From Mesopotamia to Modernity is a one volume introduction to both Jewish history and literature from its earliest times up to the present. Leading experts in each field of Jewish history and literature contribute original and comprehensive essays introducing their subjects. Beginning readers will learn the rudiments for further study, and scholars will be refreshed by the balanced, yet challenging treatments found here.These introductory essays cover most major aspects of Jewish studies from the Bible and its time up to modern Judaism. The work is designed to serve undergraduate and graduate courses in Judaism as well as Church and Synagogue adult study courses. Ideal for reading groups, this work will lead readers to further study of the varied subjects considered. Each essay covers the basic field, be it in a given era of Jewish history or in a defined area of Jewish literature. Suggestions for further reading will assist the reader in moving beyond this volume to explore a given area in further detail. The introductions range from encyclopedic detail through elegiac essay and enthusiastic appreciation of the field considered. The authors hold positions in major academic institutions throughout the United States and Israel.

chapter |7 pages


ByBurton L. Visotzky, David E. Fishman

chapter 1|28 pages

The Hebrew Bible

ByOra Horn Prouser

chapter 2|19 pages

Jewish History and Culture in the Hellenistic Period

ByAlbert I. Baumgarten

chapter 4|32 pages

The Literature of the Rabbis

ByBurton L. Visotzky

chapter 5|24 pages

The History of Medieval Jewry

ByRobert Chazan

chapter 6|40 pages

Medieval Jewish Literature

ByRaymond P. Scheindlin

chapter 7|14 pages

Medieval Jewish Philosophy

ByWarren Zev Harvey

chapter 8|26 pages

Modern Jewish History

ByDavid E. Fishman

chapter 9|25 pages

History of Soviet Jewry

ByZvi Gitelman

chapter 10|22 pages

Modern Jewish Literature

ByDavid G. Roskies