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Contemporary Jewish Theology: A Reader Paperback – October 8, 1998

ISBN-13: 978-0195114676 ISBN-10: 0195114671 Edition: 1st
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"Excellent anthology of contemporary Jewish theological writings. Extremely well received by students. Most helpful in classroom. Readings appropriately chosen and lengths are appropriate too."--Judith Mendelsohn Rood, William Tyndale College

"What a rich compendium! A stimulating distillation of the best Jewish thought from a century marked by anguish and triumph. We see in these sections how strong the theological etnerprise is in modern Judaism, in every form from Reform to Neo-Orthodoxy. Ideal for serious readers."--Ralph Keen, University of Iowa

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Elliot N. Dorff is at University of Judaism. Louis E. Newman is at Carleton College.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (October 8, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195114671
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195114676
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.9 x 6.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,368,876 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Louis Newman has been thinking, teaching, and writing about Jewish ideas for over 30 years. One of the country's leading scholars of Jewish ethics, his most recent book is Repentance: the Meaning and Practice of Teshuvah (Jewish Lights 2010).

He is also the author of Past Imperatives: Studies in the History and Theory of Jewish Ethics (SUNY Press, 1998) and of An Introduction to Jewish Ethics (Prentice Hall, 2005). He has also co-edited, with Elliot Dorff, two anthologies, Contemporary Jewish Ethics and Morality (Oxford University Press, 1995) and Contemporary Jewish Theology (Oxford University Press, 1999). He is co-editor (with Elliot Dorff) of three volumes in the Jewish Choices, Jewish Voices series (Jewish Publication Society, 2008/09) that address contemporary moral issues from a range of Jewish perspectives.

Louis Newman is the John M. and Elizabeth W. Musser Professor of Religious Studies, the Humphrey Doermann Professor of Liberal Learning, Director of the Perlman Center for Learning and Teaching, and Director of Faculty Development at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. Born and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota, he received his B.A. in philosophy and Hebrew and his M.A. in philosophy from the University of Minnesota. He received his Ph.D. in Judaic Studies from Brown University and has been teaching at Carleton ever since to great student reviews.

He is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Academy of Religion, Association for Jewish Studies, and Academy for Jewish Philosophy. He was the first president of the Society of Jewish Ethics, an organization he helped found. He has also been actively involved in the educational programs of several community organizations. He serves on the International Council and the Religious Pluralism committee of the New Israel Fund. He served as president of the board of directors of the St. Paul Talmud Torah from 1994-96, and as president of the board of trustees of Beth Jacob Congregation (Conservative) from 2009-11.

Louis Newman is married to Rabbi Amy Eilberg. Together they have three children with whom he loves to travel. He still gets his fingers dirty reading the New York Times print edition every morning.

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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Filippo Zizzo on December 26, 2012
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It's very difficult for me to judge in unflattering way a text that is meant to be a tool to understand well contemporary Judaism.
The miscellany of authors and discordant and different voices unfortunately do not help a novice or a "ger" find a firm, serene unity of thought. It is a text suitable for learned people who already know everything or almost everything about Judaism.
It is not suitable for beginners.
Filippo Zizzo
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