Judaism: A Very Short Introduction
By Norman Solomon / Oxford University Press
succinct book is an ideal introduction to Judaism as a religion and way of life. In addition to surveying the
nature and development of Judaism, this Very Short Introduction outlines the basics of practical Judaism - its
festivals, prayers, customs, and various sects. Modern concerns and debates of the Jewish people are also
addressed, such as the impact of the Holocaust, the establishment of the State of Israel, the status of women,
and medical and commercial ethics. This book makes fascinating reading for those who want to find out more
about a people who are familiar, yet retain a certain mystique.
What Is A Jew?: A Guide To The Beliefs, Traditions, And Practices Of Judaism That
By Morris N. Kertzer / Simon & Schuster Trade Sales
What Is a Jew? answers more than 100 of the most commonly asked questions about Jewish life and customs.
Whether you're searching for a brief, easy-to-understand answer to a specific question or looking for a
general guide to the beliefs and practices of Judaism, you'll find it in the accessivle, contemporary, and
throughly enjoyable What is a Jew?
How Firm a Foundation: A Gift of Jewish Wisdom for Christians & Jews
By Yechiel Eckstein / Paraclete Press
Rabbi Eckstein answers many questions about Jewish people with his rich presentation of Jewish life: beliefs,
practices, festivals and holy days and the Jewish life cycle, including rites of passages, worship practices
and dietary laws. Eckstein skillfully frames Jewish beliefs and practices in their historical context and
offers the reader an understanding of the contemporary experience of the Jew: the Holocaust, the birth of
Israel, and the diversification of the Jewish experience.
God's Appointed Customs
By Barney Kasdan / Messianic Jewish Publishers
Are the Hebrew traditions described in
Scripture just for Jews? Since Jesus himself observed them, learn how God'sAppointed Customs can be
part of any believer's lifestyle! Messianic congregation leader Barney Kasdan offers fascinating historical
background on traditional Jewish observances, demonstrates how they relate to New Testament teaching, and
provides a practical guide for Christians wishing to observe these customs within the context of a biblical
Las Costumbres Establecidas Por Dios, God's Appointed Customs
By Rabbi Barney Kasdan / Messianic Jewish Publishers
Spanish Edition. Are the Hebrew traditions
described in Scripture just for Jews? Since Jesus himself observed them, learn how God'sAppointed Customs
can be part of any believer's lifestyle! Messianic congregation leader Barney Kasdan offers fascinating
historical background on traditional Jewish observances, demonstrates how they relate to New Testament
teaching, and provides a practical guide for Christians wishing to observe these customs within the context of
a biblical lifestyle.
Praying Like the Jew, Jesus: Recovering the Ancient Roots of New Testament Prayer
By Timothy P. Jones, Ed.D. / Messianic Jewish Publishers
What Jewish customs and traditions formed the basis of the Messiah's prayers? This eye-opening book reveals
the Jewish background of many of Yeshua's prayers.
Historical vignettes will "transport" you to the times of Yeshua so you can grasp the full meaning of
Unique devotional thoughts and meditations, presented in down-to-earth language, provide inspiration for a
more meaningful prayer life and help you draw close to God. Praying Like the Jew, Jesus is a
treasure-trove of information and inspiration. After reading this book, your understanding of God, prayer, and
the Bible will be forever changed.
"... unearths hidden spiritual riches in the New Testament. Jones has done a great service."
--From the Foreword by Mark Galli, Christianity Today
Jewish Backgrounds of the New Testament
By J. Julius Scott Jr. / Baker
This survey of
intertestamental Judaism illuminates the customs and controversies that provide essential background for
understanding the New Testament. Helpful charts, maps, and diagrams are incorporated throughout the text.
