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World religions in America : an introduction
Neusner, Jacob, 1932-2016.
Revised and expanded.
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Louisville, Ky. : Westminster John Knox Press, [2000]

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xii, 271 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
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Revised and expanded edition of this panoramic survey of the world's religions, as practised in America.

Author Notes

Jacob Neusner was born in Hartford, Connecticut on July 28, 1932. He received a bachelor's degree in history from Harvard University in 1953. He studied at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, where he was ordained a Conservative rabbi and received a master's degree in Hebrew letters in 1960. He also received a doctorate in religion from Columbia University. He taught at Dartmouth College, Brown University, and the University of South Florida before joining the religion department at Bard College in 1994. He retired from there in 2014.

He was a religious historian and one of the world's foremost scholars of Jewish rabbinical texts. He published more than 900 books during his lifetime including A Life of Yohanan ben Zakkai; The Way of Torah: An Introduction to Judaism; Judaism: The Evidence of the Mishnah; Strangers at Home: The 'Holocaust,' Zionism, and American Judaism; Translating the Classics of Judaism: In Theory and in Practice; Why There Never Was a 'Talmud of Caesarea': Saul Lieberman's Mistakes; and Judaism: An Introduction. He wrote The Bible and Us: A Priest and a Rabbi Read Scripture Together with Andrew M. Greeley and A Rabbi Talks with Jesus with Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, the future Pope Benedict XVI. He also edited and translated, with others, nearly the entirety of the Jewish rabbinical texts. He died on October 8, 2016 at the age of 84.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Library Journal Review

In this work, whose format suggests a collection of essays instead of a standard textbook, each of 14 chapters is devoted to a religious group or topic and written by a prominent scholar in the field of religious studies. The scholars provide factual data concerning each religion or topic, as well as their personal observations, opinions, and conclusions, giving the student not only a well-informed introduction to religions in America but also a sense that these religions are alive, active, and relevant to one's and the world's well-being. Of special interest are the chapters on religion and its relationship to women, politics, and society in general. Every chapter ends with study questions, essay topics, word explorations, and a further reading list. Recommended for high school libraries and undergraduate college libraries.-- Glenn Masuchika, Chaminade Univ. Lib., Honolulu (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Jacob NeusnerSam GillMartin E. MartyPeter J. ParisAndrew M. GreeleyJusto L. GonzalezJaroslav PelikanJacob NeusnerGerald James LarsonMalcolm David EckelRobert S. EllwoodJohn L. EspositoDell deChantDanny L. JorgensenElizabeth Fox-GenoveseAndrew M. GreeleyWilliam Scott Green
List of Illustrationsp. vii
Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
1. Native Americans and Their Religionsp. 8
2. Protestant Christianity in the World and in Americap. 24
3. The Religious World of African Americansp. 48
4. The Catholics in the World and in Americap. 66
5. The Religious World of Hispanic Americansp. 78
6. Orthodox Christianity in the World and in Americap. 92
7. Judaism in the World and in Americap. 106
8. Hinduism in India and in Americap. 124
9. Buddhism in the World and in Americap. 142
10. East Asian Religions in Today's Americap. 154
11. Islam in the World and in Americap. 172
12. World Religions Made in the U.S.A.p. 184
13. The Latter-day Saint (Mormon) Religion in America and the Worldp. 204
14. Religion and Women in Americap. 222
15. Religion and Politics in Americap. 234
16. Religion and Society in Americap. 246
Glossaryp. 255
Indexp. 261