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One Hundred Great Jewish Books: Three Millennia of Jewish Conversation
An introduction to one hundred great Jewish books, arranged as a concise and thought-provoking guide to the Jewish conversation across many centuries. Each of the entries features one work in its historical and cultural context, provides a summary of content and author, and reflects on its relevance for today’s readers.
Paperback, 368 pages
Published October 1st 2011 by BlueBridge
(first published October 1st 2010)
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A collection of one hundred authoritative short essays on some of the great works of Jewish literature in - mainly - historical and sociological context. I am reminded of the experience of reading the New York Review of Books; these essays educate readers enough so they can be conversant in the various topics without having to read each volume in its entirety. They also help readers to pick and choose: Which ones are musts for me? Compiled, they constitute a broadly inclusive overview of Jewish...more
This nice review of some of the most important Jewish books doesn't just help assemble a reading list, but also encapsulates the history of Jewish thought through the ages. In 3 pages per book, it is concise and representative of the books covered. Hoffman's clear and interesting prose is a pleasure to read. I highly recommend this, and now plan to read a number of the books he summarizes.