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The Jewish People Their History and Their Religion by David J. Goldberg, John D. Rayner

The Jewish People Their History and Their Religion



The Jewish People Their History and Their Religion by David J. Goldberg, John D. Rayner

'This handsomely produced and interestingly illustrated volume is two works in one. The first part offers a survey of Jewish history and literature. The second part presents what the preface describes as 'a thematic analysis of the teachings and practices of Judaism.'' Israel Finestein, Jewish Chronicle 'Fluently written, with an admirable fair-mindedness in surveying both history and belief.' A.J. Shermann, Times Literary Supplement 'The intelligent non-expert gets a clear picture of Jewish life, letters and history and it will be an endlessly useful reference book.' Julia Neuberger, Times Educational Supplement 'A wide-ranging account of things Jewish that one can truly recommend to intellectually curious Gentiles, as well as to the majority of modern secularized Jews who know relatively little about their complex tradition.' Louis Marcus, Irish Times

About the Author

Rabbi Dr. David J. Goldberg OBE is Emeritus Rabbi of The Liberal Jewish Synagogue, London, having served the congregation as Associate then Senior Rabbi since 1975. The Liberal Jewish Synagogue is one of the oldest, largest and most prestigious Progressive congregations in the world, with an eminent membership that includes many well-known figures in the Arts, theatre, academia and public life. Educated at Manchester Grammar School, Oxford University and Trinity College, Dublin, David Goldberg received his rabbinic ordination from Leo Baeck College, London in 1971. Widely known in Jewish and general circles for his radical theological views and trenchant criticisms of Israeli policy in the Occupied Territories, he is a regular contributor on religious and political topics to BBC programmes and leading newspapers such as The Times, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, The Independent, etc. He is the author or editor of several books, including The Jewish People: Their History and their Religion (Viking,1987, Penguin,1989), Towards the Promised Land: A History of Zionist Thought (Penguin,1996), the Italian edition of which won the 1999 Premio Iglesias as best book in the Religion and Culture category (it is shortly to be reissued by Faber Finds), and The Divided Self: Israel and the Jewish Psyche Today (I B Tauris, 2006). A long-time advocate of Israel-Palestine peace, he was one of the first British Jews to be invited to meet President Arafat after the signing of the Oslo Accords in 1993. In 1999, he was awarded the Gold Medal of the International Council of Christians and Jews for his 'outstanding contribution to interfaith harmony', having been the initiator of the first Jewish-Christian-Muslim dialogue meetings to be held in the UK. In 2004 he had the Order of Officer of the British Empire (OBE) conferred on him by HM the Queen in recognition of his services to interfaith work.

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Publication date

2nd February 2012


David J. Goldberg, John D. Rayner

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Faber & Faber


440 pages


Social & cultural history



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