Intertextuality and the Reading of Midrash by Daniel Boyarin

By Daniel Boyarin

Continuing through extensive readings of passages from the early midrash on Exodus The Mekilta, Boyarin proposes a brand new conception of midrash that rests partially on an realizing of the heterogeneity of the biblical textual content and the constraining strength of rabbinic ideology at the construction of midrash. In a forceful mix of thought and examining, Boyarin increases profound questions about the interaction among historical past, ideology, and interpretation.

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Chumash: The Gutnick Edition - Book of Deuteronomy - Kol by Rabbi Chaim Miller

By Rabbi Chaim Miller

The Gutnick Chumash has won huge acclaim as one of many most sensible Chumashim on hand this present day. It has a latest English translation of the Torah which includes and continues to be trustworthy to Rashi. The 'Classic questions' are drawn from quite a number commentators, Midrash and Talmud. it's the first Chumash to incorporate a statement anthologized from the works of the Lubavitcher Rebbe. superbly sure in a hand-tooled leather-based variety disguise, either inside and external are guaranteed to provoke.

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Losing the Temple and Recovering the Future: An Analysis of by Hindy Najman

By Hindy Najman

This publication explores the Jewish community's reaction to the destruction of the second one Temple in 70 CE. the focal point of awareness is four Ezra, a textual content that reboots the previous through imaginatively recasting textual and interpretive traditions. rather than rebuilding the Temple, as Ezra does within the books of Ezra and Nehemiah, the Ezra portrayed in four Ezra argues with an angel concerning the secret of God's plan and re-gives Israel the Torah. Drawing on Walter Benjamin, the imaginitive venture of four Ezra is analyzed by way of a constellation composed of parts from pre-destruction traditions. Ezra's fight and his eventual recommitment to Torah also are understood as supplying a version for emulation by way of historic Jewish readers. four Ezra is therefore what Stanley Cavell calls a perfectionist paintings. Its particular undertaking is to lead the formation of Jewish matters in a position to resuming covenantal existence within the wake of a destruction that inflects yet by no means erases revelation.

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The Triumph of the Goddess: The Canonical Models and by C. MacKenzie Brown

By C. MacKenzie Brown

The authors of the Devi-Bhagavata Puranendeavored to illustrate the prevalence of the Devi over competing masculine deities, and to articulate in new methods the manifold nature of the Goddess. Brown's booklet units out to envision how the Puranpursues those ends. The Devi-Bhagavata employs many old myths and motifs from older masculine theologies, incorporating them right into a completely "feminized" theological framework. The textual content additionally seeks to supplant older "masculine" canonical professionals. half I of Brown's learn explores those innovations via targeting the Puran's self-conscious activity to supersede the well-known VaisBhagavata Puran

The Devi-Bhagavata additionally re-envisions older mythological traditions in regards to the Goddess, specifically these within the first nice Sanskritic glorification of the Goddess, the Devi-Mahatmya. Brown exhibits partly II how this re-envisioning strategy transforms the Devi from a basically martial and erotic goddess into the World-Mother of limitless compassion.

Part III examines the Devi Gita, the philosophical climax of the Puranmodeled upon the Bhagavad Gita. The Devi Gita, whereas asserting that final truth is the divine mom, avows that her maximum shape as recognition encompasses all gender, thereby suggesting the ultimate triumph of the Goddess. it isn't easily that She is greater to the male gods, yet really that She transcends Her personal sexuality with no denying it.

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Linguistic Evidence For The Pre-Exilic Date Of The Yahwistic by Rick Wright

By Rick Wright

For the prior few many years more and more students have tried to overthrow the normal Wellhausian view that the socalled 'Yahwist' or 'J' resource of the Pentateuch is the oldest of the 4 significant resources. those students have argued that 'J' used to be composed through the exilic or post-exilic sessions of old Israel. Their arguments have inquisitive about the literary, historiographic, and theological features of 'J'. This publication makes an attempt to re-examine on linguistic grounds such efforts to put the Yahwist resource within the exilic or post-exilic sessions.

