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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 – 14 Oct 2013

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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: 24.3 x 2.5 x 30.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 340,226 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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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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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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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Beautifully illustrated and written. I could pore over this book for hours. Thoroughly recommend the product and the supplier for a prompt and efficient service.
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Thorough, elegant, comprehensive (within the limits of a book this size and purpose), an excellent overview/introduction. Clearly written.
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HASH(0x8e5b8d14) out of 5 stars Dan Cohn-Sherbok’s Illustrated Guide to Judaism 6 Jan. 2014
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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.
HASH(0x8e60657c) 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.
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