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The Mishnah: Social Perspectives by Professor of Religion Jacob Neusner PhD

By Professor of Religion Jacob Neusner PhD

For Aristotle, politics, economics, and philosophy outline the social building of any society. For Judaism, the Mishnah--along with Scripture--sets forth the systematic assertion for knowing the social development and international view of Judaism round two hundred C.E. The Mishnah functioned because the easy legislations within the holy land and used to be followed additionally via Jews within the Diaspora, from Babylonia to the western satrapies of the Iranian empire of the Sasanians. Professor Jacob Neusner takes heavily the 3 central projects of theoretical inspiration enjoined through Aristotle and asks us to examine the Mishnah no longer as an inert choice of traditions handed on, yet as a planned, programmatic assertion of Judaism's lifestyle and global view. He issues to the systematic nature of the Mishnah, with its six divisions, and exhibits how jointly these divisions conceal the typical lifetime of the folk. The Mishnah includes autonomous decisions concerning the nature of the process and doesn't simply rehearse what culture says a few given subject. This interpretive element of the Mishnah has been missed to the interpreter's peril, since it is exactly by means of taking note of how the Mishnah makes use of traditions for its personal reasons that the interpreter can delight in the development blocks of Judaism: its politics, economics, and philosophy. This book has additionally been released in hardback, please click here for info.

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The interpreting angel motif in prophetic and apocalyptic by David P. Melvin

By David P. Melvin

Melvin lines the emergence and improvement of the motif of angelic interpretation of visions from past due prophetic literature (Ezekiel 40-48; Zechariah 1-6) into early apocalyptic literature (1 Enoch 17-36; 72-82; Daniel 7-8). analyzing how the historic and socio-political context of exilic and post-exilic Judaism and the wider spiritual and cultural atmosphere formed Jewish angelology generally, Melvin concludes that the motif of the analyzing angel served a specific functionality. development upon the paintings of Susan Niditch, Melvin concludes that the analyzing angel motif served a polemical functionality in repudiating divination as a way of predicting the long run, whereas while raising the authority of the visionary revelation. The literary influence is to reimagine God as an imperial monarch who principles and communicates via intermediaries—a reimagination that profoundly stimulated next Jewish and Christian culture

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Ezra-Nehemiah (Old Testament Readings) by Lester L. Grabbe

By Lester L. Grabbe

During this provocative learn, Lester Grabbe provides a distinct method of Ezra-Nehemiah with the mix of a literary and ancient strategy. Lester Grabbe demanding situations more often than not held assumptions approximately Joshua and Zerubbabel, the preliminary resettlement of land after the exile, the determine of Ezra and the actions of Nehemiah. Controversially, the problem comes, no longer from radical conception yet from paying cautious awareness to the textual content of the Bible itself.

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Sunlight Speech That Dispels the Darkness of Doubt: Sublime by Thinley Norbu

By Thinley Norbu

Brief teachings, prayers, and liturgies through well-known Tibetan Buddhist scholar-saints from medieval to trendy times.

     Thinley Norbu, a latest Tibetan Buddhist grasp, interprets a set of knowledge teachings, prayers, and liturgies by way of 5 celebrated lineage holders of the Nyingma tuition, starting from the fourteenth to the 20th centuries: Longchenpa, Jigme Lingpa, Mipham Rinpoche, Patrul Rinpoche, and Dudjom Rinpoche. The translator's goal is to render those texts into direct and easy English and to motivate and encourage these who're doing religious practices.

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Knowledge of God and the Development of Early Kabbalah by Jonathan Dauber

By Jonathan Dauber

In wisdom of God and the improvement of Early Kabbalah, Jonathan Dauber deals a clean attention of the emergence and early improvement of Kabbalah opposed to the backdrop of a second look of the connection among early Kabbalistic and philosophic discourse. He argues that the 1st Kabbalists followed a philosophic ethos that used to be international to conventional Rabbinic Judaism yet had taken root in Languedoc and Catalonia below the impact of newly to be had philosophical fabrics. during this ethos, the act of investigating God used to be accorded nice non secular importance, and it used to be its adoption via the 1st Kabbalists that helped spur them to have interaction of their investigations of God and, in so doing, improve Kabbalah.

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Gender in the Book of Ben Sira: Divine Wisdom, Erotic by Teresa Ann Ellis

By Teresa Ann Ellis

Students who settle for Ben Sira's reviews on girls at face-value or forget about parallel reviews approximately males restrict basic questions on the services of those statements and approximately their contexts. Gender within the booklet of Ben Sira presents a distinctly-different viewpoint at the discourse of gender within the extant Hebrew manuscripts. the focal point on wordplay, genre-constraints, and issues named within the book's subtitle - Divine knowledge, Erotic Poetry, and the backyard of Eden - expands the bounds for reviews of gender.

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Buddhist Manuscript Cultures: Knowledge, Ritual, and Art by Stephen C. Berkwitz, Juliane Schober, Claudia Brown

By Stephen C. Berkwitz, Juliane Schober, Claudia Brown

Buddhist Manuscript Cultures explores how spiritual and cultural practices in premodern Asia have been formed by way of literary and inventive traditions in addition to by means of Buddhist fabric tradition. This learn of Buddhist texts makes a speciality of the importance in their fabric varieties instead of their doctrinal contents, and examines how and why they have been made.

Collectively, the publication bargains cross-cultural and comparative insights into the transmission of Buddhist wisdom and using texts and photographs as ritual gadgets within the inventive and aesthetic traditions of Buddhist cultures. Drawing on case reviews from India, Gandhara, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Mongolia, China and Nepal, the chapters incorporated examine the variety of pursuits and values linked to generating and utilizing written texts, and the jobs manuscripts and photographs play within the transmission of Buddhist texts and in fostering devotion between Buddhist groups.

Contributions are by way of reputed students in Buddhist reports and signify varied disciplinary techniques from non secular stories, artwork heritage, anthropology, and heritage. This publication can be of curiosity to students and scholars operating in those fields.

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Studies in the Hebrew Bible, Qumran, and the Septuagint: by James C VanderKam, Associate Professor of Religious Studies

By James C VanderKam, Associate Professor of Religious Studies Peter W Flint, J L Magnes Professor of the Bible Emanuel Tov

With contributions via lots of his colleagues and previous scholars, this quantity will pay homage to Eugene Ulrich, leader Editor of the Cave four Biblical Scrolls and a optimum specialist at the Biblical Scrolls, the Canon of the Hebrew Bible/Old testomony, and the Septuagint. according to Professor Ulrich’s parts of scholarship and curiosity, the virtually 30 essays are grouped in 3 major sections: The Hebrew Bible/Old testomony (including the Biblical Scrolls from the Judaean Desert); Qumran and the Non-Biblical Scrolls from the Judaean wilderness; and the Septuagint and different historical types. the quantity encompasses a tribute to Eugene Ulrich and ends with a cumulative bibliography and a number of other necessary indices.

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