Does Dan Cohn-Sherbok's 2017 textbook Judaism: History, Belief and Practice, 2nd Ed situate and represent fairly Orthodox Judaism and Conservative Judaism within the full spectrum of Judaism? (I'm using the labels as introduced here).

I welcome suggestions for other textbooks that focus on Orthodox or Conservative denominations.

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    Given that the author is Reform, I would expect his work to reflect that orientation. If you are looking for a broad sketch of Jewish history, reflective of Orthodox sentiments you might enjoy "Sand and Stars" (2 volumes) by Yaffa Ganz and Rabbi Berel Wein. Commented Mar 22, 2022 at 0:03
  • Rabbi Berel Wein also wrote other textbooks that my Orthodox high school used for history class.
    – N.T.
    Commented Mar 22, 2022 at 0:07
  • Benjamin Blech's "Idiot's Guide to Judaism" is often recommended, from an Orthodox perspective. (Not "Judaism for Dummies.")
    – Shalom
    Commented Mar 22, 2022 at 0:13
  • @Shalom Thank you everyone. Author's affiliation definitely needs to be considered, something I need help with from this site. Commented Mar 22, 2022 at 0:29
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    You might find this answer helpful - if you are looking for more specific books, please be more specific in your question and we'll try and help
    – mbloch
    Commented Mar 22, 2022 at 4:27


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