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Judaism

Israel Abrahams

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Title: Judaism

Author: Israel Abrahams

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JUDAISM

By

ISRAEL ABRAHAMS, M.A.

READER IN TALMUDIC AND RABBINIC LITERATURE

UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE

FOREWORD

The writer has attempted in this volume to take up a few of the most

characteristic points in Jewish doctrine and practice, and to explain

some of the various phases through which they have passed, since the

first centuries of the Christian era.

The presentation is probably much less detached than is the case

with other volumes in this series. But the difference was scarcely

avoidable. The writer was not expounding a religious system which has

no relation to his own life. On the contrary, the writer is himself a

Jew, and thus is deeply concerned personal y in the matters discussed

in the book.

The reader must be warned to keep this fact in mind throughout. On the one

hand, the book must suffer a loss of objectivity; but, on the other hand,

there may be some compensating gain of intensity. The author trusts,

at al events, that, though he has not written with indifference, he

has escaped the pitfal of undue partiality.

I. A.

CONTENTS

I. THE LEGACY FROM THE PAST

II. RELIGION AS LAW

III. ARTICLES OF FAITH

IV. SOME CONCEPTS OF JUDAISM

V. SOME OBSERVANCES OF JUDAISM

VI. JEWISH MYSTICISM

VII. ESCHATOLOGY

VIII. THE SURVIVAL OF JUDAISM

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