The best 8 Judaism books

Judaism is one of the oldest and most influential monotheistic religions in the world. Its rich history, traditions, and teachings have shaped the lives of millions of people across generations. To help you better understand this fascinating faith, we've compiled a list of essential books on the topic.

Our selection offers a comprehensive exploration of Judaism's diverse aspects, providing valuable insights into its beliefs, practices, and impact on society. So, why not embark on this enlightening journey and delve into the world of Judaism?
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Judaism Books: Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl

Man’s Search for Meaning

Viktor Frankl
4.4 (954 ratings)
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What's Man’s Search for Meaning about?

Originally published in 1946, Man’s Search for Meaning details the harrowing experiences of author and psychologist Viktor Frankl during his internment in Auschwitz concentration camp during the Second World War. It offers insights into how human beings can survive unsurvivable situations, come to terms with trauma, and ultimately find meaning.

Who should read Man’s Search for Meaning?

  • Anyone interested in psychotherapy
  • Anyone who wants to know how ordinary people cope with extraordinary situations
  • Anyone trying to work out the meaning of life

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Judaism Books: The Reason For God by Timothy Keller

The Reason For God

Timothy Keller
Belief In An Age Of Skepticism
4.0 (218 ratings)
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What's The Reason For God about?

In The Reason For God, famous New York pastor Timothy Keller defends Christianity and its core beliefs against the most common objections. His fresh approach provides several arguments for continued Christian faith.

Who should read The Reason For God?

  • Anyone who is interested in religion
  • Christians who want to discover a fresh angle to their faith

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Judaism Books: The Seventh Million by Tom Segev

The Seventh Million

Tom Segev
The Israelis and the Holocaust
4.0 (46 ratings)
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What's The Seventh Million about?

The Seventh Million (1991) is all about the way in which the Holocaust has shaped the Israeli identity. These blinks detail everything from the Zionist response to Nazism and the arrival of the first European Jewish refugees in Palestine to the Six-Day War and Holocaust Memorial Day.

Who should read The Seventh Million?

  • Jews, Israelis, Germans and Americans
  • Historians and students of the Holocaust

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Judaism Books: What Is the Bible? by Rob Bell

What Is the Bible?

Rob Bell
How an Ancient Library of Poems, Letters, and Stories Can Transform the Way You Think and Feel About Everything
4.0 (186 ratings)
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What's What Is the Bible? about?

What Is the Bible? (2017) takes a fresh look at the best-selling book of all time: the Holy Bible. These blinks take the Bible for what it is – a conglomeration of books written by real people in real historical contexts that are at once subversive, timeless and transformative.

Who should read What Is the Bible??

  • Christians and non-Christians interested in learning about the Bible
  • Those who have left the Church
  • People with a negative view of religion who are open to new perspectives

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Judaism Books: A History of God by Karen Armstrong

A History of God

Karen Armstrong
The 4000-Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity and Islam
4.2 (434 ratings)
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What's A History of God about?

A History of God (1993) traces the related histories of the Jewish, Christian and Muslim concepts of God. From the jealous God of the ancient Israelites to the revelations of Allah, and from the life of Jesus through to theological doctrinal discussions and God’s status in the modern world, these blinks tell the story of how conceptualizations of God in these three related religions have developed and changed over time.

Who should read A History of God?

  • Jewish people, Christians, Muslims and all people of faith
  • Historians and philosophers
  • Atheists interested in the role of God in monotheistic religions

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Judaism Books: Civilizations by Mary Beard

Civilizations

Mary Beard
How Do We Look / The Eye of Faith
4.1 (36 ratings)
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What's Civilizations about?

Civilizations (2018) is the companion to a major new BBC documentary series co-presented by renowned classical historian Mary Beard. Divided into two parts, it takes a close look at the relationship between civilization and artistic representation. Beginning with the history of depictions of the human form, Beard moves on to cast an eye over the long and intimate relationship between art and religion over the centuries.

Who should read Civilizations?

  • Anyone who loved the BBC’s Civilisations series
  • Art lovers and museumgoers
  • Fans of large-scale comparative history

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Judaism Books: Israel by Daniel Gordis

Israel

Daniel Gordis
A Concise History of a Nation Reborn
3.7 (196 ratings)
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What's Israel about?

Israel (2016) offers a big-picture historical overview of the small but mighty country. From its improbable beginnings to its controversial wars with neighboring Arab states, Israel’s evolution is a story of change, tragedy, and victory. 

Who should read Israel?

  • History buffs interested in Europe and the Middle East
  • News junkies eager to be more informed about a controversial subject
  • Anyone curious about the modern political landscape

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Judaism Books: What Would You Do If You Weren't Afraid? by Michal Oshman

What Would You Do If You Weren't Afraid?

Michal Oshman
Discover a Life Filled with Purpose and Joy Through the Secrets of Jewish Wisdom
4.3 (215 ratings)
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What's What Would You Do If You Weren't Afraid? about?

What Would You Do If You Weren’t Afraid? (2021) tells the story of how the author learned to cope with her feelings of anxiety and depression by getting in touch with her Jewish roots. The author shares what she’s learned and shows how anyone can benefit from the insights of Jewish wisdom. 

Who should read What Would You Do If You Weren't Afraid??

  • Anyone coping with depression and anxiety
  • Parents looking for guidance
  • People who want to be better leaders

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 FAQs 

What's the best Judaism book to read?

While choosing just one book about a topic is always tough, many people regard Man’s Search for Meaning as the ultimate read on Judaism.

What are the Top 10 Judaism books?

Blinkist curators have picked the following:
  • Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
  • The Reason For God by Timothy Keller
  • The Seventh Million by Tom Segev
  • What Is the Bible? by Rob Bell
  • A History of God by Karen Armstrong
  • Civilizations by Mary Beard
  • Israel by Daniel Gordis
  • What Would You Do If You Weren't Afraid? by Michal Oshman

Who are the top Judaism book authors?

When it comes to Judaism, these are the authors who stand out as some of the most influential:
  • Viktor Frankl
  • Timothy Keller
  • Tom Segev
  • Rob Bell
  • Karen Armstrong