and York St John University, Visiting Research Fellow at Heythrop College, University of London, and Honorary Fellow at the Centre for Religions for Peace and Reconciliation, University of Winchester. Born in Denver, Colorado, he was a student at Williams College, Massachusetts, spending a junior year in Athens, Greece. He was ordained a Reform rabbi at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. He was Chaplain of the Colorado House of Representatives, and Honorary Colonel Aide-De-Camp of New Mexico. He received a PhD from Cambridge University, England. Later he received an honorary DD from the Hebrew Union College, New York. He taught theology at the University of Kent and served as Director of the Centre for the Study of Religion and Society, and was Professor of Judaism at the University of Wales. He has served as a Visiting Professor at the University of Essex, Middlesex University, St Andrews University, Trinity University College, Charles University, Prague, St Andrews Theological College, Moscow, and Vilnius University, Lithuania. He has been a Visiting Fellow of Wolfson College, Cambridge, Harris Manchester College, Oxford, a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Corresponding Fellow of the Academy of Jewish Philosophy, a Life Member of Wolfson College, Cambridge, an Honorary Senior Member of Darwin College, University of Kent, an Associate Member of the SCR, Christ Church, Oxford, and a Member of the Arts and Humanities Peer Review College. He has also served as a Visiting Scholar of Mansfield College, Oxford, the Oxford Centre for Postgraduate Hebrew Studies, and Sarum College.

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Professor Dan Cohn-Sherbok is a Reform rabbi, a Jewish theologian, and a world-famous authority on Judaism. He is Professor Emeritus of Judaism at the University of Wales; Visiting Professor at St Mary's University College, London and York St John University; and Visiting Research Fellow at Heythrop College, University of London. He holds a PhD in philosophy from Cambridge University and an honorary doctorate in divinity from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, New York.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Illustrated Guide to Judaism 11 Dec 2013
By Martin
Format:Hardcover
The Illustrated Guide to Judaism is a sumptuously illustrated volume that surveys a breathtakingly broad and inclusive range of topics relating to traditional and contemporary aspects of Judaism. It contains a multitude of stunningly original images that convey the very personable and vibrant culture of Judaism - a feature often lacking in other popular introductions to the Jewish faith. Particularly commendable is the way the author moves seamlessly from one aspect of Judaism to another, ensuring that such aspects as politics and culture are contextualised appropriately within the large historical sweep within which the Jewish world operates.
The volume is structured and indexed very usefully so that the reader can profitably - and speedily - dip into very specific topics (such as the Pharisees) or concentrate on larger units that deal with much broader issues (such as Mysticism). To this end the timeline at the start of the book is extremely helpful.
Given the very reasonable price of such a gem of a book, there is no doubt that the volume will prove a major success not only among those who seek a comprehensive introduction to Judaism but also among those who wish to deepen their understanding of the many-faceted and engaging dimensions of this ancient faith.

Martin O'Kane, Professor of Biblical Studies, University of Wales Trinity Saint David
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Illustrated Guide to Judaism 5 Dec 2013
Format:Hardcover
Dan Cohn-Sherbok's Illustrated Guide to Judaism is a breathtakingly beautiful book.

As a clear, concise, distillation of current knowledge, it has everything you would expect from a guide to Judaism, and a good deal more. Far more captivating than a mere overview of Judaism past and present, The Illustrated Guide to Judaism presents a dazzling array of images that allows the reader to make sense of Judaism as a fully lived, diverse, culturally and politically engaged, religious tradition that has been both formative of, and informed by, world civilisation. While offering a careful account of Orthodoxy, Cohn-Sherbok knows contemporary Judaism to be more than the sum of conservative interpretations of the sacred texts. The chapter on `untraditional' Judaism, with its coverage of Jewish feminism, Buddhism, vegetarianism, leftist politics and other aspects of alternative Jewish thought and practice is indicative of the guide's comprehensive and inclusive approach. But what makes The Illustrated Guide to Judaism a book one wants to own are its images, which are virtually a history of Jewish art in their own right. Cohn-Sherbok invites the reader into the visual dimension of Judaism through a wealth of paintings and photographs that scholars increasingly recognise as not merely permissible under Jewish readings of the Second Commandment, but actively productive of Jewish identity and understanding.

If I had to choose only one guide to Judaism for my own or anyone else's collection, it would be this one.

Melissa Raphael, Professor of Jewish Theology, University of Gloucestershire
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sumptuous reading and viewing 30 Jan 2014
By David J. Zucker - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
A sumptuous read and view of Judaism. Cohn-Sherbok's knowledge of Jewish life and history is elegantly displayed. The book is lucid and insightful. His very 'large tent' of modern Judaism will delight and dismay.
5.0 out of 5 stars Dan Cohn-Sherbok’s Illustrated Guide to Judaism 6 Jan 2014
By DR M R R - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Dan Cohn-Sherbok’s Illustrated Guide to Judaism is a breathtakingly beautiful book.
As a clear, concise, distillation of current knowledge, it has everything you would expect from a guide to Judaism, and a good deal more. Far more captivating than a mere overview of Judaism past and present, The Illustrated Guide to Judaism presents a dazzling array of images that allows the reader to make sense of Judaism as a fully lived, diverse, culturally and politically engaged, religious tradition that has been both formative of, and informed by, world civilisation. While offering a careful account of Orthodoxy, Cohn-Sherbok knows contemporary Judaism to be more than the sum of conservative interpretations of the sacred texts. The chapter on ‘untraditional’ Judaism, with its coverage of Jewish feminism, Buddhism, vegetarianism, leftist politics and other aspects of alternative Jewish thought and practice is indicative of the guide’s comprehensive and inclusive approach. But what makes The Illustrated Guide to Judaism a book one wants to own are its images, which are virtually a history of Jewish art in their own right. Cohn-Sherbok invites the reader into the visual dimension of Judaism through a wealth of paintings and photographs that scholars increasingly recognise as not merely permissible under Jewish readings of the Second Commandment, but actively productive of Jewish identity and understanding.
If I had to choose only one guide to Judaism for my own or anyone else’s collection, it would be this one.
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