Category: Judaism

  • Download Power, Ethics, and Ecology in Jewish Late Antiquity: by Julia Watts Belser PDF

    By Julia Watts Belser

    Rabbinic stories of drought, catastrophe, and charismatic holy males remove darkness from severe questions on energy, ethics, and ecology in Jewish overdue antiquity. via a sustained studying of the Babylonian Talmud's tractate on fasts in line with drought, this ebook indicates how Bavli Taʿanit demanding situations Deuteronomy's declare that advantage can guarantee abundance and that misfortune is an unambiguous signal of divine rebuke. utilising a brand new strategy for examining long talmudic narratives, Julia Watts Belser strains advanced strands of aggadic dialectic to teach how Bavli Taʿanit's redactors articulate a strikingly self-critical theological and moral discourse. Bavli Taʿanit castigates rabbis for misuse of energy, exposing the bounds in their belief and critiquing triumphing obsessions with social prestige. however it additionally celebrates the probabilities of performative belief - the facility of an adroit interpreter to remodel occasions on this planet and interpret difficulty in a fashion that attracts forth blessing.
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  • Download Philosopher avec la Torah (Sagesse vivante) (French Edition) by Marc Israël PDF

    By Marc Israël

    Se proposant de thinker à partir de los angeles Torah et de l. a. culture juive, l'auteur y choisit 20 extraits et suggest, pour chacun d'entre eux, une méditation sur le problème qu'il soulève et les réponses qu'il apporte à nos questions existentielles.

    L'homme est-il un animal conjugal ? Est-ce pour les manger tranquillement que nous nous identifions si peu aux animaux ? L'idéologie est-elle l. a. model moderne de l'idolâtrie ? Le travail est-il une malédiction ? los angeles loi de los angeles cité prend-elle le pas sur l. a. loi religieuse ?

    Ainsi, il répond à notre quête de sens, nous invitant à penser et vivre en vérité.

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  • Download Philo of Alexandria's Views of the Physical World by Charles A. Anderson PDF

    By Charles A. Anderson

    Philo of Alexandria fuses biblical interpretation and Greco-Roman cosmology in probably contradictory type: the actual global is usually God's enemy, yet in other places his son and maximum paintings. Charles A. Anderson examines six key cosmological phrases for Philo, together with kosmos, physis (and normal law), and argues that his ambivalence is better understood perspectivally. The 'lower' standpoint perspectives the area certainly, as a method of understanding and changing into like God, whereas the 'higher' viewpoint sees it negatively, as a drawback to actual communion with God. Philo is finally a cosmological pessimist and hence diverges unusually from the most traces of either Scripture and Platonism. This publication should be of curiosity to scholars of historic Judaism, old philosophy, biblical cosmology, and all who ponder how Jewish-Christian sacred texts can impact modern environmental discourse.
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  • Download Joseph: Portraits through the Ages by Alan T. Levenson PDF

    By Alan T. Levenson

    The complicated and dramatic tale of Joseph is the main sustained narrative in Genesis. Many name it a literary masterpiece and a tale of significant intensity that may be learn on many degrees. In a lucid and interesting variety, Alan T. Levenson brings the voices of Philo, Josephus, Midrash, and medieval commentators, in addition to quite a lot of sleek students, into discussion approximately this complicated biblical figure.

    Levenson explores such questions as: Why did Joseph’s brothers hate him so? what's completed through Joseph’s ups and downs at the route to striking luck? Why didn’t Joseph inform his father he was once alive and ruling Egypt? What used to be Joseph like as a husband and father? was once Joseph simply or merciless in checking out his brothers’ characters?

    Levenson deftly indicates how an unbroken chain of interpretive traditions, regularly literary but in addition creative, have further to the intensity of this attention-grabbing and particular character.



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  • Download Belzec, Sobibor, Treblinka: The Operation Reinhard Death by Yitzhak Arad PDF

    By Yitzhak Arad

    "... Mr. Arad experiences as a managed and potent witness for the prosecution.... Mr. Arad’s e-book, with its abundance of scary aspect, reminds us of the way some distance we need to go."—New York occasions booklet Review

    "... essentially the most gripping chapters i've got ever read.... the real, exhaustive, definitive account of the least identified loss of life camps of the Nazi era." —Raul Hilberg

    Arad, historian and valuable prosecution witness on the Israeli trial of John Demjanjuk (accused of being Treblinka’s notorious "Ivan the Terrible"), makes use of fundamental fabrics to bare the full tale of those Nazi loss of life camps.

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  • Download Anglo-Jewry since 1066: Place, locality and memory by Tony Kushner PDF

    By Tony Kushner

    Anglo-Jewry due to the fact 1066: position, locality and reminiscence' is a examine of the background and reminiscence of Anglo-Jewry from medieval occasions to the current and is the 1st to discover the development of identities, either Jewish and non-Jewish, relating to the concept that of place.

