Deconstructing the Bible: Abraham Ibn Ezra's Introduction to by Irene Lancaster

By Irene Lancaster

Deconstructing the Bible represents the 1st try by way of a unmarried writer to put the nice Spanish Jewish Hebrew bible exegete, thinker, poet, astronomer, astrologer and scientist Abraham ibn Ezra (1089-1164) in his whole contextual surroundings. It charts his strange travels and discusses alterations and contradictions in his hermeneutic procedure, analysing his imaginative and prescient of the longer term for the Jewish humans within the Christian north of Europe instead of in Muslim Spain. It additionally examines his effect on next Jewish idea, in addition to his position within the wider hermeneutic debate. The publication incorporates a new translation of ibn Ezra's creation to the Torah, written in Lucca, northern Italy, including a whole statement. it will likely be of curiosity to a wide selection of students, starting from philosophers and theologians to linguists and scholars of hermeneutics.

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The Zohar: Annotations to the Ashlag Commentary by Rav Michael Laitman

By Rav Michael Laitman

The Zohar: annotations to the Ashlag observation elucidates Kabbalah's basic resource of wisdom-The publication of Zohar (The e-book of Radiance). it is a booklet to learn with endurance, considering every one sentence as one unveils its meanings. because the textual content covers its theme-the revelation of the Creator-from many alternative angles, it permits us to discover the words or phrases that would hold us into the depths of this profound and undying knowledge.

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The Vanishing Hebrew Harlot: The Adventures of the Hebrew by Irene E. Riegner

By Irene E. Riegner

The Vanishing Hebrew Harlot is written with pursuits: First, to get better the center that means of the Hebrew stem ZNH as a posh of non-Yahwist rituals, deities, associations and ideology general in historic Israel and Judah. With this figuring out, the writer assigns the interpretation worth «participate in non-Yahwist spiritual praxis» to ZNH. the second one goal is to appreciate how this middle that means got here to be encrusted with promiscuity, prostitution, and detestable issues, and, principally, with adultery, a capital offense, in addition to with non secular illness and its harmful effects. within the biblical texts, the stem ZNH, which features a advanced of non-Yahwist spiritual practices, operates in a robust, opposed dating to the Yahwist advanced of spiritual practices. because non-Yahwist sacrifices represent the repudiation of Yahweh, non-Yahwist sacrifices arouse fierce competition. The prophets Hosea and Jeremiah take hold of this adverse courting and of their advocacy for Yahweh infuse non-Yahwist praxis with photographs of illicit sexual encounters and with the creation of spiritual illness that might result in the devastation of Israel and Judah and to the exile in their population. the hot constitution of ZNH that emerges with Hosea and Jeremiah is one who re-visions ZNH actions through incorporating repugnant sexual imagery and devastating theological infection into the middle of non-Yahwist praxis. in spite of the fact that, ZNH additionally has a sexual signification in contexts which are self sufficient of and targeted from cultic contexts. The stem ZNH is tested in its historic close to jap surroundings, however the thrust of this examine is the research of ZNH in its Hebrew textual setting utilizing thoughts from cognitive linguistics: community of institutions, linked commonplaces, and mixing.

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Krishna's Song: A New Look at the Bhagavad Gita by Steven J. Rosen

By Steven J. Rosen

Rosen bargains Westerners an easy-to-read creation to a sacred textual content, demystifying its significant philosophy in a undemanding approach. this isn't another translation, purely reiterating what the Gita itself has to claim. it is vitally an try and culturally translate the textual content, employing techniques and different types to which Western readers are accustomed. via enticing widespread motifs—such as problems with modernity, pop-culture icons, and famous philosophers within the West—the writer brings the Gita into concentration for non-specialists and students alike. via a chain of up to date information references and insightful summaries, readers will ultimately comprehend the proof and personalities that make up the Bhagavad Gita.Using his decades of Gita-centered learn, Rosen unlocks the mysteries of the text's non secular underpinnings. He presents an outline of the Gita's narrative and teachings along documentation of its conventional program and extra smooth ways that the textual content will be understood. scholars and students alike will have a good time in how good this publication lays naked the tradition and the context of the Gita, leading to a reader's deep familiarity with this so much sacred of the entire world's knowledge texts.

