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Settings of Silver: An Introduction to Judaism

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  126 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Originally published in 1989, this comprehensive survey of Judaism has become a popular text in universities, religious colleges and seminaries, and adult education classes. Now, its author, Stephen Wylen, performs a genuine service by updating his critically acclaimed text for the 21st century. Settings of Silver, Second Edition, reflects the changes in the political stru ...more
Paperback, 2nd Edition, 496 pages
Published July 1st 2000 by Paulist Press (first published 1989)
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Project Enigma
Apr 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: judaism
Very basic intro into Judaism, pluralistic but feels probably most at home for Reform/similarly oriented people. Used to be required reading in a class I took nearly at the beginning of my Judaism journey.
Nov 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
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This is closer to 3.5 stars but I rounded it up.

This book is a lot of information packed into one book! Unfortunately, few sources are provided for many of the historical claims in this book, making me feel the need to take what is said with a grain of salt.

I don't agree with everything in this book, especially when it comes to politics and such, but it's a good introduction to many things.

I just really wish it had more sources!!

Also I read a 1989 edition, I hope there are newer editions that re
Rachel Dialessi
Oct 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
I read this for my IDS 255 Comparative Religious Traditions class.
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Wonderful Intro to Judaism
Dec 17, 2008 rated it liked it
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I used this as a textbook for an introductory Judaism course called "Jewish Thought and Culture." It's a 100-level survey course at a public university, with a wide range of students, including some who neither know nor care about Judaism, just needing a course that fits the requirement, and some who are taking it because they are Jewish and therefore assume that the course will be easy.

The book is generally good and covers a wide range of topics. However, it is insufficiently critical, assumin
Jack Holden
Sep 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Covers a lot of topics, and even if briefly, it is a very good survey. It's a book that's exactly what you'd expect: an introduction. It does a good job at doing just that. ...more
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