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The Jews

Their Religious Beliefs and Practices

In the series Religious Beliefs & Practices

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In this revised and fully updated introduction to Jewish beliefs and practices, Alan Unterman demonstrates that Judaism is a living religion which retains the vitality apparent in the Biblical corpus, but which has gone on to develop institutions, modes of behaviour and patterns of thought which together constitute the singularity of Jewish expression.

The study as a whole portrays a vivid insight into the great legal, mystical, theological, ethical and ritual traditions which have preserved the identity of the exiled and often outcast Jew, and enabled him to carry the message of the Hebrew Bible into the modern world.

Paperback ISBN: 978-1-898723-41-7
Paperback Price: £16.95 / $24.95
Release Date: September 1996
Page Extent / Format: 256 pp. / 216 x 138 mm
Illustrated: No


Transliteration and Abbreviations


1 Some Basic Categories and Complexities
2 Main Religious Doctrines
3 The Bible and Revelation
4 The Origins and Growth of Jewish Thought
5 The Growth of Modern Jewish Thought
6 The Jewish Mystical Tradition
7 The Halakhah
8 (1) The Ritual Lifetime: Childhood and Youth
9 (2) The Ritual Lifetime: Sexual Behaviour, Marriage and Old Age
10 (1) The Ritual Year: from New Year to Tabernacles
11 (2) The Ritual Year: from Chanukah to the month
of Av
12 The Synagogue, Home and Jewish Community
13 Trends and Movements within Contemporary Judaism
14 Jews and Gentiles

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From Reviews of the First Edition:

Alan Unterman offers a comprehensive survey of the major ideas, customs and movements which have made Judaism what it is. It is also an excellent book for the intelligent reader whose knowledge of Judaism is deficient. The reader who is well versed in Judaism will also find much that is new and provocative.

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