The Oxford Handbook of Jewish Studies

Hardcover | November 1, 2002

EditorMartin GoodmanbyJeremy Cohen, David Sorkin

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The Oxford Handbook of Jewish Studies is part of a major new series of Oxford Handbooks. The volume on Jewish Studies reflects the aim of the series to produce distinctive and original surveys of today's interests and directions in the Humanities and Social Sciences. The Handbook covers all the main areas currently taught and researched as part of Jewish Studies in universities throughout the world, especially in Europe, the United States, and Israel. The span of the volume chronologically and geographically is thus enormous, but all contributors have in commontheir expertise in the study of the history, literature, religion, and culture of the Jews.Jewish Studies is a comparatively young discipline which has grown over the past fifty years in a somewhat undisciplined way. In a period of great upheaval for Jews following the Holocaust, the creation of the State of Israel, the emergence of new forms of dialogue between Jews and Christians,deepening divisions between secular and religious Jews, and unprecedented assimilation by diaspora Jews to the wider culture, the study of Jewish traditions and history has rarely been dispassionate. This is a good time to examine where we are and where the subject is going.There have been some attempts in recent years to encapsulate current conclusions about particular aspects of Jewish Studies, but these other works aim to provide compendia of agreed facts rather than a survey of interests and directions such as is found in the Oxford Handbook.The Handbook begins with an examination of Jewish Studies as an academic discipline in its own right. The first half of the volume is organized chronologically, followed by sections on languages and literature, general aspects of religion, and other branches of Jewish Studies which have eachaccumulated a considerable corpus of scholarship over the past half-century.This substantial volume of c. 400,000 words reflects the current state of scholarship as analysed by an international team of experts in the different and varied fields represented within contemporary Jewish Studies.

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The Oxford Handbook of Jewish Studies is part of a major new series of Oxford Handbooks. The volume on Jewish Studies reflects the aim of the series to produce distinctive and original surveys of today's interests and directions in the Humanities and Social Sciences. The Handbook covers all the main areas currently taught and researche...

Martin Goodman is Professor of Jewish Studies, University of Oxford Jeremy Cohen is Professor of Jewish Studies, Tel Aviv University David Sorkin is Professor of Jewish History, University of Wisconsin

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:1052 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 2.27 inPublished:November 1, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Martin Goodman: The Nature of Jewish Studies2.1a. Alan Cooper: Biblical Studies and Jewish Studies2.2a. Martin Goodman: Jews and Judaism in the Second Temple Period2.2b. John Collins: Jewish Literature in the Second Temple Period2.3a. Seth Schwartz: Jews and Judaism in the Talmudic Period2.3b. Catherine Heszer: Classical Rabbinic Literature3.1. Ram Ben-Shalom: Medieval Jewry in Christendom3.2. Mark Cohen: Medieval Jewry in the World of Islam3.3. Israel Ta-Shma: Rabbinic Scholarship in the Middle Ages3.4. Joseph Dan: Medieval Judaism3.5. Eli Yassif and Tova Rosen: Medieval Jewish Literature3.6. Meira Polliack: Medieval Karaism4.1. Sarah Stein: Oriental and Sephardic Jewry since 14924.2. Elisheva Carlebach: European Jewry in the Early Modern Period, 1492 to 17504.3. David Rechter: Western and Central European Jewry in the Modern Period, 1750-19334.4. Michael Stanislawski: Eastern European Jewry in the Modern Period, 1750-19394.5. Saul Friedlander: The Holocaust and its Aftermath4.6. Ilan Troen: Settlement and State in the Land of Israel4.7. Hasia Diner: Jews and Judaism in America5.1a. Pablo-Isaac Kirtchuk: Hebrew Language5.1b. Glenda Abramson: Modern Hebrew Literature5.2. Cecilia Kuznitz: Yiddish Studies5.3. Ora Schwarzwald: Ladino Studies5.4. Geoffrey Khan: Judaeo-Arabic and judaeo-Persian Studies5.5. Ilan Stavans: Other Diaspora Jewish Literatures since 14926.1. Bernard Jackson, with B. Lifshitz, A. Gray, and D.B. Sinclair: Halakha and Law6.2. Michael Fishbane: Bible Interpretation6.3. Elliot Wolfson: Mysticism and Magic6.4. Lawrence Hoffman: Liturgy6.5. Paul Mendes-Flohr: Jewish Philosophy and Theology7. Tal Ilan: Jewish Women's Studies8. Sergio Della Pergola: Demography9. Lee Levine: Art, Architecture, and Archaeology10. Phil Bohlman: Music11. Gad Kaynar and Ahuvia Belkin: Theatre12. Moshe Zimerman: Film13. Wolfgang Benz: Antisemitism14. Galit Hasan-Rokem: Folklore and Ethnography15. Harvey Goldberg: Modern Jewish Society and Sociology

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`This publication does, however, succeed in covering, with regard to Jewish history, law, language, literature, and thought, most of what would be expected by any fair concensus of opinion.'The Journal of Theological Studies