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God's chosen people : Judah Halevi's Kuzari and the Shīʻī Imām doctrine
Krinis, Ehud, author
Turnhout : Brepols, [2014]
Background -- Continuity -- Hierarchy and meditation -- Exclusivity and dependence -- Conclusion.
Baker Berry BM550.J84 K7513 2014

To stand aside or stand alone : southern Reform rabbis and the civil rights movement
Krause, P. Allen, 1939- author
Tuscaloosa : The University of Alabama Press, [2016]
In the land of the almost possible : P. Irving Bloom -- Julian B. Feibelman -- Alfred L. Goodman -- Martin I. Hinchin -- Jacob M. Rothschild -- Nathaniel Share -- William B. Silverman -- Malcolm Stern -- James A. Wax. In the land of the almost impossible : Milton L. Grafman -- Moses M. Landau -- Charles Mantinband -- Perry E. Nussbaum.

"In 1966, Allen Krause, a rabbinical student at Hebrew Union College, conducted interviews with twelve Reform rabbis from various congregations throughout the South concerning their thoughts, principles, and activities as they related to the civil rights movement. ... The rabbis were extremely candid about their opinions and their own activities. The book's geographic scope is limited to the South - the rabbis interviewed served in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Virginia - and the years between 1954 and 1967. ... While several of the rabbis interviewed stood up against the evils of the separate and unequal system, others made peace with it, or found reasons to justify inaction. ... In addition, the book provides a comparative framework for investigating the roles of other religious leaders in the civil rights movement"--
Baker Berry BM750 .K69 2016

Jacob Neusner : an American Jewish iconoclast
Hughes, Aaron W., 1968- author
New York : New York University Press, [2016]
Afloat in a sea of words -- From Rabbi to scholar -- Community tensions -- Finding his way -- Institutional acceptance -- "Orwell's 1984--and mine" -- Political intrigue -- Success and winding down -- Conclusions: A life lived.

"Jacob Neusner (born 1932) is one of the most important figures in the shaping of modern American Judaism. He was pivotal in transforming the study of Judaism from an insular project only conducted by--and of interest to--religious adherents to one which now flourishes in the secular setting of the university. He is also one of the most colorful, creative, and difficult figures in the American academy. But even those who disagree with Neusner's academic approach to ancient rabbinic texts have to engage with his pioneering methods. In this comprehensive biography, Aaron Hughes shows Neusner to be much more than a scholar of rabbinics. He is a social commentator, a post-Holocaust theologian, and was an outspoken political figure during the height of the cultural wars of the 1980s. Neusners life reflects the story of what happened as Jews migrated to the suburbs in the late 1940s, daring to imagine new lives for themselves as they successfully integrated into the fabric of American society. It is also the story of how American Jews tried to make sense of the world in the aftermath of the extermination of European Jewry and the subsequent creation of the State of Israel in 1948, and how they sought to define what it meant to be an American Jew. Unlike other great American Jewish thinkers, Neusner was born in the U.S., and his Judaism was informed by an American ethos. His Judaism is open, informed by and informing the world. It is an American Judaism, one that has enabled American Jews--the freest in history--to be fully American and fully Jewish." -- Publisher's description
Baker Berry BM755.N474 H84 2016

Pious irreverence : confronting God in rabbinic Judaism
Weiss, Dov, 1973- author
Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, [2017]
Baker Berry BM610 .W45 2017

Maimonides : a guide for today's perplexed
Seeskin, Kenneth, 1947-
West Orange, N.J. : Behrman House, ©1991
Baker Berry BM545.D35 S42 1991

Reconstructing the Talmud : an introduction to the academic study of rabbinic literature
Kulp, Joshua, author
New York : Mechon Hadar, ©2014
Baker Berry BM501 .K85 2014

Yudisher Theriak : an early modern Yiddish defense of Judaism
Solomon Zebi Hirsch, of Aufhausen, active 17th century, author
Detroit : Wayne State University Press, [2016]
"The Yudisher Theriak [Jewish Theriac] by Zalman Zvi of Aufhausen, first published in Hanau, in 1615, was a response to an anti-Jewish work titled Jüdischer abgestreiffter Schlangenbalg [Jewish Shed Snakeskin], written by a Jewish convert to Chistianity, Samuel Friedrich Brenz, and published in Nürnberg and Augsburg in 1614. Brenz’s work was part of a genre of anti-Jewish books and pamphlets written in German and addressed to Christians that purported to reveal how Jews mocked and blasphemed against the Christian religion, cursed their Christian neighbors, and engaged in magic and witchcraft in order to inflict damage to their possessions and livelihoods. The name of Zalman Zvi’s book is a direct allusion to Brenz’s title, but it also hints at a larger purpose. Theriac is a Greek and Latin term that means "the antidote to the bite of a venomous snake." Perhaps Zvi hoped that his book would also serve as a theriac for the scourge of anti-Judaism, which was prevalent in his generation. The Yudisher Theriak presents an interesting picture of how a learned Jew might respond to the many accusations against Jews and Judaism that became standardized and were repeated from author to author. The Yudisher Theriak makes a passing appearance in most scholarly books and many articles written about Christian-Jewish relations. Its existence is acknowledged and occasionally a fact or idea is cited from it, but its arguments and ideas have not been integrated into the scholarly literature on this subject. One reason that it has not received the attention it deserves is its language. It is written in a form of Early Modern Yiddish, more influenced by German and less familiar than its contemporary eastern European variant. In addition, Zalman Zvi was a learned Jew who interspersed Hebrew phrases, rabbinic terminology, and allusions to rabbinic literature in his work. Morris Faierstein’s goal in this work is not to respond to all the references and allusions in the scholarly literature that the original text touches on, but rather to make the work available in an annotated translation that can be a useful tool in the study of Jewish-Christian relations in the Early Modern period and, more broadly, for Early Modern Jewish historical and cultural studies. The analysis and clarification of the many issues raised in the Yudisher Theriak await further studies. Faierstein has taken the first step by making the work available to an audience wider than the very narrow band of specialists in Early Modern Yiddish literature. Scholars and students of Jewish-Christian relations and Early Modern Jewish historical and cultural studies will appreciate the availability of this previously inaccessible text."--
Baker Berry BM648 .S65 2016

The genius of Judaism
Lévy, Bernard-Henri, author
New York : Random House, [2017]
Baker Berry BM565 .L4613 2017

Religious stories in transformation: conflict, revision and reception
edited by Alberdina Houtman, Tamar Kadari, Marcel Poorthuis and Vered Tohar
Boston : Brill, [2016]
"In 'Religious Stories in Transformation: Conflict, Revision and Reception', the editors present a collection of essays that reveal both the many similarities and the poignant differences between ancient myths in Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and modern secular culture and how these stories were incorporated and adapted over time. This rich multidisciplinary research demonstrates not only how stories in different religions and cultures are interesting in their own right, but also that the process of transformation in particular deserves scholarly interest. It is through the changes in the stories that the particular identity of each religion comes to the fore most strikingly."--
Baker Berry BM530 .R45 2016

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