My New Book Just Came Out-Judaism and Other Religions

My book Judaism and Other Religions is to be officially released on March 2nd by Palgrave-Macmillan. But it is already available in the warehouse and available for purchase, Be the first one on your block to own one. Buy it now:

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Editorial Reviews

“This wide-ranging but carefully organized collection of Jewish thought about other religions constitutes an indispensable resource for Jews and non-Jews engaged in interreligious relations today and for Jews seeking to develop a text-based contemporary Jewish theology of religions for our global world. Brill accompanies his lucid presentations of each approach with insightful critiques that will help guide their contemporary applications.”—Ruth Langer, Associate Professor of Jewish Studies, Theology Department Associate Director, Center for Christian-Jewish Learning, Boston College

“Serious Jewish engagement with other religions has substantially deepened and widened in recent years, both stimulating and responding to an increasing interest in Judaism from within the other world religions. Brill’s book provides essential access to the classical sources within the Jewish tradition relevant to this encounter.”—Rabbi Dr. David Rosen, International Director of Interreligious Affairs, AJC

“This is an excellent work: reflective, engaging, well-written, and perhaps most important—timely. Brill knows both the theoretical foundations for interreligious dialogue and rabbinic approaches to ‘other religions.’ It is a fine piece of scholarship, and it is also creative in bringing together three fields of discourse in a way they have not before been aligned. It blends both traditional and modern thinking about interreligious dialogue, and it analyzes these materials convincingly.”—Nathan Katz, Professor of Religious Studies, Florida International University

Product Description

With insight and scholarship, Alan Brill crisply outlines the traditional Jewish approaches to other religions for an age of globalization. He provides a fresh perspective on Biblical and Rabbinic texts, offering new ways of thinking about other faiths. In the majority of volume, he develops the categories of theology of religions for Jewish texts. He arranges the texts according classification widely used in interfaith work: inclusivist, exclusivist, universalist, and pluralist.

Judaism and Other Religions is essential for a Jewish theological understanding of the various issues in encounters with other religions. With passion and clarity, Brill argues that in today’s world of strong religious passions and intolerance, it is necessary to go beyond secular tolerance toward moderate and mediating religious positions.

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There is a forthcoming sequel volume Judaism and World Religions, which will be available at the end of 2010.

10 responses to “My New Book Just Came Out-Judaism and Other Religions

  1. Amazon has it on sell for just over $50. Is there a way that poor graduate student bloggers could get a review copy. 🙂

  2. I’m looking forward to this book, yes indeed I am. I already read Dr. Brill’s articles summarizing his thesis, so I’m excited about this book.

    Now I just have to find the money to buy it… ;-( I’ve already got a several-hundred-dollar list of books on Calvin and Locke I want to buy.

    • This is the cheapest it is going to get. If you get it now and it comes down a few cents – you have a price guarantee until March 2 and free shipping.
      But in a few months the price will probably go up to over $60.
      So this is the time to order it.
      I have an institutional order form for 20% off of the 85 list price.
      For review copies, if you have reviewed before then you know that you have to go through the marketing department of Palgrave.

  3. Sometimes I just don’t understand people’s decisions about which publisher to use – or are academic books also subject to the publisher’s whim in accepting them?

    E.g., Dov Schwartz’ book on the Rav’s Ish haHalacha. It was $25 at the Israel Bookshop in Brookline. The Hebrew was a bit beyond me, so I figured I’d wait for the English, but he published the translation with Brill, which costs $173 at Amazon. Brill things are almost always expensive. A bit beyond the range of the consumer, really only for specialists and libraries, I guess. Surely with the wide interest in the Rav, there would have been plenty of market for a cheaper translation in the States?

  4. Thanbo- I would presume that Schwartz’s decision was motivated by professional concerns.

  5. FYI — Amazon is pushing your book. I just got an email saying:

    As someone who has purchased or rated Love and Terror in the God Encounter: The Theological Legacy of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik by David Hartman, you might like to know that Judaism and Other Religions: Models of Understanding will be released on March 2, 2010.

    • Thanks, if enough people order it then it might come down a few dollars.
      Since, I just ordered James Davidson Hunter, To Change the World: The Irony, Tragedy, and Possibility of Christianity in the Late Modern World, I get a very different list.

      • To Change the World: The Irony, Tragedy, and Possibility of Christianity in the Late Modern World sounds like an interesting read. I hope you review on your blog.

      • What would Bourdieu say about this AMZN suggestions convo? Its the dissipation of the non-subject at the center of taste, in favor of an interpassive taste-for-non-subjects.

  6. Speaking of books, I just got your book Thinking God off my shelf and am thinking of rereading it. It is almost 10 years old. What are your thoughts about it from your perspective today? Does it have anything to say as a counterpoint to the Suburban religion you discuss in a recent post?

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