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A Short History of Judaism: Three Meals, Three Epochs
Jacob Neusner

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Format: Paperback, 235pp.
ISBN: 0800625528
Publisher: Fortress Press
Pub. Date: September 1992

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One of the world's experts on classical Jewish history and literature here offers a clear and useful interpretation of the three major periods of Jewish history from the time of the Bible up to the present. It is a view from the inside, a description of the actual practice and thought of three epochs:
  • the time of the Jerusalem temples
  • the Judaism of any place (the dispersion)
  • the modern period

The inner dynamics of each period are capsulized in terms of three meals: the priest's meal with God in the Temple, all Israel's meals with God in no particular place, and all Israel's meals at home on the special occasion of the gathering of the family.

This book offers a distinctive solution to the problem that all teachers of the study of religion face: how to relate the religion described in books to the same religion as it is lived in the world. What emerges is a captivating account of the life-forming nature of a dynamic religion in vastly differing historical contests. Included are maps, illustrations, photographs, and a glossary.


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Jacob Neusner is Distinguished Research Professor of Religious Studies at the University of South Florida, Tampa, and Professor of Religion at Bard College, Anondale-on-Hudson, New York.

Table of Contents

PART ONE: The Priest's Meal with God in the Temple of Jerusalem: The Judaism of Sacred Place and Holy Time
The Temple and Israel in Its Land
PART TWO: All Israel's Meal with God, No Place in Particular: The Judaism of Any Place and All the Time
The Formation of the Judaism for Everywhere, All the Time
The Torah and Israel on Its Own
The Success of the Judaism for Everywhere, All the Time
The Long-Term Stability of the Judaism for Everywhere, All The Time
PART THREE: All Israel's Meal at Home, on the Special Occasion of Family Gathering: The Judaism for Once in a While
Israel among the Nations: The Age of Judaisms
Judaism in Contemporary America

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