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Jews in the gym; Judaism, sports, and athletics.


Jews in the gym; Judaism, sports, and athletics.

Ed. by Leonard J. Greenspoon.

Purdue University Press


289 pages


Studies in Jewish civilization; v.23


Editor Greenspoon (Jewish civilization, Creighton University) gathers works on Jews in sports throughout history, from ancient Greece to modern times. Some specific topics include Judaism and athletics on film, athletic competition as a metaphor for the meaning of life, and Hungarian Jewish Olympians in the interwar era. Other aspects addressed include the origins of athleticism in modern Israel, Jewish women and basketball in the US in the early 20th century, and Buster Harwood and the Jews of black baseball. The book contains b&w photos and illustrations, including illustrations from James Strum's The Golem's Mighty Swing and JT Waldman's Megillat Esther to accompany the chapter on sports and the graphic novel. The book's readership includes those in Jewish studies, American studies, and sports history.

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Title Annotation:studies in Jewish civilization, vol. 23
Publication:Reference & Research Book News
Article Type:Book review
Date:Feb 1, 2013
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