The list below is from the book The Jewish 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Jews of all Time (Citadel Press Book, 1994), written by Michael Shapiro. Shapiro is a noted composer who lives in New York.
The book features excellent essays about each individual listed, noting accomplishments and discussion each person's influence. Additionally, biographical information about all of these individuals is widely available on line and in libraries.
The rankings listed here do not represent the opinions of Adherents.com.
From the introduction:
This book ranks the 100 most influential Jews of all time. In their areas of human endeavor each of them worked a special influence on mankind. They changed the way we live and think. Even the few who touched only the souls and minds of Jews are important to us because of their defining presence on Jewish identity.
Some of the Jewish 100 modified their Judaism into something new. Saul of Tarsus became Paul, disciple of a man he claimed was the Jewish Messiah. Spinoza applied a logic that carried him straight out of Judaism. Karl Marx imposed an almost biblical sense of history to prove the imperative of his political ideal. Whether their modifications improved life will always generate discussion and argument.
There are seven people who are on both the "Jewish 100" list by Shapiro and the "100 Most Influential People in History" list by Michael Hart:
Jewish 100 Rank
100 Most Influential People
Jesus of Nazareth
* Casimir Funk: Desire Funk Laz (TRLaz@usaweddings.com ; P.O. Box 8682 Albany NY 12208), Casimir Funk's granddaughter, wrote to this website. She said that Casimir Funk was not Jewish. According to Laz, Casimir Funk "was very annoyed that anyone, any religion attempted to lay claim to him."
If this is the case, it would appear that Casimir Funk lacked Jewish identity, regardless of whether or not he was ethnically Jewish.
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