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How Judaism became a religion : an introduction to modern Jewish thought

Author: Leora Faye Batnitzky
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©2011.
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Is Judaism a religion, a culture, a nationality--or a mixture of all of these? In How Judaism Became a Religion, Leora Batnitzky boldly argues that this question more than any other has driven modern Jewish thought since the eighteenth century. This wide-ranging and lucid introduction tells the story of how Judaism came to be defined as a religion in the modern period--and why Jewish thinkers have fought as well as  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Leora Faye Batnitzky
ISBN: 9780691130729 0691130728
OCLC Number: 710045189
Description: x, 211 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
Pt. I: Judaism as a religion. Chapt. 1: Modern Judaism and the invention of Jewish religion --
Chapt. 2: Religion as history: religious reform and the invention of modern Orthodoxy --
Chapt. 3: Religion as reason and the separation of religion from politics --
Chapt. 4: Religion as experience: the German-Jewish Renaissance --
Chapt. 5: Jewish religion after the Holocaust --
Pt. II. : Detaching Judaism from religion. Chapt. 6: The irrelevance of religion and the emergence of the Jewish individual --
Chapt. 7: The transformation of tradition and the invention of Jewish culture --
Chapt. 8: The rejection of Jewish religion and the birth of Jewish nationalism --
Chapt. 9: Jewish religion in the United States --
Conclusion.
Responsibility: Leora Batnitzky.

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Tells the story of how Judaism came to be defined as a religion in the modern period - and why Jewish thinkers have fought as well as championed this idea. Tracing how the idea of Jewish religion has  Read more...

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Honorable Mention for the 2011 PROSE Award in Theology & Religious Studies, Association of American Publishers "As Batnitzky points out, Judaism doesn't fit any modern mold especially well. Her book Read more...

 
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