By Martin Goodman
Judaism is via a ways the oldest of the 3 Abrahamic religions and, regardless of the terribly assorted kinds it has taken and various ideals it has contained over 3 millennia, it's been often understood by means of either Jews and gentiles as a unmarried entity. there were many histories of the Jewish humans yet remarkably few makes an attempt to narrate the historical past and evolution of Judaism itself. during this e-book, the 1st finished, single-volume paintings of its style in English, Martin Goodman explains how Judaism got here to be and the way it has constructed from one interval to a different, in addition to the ways that its types have with regards to every one other.
A historical past of Judaism levels from the religion's inception amidst polytheistic societies within the moment and primary millennia BCE, in the course of the Temple cult on the time of Jesus to the rabbis, mystics and messiahs of medieval and early smooth occasions and, eventually, the numerous denominations of the modern Jewish international. it's a really worldwide tale, spanning (of path) the center East, Europe and North Africa, but in addition China, India and the USA, and one who bills for the threads of doctrinal and philosophical debate operating throughout the religion's historical past in addition to the associations on which (or in response to which) all different types of Judaism are established. This publication addresses one of many world's nice religions on a grander scale than any predecessor.
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