Jacob Neusner is one of the most important figures in the shaping of modern American Judaism. He was pivotal in transforming the study of Judaism from an insular project conducted only by and of interest to religious adherents to one that now flourishes in the secular setting of the university. In this comprehensive biography, Aaron W. Hughes shows Neusner to be much more than a scholar of rabbinics. He was a social commentator and post-Holocaust theologian, as well as an outspoken political figure during the height of the cultural wars of the 1980s. Most importantly though, Neusner's life is part of a much larger Jewish story of succesful American integration. -- Book Jacket.