This book surveys the treatment of war and peace in the can of Rabbinic Judaism in late antiquity: to what does Judaism refer when it speaks of war and peace in the context of the Hebrew words milhamah (war) and shalom (peace)? But this study is t lexical. It is categorical. War represents a commanding, coherent category-formation, while peace covers a variety of circumstances and transactions. War is specifically a Halakhic category and Peace an Aggadic taxon. Do war and peace present us with a lexical or a categorical phemen? War forms a category-formation and peace is a substantive - a word bearing diffuse references. With what consequence? When we come across the word war without further data, we kw the context and intent, but peace covers a mass of miscellaneous, free-standing facts and diverse implications.
Jacob Neusner is a leading figure in the American academic study of religion. He revolutionized the study of Judaism and brought it into the field of religion, and he built intellectual bridges between Judaism and other religions, thereby laying the groundwork for durable understanding and respect among religions. He has advanced the careers of younger scholars and teachers through his teaching and publication programs. Neusner's influence on the study of Judaism and religion is broad, powerful, distinctive, and enduring.