Scripture and Law in the Dead Sea Scrolls

By Alex P. Jassen

This booklet is the 1st paintings of its variety to ascertain criminal exegesis within the useless Sea Scrolls from the point of view of either the background of Jewish legislations and early Jewish scriptural interpretation. It exhibits how the useless Sea Scrolls remodel the which means and alertness of biblical legislations to satisfy the desires of latest old and cultural settings. The lifeless Sea Scrolls felony texts are tested during the comparative lens of legislation and felony interpretation in moment Temple Judaism and rabbinic Judaism. The artistic interpretation of scriptural texts within the lifeless Sea Scrolls responds to the strain among possible inflexible authoritative scripture and the necessity for legislations and scripture to be eternally evolving entities. the continued criminal interpretation of scriptural texts frames the advance of Jewish legislation even as it shapes the character of the biblical canon.

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How to Be a Mentsh (and Not a Shmuck)

By Michael Wex

Sure to resonate with Jewish and Gentile readers alike, How to Be a Mentsh (and now not a Shmuck) is a sensible and witty self-help guide for pursuing happiness whereas nonetheless appearing with integrity, honor, and compassion. Michael Wex, New York occasions bestselling writer of Born to Kvetch and Just Say Nu, attracts on resources that variety from the Talmud and Yiddish proverbs to modern tune and films during this insightful consultant that explores not just human nature and psychology but our tasks to ourselves and each other. < ?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />

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Los judíos y las palabras (El Ojo del Tiempo)

By Amos Oz, Fania Oz-Salzberger

«Los judíos y las palabras es apasionante y divertido y desafía clichés y estereotipos en cada una de sus páginas. Su tono es en parte serio y en parte jocoso, mezclando un gran dominio del tema con un toque casual. Promete ser muy controvertido y ampliamente leído.» Mario Vargas Llosa ¿Por qué las palabras son tan importantes para los judíos? El novelista Amos oz. y l. a. historiadora Fania Oz-Salzberger engranan hábilmente personalidades de todos los tiempos, desde el autor anónimo y probablemente femenino del Cantar de los Cantares hasta los oscuros talmudistas o los escritores contemporáneos, para explicar los angeles relación esencial que existe entre los judíos y las palabras. Mezclando los angeles narración y l. a. exertions de investigación, l. a. conversación y l. a. argumentación, padre e hija cuentan las historias que se ocultan tras los nombres, adagios, disputas, textos y chistes más perdurables del judaísmo. Ambos argumentan que estas palabras componen l. a. cadena que conecta a Abraham con los judíos de todas las generaciones posteriores. Con una prosa llena de conocimiento, de lírica y de sentido del humor, Los judíos y las palabras propone una visita extraordinaria a las palabras que conforman el corazón de los angeles cultura judía y tiende una mano al lector para que se una a l. a. conversación.

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Without Red Strings or Holy Water: Maimonides' Mishne Torah (Judaism and Jewish Life)

By H. Norman Strickman

Maimonides was once one of many maximum Jewish personalities of the center a long time: a halakhist par excellence, an exceptional thinker, a political chief of his neighborhood, and a dad or mum of Jewish rights. In 1180 CE, Maimonides composed his Halakhic magnum opus, the Mishneh Torah, which are defined with no exaggeration because the maximum code of Jewish legislation to be composed within the post-Talmudic period, specific in scope, originality, and language. as well as facing a massive number of Jewish legislation, from the legislation of Sabbath and pageant observances, nutritional rules, and relatives among the sexes, to the sacrifi cial procedure, the development of the Temple, and the making of priestly clothing, the Mishneh Torah represents Maimonides’ notion of Judaism. Maimonides held that the model of Judaism believed in and practiced by way of many pious Jews of his iteration were contaminated with pagan notions. within the Mishneh Torah, he aimed toward detoxification Judaism from those non-Jewish practices and ideology and impressing upon readers that Jewish legislations and formality are loose from irrational and superstitious practices. with no pink Strings or Holy Water explores Maimonides’ perspectives relating to God, the commandments, astrology, medication, the evil eye, amulets, magic, theurgic practices, omens, speaking with the useless, the messianic period, midrashic literature, and the oral legislation. with out crimson Strings or Holy Water should be of curiosity to all who're drawn to the highbrow historical past of Judaism.

