Early modern religious and intellectual developments

Authored by: Dean Phillip Bell

The Routledge Companion to Jewish History and Historiography

Print publication date:  October  2018
Online publication date:  September  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138193611
eBook ISBN: 9780429458927
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Central to early modern Jewish religious life were core beliefs and practices derived from biblical and rabbinic texts, medieval case law, and local conditions and customs (minhagim). While recent scholarship has demonstrated that Jewish thought and even Jewish observance were neither homogeneous nor monolithic, early modern Judaism was generally guided by central tenets and precepts, including those related to the nature of God, the covenant between God and the Jewish people, the sacrality of the Hebrew Bible, and the binding nature of rabbinic law. Jews were expected to fear God and behave according to divine Law.

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