101 Things Everyone Should Know about Judaism: Beliefs, Practices, Customs, and Traditions
By Richard D. Bank / Adams Media
What's the difference between Reform and Orthodox Judaism? What does it mean to keep kosher? And what are
mitzvot? Compact and comprehensive, 101 Things Everyone Should Know about Judaism touches on all
these basics and more. You'll learn all you need to know about this ancient religion and culture - from the
significance of the Torah and Talmud, to the importance of holidays and the meaning of religious objects and
symbols. You'll also find out about:
Major biblical events that have shaped Jewish history and tradition
Judaism's concept of God, the soul, and the afterlife
The structure of Jewish liturgy and prayer services
The Ten Statements, and other Jewish laws
Practices associated with life milestones
Language, literature, food, and other cultural elements
Thoughtful and engaging, this portable volume
packs in a wealth of fascinating, detailed information that is sure to leave you with a deepened appreciation
for this rich tradition.
By Rita Milos Brownstein / Simon & Schuster Trade Sales
The customs and rituals of the Jewish
wedding are part of an unbroken chain that links that bride and groom with all those who came before them
through the millennia of Jewish history.
This complete companion to planning the perfect wedding shows you how to blend tradition, spirituality, and
your personal style. More than 200 gorgeous color and black-and-white photos and detailed descriptions of
everything from planning a bridal shower to how to personalize a chuppah to choosing a wedding ring
will inspire you to plan the perfect beginning to a wonderful life together.
Celebrating Interfaith Marriages
By Devon A. Lerner, Nicholas C. Ciccone / Henry Holt and Company
Devon Lerner draws from her twenty years of officiating at interfaith weddings to present clearly and
succinctly the significance of vows and traditions unique to the Jewish and Christian faiths. She provides
services for both faiths that can be mixed and matched, as well as custom-blended ceremonies contributed by
couples that have worked with her over the years.
What Does Being Jewish Mean?: Read-Aloud Responses to Questions Jewish Children Ask About
History, Culture, and Religion
By Rabbi E.B. Freedman / Simon & Schuster Trade Sales
This classic reference--updated for the 21st century--provides answers to more than 180 questions that Jewish
children most frequently ask about their faith. The authors cover not only the basics of Jewish belief,
custom, and practice but also the kinds of questions that arise from the unique way that children view the
world, such as "Will the Messiah have superpowers like the X-Men or Superman?" And perhaps most important for
out time, this book tackles the knotty philosophical questions that often leave parents stumped for quick and
Living Judaism: The Complete Guide to Jewish Belief Footprints, Large
By Wayne Dosick / HarperOne
In living Judaism, Rabbi Wayne Dosick offers an engaging and definitive overview of Jewish philosophy and
theology, rituals and customs. combining quality scholarship and sacred spiritual instrucation. Living Judasim
is a thought provoking reference and guide for those already steeped in Jewish life, and a comprehensive
introducation for those exploring the richness and grandeur of Juadism.
Lifecycles: Jewish Women on Life Passages & Personal Milestones
By Jewish Lights Publishing
The first in a
landmark three-volume series offers the collaboration of over fifty women for a comprehensive work on the
Jewish lifecycle. This volume covers the spectrum of life's passages, from ceremonies around childbirth to new
perspectives on aging. Shares both traditional and innovative approaches.
The Jewish Festivals
By Hayyim Schauss / Random House, Inc
THE JEWISH FESTIVALS provides a
rich and charming account of the origins, development, and symbolism of the Jewish holidays, and of the
diverse rituals, prayers, ceremonial objects, and special foods that have been used throughout history and
around the world to celebrate them. Drawing upon a wealth of knowledge of Jewish folkways and customs, Hayyim
Schauss shows how these holidays evolved in meaning and importance, depending on the contemporary needs of
those who observed them.
A Blessing of Bread: The Many Rich Traditions of Jewish Bread Baking Around the World
By Maggie Glezer / Workman Publishing
This multifaceted guide to Jewish baking harbors a wealth of recipes for challahs from around the world, as
well as for babkas and honey cakes, bagels and matzoh, crackers and everyday breads such as deli rye. Working
with bakers from Guatemala to Russia, Maggie Glezer perfected these recipes, many of which had never been
Recollections from Jewish grandmothers and great-grandmothers all over the world remind us of life as it
once was, and riveting oral histories, ancient legends, shtetl folktales, aphorisms, and proverbs throughout
will delight and inspire the baker in us all.
