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Early Judaism
« on: September 10, 2012, 08:11:34 am »


Title: Early Judaism
Author(s): Martin S. Jaffee
Publisher: Pearson Education
Publication Date: July 1996
ISBN: 0135193230
ISBN-13: 978-0135193235
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This book introduces the complex reality of Judaism in ancient times using an approach grounded in the interdisciplinary framework of the comparative study of religions. The aim of the book is to immerse students in theoretical problems regarding the interpretation of religious life as they master the diverse details of the forms of Judaic religion that thrived in antiquity.

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Re: Early Judaism
« Reply #1 on: September 10, 2012, 02:25:28 pm »
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Discussion and reviews of this book are welcome in this thread. If you've read the book, please tell us what you think of it and why.

 
Thanks, Randall!

I just started this last night- I've made it through the introduction- and it looks like a very interesting read. The definition of religion that the author posits is much more useful to me, as a non-Christian, than the typical Western European Christian conception that carried over to NA. I expect to keep reading daily, but in small chunks to properly take notes/digest the info, but I'll post here with more thoughts as I have them.

Has anyone else read this?
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Re: Early Judaism
« Reply #2 on: September 10, 2012, 03:28:31 pm »
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Thanks, Randall!

I just started this last night- I've made it through the introduction- and it looks like a very interesting read. The definition of religion that the author posits is much more useful to me, as a non-Christian, than the typical Western European Christian conception that carried over to NA. I expect to keep reading daily, but in small chunks to properly take notes/digest the info, but I'll post here with more thoughts as I have them.

Has anyone else read this?

 
1 - no, even if I didn't have 50 or so books on my to-read list, I'd have to order it.

2 - can you post the definition of religion that is being used?

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Early Judaism
« Reply #3 on: September 10, 2012, 03:31:07 pm »
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Thanks, Randall!

I just started this last night- I've made it through the introduction- and it looks like a very interesting read. The definition of religion that the author posits is much more useful to me, as a non-Christian, than the typical Western European Christian conception that carried over to NA. I expect to keep reading daily, but in small chunks to properly take notes/digest the info, but I'll post here with more thoughts as I have them.

Has anyone else read this?

Haven't read it, but part of my studies are in ancient biblical texts so I might see if my uni library has it - looks quite interesting.
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Re: Early Judaism
« Reply #4 on: September 10, 2012, 03:40:14 pm »
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1 - no, even if I didn't have 50 or so books on my to-read list, I'd have to order it.

2 - can you post the definition of religion that is being used?

 
"Religion is an intense and sustained cultivation of a style of life that heightens awareness of morally binding connections between the self, the human community, and the most essential structures of reality. Religions posit various orders of reality and help individuals and groups to negotiate their relations with those orders." (page 5 of the first edition.)

The author discusses the Western/Central European Christian conception of religion from pages 4-5, but doesn't spell it out so concisely; he spends pages 5-9 breaking down the definition I quoted above into fragments for further thought, as well.

I didn't realize when I got it (via BookMooch) that it was a university publication or that it's essentially a slim textbook- it reads, to me, very much like an intelligent classroom lecture or discussion. I find it very engaging.
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Re: Early Judaism
« Reply #5 on: September 10, 2012, 04:34:41 pm »
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"Religion is an intense and sustained cultivation of a style of life that heightens awareness of morally binding connections between the self, the human community, and the most essential structures of reality. Religions posit various orders of reality and help individuals and groups to negotiate their relations with those orders." (page 5 of the first edition.)

The author discusses the Western/Central European Christian conception of religion from pages 4-5, but doesn't spell it out so concisely; he spends pages 5-9 breaking down the definition I quoted above into fragments for further thought, as well.

I didn't realize when I got it (via BookMooch) that it was a university publication or that it's essentially a slim textbook- it reads, to me, very much like an intelligent classroom lecture or discussion. I find it very engaging.

 
Thanks. I'll have to hit world cat when I get caught up.

Hmm, that definition by itself looks interesting for a TC thread. Randall, any objection to starting an interfaith discussion about that one paragraph?

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Re: Early Judaism
« Reply #6 on: September 10, 2012, 05:58:10 pm »
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Hmm, that definition by itself looks interesting for a TC thread. Randall, any objection to starting an interfaith discussion about that one paragraph?

Be my guest. It could be an interesting discussion.
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