History, Tradition, Practice
By (author) Michael L. Satlow
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Creating Judaism by Michael L. Satlow
Book DescriptionHow can we define "Judaism," and what are the common threads uniting ancient rabbis, Maimonides, the authors of the Zohar, and modern secular Jews in Israel? Michael L. Satlow offers a fresh perspective on Judaism that recognizes both its similarities and its immense diversity. Presenting snapshots of Judaism from around the globe and throughout history, Satlow explores the links between vastly different communities and their Jewish traditions. He studies the geonim, rabbinical scholars who lived in Iraq from the ninth to twelfth centuries; the intellectual flourishing of Jews in medieval Spain; how the Hasidim of nineteenth-century Eastern Europe confronted modernity; and the post-World War II development of distinct American and Israeli Jewish identities. Satlow pays close attention to how communities define themselves, their relationship to biblical and rabbinic texts, and their ritual practices. His fascinating portraits reveal the amazingly creative ways Jews have adapted over time to social and political challenges and continue to remain a "Jewish family."
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780231134897
(227mm x 160mm x 18mm)
Imprint: Columbia University Press
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publish Date: 10-Nov-2006
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Michael L. Satlow
Gift in Antiquity, Hardback (March 2013)
The Gift in Antiquity presents a collection of 14 original essays that apply French sociologist Marcel Mauss s notion of gift-giving to the study of antiquity.
Religion and the Self in Antiquity, Paperback (November 2005)
Explores the origins, formation, and limits of the self within the religions of the ancient Mediterranean world. This book argues that the history of the self does indeed begin in antiquity, developing as Western religion itself developed.
Jewish Marriage in Antiquity, Hardback (March 2001)» View all books by Michael L. Satlow
Marriage might be a highly contested topic, but certainly no more than it was in antiquity. This book offers the study of Jewish marriage in antiquity, from ca 500 BCE to 614 CE. Placing Jewish marriage in its cultural milieu, it investigates whether there was anything essentially "Jewish" about the institution as it was discussed and practiced.
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Author Biography - Michael L. Satlow
Michael L. Satlow is associate professor of religious studies and Judaic studies at Brown University. He is the author of Jewish Marriage in Antiquity and Tasting the Dish: Rabbinic Rhetorics of Sexuality.
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