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The Encyclopedia of Judaism (3 Volume Set) Hardcover – December 1, 1999
From Library Journal
For this three-volume encyclopedia, an international set of noted religious studies scholars has produced 115 essays and articles on Judaism. Although the work is aimed at an academic audience and the double-columned layout may appear intimidating to the casual browser, lay readers (whether Jewish or not) will appreciate the depth of thought and research here. The articles, which run from a few pages to 15 pages, touch on many contemporary issues, e.g., the article on medical ethics discusses the controversy surrounding "test tube" babies. There is also in-depth discussion of concepts such as monotheism or creeds and modern Jewish movements such as Reform Judaism. Each article is signed and presents notes for further reading and research. Academic libraries and large public libraries serving a Jewish clientele should certainly consider this set, although they are not a substitute for the 16-volume Encyclopaedia Judaica (LJ 8/72; just released on CD-ROM). Most public libraries would do just as well with The Oxford Dictionary of the Jewish Religion (LJ 4/15/97) or The Jewish Religion: A Companion (Oxford Univ., 1995), both concise and insightful single-volume texts.APaul M. Kaplan, Lake Villa Dist. Lib., IL
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"An international set of noted religious studies scholars has produced 115 essays and articles on Judaism. . . . readers (whether Jewish or not) will appreciate the depth of thought and research here."—Library Journal
A major contribution to Jewish scholars, and to everyone else . . . these volumes belong in all libraries"—Jewish Post and Opinion
"Thorough and well written."—American Reference Books
"Alan J. Avery Peck is a fine co-editor, responsible for useful and sometimes ground-breaking authority. Avery Peck gives us the state of scholarship and useful bibliographies at the end of his many fine articles. I also admire Mendes-Flohr on modern philosophies and theologies of Judaism, Hoffman on Liturgy, Salkin on New Age Judaism, Wolfson on Jewish Mysticism, and Ravitsky on Zionism and Judaism. . . . Neusner himself offers a brilliant, highly original treatment of the Conservative Judaism in which he was trained. . . . The illustrations are breathtaking and important."—Arnold Jacob Wolf, Review of Biblical Literature
“Several articles in this volume are particularly useful for biblical studies.” -Old Testament Abstracts (Vol.28, May 2005) (Old Testament Abstracts)
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