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    • Jewish Intellectual History: 16th to 20th Century

    • By: David B. Ruderman, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: David B. Ruderman
    • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
    • Original Recording
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    Over the last four centuries, a small group of thinkers attempted to answer a series of remarkably challenging questions: In a world having a history of untold suffering-especially, it seemed, for Jews-was the existence of an all-powerful and comforting God still tenable? What were the purpose and meaning of Jewish practices and customs? Could Jews still justify the notion of a chosen people in a social climate in which Jewish integration and full participation with the rest of humanity had become the norm?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Gem! Best treatment of material I've ever read.

    • By Yury on 12-29-13

    Regular price: $34.95

    • Between Cross and Crescent: Jewish Civilization from Mohammed to Spinoza

    • By: David B. Ruderman, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: David B. Ruderman
    • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
    • Original Recording
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 71
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 67
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 66

    Experience the evolution of all of Jewish life during the 10 critical centuries from its rabbinic foundations in late antiquity until the dawn of modernity in the 17th century. During this time, Judaism was forever affected by its encounters with the surrounding social, economic, political, and intellectual environments of both medieval Islam and Christendom. As a result of those encounters, new pathways of philosophical inquiry and religious spirituality would be formed. The Hebrew language would find new ways of artistic expression. And the role of Jews in the life of the surrounding community would be changed forever.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Starts slow and abstract, but improves

    • By Philo on 10-06-14

    Regular price: $34.95