In this stimulating work Jacob Neusner, a leading expert in his field, explains how the ancient tales of Judaism are an integral part of the present-day faith. Above all, he emphasizes how enthralling and timeless narratives shape the lives of all those who practise Judaism today.
Exploring various facets of Judaism in everyday life - sacred festivals, home and family, the social order of the community, law and theology - Neusner allows us to see how modern Judaism has emerged from sources in the Bible, the Talmud and other holy writings.
He examines how the Scriptures are retold and adapted today, in particular the inclusion of women into the Judaic story. The result is a comprehensive and wide-ranging study of both the roots and the living religion of Judaism.