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Book Title: A Short History of the Jewish People: From Legendary Times to Modern Statehood|
The author of the book: Raymond P. Scheindlin
Edition: Oxford University Press, USA
Date of issue: July 27th 2000
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ISBN 13: 9780195139419
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Where did the Jews come from? How did they retain their strong sense of community through centuries of dispersion? How have the Jews of the present, with their proud ethnic identity and thriving national home, emerged out of the downtrodden Jews of the past? Such questions arise naturally in the minds of anyone contemplating the long history of Jewish people. In one concise, authoritative volume, A Short History of the Jewish People provides insights and answers.
This sweeping and highly informative work presents the major geographical, cultural, and political forces that have determined the course of Jewish history, introducing the many individuals, both religious and secular, who have shaped the character, mindset, and prospects of the Jewish people. Organized chronologically, the narrative follows the Jewish experience from legendary times to the peace agreements currently being negotiated in the Middle East. And, to give this overview an international and timely perspective, Raymond P. Scheindlin focuses his study on the pivotal events and dominant communities within each historical period.
Written by a respected Hebrew scholar, cultural historian, noted author, and rabbi, A Short History of the Jewish People carefully describes the story of a people as varied as the many cultures in which they have lived. Including detailed maps and stirring photos, as well as timelines and sidebars, this pioneering work is a valuable resource for anyone broadly curious about the Jewish people.
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Read information about the authorRaymond P. Scheindlin is professor of Medieval Hebrew Literature at The Jewish Theological Seminary and director of JTS's Shalom Spiegel Institute of Medieval Hebrew Poetry. He has been on the JTS faculty since 1974 and served as provost from 1984 to 1988.
Dr. Scheindlin teaches and conducts research on the encounter of Hebrew and Arabic cultures in Spain, especially as embodied in the poetry of the two traditions. An expert on Arabic literature, Dr. Scheindlin is the author of a reference book widely used by students of Arabic titled 201 Arabic Verbs and reissued as 501 Arabic Verbs in 2007. His thesis, a study of a medieval Arab poet from Spain, was published as a book in 1975.
Dr. Scheindlin has also pursued an interest in literary translation, having published translations of a Yiddish novella by Mendele Mocher Seforim and of a number of medieval Hebrew fictions. Combining the results of his research with his interest in translation, he published a book on secular Hebrew poetry in Muslim Spain titled Wine, Women, and Death: Medieval Hebrew Poems on the Good Life (1986). This was followed in 1991 by a companion volume on religious poetry titled The Gazelle: Medieval Hebrew Poems on God, Israel, and the Soul.
Dr. Scheindlin's translation of the late Ismar Elbogen's monumental history of the Jewish liturgy appeared in 1993. Other books include The Book of Job (W.W. Norton, 1998), a verse translation of the biblical book with introduction and notes; and A Short History of the Jewish People (Macmillan, 1998). He was coeditor of a volume of the Cambridge History of Arabic Literature titled The Literature of Al-Andalus (2000).
Dr. Scheindlin has been the recipient of the Cultural Achievement Award of the National Foundation for Jewish Culture (2004), a Cullman Fellow at the New York Public Library (2005–2006), and a visiting professor at Harvard University (spring 2007). His latest book, a study of the pilgrimage poems of Judah Halevi entitled Song of the Distant Dove, appeared in 2007.
Dr. Scheindlin was a Guggenheim Fellow in 1988. He served for three years as the part-time rabbi of the Kane Street Synagogue in Brooklyn, New York. He is vice president of the American Academy of Jewish Research and a member of PEN American Center, as well as a member of the editorial boards of the journals Jewish Quarterly Review and Edebiyat. Dr. Scheindlin served on the faculties of McGill and Cornell universities before assuming his position at JTS.
A native of Philadelphia, Dr. Scheindlin received a BA in Oriental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, an MHL and rabbinic ordination from JTS, and a PhD from Columbia University.