By Martin Goodman
A sweeping historical past of Judaism over greater than 3 millennia
Judaism is among the oldest religions on the planet, and it has preserved its precise id regardless of the terribly varied kinds and ideology it has embodied over the process greater than 3 millennia. A heritage of Judaism presents the 1st actually accomplished glance in a single quantity at how this nice faith got here to be, the way it has advanced from one age to the subsequent, and the way its quite a few lines, sects, and traditions have concerning each one other.
In this magisterial and skillfully written booklet, Martin Goodman takes readers from Judaism's origins within the polytheistic international of the second one and primary millennia BCE to the temple cult on the time of Jesus. He tells the tales of the rabbis, mystics, and messiahs of the medieval and early sleek classes and courses us during the many types of Judaism this day. Goodman's compelling narrative spans the globe, from the center East, Europe, and the US to North Africa, China, and India. He explains the associations and concepts on which all kinds of Judaism are established, and masterfully weaves jointly the various threads of doctrinal and philosophical debate that run all through its history.
A heritage of Judaism is a spellbinding chronicle of a colourful and multifaceted spiritual culture that has formed the non secular background of humankind like no other.
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