Kurt Messick

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What Is a Jew? by Morris Norman Kertzer
What Is a Jew? by Morris Norman Kertzer
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful, 6 Jan 2013
Like another reviewer, I too use this book as part of an undergraduate course on Modern and Contemporary Judaism, which I teach primarily for military personnel as part of their distance education undergraduate degrees. I include a few other books in the syllabus, but this book is often one of the ones most frequently cited as helpful due to its question-and-answer format. When I was studying for a Jewish Studies certificate at Indiana University some time ago (nearing a quarter of a century ago), an earlier version of this book was one of my regular references for a quick and informative answer to questions as they arose. The more recent edition, revised carefully and thoroughly by Rabbi… Read more
Reading the New Testament for the First Time by Ronald J Allen
The title of this book would imply that it is not a book for me. The first time I read the New Testament was when I was eight years old - I think I understood about ten percent of what I was reading, and that was on the surface level. But I did read it. Since then, I've read it multiple times, including out loud, in Latin, in Greek, and for intensive classes at the graduate level. So, naturally, there's nothing in this book for me, right?


I am chaplain in a retirement community where the average age is over 80 - this is perhaps the last American generation where most people grew up with a regular knowledge of the Bible, and yet even in this group, as we go… Read more
Understanding the Political World: A Comparative I&hellip by James N. Danziger
Over the past decade, I have taught the Intro. to Political Science (201) course several times at my local community college - despite the name of the course, it is often the second course students take, after the Intro. to American Government (101) course. I look forward to teaching it again, perhaps in this coming year. I have always used an edition of Danziger's text, and this latest incarnation will continue to be my choice.

This book introduces the basic elements of political philosophy, political theory, political parties, world politics and international relations, and political institutions. The first chapter sets the stage for the study of political science as a field… Read more

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