There is a special urgency to record, learn, and pass on culinary history if we are to preserve our
traditional foods and customs. How fortunate that Maggie Glezer has taken the challenge. 320 pages, hardcover.
The Book of Customs: A Complete Handbook to the Jewish Year
By Scott-Martin Kosofsky / HarperOne
All sources point to Rabbi Isaac of Tyrnau, Hungary, as the author of this late 14th century illustrated book
of Jewish customs and practices. For nearly four centuries, elaborate editions, mostly in Yiddish, were
created from Venice to Amsterdam to Kiev. Mysteriously, the book and its various editions disappeared by the
end of the 19the century. The book has not been available for over a century and has never been translated
into English. Award-winning book designer Scott-Martin Kosofsky discovered some of the original woodcut
illustrations, celebrated artifacts that appear in libraries at both Oxford and Yale Universities. As he dug
deeper, Kosofsky realized the significance of his discovery. This book is a stunning portrait of Jewish
customs over the last four centuries. Created by a master typographer and designer, this elegant testament to
the endurance of Jewish traditions is intended for contemporary daily use while offering a remarkable look
into the rich history of Jewish life. World-class, centuries old, museum quality wood cuts combined with the
wealth of history will make this first-ever English translation a must-have collector's item for every Jewish
Celebrating the Jewish Year: The Fall Holidays-Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, volume 1
By Paul Steinberg / Jewish Pub Society
From classic sources (e.g., the Bible, the Mishnah, Maimonides, the Zohar) to modern figures (e.g., Agnon,
Heschel, Wiesel, Hammer) to contemporary alternative meditations, Steinberg invites all Jews to participate
more fully in the historical, ethical, and theological dimensions of their festivals. 250 pages, softcover.
Jewish Publication Society.
Celebrating the Jewish Year: The Winter Holidays-Hanukkah, Tu B'Shevat, Purim, volume 2
By Paul Steinberg, edited by Janet Greenstein Potter / Jewish Pub Society
From classic sources (e.g., the Bible, the Mishnah, Maimonides, the Zohar) to modern figures (e.g., Agnon,
Heschel, Wiesel, Hammer) and contemporary alternative meditations, Steinberg invites all Jews to participate
more fully in the historical, ethical, and theological dimensions of these great festivals. 220 pages,
Jewish Publication Society.
The Spring and Summer Holidays, Volume 3: Celebrating the Jewish Year
By Paul Steinberg, Edited by Janet Greenstein Potter / Jewish Pub Society
"Includes a fairly in-depth look at the holiday's origins, ideology, and customs; relevant passages from
classic sources; and interpretations of the sacred texts (literal/historical meanings, contemporary analysis,
and application). Deepens our understanding of the holidays, making their observance more meaningful,"---Jewish
Book World. 250 pages, softcover.
Jewish Publication Society.
By Rabbi Joseph Telushkin / William Morrow
How did the Ten Lost Tribes become
lost? Are circumcisions performed on the Sabbath? Which country first granted Jews equal rights? When was
polygamy outlawed for Jews? All the answers are here. Jewish Literacy, written by an esteemed rabbi, is a
compendium of 346 short chapters on the essential trends, concepts, and personalities of Jewish history,
religion, and culture. This is a reference book designed to be read straight through. Encyclopedic in scope
yet arranged by subject, it distills a vast body of scholarship into a warm, readable review.
