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Back to the Sources

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Essays analyze the major traditional texts of Judaism from literary, historical, philosophical, and religious points of view.
Paperback, 448 pages
Published January 2nd 1986 by Simon & Schuster (first published 1984)
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A collection of slightly scholarly essays on the history, roles, structure and uses of the classic texts of Judaism: the Tanach (one each on narrative,law and poetry), Talmud, Midrash, the Medieval Bible Commentaries, Medieval Jewish Philosophy, Kabbalistic texts, the teachings of the Hasidic Masters, and the prayerbook (Siddur). I found each of these chapters to be a small gem of a lesson on the texts with a readable and accessible style that should suit almost any reader interested in the cano ...more
Ambrose Miles
This is an excellent resource of Jewish texts, covering eight areas of study. This includes the Bible, the Talmud, various texts of the Midrash, commentaries, philosophy, the Kabbalah, the mystic teachings of the Hasidic masters and the Prayerbook. This book is a good place to start ones study of any one of these areas.
En otrolig bok som guidar dig igenom ALL religiös judisk litteratur från de senaste 2500 åren!
Tanach (bibeln), Talmud, Midrash, kommentarer, medeltida filosofiska verk, kabbalistiska verk, chassidiska verk och Siddur (bönboken).
Varje kapitel är skriven på ett lättillgängligt sätt med bokrekommendationer för fortsatta studier. Ett måste för alla som är intresserade!
I learned alot from this book that I didn't know before. I highly recommend this book if you're interested in Jewish history or thought . . .
It inroduces the reader to the most comprehensive study of the traditional Jewish Texts. A history of Judaism.
Lois Portnoff
Like all my Jewish reference books, I keep referring to this. It is a unique book.
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