Download Jews, Christians and Polytheists in the Ancient Synagogue by Steven Fine PDF

By Steven Fine

Jews, Christians and Polytheists within the historical Synagogue explores the ways that divergent ethnic, nationwide and spiritual groups interacted with each other in the synagogue within the Greco-Roman interval. It offers new views in regards to the improvement of the synagogue and its importance of this establishment for realizing faith and society lower than the Roman Empire.

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Download Feeding the Five Thousand: Studies in the Judaic Background by Roger David Aus PDF

By Roger David Aus

the tale of Jesus feeding the 5 thousand is located in all 4 Gospels, and is informed in of them two times. Roger David Aus essentially explores the numerous elements of early Palestinian Judaism which tell the tale, in particular in regard to the miracle-worker Elisha. He describes 4 significant motifs within the narrative, in addition to the Markan and Johannine redaction. moreover, he analyzes the account's Semitic history, style and historicity, and its half in a miracle collection.

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Download Les Chemins de la Kabbale (Spiritualités) (French Edition) by Victor Malka,Moshe Idel PDF

By Victor Malka,Moshe Idel

l. a. kabbale juive a si souvent prêté à confusion que, depuis le Moyen Âge, elle suscite, comme le fera plus tard sa model chrétienne, toujours les mêmes interrogations : relève-t-elle d'une culture mystique ou d'une croyance superstitieuse, est-elle technological know-how divine ou illumination ?

Bien des mystères entourent l. a. inspiration même de kabbale. Rares sont ceux qui connaissent vraiment ses origines, ses méthodes, ses promesses. Que dit-elle exactement, quelle est son histoire ? remark a-t-elle vécu ses grandes heures et ses siècles obscurs ? Qui sont ses grands maîtres et remark vivent-ils au quotidien ? Les idées de los angeles kabbale, enfin, ont-elles encore quelque pertinence dans le monde d'aujourd'hui ? Sur ces thèmes controversés, Moshé Idel, le plus grand spécialiste contemporain en matière de recherche kabbalistique, aussi érudit que Gershom Scholem dont il fut l'interlocuteur, s'entretient avec Victor Malka, écrivain et journaliste.

Traitant de questions essentielles comme los angeles création du monde, le bien et le mal, los angeles violence, los angeles résurrection, l'exil, le pouvoir, le rituel mais aussi los angeles musique ou l'érotisme, ce discussion passionnant constitue une remarquable creation au monde complexe et fascinant de ce que l. a. culture juive appelle "la technology des secrets".

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Download Two Puzzling Baptisms: First Corinthians 10:1-5 and 15:29 by Roger David Aus PDF

By Roger David Aus

How may perhaps the Apostle Paul retain in his first letter to the Christians in Corinth that each one their ancestors have been baptized into Moses on the pink Sea / exodus occasion (10:2), and the way might he tolerate a few of them having themselves baptized back on behalf of the useless (15:29)? solutions to those difficult questions are available in early Jewish assets now situated either in Greek and Hebrew, all right here translated.

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Download Mental Health, Psychotherapy and Judaism by Seymour Hoffman PDF

By Seymour Hoffman

This quantity specializes in the interface among psychological wellbeing and fitness, psychotherapy and Judaism. the themes thought of are various and relate to theoretical in addition to sensible matters. stories of potent healing remedies related to rabbis and psychologist, markedly differing critiques of assorted rabbinic professionals relating to psychotherapy, examples of mental knowledge and insights of rabbis and non secular leaders in effecting swap in humans, description of the workings of a special psychological well-being medical institution below ultra-orthodox auspices, and responsa of up to date rabbis to psychotherapy-halachic questions and matters, between different issues, are sincerely offered. psychological well-being practitioners, therapists from numerous orientations and disciplines, monks in addition to these attracted to the interface among psychotherapy and Judaism, will locate curiosity and reap the benefits of analyzing this book.

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Download Inventing God's Law: How the Covenant Code of the Bible Used by David P. Wright PDF

By David P. Wright

such a lot students think that the various similarities among the Covenant Code (Exodus 20:23-23:19) and Mesopotamian legislation collections, in particular the legislation of Hammurabi, which date to round 1750 BCE, are as a result of oral culture that prolonged from the second one to the 1st millennium. This booklet bargains a essentially new knowing of the Covenant Code, arguing that it relies at once and basically upon the legislation of Hammurabi and that using this resource textual content happened in the course of the Neo-Assyrian interval, someday among 740-640 BCE, while Mesopotamia exerted powerful and non-stop political and cultural effect over the kingdoms of Israel and Judah and a time while the legislation of Hammurabi have been actively copied in Mesopotamia as a literary-canonical textual content. The learn deals major new facts demonstrating version of literary dependence is the one achievable cause of the paintings. It additional examines the compositional good judgment utilized in reworking the resource textual content to supply the Covenant Code, hence supplying a statement to the biblical composition from the recent theoretical viewpoint. This research exhibits that the Covenant Code is essentially an inventive educational paintings instead of a repository of legislation practiced by way of Israelites or Judeans over the process their historical past. The Covenant Code, too, is an ideological paintings, which remodeled a paradigmatic and prestigious criminal textual content of Israel's and Judah's imperial overlords right into a assertion symbolically countering overseas hegemony. The research is going additional to check the connection of the Covenant Code to the narrative of the ebook of Exodus and explores how this can relate to the advance of the Pentateuch as a whole.