Entering Jewish Prayer: A Guide to Personal Devotion and the Worship Service
By Reuven Hammer / Random House, Inc
Learning about prayer is a way of entering the world of Jewish tradition," Rabbi Hammer writes, and the Siddur
- the Jewish prayerbook - is the best possible introduction into that world. In it, one is brought
face-to-face with Judaism's central struggle for an understanding of God, human life, and the world. Mastery
of the Siddur enables one to worship as a Jew and to grasp the essence of Judaism. Now, in this engaging and
highly informative book, Rabbi Hammer provides an introduction to the liturgy of the Siddur. More than a
"how-to" guide, Entering Jewish Prayer deals with the basic issues in prayer for the modern worshipper; the
historical compilation of the Siddur; the orchestration of the daily, Sabbath, and festival prayers; the
themes of special prayers, such as the Blessing After Meals and the Kaddish; and the essential experience of
making prayer a vital part of one's life. For anyone who has ever felt lost or confused at a Jewish service,
or anyone interested in an introduction to this facet of Jewish literacy, Entering Jewish Prayer provides a
key to meaningful participation and spiritual growth.
The JPS Guide to Jewish Traditions
By Ron Eisenberg / Jewish Pub Society
"This is the jewel in the
crown, to date, in the esteemed publishing company's desk reference series,"---Jewish Exponent. Divided
into four sections---synagogue and prayers, sabbaths and festivals, life-cycle events, and miscellaneous
topics---this functions as an accurate, accessible guide to all things Jewish. 806 pages, softcover.
Jewish Publication Society.
The JPS Guide to Jewish Traditions
By Ronald L. Eisenberg / Jewish Pub Society
Divided into four
sections---synagogue and prayers, sabbaths and festivals, life-cycle events, and miscellaneous topics (e.g.,
literature, food, animals)---this functions as an accurate, accessible manual for all things Jewish, outlining
views from biblical times to the modern era. An excellent reference. 752 pages, hardcover.
Jews in the Time of Jesus
By Stephen M. Wylen / Paulist Press
The teachings of Jesus, his life
story, his relationships, the things that were said of him by early Christians - all are best understood
against the backdrop of Jesus' own time and place. Understanding Jewish life in the first century will help us
better understand Jesus' mission and how it relates to our own religious concerns today. The Jews in the Time
of Jesus is ideal for classroom use and for anyone who is interested in understanding the Jewish roots of
Return to the Fountainhead of the Faith: Reassess Christianity in the Light of World Idologies,
Church History, and its Jewish Origins
By Shelley Wood Gauld / Pleasant Word (winepress Pub)
This illustrated general reference book features information relating to three significant but less familiar
areas of study: world ideologies, Church History, and Christianity's inherent "Jewishness."
World Ideologies: If all religions were equally true and it was of no consequence whatsoever as to what
one believed, then the Christian faith would be negated. When viewed in the context of fourteen major world
ideologies, however, the unique value of its message becomes self-evident.
Church History: The foundation of the Western cultural heritage have, to a great extent, been shaped by
the convoluted history of the Church. An overview of this subject enables believers to come to terms with the
past and face the future with greater confidence.
Jewish Origins: Like a magnificent tapestry, the Hebrew tradition delights the senses and feeds the
soul. It offers not only refreshing insights, but a compelling ancient beauty. Over ninety original line
drawings set the stage for a correlation of New Testament principles with the history, worship, customs,
calendar and language of the Jews.
The Jewish Book of Why, Audio Cassette Edition
By Alfred J. Kolatch / Bradley's Book Clearance
clear, concise, and thoroughly informative guide to Jewish life and tradition, Rabbi Alfred J. Kolatch
explains both the significance and the origin of nearly every symbol and practice known to Jewish culture.
