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Senker, Cath.
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Publication Information:
Columbus, Ohio : Peter Bedrick Books, 2002.

Physical Description:
46 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 30 cm.
Presents the historical development of Judaism from the age of the patriarchs to the birth of Israel and the Jewish faith around the world today.
General Note:
Includes index.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 7.8 1.0 53842.
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Judaism is the oldest monotheistic faith--the first with believers who worship just one God. However, Judaism is not simply a set of beliefs. It teaches that a person serves God by studying the scriptures and practicing what they teach. The story of Judaism is the story of the Jewish people. This book examines the history of the Jewish people and their culture, religion, and traditions.

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Booklist Review

Gr. 3-6. These large-format books about religious history and culture from the World of Beliefs offer short paragraphs illustrated by a copious assortment of photographs and paintings. They approximate the DK format, but they're more crowded and less attractive. In each volume, history, traditions, and contemporary practices are discussed. In Judaism, the ably written narrative moves through sacred texts and holidays to the millennia of persecution and the creation of the Israeli state. Islam introduces Muhammad and the Koranic revelation and examines contemporary political situations and the role of women in the Islamic world. Perhaps inevitably, much is left out. While Jewish death rituals are discussed, the kaddish (prayer for the dead) is never mentioned. In Islam, the Battle of Karbala, one of the most significant events of Islamic history, is ignored, and the section "Tolerance and Intolerance" doesn't mention tolerance at all; Salman Rushdie is all that's discussed. These aren't intended to be comprehensive introductions to religious traditions, but both books offer straightforward if limited information about religious traditions. --John Green

School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-7-These series titles present double-page topic treatments on the history of the religion and its adherents, as well as the beliefs and practices of the faithful. Each one includes numerous color drawings, photos, maps, and reproductions with detailed captions or text boxes against light backgrounds. Unfortunately, the texts are simplistic and may confuse readers. For example, in Christianity, the discussion of the Reformation and the Protestant persecutions is cursory; the spread on the seven sacraments (of which only two are accepted by all branches of the faith) also includes "The Ten Commandments" and "Service to others"; and the only leaders pictured in the section on the modern church are Pope John Paul II, Mother Teresa, and the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. While the information on daily Jewish life and rituals is well presented, readers will find the treatment of some of the more complex topics and periods of Judaism (the Diaspora, the Holocaust, and early Jewish history) too brief and possibly unclear. Purchase only where supplemental material is needed.-Elizabeth M. Reardon, McCallie School, Chattanooga, TN (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.