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Download Apocalypse against Empire: Theologies of Resistance in Early by Anathea E. Portier-Young,John J. Collins PDF

By Anathea E. Portier-Young,John J. Collins

A clean and bold tackle old apocalyptic books

The yr 167 b.c.e. marked the start of a interval of excessive persecution for the folk of Judea, as Seleucid emperor Antiochus IV Epiphanes tried -- forcibly and brutally -- to eliminate conventional Jewish spiritual practices. In Apocalypse opposed to Empire Anathea Portier-Young reconstructs the historic occasions and key gamers during this worrying episode in Jewish background and offers a cosmopolitan therapy of resistance in early Judaism.

construction on a superior contextual origin, Portier-Young argues that the 1st Jewish apocalypses emerged as a literature of resistance to Hellenistic imperial rule. She makes a robust case for this argument by means of reading 3 extant apocalypses, giving cautious recognition to the interaction among social idea, background, textual experiences, and theological research. specifically, Portier-Young contends, the booklet of Daniel, the Apocalypse of Weeks, and the booklet of goals have been written to provide an oppressed individuals with a effective antidote to the harmful propaganda of the empire -- renewing their religion within the God of the covenant and answering country terror with radical visions of hope.

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Download German Jewry and the Allure of the Sephardic by John M. Efron PDF

By John M. Efron

In the eighteenth and 19th centuries, as German Jews struggled for criminal emancipation and social attractiveness, additionally they launched into a software of cultural renewal, key dimensions of which have been distancing themselves from their fellow Ashkenazim in Poland and giving a different position to the Sephardim of medieval Spain. the place they observed Ashkenazic Jewry as insular and backward, as a result of Christian persecution, they depicted the Sephardim as worldly, morally and intellectually more desirable, and lovely, items of the tolerant Muslim setting within which they lived. during this elegantly written e-book, John Efron seems extensive on the specified attract Sephardic aesthetics held for German Jewry.

Efron examines how German Jews idealized the sound of Sephardic Hebrew and the Sephardim's actual and ethical attractiveness, and indicates how the attract of the Sephardic discovered expression in neo-Moorish synagogue structure, old novels, and romanticized depictions of Sephardic background. He argues that the shapers of German-Jewish tradition imagined medieval Iberian Jewry as an exemplary Jewish group, certain via culture but totally at domestic within the dominant tradition of Muslim Spain. Efron argues that the parable of Sephardic superiority used to be truly an expression of withering self-critique via German Jews who, by means of trying to rework Ashkenazic tradition and win the recognition of German society, was hoping to go into their very own golden age.

Stimulating and provocative, this ebook demonstrates how the aim of this aesthetic self-refashioning used to be no longer assimilation yet fairly the production of a brand new type of German-Jewish identification encouraged through Sephardic beauty.

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Download Gendered Testimonies of the Holocaust: Writing Life by Petra M. Schweitzer PDF

By Petra M. Schweitzer

Gendered stories of the Holocaust: Writing Life starts off with the basis that writing proves almost synonymous with survival, bearing the lines of lifestyles and of loss of life carried inside of those that survived the atrocities of the Nazis. In interpreting particular stories via survivor-writers Paul Celan, Charlotte Delbo, Olga Lengyel, Gisella Perl, and Dan Pagis, this article seeks to reply to the query: How used to be it attainable for those survivors to write down approximately human destruction, if dying is such an intimate a part of the survivors’ survival?
This publication indicates how the works of those survivors come up creatively from a lively spark, the need to maintain reminiscence. Testimony for every of those writers is a kind of relation to oneself but additionally to others. It situates every one survivor’s discomfort in writing as a necessity to put in writing that allows you to verify existence. Writing as such regularly bears witness to the lifetime of the one that could be useless through now and hence to the miracle of getting survived.
This book’s declare is that the act of writing testimony manifests itself because the such a lot extensive kind of lifestyles attainable. extra particularly, its exploration of writing’s confirmation of existence and statement of id specializes in the gendered size of expression and language. This e-book doesn't have interaction within the binary constitution of gender and the hierarchically developed roles by way of privileging the male over the feminine. the factors that advisor its dialogue on
Gendered tales emerge out of Levinas’s thought of maternity.

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Download The Talmud's Theological Language-Game: A Philosophical by Eugene B. Borowitz PDF

By Eugene B. Borowitz

Analyzes the constitution and common sense of aggadic discourse within the Talmud.

In this pioneering attempt, famous Jewish thinker Eugene B. Borowitz opens up the principles during which the language-game of aggadic discourse is carried on within the Talmud, the foundational rfile of rabbinic and all later Judaism. those findings are in comparison with the aggadah (the realm during which just about all specific statements approximately vintage Jewish spiritual trust happen) of a few different early rabbinic writings. matters force Borowitz’s inquiry: What, if something, constrains the unparalleled freedom of this realm? and the way may perhaps one absolutely represent the aggadah? Borowitz introduces us to the rabbis not just of their outstanding profundity, but additionally of their unguarded humanity. He concludes with a mirrored image on how this outdated Jewish language-game may still impact modern Jewish notion, and, possibly, different spiritual concept as well.

Eugene B. Borowitz is distinct collage Professor and the Sigmund L. Falk exclusive Professor of schooling and Jewish non secular inspiration on the Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of faith. he's the writer of many books, together with stories within the which means of Judaism and The masks Jews put on: The Self-Deceptions of yank Jewry, winner of the nationwide Jewish booklet Award within the realm of Jewish thought.

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