REVIEW OF BOOKS Books and articles sent to the secretary of this Journal will be reviewed as soon as possible. Philip S. ALEXANDER (ed. and tr.), Judaism (Textual Sources for the Study of Religion), Manchester University Press, Manchester 1984, x and 198 pp., cloth £17.50, paper £5.95. This book is part of a new series of textbooks designed for university courses in religion. Two others have already appeared: Sikhism (ed. W. H. McLEOD) and Zorasterism (ed. Mary BOYCE). Several other volumes are in preparation. ALEXANDER has arranged the selected readings under topics, and the sources range from talmudic, midrashic, and targumic literature through the middle ages and modern times, the most recent being from 1962. These are preceded by an introduction which treats each of the topics. The topics include 1) Scripture and Tradition, 2) Liturgy, 3) Tales of Saints and Scholars, 4) Religious Law, 5) Ethical Literature, 6) Philosophy and Theology, 7) Mystical Literature, 8) Modern Movements, Modern Thinkers, 9) Religion and Politics, and 10) Society and the Jews. The translations are lively as well as accurate, and the introduction gives a clear picture of the issues. This will be a good textbook for use in introduc-
Journal for the Study of Judaism – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1985
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