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By Martin Goodman

Judaism is by means of far the oldest of the 3 Abrahamic religions and, regardless of the terribly diverse types it has taken and numerous ideals it has contained over 3 millennia, it's been usually understood via either Jews and gentiles as a unmarried entity. there were many histories of the Jewish humans yet remarkably few makes an attempt to narrate the historical past and evolution of Judaism itself. during this ebook, the 1st complete, single-volume paintings of its sort in English, Martin Goodman explains how Judaism got here to be and the way it has constructed from one interval to a different, in addition to the ways that its forms have with regards to every one other.

A heritage of Judaism levels from the religion's inception amidst polytheistic societies within the moment and primary millennia BCE, throughout the Temple cult on the time of Jesus to the rabbis, mystics and messiahs of medieval and early sleek occasions and, ultimately, the numerous denominations of the modern Jewish global. it's a really worldwide tale, spanning (of direction) the center East, Europe and North Africa, but additionally China, India and the USA, and one who debts for the threads of doctrinal and philosophical debate operating throughout the religion's heritage in addition to the associations on which (or in response to which) all sorts of Judaism are established. This ebook addresses one of many world's nice religions on a grander scale than any predecessor.

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