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The Spirit of Buddhist Meditation by Sarah Shaw

By Sarah Shaw

Is it attainable to seize the spirit of Buddhist meditation, which relies quite a bit upon silence and unstated knowledge? Can this spirit be chanced on after millennia? This clever and reassuring publication reminds us that the Buddhist meditative culture, geared to such matters from its inception, has constantly been transmitted via texts. an excellent number of early writings—poems, tales, prolonged useful courses, commentaries, and chants—were purposely designed to cross teachings on from one iteration to the next.
 
Sarah Shaw, an established practitioner and instructor of Buddhism, investigates a large and sundry variety of old and later Buddhist writings on meditation. lots of those texts are slightly recognized within the West yet, because the writer exhibits, they are often priceless, relocating, and sometimes very humorous. She starts off with early texts of the Pali canon—those that describe and contain the Buddha and his fans educating meditations—and strikes directly to “commentaries,” with their copious variety of sensible assistance, anecdotes, and bills of early meditators. the writer then considers different early texts that have been inspirational as Buddhist traditions unfold via India and directly to China, Korea, Japan, and Tibet. Centuries after being written, early Buddhist texts have misplaced none in their relevance, this authoritative publication exhibits. In a convention characterised by way of flexibility and mobility, those writings provide knowledge unchanged via time.

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Justice in the City: An Argument from the Sources of by Aryeh Cohen

By Aryeh Cohen

Justice within the urban argues, in keeping with the rabbinic textual culture, in particular the Babylonian Talmud, and using French Jewish thinker Emmanuel Levinas’ framework of interpersonal ethics, simply urban may be a neighborhood of legal responsibility. that's, in a group therefore conceived, the privilege of citizenship is the belief of the responsibilities of the town in the direction of Others who're no longer constantly in view—workers, the bad, the homeless. those Others shape a constitutive a part of town. the second one a part of the publication is an in depth research of homelessness, hard work, and restorative justice from in the concept that was once constructed. This name should be worthy for students and scholars in Jewish experiences, particularly rabbinic literature and Jewish concept, but in addition for these attracted to modern city matters.

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Powers of Diaspora: Two Essays on the Relevance of Jewish by Jonathan Boyarin

By Jonathan Boyarin

Diaspora: the scattering of a humans, usually defined as a situation of helplessness and a pathology to be conquer. it will probably even be, as Jonathan and Daniel Boyarin assert during this provocative paintings, a different resource of energy and power. concentrating on Jewish event, Powers of Diaspora forcefully argues that diasporic groups workout a special type of cultural strength as a way to keep themselves.

With connection with rabbinic tradition and modern Jewish ethnography, the authors evoke the cultural recommendations of Jewish diaspora-of regeneration via statelessness-that should still end up more and more correct to the dilemmas and chances of the ''new diasporas'' born within the midst and within the aftermath of the trendy world-system. Their paintings exposes the ways that peoples in diaspora ''legislate'' special methods of lifestyles and determine formal communal buildings, hence developing fluid but powerful obstacles among themselves and the others who encompass them, and evaluations the interior energy dynamics which may occasionally consequence.

Powers of Diaspora strongly reasserts where of Jewish tradition in modern discussions of diaspora, the place the cultural politics of postcolonialism have remarginalized Jewish adventure; whilst, it brings insights from reviews of different diasporas to endure at the examine of Jews. In hard the equation of diaspora with powerlessness, the e-book questions the trendy countryside excellent and means that diasporic cultural formations provide vital clues towards an alternate technique of bearing on tradition to polity.

Daniel Boyarin is Taubman Professor of Talmudic tradition within the Departments of close to jap experiences and Rhetoric on the collage of California, Berkeley. His books contain Carnal Israel (1993), a thorough Jew (1994), and Unheroic behavior (1997). Jonathan Boyarin is an legal professional and an self sufficient student within the fields of anthropology and Jewish cultural experiences. His books contain typhoon from Paradise: The Politics of Jewish reminiscence (Minnesota, 1992) and considering in Jewish (1996). Daniel and Jonathan additionally coedited Jews and different alterations (Minnesota, 1997).

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A People Tall and Smooth-Skinned (Supplements to Vetus by Høyland Lavik, M.

By Høyland Lavik, M.

This quantity sheds new gentle on an outdated and one way or the other perplexing textual content, Isaiah 18. even supposing nearly all of students through the years has seemed this bankruptcy tricky to totally comprehend, the writer of this quantity demonstrates how Isa 18 will be noticeable as a coherent complete by way of displaying itself to be an instance of Hebrew rhetoric.

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