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One Hundred Great Jewish Books
One Hundred Great Jewish Books

One Hundred Great Jewish Books

Three Millennia of Jewish Conversation


368 Pages, 5.5 x 8.5

Trade Paper, $16.95 (US $16.95) (CA $17.95)

Publication Date: October 2011

ISBN 9781933346311

Rights: WOR X AU, EUR, NZ & UK

BlueBridge (Oct 2011)

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A survey of the great works of the Jewish tradition

Over many centuries, Judaism has consistently demonstrated a particular fondness for books and literacy, and this guide allows readers to listen in on the Jewish conversation across many centuries—from the Hebrew Bible and the rabbinic masterpieces to the pressing subjects of the early 21st century. It introduces great works of biography, spirituality, theology, poetry, fiction, history, and political theory. With a special focus on modern American Jewish life and the two core events of contemporary Jewish history—the Holocaust and the founding of the State of Israel—this overview guides readers to books espousing virtually all types of historic and modern Judaic expression. Each of the chronologically arranged entries examines one title within its historical context, provides information about the author, and gives a clear and focused summary of its content.


"Hoffman's lucid and eloquent interpretations will appeal to Jewish and non-Jewish readers searching to understand Judaism and to 'connect the dots' in their own lives." —Publisher's Weekly on The Journey Home

"The ultimate Jewish book review! Lawrence Hoffman has made a fascinating selection of one hundred great Jewish books, offering a brief introduction to each. This reader-friendly approach masks a wide-ranging erudition, embracing the great variety of Jewish literature throughout the ages. Want to know what Jewish books are worth reading? You could have no better guide!"—Rabbi Arthur Green, Rector, Hebrew College Rabbinical School

"Rabbi Hoffman is widely regarded as one of the most brilliant scholars in Jewish life today. This, his latest book, is Hoffman at his best: wise, artful, and deeply engaging. It is a spectacular introduction to Judaism in a new and exciting way: a conversation through the ages that his book opens up in a compelling and page-turning way."—Rabbi Richard Jacobs, President-Elect, Union for Reform Judaism

"What is a great Jewish book? In this fascinating volume, renowned scholar and omnivorous reader Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman offers wise, pithy introductions to one hundred amazing books, each a vibrant participant in the clamorous Jewish conversation that began when God called out to Abraham and continues still. Anyone interested in the greatest productions of the People of the Book should start here."—Jonathan D. Sarna, Chief Historian, National Museum of American Jewish History

"Rabbi Hoffman . . . has compiled a list of what he considers to be great Jewish books. . . . The selections are organized by broad topic. . . . Guaranteed to spark conversation and offer excellent selections for book clubs." —Booklist (November 1, 2011)

Author Biography

Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman is a rabbi and the Barbara and Stephen Friedman Professor of Liturgy, Worship, and Ritual at Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City. He lectures widely on bringing spiritual innovation into contemporary Jewish life and is the author of many books, including Israel: A Spiritual Travel Guide, The Journey Home, and the National Jewish Book Award winner My People's Prayer Book.