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The Oxford Handbook of Jewish Studies

Edited by Martin Goodman, Jeremy Cohen, and David Sorkin

Publication Date - 24 February 2005

ISBN: 9780199280322

1052 pages

The most comprehensive and authoritative guide available


The Oxford Handbook of Jewish Studies reflects the current state of scholarship in the field as analyzed by an international team of experts in the different and varied areas represented within contemporary Jewish Studies. Unlike recent attempts to encapsulate the current state of Jewish Studies, the Oxford Handbook is more than a mere compendium of agreed facts; rather, it is an exhaustive survey of current interests and directions in the field.

About the Author(s)

Martin Goodman is Professor of Jewish Studies at the University of Oxford. Jeremy Cohen is Professor of Jewish Studies at Tel Aviv University. David Sorkin is Professor of Jewish History at the University of Wisconsin.


"This informative collection of essays covers all main areas currently taught and researched throughout the world, especially in Europe, the United States and Israel ... this volume is a vital reference source, and will be of enormous benefit to undergraduates, graduates, and interested readers ... as a state-of-the-art exploration of Jewish studies, this book is of seminal importance.' Dan Cohn-Sherbok, The Church Times

"... Jewish studies scholars will welcome a work that enables them to find out everything they wanted to know, along with a whole lot of things they didn't know they wanted to know and about which they will now be able to hold intelligent conversations. In all, highly recommended."-- Jewish Chronicle

Table of Contents

    1. The Nature of Jewish Studies, Martin Goodman
    2.1a. Biblical Studies and Jewish Studies, Alan Cooper
    2.2a. Jews and Judaism in the Second Temple Period, Martin Goodman
    2.2b. Jewish Literature in the Second Temple Period, John Collins
    2.3a. Jews and Judaism in the Talmudic Period, Seth Schwartz
    2.3b. Classical Rabbinic Literature, Catherine Heszer
    3.1. Medieval Jewry in Christendom, Ram Ben-Shalom
    3.2. Medieval Jewry in the World of Islam, Mark Cohen
    3.3. Rabbinic Scholarship in the Middle Ages, Israel Ta-Shma
    3.4. Medieval Judaism, Joseph Dan
    3.5. Medieval Jewish Literature, Eli Yassif and Tova Rosen
    3.6. Medieval Karaism, Meira Polliack
    4.1. Oriental and Sephardic Jewry since 1492, Sarah Stein
    4.2. European Jewry in the Early Modern Period, 1492 to 1750, Elisheva Carlebach
    4.3. Western and Central European Jewry in the Modern Period, 1750-1933, David Rechter
    4.4. Eastern European Jewry in the Modern Period, 1750-1939, Michael Stanislawski
    4.5. The Holocaust and its Aftermath, Saul Friedlander
    4.6. Settlement and State in the Land of Israel, Ilan Troen
    4.7. Jews and Judaism in America, Hasia Diner
    5.1a. Hebrew Language, Pablo-Isaac Kirtchuk
    5.1b. Modern Hebrew Literature, Glenda Abramson
    5.2. Yiddish Studies, Cecilia Kuznitz
    5.3. Ladino Studies, Ora Schwarzwald
    5.4. Judaeo-Arabic and judaeo-Persian Studies, Geoffrey Khan
    5.5. Other Diaspora Jewish Literatures since 1492, Ilan Stavans
    6.1. Halakha and Law, Bernard Jackson, with B. Lifshitz, A. Gray, and D.B. Sinclair
    6.2. Bible Interpretation, Michael Fishbane
    6.3. Mysticism and Magic, Elliot Wolfson
    6.4. Liturgy, Lawrence Hoffman
    6.5. Jewish Philosophy and Theology, Paul Mendes-Flohr
    7. Jewish Women's Studies, Tal Ilan
    8. Demography, Sergio Della Pergola
    9. Art, Architecture, and Archaeology, Lee Levine
    10. Music, Phil Bohlman
    11. Theatre, Gad Kaynar and Ahuvia Belkin
    12. Film, Moshe Zimerman
    13. Antisemitism, Wolfgang Benz
    14. Folklore and Ethnography, Galit Hasan-Rokem
    15. Modern Jewish Society and Sociology, Harvey Goldberg