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Defining Judaism: A Reader (Aaron W Hughes) Hardcover Book, (Acumen Publishing, 2010) 9781845536084

Title: Defining Judaism: A Reader

Author: Hughes, Aaron W

Additional Authors or Contributors: (ed)

Publisher: Acumen Publishing; Publication Date: 2010

Hardcover; ISBN: 9781845536084

Volumes: 1; Pages: 416

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Defining Judaism illustrates the range of theoretical and practical issues involved in defining Judaism for the purposes of comparative and historical studies. The book is divided into four overlapping sections that all deal, in various ways, with the configuration of "Judaism" and how this configuration relates to other historical and/or disciplinary contexts. Texts range from historical attempts to define individual "Jews" to imagining Judaism as a religion like other religions to modern and post-modern attempts to decenter these earlier definitions. The texts anthologized here are put into context by a comprehensive general introduction, as well as individual introductions to each of the four parts. Although all of the texts collected here are interested in defining Judaism, the theories underpinning their definitions are relevant to anyone interested in the academic study of religion.


Editor's Introduction: Judaism, Judaisms, Jewish: Toward Redefining Traditional Taxa

I. Historical and Chronological Definitions Orientation

1. Saadya Gaon Selection form The Book of Beliefs and Opinions

2. Maimonides Thirteen Articles of Faith

3. The Assembly of Jewish Notables Answers to Napoleon

4. Abraham Geiger Selection from Judaism and Its History

5. Judith Plaskow Setting the Problem, Laying the Ground

II. The Contours of Judaism

6. Daniel Boyarin Apartheid Comparative Religion in the Second Century: Some Theory and a Case Study

7. Steven M. Wasserstrom Who Were the Jews: Problems in Profiling the Jewish Community Under Early Islam

8. Miriam Bodian The Rejudaization of "the Nation"

9. Gershom Scholem Jews and Germans

III. Re-Definitions

10. Howard Eilberg-Schwartz The Savage in Judaism

11. Jonathan Boyarin Waiting for a Jew: Marginal Redemption at the Eight Street Shul

12. Aaron W. Hughes Expanding the Canon of Jewish Philosophy: Towards an Appreciation of Genre

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