Dispelling many of the prevalent misconceptions that surround Jewish observance, this book is a fascinating
look at the biblical, historical, and sometimes superstitious influences that have informed Jewish law and
custom and made Judaism not just a religion, but a way of life. Abridged. 9 Hours on six cassettes. Read by
My Beloved Brothers and Sisters
By Reider Aasgaard / Continuum International
This book provides new
research on family and sibling relations in the Greco-Roman and Jewish context and discusses the relevant
texts on siblingship in the seven authentic Pauline letters. A main thesis is that the sibling terminology is
both central and charged with meaning for Paul. When he speaks of the Christians as siblings, he employs
contemporary notions of what sibling and family relations should be about: displaying emotional closeness,
show love, be tolerant and forgiving, defend family honour, and strive for familial harmony. In various
contexts Paul utilises these ideals rhetorically in order to influence the attitudes and behaviour of the
Christians, both internally and in relation to outsiders. Since siblingship and family relations were so
important in antiquity, Paul's use of this kind of language was significant and powerful. The book is an
in-depth study of Christian relations according to Paul. Its conclusions have important consequences for our
understanding of ethics and ecclesiology not only in Paul, but also in the New Testament in general. The book
combines metaphor theory, socio-historical perspectives and exegesis of Pauline texts in ways that produce new
insights both into Paul's thinking and into several passages of his letters.
Manners and Customs in the Bible, Third Edition
By Victor H. Matthews / Hendrickson Publishers / 2006 / Hardcover
one fully comprehend the Old Testament book of Ruth without understanding ancient Israelite marriage
traditions? Even a quick skim of the Gospels has you wondering about tax collectors, religious officials,
fishermen, and farmers. And so much is missed when reading Acts and the Epistles without some grasp of Roman
law and government. Now newly revised and fully updated, each chapter of Manners & Customs in the Bible
furnishes an introduction to the political and physical setting of specific periods in Israel's history and
outlines the basic structure of its social world. Scripture passages are featured alongside the text to keep
relevant biblical passages in view. 150 new color photos and illustrations, new maps and diagrams, and a new
glossary make this a must have resource for your library!
Victor H. Matthews is professor of religious studies at Southwest Missouri State University. He received a
PhD from Brandeis University and has written numerous popular as well as scholarly articles. He is the author
of Manners and Customs in the Bible, and co-author of Old Testament Parallels: Laws and Stories from
the Ancient Near East and The Social World of Ancient Israel.
Manners & Customs in the Bible, Revised
By Victor Matthews / Hendrickson Publishers / 1993 / Hardcover
It's hard to
understand the Bible if you don't understand ancient manners and customs. Each chapter of this handbook
focuses on a period in Israel's history to show how Scripture, as well as extrabiblical and archaeological
information, reveals details about ancient life. Relevant Scripture passages appear in the margins, and new
illustrations and photos have been added. 283 pages, hardcover from Hendrickson.
Manners and Customs in the Bible, Revised
By Victor Matthews / Hendrickson Publishers / 1991 / Trade Paperback
It's hard to
understand the Bible if you don't understand ancient manners and customs. That's why you'll want to refer
often to Matthews's newly revised handbook. Each chapter focuses on one period in Israel's history and shows
how selected scenes from Scripture (as well as material from extrabiblical and archaeological sources) throw
light on the daily life of the people at that time. Many other relevant Scripture passages now appear in a
marginal column, plus there are nearly two dozen new illustrations and photos. 320 pages, affordable softcover
Nelson's Illustrated Manners and Customs of the Bible
By Howard F. Vos / Thomas Nelson
being able to walk the streets of Abraham's birthplace, to visit the residents of David's united kingdom, to
adjust to life in Babylonian captivity, or to travel the roads of Palestine amid the latest buzz about the
carpenter's son from Nazareth.
Arranged in biblical order, this valuable Bible study companion takes you from the earliest recorded
civilizations in history through the end of the first Christian century, helping you to put the Bible into its
cultural context. For each of the twenty times and places in biblical history, you'll discover how everyday
life was affected by geography, government, warfare, housing, diet, dress, family, religion, work, travel,
commerce, and so many other things. Rather than blurring all the lands and cultures of the Bible into a
single, inaccurate "Bible time," this volume distinguishes the way life differed from period to period and
place to place.
