The Encyclopaedia of Judaism, 2nd Edition

  • Editor: Alan J. Avery-Peck
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  • ISBN-10: 9047403819
  • ISBN-13: 9789047403814
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 2948 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2005 | Published/Released June 2007
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2005

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This new edition of the prize-winning The Encyclopaedia of Judaism is nearly double the size of the original three-volume edition. It features 52 new entries and includes the two separately published supplementary volumes and bibliographic updates.

This 4-volume second edition offers an authoritative, comprehensive, and systematic presentation of the current state of scholarship on fundamental issues of Judaism, both past and present. While heavy emphasis is placed on the classical literature of Judaism and its history, this edition also includes principal entries on circumcision, genetic engineering, homosexuality, intermarriage in American Judaism, and other acutely contemporary issues.

Articles are written in essay form, and many are illustrated for further emphasis. The elaborate index facilitates ready access to significant people, places, and other factual information. This invaluable reference work is written for an audience from all backgrounds, scholars and general readers alike.

The work was published in print format in 2005.



  • Alan J. Avery-Peck

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Board of Consulting Editors.
Preface to First Edition.
Preface to Second Edition.
List of Figures and Maps.
1: Abortion in Jewish Religious Law.
2: Aggadah.
3: Aggadah in the Halakhah.
4: Altruism in Judaism.
5: Ancient Judaisms—Modern Syntheses.
6: Anti-Gnostic Polemics in Rabbinic Literature.
7: Apocalyptic Judaism.
8: Aramaic in Judaism, The History of.
9: Art and Material Culture of Judaism—Medieval Through Modern Times.
10: Art and Symbol in Judaism.
11: Astral Israel.
12: Astrology and Ancient Judaism.
13: Astrology and Magic in Medieval Jewish Thought.
14: Astronomy in Ancient Judaism.
15: Augustine and Judaism.
16: Australia, Practice of Judaism in.
17: Bestiary, Rabbinic.
18: Bible Interpretation: How Judaism Reads the Bible.
19: The Biblical Foundations of Judaism.
20: Biblical Interpretation in Rabbinic Literature: Historical and Philological Aspects.
21: Biblical Interpretation, Medieval French.
22: Biography in Rabbinic Judaism.
23: Biology and the Law of Judaism.
24: Biomedical Ethics, Halakhic Approaches to.
25: Britain, Practice of Judaism in.
26: Calendar of Judaism.
27: Charity in Judaism.
28: China, Practice of Judaism in.
29: Christianity on Judaism in Ancient and Medieval Times.
30: Christianity on Judaism in Modern Times.
31: Christianity, Medieval Jewish Debates with.
32: Circumcision.
33: Circumcision, the Current Controversy.
34: Cloning.
35: Codification of Jewish Law—Medieval.
36: Codification of Jewish Law—Modern.
37: Consensus in Rabbinic Theology (Aggadah) and the “Another Matter”-Composite.
38: Conservative Judaism.
39: Conversion in Judaism.
40: Conversos.
41: Conversos in Medieval Spain.
42: Cosmology, Judaic Theories of.
43: Covenant.
44: Creeds.
45: The Dead Sea Writings.
46: The Dead Sea Writings, the Judaism(s) of.
47: Death and Afterlife, Judaic Doctrines of.
48: Debates in Rabbinic Judaism: Amplifying the Dispute.
49: Deuteronomy in Judaism.
50: Dialectics in Judaism.
51: Disabilities, Judaism and.
52: Diseases in Jewish Sources.
53: Disputes on Law in Rabbinic Judaism.
54: Eastern Europe, Practice of Judaism in.
55: Ecology in Ancient Judaism.
56: Economics, Judaism and.
57: Election of Israel.
58: Emotions, Doctrine of, in Judaism.
59: Ethics of Judaism.
60: Ethiopia, Judaism in.
61: Evil Eye in Judaism.
62: Evil and Suffering, Judaic Doctrines of.
63: Exegesis of Scripture, Medieval Rabbinic.
64: Exodus in Judaism.
List of Figures.