The author believes that—in the course of history—few forces are more powerful than religion and therefore religion is worthy of rigorous study. In his 1901 work, Jastrow tackles fundamental questions about the origin, character, and classification of religion, as well as ethics, philosophy, psychology, mythology, and more—attempting to place in the hand of the reader a tool with which to begin a scientific study of religion.
About the Author
Morris Jastrow, Jr. (1861-1921) was born in Warsaw and raised in Philadelphia. An orientalist, he was professor of Semitic languages and a librarian at the University of Pennsylvania. He edited the Jewish Encyclopedia and contributed to the Encyclopaedia Biblica. His writings include Zionism and the Future of Palestine and A Gentle Cynic.