- presented in easy-to-grasp language written for the layperson rather than the scholar
- thoroughly illustrated and hundreds of black and white photographs
- sidebars provide even more interesting detail about aspects of ancient cultures that illuminate the
Manners and Customs of the Bible
By Edited by J.I. Packer & M.C. Tenney / Thomas Nelson
more from Scripture with this storehouse of easy-access information and illustrations! Features over
6,000 entries from history to herbs; Bible outlines, people, and places; topical index; and more. 766 pages,
The New Manners & Customs of Bible Times, Revised and Updated
By Ralph Gower / Moody Publishers / 2005 / Hardcover
classic resource on biblical cultures---now even better! This updated edition features a reader-friendly
format with colorful photography and artwork; detailed maps, diagrams, and charts; Bible review sections at
the end of each chapter; Scripture and topic indexes; and even helpful tips for visits to the Holy Land. 400
pages, hardcover from Moody.
de Usos y Costumbres de los Tiempos Biblicos
and Customs of Bible Lands)
By Ralph Gower / Kregel Publications / 1990 / Trade Paperback
La Biblia fue escrita en una cultura sumamente diferente de la nuestra. Es por ello esencial que comprendamos
los usos y costumbres de la época para que podamos comprender a plentitud las Escrituras. Esta obra le abrirá
los ojos a los estilos de vida y costumbres de los escritores y personajes bíblicos, y de este modo le
facilitará una mejor comprensión de la Palabra de Dios. Este manual le proporciona detalladas exposiciones de
antiguas costumbres con respecto al matrimonio, la educación, la agricultura, el vestido, la economía, la
alimentación, la vivienda, el culto y otros asuntos de los tiempos bíblicos.
The Bible was written in
a culture radically different from ours. It is therefore essential that we understand the uses and the customs
of the age so we can gain a full understanding of the fullness of Scripture. This book will open your eyes to
the lifestyles and customs of writers and biblical people, and in this way will facilitate a better
understanding of the Word of God. This handbook provides detailed expositions of ancient customs with respect
to marriage, education, agriculture, clothing, economy, food, houses, worship, and many other things from
The New Manners & Customs of Bible Times
By Ralph Gower / Moody Publishers / 1987 / Hardcover
To understand the
Bible, you must understand the culture, customs and background of the Bible. This best-selling reference guide
takes you on a journey back to biblical times. Each chapter is filled with colorful photography and artwork
that brings the Bible to life explaining crafts, occupations, archaeological finds, sculpture, and daily life,
food, housing, worship, farming, customs and more. Diagrams, maps,and charts offer more detailed analysis of
Bible times. Also includes a useful scriptural and topical index and helpful tips on trips to the Holy Land.
• "Look at Your Bible" sections give special
• More than 160 full color and black and white
• 58 pieces of original artwork
The New Manners & Customs of the Bible
By James M. Freeman / Bridge-logos Publishing / 1998 / Trade Paperback
The New Manners
& Customs of the Bible has over 700 Scripture references, in sequence, from Genesis to Revelation, hundreds of
cross-references, dozens of popular expressions that came from the Bible, and many more black and white
illustrations and photographs than in Freeman's original version.
Manners & Customs of the Bible
By James Freeman / Whitaker House Publishers / 1996 / Trade Paperback
This book answers many
questions about the Bible. You will learn: What it meant to be adopted in Bible times; Who the magi were; How
lots were used; How the potter formed clay; What a whited sepulcher is; What fiery darts are; What it means to
be espoused; Why Jesus is crowned with many crowns; What it means to be engraved on the palm of God's hand.
This valuable resource goes book by book through the Bible, explaining many customs practiced in Bible times.
Illustrated Bible Summary Series: Manners & Customs of Bible Times
By B & H Publishing Group
illustrated, full-color resource is arranged topically and provides concise information about biblical homes
and family life; food and meals; clothing; marriage; health; education; economy; cities and towns; and
recreation and sports. This is an ideal topical survey for pastors, teachers, and laypersons and is designed
for quick access. Previously published as Shepherd's Notes. Features thirty-three photos and eighteen
illustrations. Part of the Illustrated Bible Summary Series.