Understanding Jewish History: Text and Commentaries

Understanding Jewish History: Text and Commentaries

Understanding Jewish History: Text and Commentaries

Understanding Jewish History: Texts and Commentaries provides a firsthand exposure to the breadth and diversity of the Jewish experience. Drawing upon the author's 20 years of experience in college teaching and adult education, this book will stimulate the reader to search not only for information and historical context, but also for a personal encounter with Jewish teachings and traditions, asking what claims, if any, does the past have upon our lives today. Organized into 34 chapters, Understanding Jewish Historysurveys the range of the Jewish experience from the biblical covenant to contemporary relations between Israel and world Jewry. Each chapter contains both primary source materials and extensive historical content and analyses, as well as bibliography.

 

Advance Praise
 

Stimulating reading and an invaluable outpouring of learning
-The Booklist

 

An interesting and useful book that gives a tour d'horizon of the sweep of Jewish history in a series of mini-essays accompanied by well-chosen primary documents.
-Rabbi Irving Greenberg


President
CLAL-National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership

Dr. Steven Bayme offers a new approach, the combining of historical treatment and key sources in one volume. Dr. Bayme's organization of key developments of the Jewish past is clear and sensible; his broad depictions of these key developments is judicious and balanced; his selection of sources is sensitive and illuminating.
-Professor Robert Chazan


S.H. and Helen R. Scheuer Professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies
New York University