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Tangled Up in Text: Tefillin and the Ancient World by Yehudah B. Cohn

By Yehudah B. Cohn

This ebook locates the Jewish tefillin ritual in the cultural matrix that engendered its origins and improvement, with specific concentrate on the reception heritage of correct biblical passages, the archaeological proof of the useless Sea Scrolls, and specified research of rabbinic literature to the 3rd century C.E. some of these resources are evaluated opposed to the backdrop of comparative facts for using magical amulets within the ambient Greco-Roman international, within the gentle of which the writer demonstrates that tefillin originated and continued as well known protecting amulets, and have been an invented culture of the Hellenistic period. His conclusions are used to provide an explanation for why the perform constructed because it did, to elucidate its detailed positive factors and to investigate its that means within the early rabbinic interval.

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Retelling the Law: Genesis, Exodus-Numbers, and Samuel-Kings by Bartosz Adamczewski

By Bartosz Adamczewski

Utilizing the tactic of serious intertextual learn, this publication demonstrates that Deuteronomy (written c. 500 BC) is an Israelite sequential hypertextual transforming of Ezekiel, that Genesis and Exodus-Numbers (written c. four hundred BC) are Israelite sequential hypertextual reworkings of Deuteronomy, and that Samuel-Kings (written c. three hundred BC) is a Judaean sequential hypertextual transforming of Deuteronomy. hence, the e-book disproves the theories of the life of the so-called resources or traditions of the Pentateuch. the popularity of the truth that the Pentateuch is an Israelite and never a Judaean paintings could have nice results for the discussion among the monotheistic civilizations in our international and for peace tasks within the Holy Land.

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The Targums and Rabbinic Literature: An Introduction to by John Bowker

By John Bowker

The Targums are interpretative translations of the Hebrew textual content of the Bible which originated in Synagogue instructing, the place an interpretation of the Hebrew textual content needed to be given orally for the good thing about non-Hebrew talking congregations. Over the centuries, a unfastened 'Targum culture' started to shape and the written Aramaic Targums can most sensible be understood as crystallisations of the Targum culture at various issues of time. within the first a part of this ebook Professor Bowker examines the emergence and improvement of Jewish exegesis and the significance of the Targums. making an allowance for that Jewish and rabbinic fabric is being more and more utilized to difficulties of Christian origins, he presents a finished advent to the topic (referring to the texts and translations such a lot on hand) with emphasis on contemporary paintings and discoveries. the second one a part of the e-book supplies real fabric in translation, displaying how Jewish exegesis arrived at its interpretations of Scripture.

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Reconsidering Israel and Judah: Recent Studies on the by Gary N. Knoppers, J. Gordon McConville

By Gary N. Knoppers, J. Gordon McConville

The Deuteronomic or, extra adequately, Deuteronomistic background is a latest theoretical build which holds that the books of Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Samuel, and Kings represent a unmarried paintings, unified through a uncomplicated homogeneity in language, variety, and content material. This build owes a lot to the effect of Martin Noth's vintage learn of the Deuteronomistic historical past, contained in his better Uberlieferungsgeschichtliche Studien. in keeping with Noth, the Deuteronomist included the deuteronomic legislations into the start of his paintings, framing it with speeches through Moses. The Deuteronomist then further different assets, akin to stories of conquest and payment, prophetic narratives and speeches, legitimate annals and records.

While this higher thesis has stood the try out of time, there's a lot confrontation between modern students a couple of good selection of matters. the current assortment makes an attempt to supply readers with an figuring out of the real advancements, methodologies, and issues of view within the ongoing debate. either present essays and a few older, vintage essays that experience formed the bigger debate are integrated. Ten are newly translated into English. every one essay is prefaced by way of a close foreword via one of many editors that summarizes and areas the essay in its acceptable context, making the quantity excellent to be used in seminars or classes, in addition to for people wishing to get to grips with the country of dialogue at the Deuteronomistic historical past.

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