Modelled on the highly acclaimed Dictionary of Christian Biography (Continuum 2001), the Dictionary of Jewish Biography provides a rapid reference to all those Jewish men and women who have, over the last four thousand years, contributed to the life, history and study of Judaism in all its facets.
The landmark Encyclopaedia Judaica, lauded as the standard work on Judaism since first appearing in the early 1970s, has been extensively revised and expanded for this long-awaited new edition. Included in this new work are more than 22,000 signed entries on Jewish life, culture, history and religion, written by Israeli, American and European subject specialists.
Providing an exhaustive and organized overview of Jewish life and knowledge from the Second Temple period to the contemporary State of Israel, from Rabbinic to modern Yiddish literature, from Kabbalah to "Americana" and from Zionism to the contribution of Jews to world cultures, Encyclopaedia Judaica, Second Edition is important to scholars, general readers and students.
By including 52 previously unpublished entries in addition to the entries from the supplementary editions in this second edition, editors Neusner (U. of South Florida and Bard College), Avery-Peck (College of the Holy Cross), and Green (U. of Rochester) have nearly doubled the size of the original three-volume Encyclopedia. They have also updated the bibliographies for all 225 entries. The goal of presenting a comprehensive and systematic presentation of Judaism that covers the religion's history, literature, beliefs, observances, practices and world-view, and place in the context of society and culture remains. A heavy emphasis is placed on Judaism's classical literature and its history, but contemporary issues such as genetic engineering, circumcision, and intermarriage are treated in the context of the law and theology of the religious tradition and its authoritative writings.
(Available Online) The Hebrew language has one of the longest attested histories of any of the world's languages, with records of its use from antiquity until modern times. Although it ceased to be a spoken language by the 2nd century C.E., Hebrew continued to be used and to develop in the form of a literary and liturgical language until its revival as a vernacular in the 20th century.
Covering the humanities, arts, social sciences, sport, and popular culture in both biographical and topic entries ranging from 200 to 1000 words,culture is defined very broadly. In addition, there are also 5000 word essays, predominantly written by scholars and academics, which contextualize the shorter entries, and provide overviews to aspects of culture in the Jewish world.
Based on the research of an international, multidisciplinary team of specialist contributors, this groundbreaking reference work features over 150 A-Z entries on Jewish civilization between the fall of the Western Roman Empire (476 CE) and the discovery of the New World in 1492. Not limited to any one aspect of the Jewish experience, many entries cover topics that have never before been dealt with in Judaic or medieval reference works.