Item description for Transformations In Ancient Judaism: Textual Evidence For Creative Responses To Crisis by Jacob Neusner...
The Judaism that is defined by its canonical writings (the Hebrew Bible, Mishnah, Talmuds, and Midrash) tells the story of how hope overcomes despair. Neusner explores the way rabbinic Judaism has responded to social, cultural, and political crises by rethinking historical, received paradigms of piety and practice---and finding in them relevant, useful truth for the current situation.
When faced with acute and catastrophic events, the Rabbinic sages explored anew the received paradigms and truth of their faith and discovered in them truth that is both continuous with the past and responsive to the contemporary unanticipated crisis. Neusner offers a broad thesis, theological at its core: when defeat turns to despair, Judaism comes to a turning point. And with the response to despair, in an act of stubborn affirmation, Judaism is transformed.
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Studio: Hendrickson Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.3" Width: 6.4" Height: 0.76" Weight: 1.04 lbs.
Release Date Oct 31, 2004
Publisher Hendrickson Publishers
ISBN 1565637054 ISBN13 9781565637054
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More About Jacob Neusner
Jacob Neusner is Research Professor of Religion and Theology and Senior Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Theology at Bard College. He has published more than nine hundred books and innumerable articles, and he is editor of "The Dictionary of Judaism in the Biblical Period" and the three-volume "Encyclopaedia of Judaism." In addition to his Rabbinic Midrash, he has translated the Mishnah, Tosefta, and both the Babylonian and Jerusalem Talmud into English.
Jacob Neusner currently resides in Annandale-On-Hudson. Jacob Neusner was born in 1932 and has an academic affiliation as follows - Bard College Bard College, New York, USA Bard College, New York, USA B.
Jacob Neusner has published or released items in the following series...
Christianity and Judaism, the Formative Categories