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The New Jewish Encyclopedia Revised Edition

3.8 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0874411201
ISBN-10: 0874411203
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 541 pages
  • Publisher: Behrman House; Revised edition (September 1976)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0874411203
  • ISBN-13: 978-0874411201
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 1.7 x 10.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,091,859 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Compiled and edited by David Bridger (with the assistance of Samuel Wolk), The New Jewish Encyclopedia presents an comprehensive and alphabetical discussion of topics, places, names, and events central to Jewish history and identity. Offering a library's worth of Jewish knowledge in a single, 541-page volume, The New Jewish Encyclopedia is superbly written, organized, and illustrated with black-and-white photographs. Presenting a vast wealth of history, folklore, and faith, The New Jewish Encyclopedia is a core addition to personal and academic Judaic Studies reference collections.
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Weighty tome that was once a staple in many American Jewish homes. Reflecting the time period, only twenty years after WWII, there is a lot of space devoted to the Holocaust. The many articles on Israel are totally out of date, but still useful for the history buff who wants to get a sense of that pre-PC time period following the 1967 War when everything seemed a lot simpler. The strength of the book is its many biographies of influential Jewish figures: famous rabbis, prominent businessmen, Zionists, Bundists, Yiddishists, biblical personalities, writers, artists, cantors, actors and politicians. There are also (too) brief descriptions of Jewish communities, some of which are no more, Jewish practices, beliefs and ritual objects. There are many photographs, all in black and white, unfortunately. The writing is a bit clunky, the layout is haphazard (there is inexplicably a full page picture of Anne Frank) and some articles seem to have been awkwardly translated from the German. Has some useful information, but is no match for the web.
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Why anyone who is not a Zionist would buy this book I don't know. I was hoping, unrealistically, for a content-rich revision of the colossal "Jewish Encyclopedia" of 1901-06. Instead, I got a flimsy, too-schematic glossing-over of more than three thousand years of Jewish history with a few nice, black and white, whole-page pictures that concentrates on biblical figures everyone knows and people central to the establishment and development of the State of Israel that everyone who's been to Sunday school also knows already. A waste of money unless one knows absolutely nothing about Jews and Judaism and needs a point of departure.
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I looked on line for some information that was listed as being in the book. This particular book, listed in this photo is possibly an older version that what was presented on line; it does not have the information I was seeking. I would love to return it, but I am unsure if that is possible.
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This has so much information in it for History buffs.
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