    The introductory chapters offer a theoretical assessment concentrating on the character of neighborhood reports then strikes right into a chronological body, beginning with medieval Winchester, relocating to early smooth Portsmouth after which chapters overlaying the evolution of Anglo-Jewry from emancipation to the 20 th century. Emphasis is put on the influence on identities as a result of the complicated courting among migration (including transmigration) and cost of minority teams. Drawing upon quite a lot of ways, together with heritage, cultural and literary reviews, geography, Jewish and ethnic and racial reports, Kushner makes use of wide assets together with novels, poems, paintings, go back and forth literature, autobiographical writing, respectable documentation, newspapers and census data.

    This e-book will entice students drawn to Jewish reports and British history
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  • Download The Nowhere Bible: Utopia, Dystopia, Science Fiction by Frauke Uhlenbruch PDF

    By Frauke Uhlenbruch

    The Bible comprises passages that permit either students and believers to venture their hopes and fears onto ever-changing empirical realities. by means of studying particular biblical passages as utopia and dystopia, this quantity increases questions on reconstructing the earlier, the impression of wishful mind's eye on fact, and the hermeneutic implications of facing utopia – “good position” but “no position” – as a style and an idea in biblical studies.
    A believer like William Bradford may well process a biblical passage as utopia by way of analyzing it as directions for bringing a few considerably replaced society actually, even on the expense of changing into an oppressor. a modern biblical pupil could process an analogous passage with the ambition of finding the ancient fact at the back of it – discovering the areas it describes on a map, or arriving at a end in regards to the social fact skilled via a historic group of redactors. those utopian objectives are projected onto a utopian textual content.
    This quantity advocates a decent hermeneutical method of the query of ways reliably a prior fact should be reconstructed from a biblical passage, and it goals to supply an instance of revealing – now not obscuring – pre-suppositions dropped at the text.

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  • Download Adam and the Kabbalistic Trees by Z'ev ben Shimon Halevi PDF

    By Z'ev ben Shimon Halevi

    The topic of this publication is a kabbalistic examine of a man or woman. The sefirotic Tree of lifestyles and Jacob's Ladder are used to appreciate Adam, the archetype of humanity. This specified description of the interplay among the 4 Worlds supplies an built-in view of the actual, mental, religious and Divine levels.

    The Toledano line of Kabbalah has its roots in medieval Spain the place the 3 branches of the Abrahamic revelation met in a civilised cosmopolitan surroundings. Then the Kabbalah caused an esoteric fusion of faith and philosophy. In our time we relate its historic theories and practices to fashionable psychology, technological know-how and art.
    The hallmark of the Toledano line is Jacob’s Ladder, a metaphysical scheme of 4 interlocking Worlds that originate within the primordial Tree of existence. This diagram of Divine rules, paths and triads is the major to comprehending the plan of life and our half in it.

    Z'ev ben Shimon Halevi is the Hebrew identify of Warren Kenton. He was once born in 1933 right into a Sefardi Jewish Levite kin in England. He used to be expert at St Martin's institution of paintings and the Royal Academy, the place he was once taught to determine past the most obvious. This got knowledge led him to check the esoteric and Kabbalah, the Jewish mystical culture. Out of this got here visits to its historic and medieval non secular centres in Europe, North Africa and Israel. considering 1970 he has taught teams around the world, based the foreign Kabbalah Society and written fifteen books which are now in fifteen languages, together with Russian, jap and Hebrew. He has fraternal connections with different religious traditions and is a Fellow of the Temenos Academy in London the place he lives and works.

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  • Download Das Frühjudentum und die Anfänge des Christentums: Ein by Markus Tiwald PDF

    By Markus Tiwald

    Die Trennung zwischen Juden und Christen warfare ein langer und keineswegs monolinearer Prozess, der an unterschiedlichen Orten mit unterschiedlichen Geschwindigkeiten ablief und von keiner Seite bewusst gesteuert wurde. Erst im Ineinanderblenden von politischen, soziologischen, ökonomischen und religiösen Mustern lässt sich verstehen, wie eng das frühe Christentum mit dem Judentum verbunden conflict, warum sich die Wege irgendwann trotzdem trennten und warum Christen auch weiterhin auf ihre jüdischen Wurzeln verwiesen bleiben.
    In der Zusammenschau von Texten, archäologischen Funden, soziologischen Hintergründen und theologischen Argumentationsmustern entwirft Tiwald ein Bild des Frühjudentums, das die Matrix des späteren Christentums wurde.
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  • Download Chapters in the Formative History of Judaism, Eighth Series: by Jacob Neusner PDF

    By Jacob Neusner

    This choice of essays attracts on paintings performed in 2011¬–2012. the writer takes up numerous themes within the systemic research of Judaism, its literature, and its theology. the cause of periodically amassing and publishing essays and experiences is to provide them a moment lifestyles, when they have served as lectures or as summaries of monographs or as free-standing articles or as expositions of Judaism in collections of comparative religions. This re-presentation serves a readership to whom the preliminary presentation in lectures or really good journals or short-run monographs is inaccessible. the various essays moreover offer a précis, for colleagues in kindred fields, of totally labored out monographs.
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