New Book by Professor Joel Kaminksy named "Outstanding Title" by Choice Reviews

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"The Abingdon introduction to the Bible : understanding Jewish and Christian scriptures" co-authored by Joel S. Kaminsky, Joel N. Lohr, and Mark Reasoner received this high distinction.


Joel Kaminsky, Professor of Religion and Member of the Program in Jewish Studies, has co-authored a new book with Joel N. Lohr and Mark Reasoner, published by the Abingdon Press. It was recently named as an "Outstanding Academic Title of 2014" by Choice Reviews. 

The Abingdon Introduction to the Bible is a comprehensive introduction to the various collections of biblical literature used by Jews, Catholics, and Protestants gives the beginner clear, concise, and engaging entries into each book while covering major controversies. The authors show how various biblical books have influenced and continue to have an impact upon western ethics, politics, and, of course, religion. Using artistic renderings and charts, this book is student-friendly but communicates a depth of learning in a responsible and balanced fashion.

Libraries' Resources

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Five College Library Catalog
Search by author to find books by Joel S. Kaminsky

ATLA Religion Database
Search by author <Kaminsky, Joel> to find and link to articles written by Professor Kaminsky. Use SC Links  to connect to full text.

Religion Resources (Smith College Libraries)
Databases and other resources for research on religion topics.

Professor Joel KaminskyTo learn more about Kaminsky, including his new book and other recent publications, visit his personal website.


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