Reflections on the Major Holy Days of Judaism

by Dr. Martin Sicker



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 13/04/2020

Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 188
ISBN : 9781796097498
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 188
ISBN : 9781796097504

About the Book

It should come as no surprise that Judaism, which has existed as the religion and culture of the children of Israel since the days of Moses, more than three millennia ago, has had occasion to institute markers reflective of its development and history from then to the present day. The present work, ‘Reflections on the Major Holy Days of Judaism,’ is intentionally limited in scope to those occasions earmarked as ‘holy convocations’ in the primary sourcebooks of Judaism, The Five Books of Moses, known in Jewish lore as the Torah, and in many translations as the Pentateuch. It is these ‘holy convocations’ that dominate Judaism’s annual religious and liturgical calendar, yet the biblical texts that ordain them are in many instances less than clear with regard to their observance. As a result, over the millennia since their original promulgation, scholars and others have struggled with the problem of defining in acceptable and actionable terms the purported intent of the sacred texts, a process that continues to the present day. This study recalls the notable reflections of scholars since the first century C.E., as well as their disagreements, on the evolution of the Major Holy Days of Judaism, their significance, traditions, and distinctive customs.

About the Author

Dr. Martin Sicker is a writer and lecturer on the Middle East and Jewish history and religion. His is the author of 54 previous books including Reading Genesis Politically; The Trials of Abraham; The Exodus and the Reluctant Prophet; The Convocation at Sinai; The Theopolitical Discourses of Moses; The First Book of Samuel; The Second Book of Samuel; The Book of Joshua, The Book of Judges, Studies of the Narratives in the Book of Genesis, and The Evolution of Judaism from Ezra to the Present.