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The Kabbalistic Tradition: An Anthology of Jewish Mysticism (Penguin Classics)

A entire survey of the Jewish mystical tradition

An essential consultant to millions of years of non secular inquiry, The Kabbalistic Tradition gains writings from various literary forms-from the earliest biblical assets via twentieth-century studies-as good as functional info and practices for the trendy reader. those choices be aware of the 3 major components of Kabbalistic creativity-the literature of Zohar, the Lurianic corpus, and the Chasidic mystical culture. Alan Unterman's enlightening creation examines the original features of the Kabbalah and locations this quantity in its right historic and philosophical context.

For greater than seventy years, Penguin has been the best writer of vintage literature within the English-speaking global. With greater than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents an international bookshelf of the easiest works all through historical past and throughout genres and disciplines. Readers belief the series to supply authoritative texts stronger via introductions and notes via amazing students and modern authors, in addition to up-to-date translations by way of award-winning translators.

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The Trias of Maimonides: Die Trias des Maimonides: Jewish, Arabic, And Ancient Culture of Knowledge: Jüdische, Arabische und Antike Wissenschaft (Studia Judaica, Forschungen zur Wissenschaft des Judentums, Volume 30)

Jewish faith, Greek philosophy and Islamic idea mould the philosophy and theology of Maimonides and signify his paintings as a good instance of the fruitful move of tradition within the center a long time. The authors exhibit a variety of facets of this cultural cross-fertilization, regardless of non secular and ethnic modifications. The reports instructed recommendations on a question that's vital for the current and the longer term: How may possibly the various religions, cultures and ideas of information remain conveyed in synthesis? the amount publishes the lectures given on the July 2004 foreign congress on the get together of the 800th anniversary of Maimonides’ death.

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Augustine and the Jews: A Christian Defense of Jews and Judaism

By Paula Fredriksen

Now in paperback with a brand new postscript, this up-to-date version of Paula Fredriksen’s seriously acclaimed Augustine and the Jews strains the social and highbrow forces that ended in the improvement of Christian anti-Judaism and exhibits how and why Augustine challenged this tradition.

Drawing us into the existence, instances, and considered Augustine of Hippo (396–430), Fredriksen specializes in the interval of striking creativity that resulted in his new figuring out of Paul and to his nice vintage, The Confessions.  She exhibits how Augustine’s fight to learn the Bible led him to a brand new theological imaginative and prescient, person who countered the anti-Judaism not just of his Manichaean rivals but additionally of his personal church. The Christian Empire, Augustine held, used to be correct to prohibit paganism and to coerce heretics. however the resource of historical Jewish scripture and present Jewish perform, he argued, was once the exact same as that of the recent testomony and of the church—namely, God himself. therefore, he suggested, Jews have been to be left on my own. Conceived as a vividly unique approach to guard Christian rules approximately Jesus and concerning the outdated testomony, Augustine’s theological innovation survived the cave in of the Western Roman Empire, and it eventually served to guard Jewish lives opposed to the brutality of medieval crusades.

Augustine and the Jews sheds new gentle at the origins of Christian anti-Semitism and, via Augustine, opens a course towards higher figuring out among of the world’s nice religions.

 

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The History of the Jewish People in the Age of Jesus Christ: Volume 1

Emil Schürer's Geschichte des judischen Volkes im Zeitalter Jesu Christi, initially released in German among 1874 and 1909 and in English among 1885 and 1891, is a serious presentation of Jewish historical past, associations, and literature from a hundred seventy five B.C. to A.D. one hundred thirty five. It has rendered beneficial companies to students for almost a century.

The current paintings deals a clean translation and a revision of the full subject-matter. The bibliographies were rejuvenated and supplemented; the assets are awarded in response to the newest scholarly versions; and the entire new archaeological, epigraphical, numismatic and literary proof, together with the useless Sea Scrolls and the Bar Kokhba files, has been brought into the survey. Account has additionally been taken of the growth in old learn, either within the classical and Jewish fields. This paintings reminds scholars of the profound debt owed to nineteenth-century studying, surroundings it inside of a much broader framework of latest wisdom, and gives a beginning on which destiny historians of Judaism within the age of Jesus may well build.

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Biblical Myth and Rabbinic Mythmaking

By Michael Fishbane

This can be a accomplished research of delusion within the Hebrew Bible and delusion and mythmaking in classical rabbinic literature (Midrash and Talmud) and within the classical paintings of medieval Jewish mysticism (the e-book of Zohar). Michael Fishbane presents an in depth learn of the texts and theologies concerned and the valuable position of exegesis within the improvement and transformation of the topic. Taken up are problems with fable and monotheism, fantasy and culture, and fable and language. The presence and power of fable in successive cultural stages is taken care of, emphasizing convinced paradigmatic acts of God and lines of the divine personality.

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