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(p. xix) Prologue

(p. xix) Prologue

The Oxford Handbook of Judaism and Economics explores how Judaism as a religion and Jews as a people relate to the economic sphere of life in modern society, and how they did so in past societies.

The intersection of Judaism and economics is multidimensional. To encompass its various aspects, articles for this volume were solicited from the scholarly community that fall into the following areas of study: Jewish Law and Ethics and the Modern Economy; Economic Public Policy and Jewish Law; Comparative Law Studies Relating to Economic Topics; Economic Theory in the Bible and Talmud; Business Ethics and Jewish Law; Judaism and Economic History; and The Economics of Judaism.

Bringing together scholars from such diverse fields as economics, American law, Jewish law, Jewish history, and moral philosophy inevitably entails a clash in styles of writing. To make this volume as cohesive and seamless as possible, a certain degree of uniformity was deemed essential. The uniformity can be found in the way sources are quoted and in the transliteration style.

We recognize that some of the readers of this volume will lack a background in Jewish law. With this in mind the Introduction addresses at length the origin and development of Jewish Law. Treatment of this matter in the Introduction obviates a need for individual authors to provide the necessary background information pertinent for their contributions. Tedious repetition was thus avoided.

Given the interdisciplinary nature of this work, it is recognized that the reader will, at times, desire fuller definitions of terms than what appear in the chapters. The reader should therefore find the Glossary of this work a helpful feature.

Another feature of this work is that each chapter provides a Selected Bibliography. The purpose of the Selected Bibliography is to key in on the most essential sources a future researcher should initially consult with the aim of advancing the research on the particular topic. (p. xx)