• Cultic Prophecy in the Psalms by John Hilber

    By John Hilber

    Doubts concerning the contribution of cult-prophetic speech to psalmody stay in debate. Psalms containing first-person divine speech convey a variety of gains and recommend lifestyles settings that agree to real prophetic speech. substitute causes lack related examples exterior to psalms. however, Assyrian cultic prophecies parallel the features of prophetic speech present in psalms. The Assyrian resources help attainable composition and function eventualities that conquer objections raised opposed to the compatibility of actual prophecy with psalmody. A version of cultic prophecy is still the easiest cause of the beginning of psalms containing first-person divine speech.

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  • Pledges of Jewish Allegiance: Conversion, Law, and by David Ellenson, Daniel Gordis

    By David Ellenson, Daniel Gordis

    Since the past due 1700s, while the Jewish neighborhood ceased to be a semiautonomous political unit in Western Europe and the USA and person Jews turned integrated—culturally, socially, and politically—into broader society, questions surrounding Jewish prestige and identification have occupied a favorite and contentious position in Jewish felony discourse. This ebook examines a wide range of felony reviews written through 19th- and twentieth-century orthodox rabbis in Europe, the USA, and Israel. It argues that those rabbis' divergent positions—based at the similar felony precedents—demonstrate that they have been doing greater than offering criminal evaluations. as an alternative, they have been crafting public coverage for Jewish society in line with Jews' social and political interactions as equals with the non-Jewish people in whose midst they dwelled.

    Pledges of Jewish Allegiance prefaces its research of contemporary critiques with a dialogue of the classical Jewish assets upon which they draw.

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  • Between Temple and Torah: Essays on Priests, Scribes, and by Martha Himmelfarb

    By Martha Himmelfarb

    This quantity comprises articles by means of Martha Himmelfarb on subject matters in moment Temple Judaism and the advance and reception of moment Temple traditions in past due antiquity and the center a long time. The part on "Priests, Temples, and Torah” addresses the topics of its name in texts from the Bible to the Mishnah. "Purity within the useless Sea Scrolls” comprises articles reading the intensification of the biblical purity legislation, rather the legislation for genital discharge, within the significant criminal files from the Scrolls. In "Judaism and Hellenism” the writer explores the connection among those historical cultures by means of interpreting the traditional and glossy historiography of the Maccabean rebellion and the position of the Torah in old Jewish variations of Greek tradition. The final sections of the amount persist with texts and traditions of the second one Temple interval into overdue antiquity and the center a long time. The articles in "Heavenly Ascent” give some thought to the connection among the ascent apocalypses of the second one Temple interval and later works regarding heavenly ascent, rather the hekhalot texts. within the ultimate part, "The Pseudepigrapha and Medieval Jewish Literature,” Himmelfarb investigates proof for wisdom of works of the second one Temple interval by way of medieval Jews with attention of the channels in which the works may need reached those later readers.

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  • The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Hasmonean State (Studies in the by Hanan Eshel, David Louvish, Aryeh Amihay

    By Hanan Eshel, David Louvish, Aryeh Amihay

    The lifeless Sea Scrolls and the Hasmonean kingdom is the 1st e-book committed completely to the query of the way we will be able to study political historical past from the Qumran scrolls. This English variation of Hanan Eshels 2004 Hebrew ebook updates that previous paintings with more moderen scholarship, now additionally together with English-language assets.

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  • The Watchers in Jewish and Christian Traditions by Angela Kim Harkins

    By Angela Kim Harkins

    On the starting place of the Watchers culture is the only enigmatic reference in Genesis 6 to the "sons of God" who had sex with human ladies, generating a race of giants upon the earth. That verse sparked a wealth of cosmological and theological hypothesis in early Judaism. the following major students discover the contours of the Watchers traditions via historical past, tracing their improvement during the Enoch literature, Jubilees, and different early Jewish and Christian writings. This quantity presents a lucid survey of present wisdom and interpretation of 1 of the main interesting theological motifs of the second one Temple interval.

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  • Philo of Alexandria: On the Creation of the Cosmos According by Philo David T. Runia (Translator)

    By Philo David T. Runia (Translator)

    This examine is the 1st quantity within the new Philo of Alexandria observation sequence. It includes a new English translation of Philo's recognized treatise "On the construction of the cosmos" (the first for seventy years), and the 1st ever observation in English. during this paintings the Jewish exegete and thinker provides a selective exegesis of the Mosaic production account and the occasions in Paradise as recorded in Genesis 1-3. it's the first preserved instance of Hexaemeral literature, and had a profound effect on early Christian proposal. The remark goals to make Philo's notion obtainable to readers akin to graduate scholars who're simply starting to learn him, but additionally comprises a lot fabric that would be of curiosity to experts in Hellenistic Judaism, old philosophy and patristic literature.

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  • Golem: Jewish Magical and Mystical Traditions on the by Moshe Idel

    By Moshe Idel

    Idel's thesis is that the function of the golem suggestion in Judaism was once to confer an outstanding prestige to the Jewish elite through bestowing it with the potential of supernatural powers deriving from a profound wisdom of the Hebrew language and its magical and mystical values. This booklet is the 1st finished therapy of the full variety of fabric facing construction of the golem starting with overdue antiquity and finishing with the trendy time. the writer explores the connection among those discussions and their historic and highbrow frameworks. considering that there has been within the medieval interval quite a few traditions in regards to the golem, it's believable to imagine that the recommendations for developing this creature constructed a lot past. This presentation specializes in the perfect suggestions for developing a man-made human, a topic formerly ignored within the literature. an entire survey of the conceptions of the golem in North ecu and Spanish literature in medieval time permits not just a greater realizing of this phenomenon, but in addition of the background of Jewish magic and mysticism within the heart a long time. The Jewish and Christian remedies of the golem within the renaissance are explored as a part of the renaissance drawback for human nature.

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  • Myths and symbols in Indian art and civilization by Heinrich Robert Zimmer

    By Heinrich Robert Zimmer

    This booklet translates for the Western brain the main motifs of India's legend, delusion, and folklore, taken at once from the Sanskrit, and illustrated with seventy plates of Indian paintings. it really is essentially an advent to image-thinking and picture-reading in Indian paintings and concept, and it seeks to make the profound Hindu and Buddhist intuitions of the riddles of existence and demise recognizable no longer in simple terms as Oriental yet as common elements.

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  • 4QInstruction : sagesse et eschatologie (Studies on the by Jean-Sébastien Rey

    By Jean-Sébastien Rey

    This quantity includes an version, a translation and a observation of crucial fragments of 4QInstruction. in the beginning it bargains with the linguistic features of the scroll highlighting the hyperlinks among 4QInstruction and Ben Sira, and likewise with the group Rule and the Hodayot. It then investigates the Sapiential fragments facing poverty, husband-wife and parent-child relationships. ultimately it examines the eschatological fragments. The paintings seeks to enhance the version and figuring out of this basic textual content improving our wisdom of the heritage and improvement of considering at Qumran. furthermore, it examines hyperlinks which 4QInstruction establishes among basically Sapiential discourse and outlines of eschatological judgement. This learn considerably illuminates our knowing of the knowledge circulate within the early intertestamental interval.

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