Download E-books Lamentations Through the Centuries PDF

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Overlaying a wealthy panorama of literary, theological and cultural creativity, the authors discover the unbelievable number of interpretations encouraged through Lamentations, one of many shortest books within the Bible.

  • Features a wealth of reactions – protecting and a part millennia – to this historic text's influential and unflinching account of the devastation wreaked by means of war
  • Explores a kaleidoscope of examples starting from the lifeless Sea Scrolls; Yehudah Halevy; John Calvin; and composer, Thomas Tallis; via to the startling interpretations of Marc Chagall; modern novelist, Cynthia Ozick; and Zimbabwean junk sculpture
  • Deploys "reception exegesis", a brand new style of observation that creatively blends reception background and biblical exegesis
  • Offers delicate remedy of difficult theological and mental responses to at least one of the main irritating books of the Hebrew Bible
  • Widely suitable, with nuanced reflections – either non secular and secular – on human discomfort and the failures of war

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Download E-books The Prophets (Perennial Classics) PDF

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Abraham Heschel is a seminal identify in spiritual reviews and the writer of Man isn't really Alone and God looking for Man. whilst The Prophets used to be first released in 1962, it used to be instantly well-known as a masterpiece of biblical scholarship.

The Prophets offers a special chance for readers of the outdated testomony, either Christian and Jewish, to realize clean and deep wisdom of Israel's prophetic move. The author's profound figuring out of the prophets additionally opens the door to new perception into the philosophy of religion.

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Download E-books Heavenly Priesthood in the Apocalypse of Abraham PDF

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By Andrei A. Orlov

The Apocalypse of Abraham is a crucial resource for realizing either Jewish apocalypticism and mysticism. Written anonymously quickly after the destruction of the second one Jerusalem Temple, the textual content envisions heaven because the actual position of worship and depicts Abraham as an begin of celestial priesthood. Andrei A. Orlov makes a speciality of the relevant ceremony of the Abraham tale - the scapegoat ritual that gets a awesome eschatological reinterpretation within the textual content. He demonstrates that the improvement of the sacerdotal traditions within the Apocalypse of Abraham, in addition to a cluster of Jewish mystical motifs, represents a tremendous transition from Jewish apocalypticism to the symbols of early Jewish mysticism. during this means, Orlov bargains precise perception into the advanced global of the Jewish sacerdotal debates within the early centuries of the typical period. The ebook might be of curiosity to students of early Judaism and Christianity, previous testomony reviews, and Jewish mysticism and magic.

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Download E-books The Book of Legends/Sefer Ha-Aggadah: Legends from the Talmud and Midrash PDF

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The 1st entire English translation of the Hebrew vintage Sefer Ha-Aggadah brings to the English-speaking international the best and best-loved anthology of classical Rabbinic literature ever compiled. First released in Odessa in 1908-11, it used to be famous instantly as a masterwork in its personal correct, and reprinted various occasions in Israel.

The Hebrew poet Hayim Nahman Bialik and the well known editor Yehoshua Hana Ravnitzky, the architects of this masterful compendium, chosen hundreds of thousands of texts from the Talmud and midrashic literature and organized them thematically, on the way to supply their contemporaries with quick access to the nationwide literary history of the Jewish humans -- the texts of Rabbinic Judaism that stay on the center of Jewish literacy today.

Bialik and Ravnitzky selected Aggadah -- the non-legal parts of the Talmud and Midrash -- for his or her anthology. Loosely translated as "legends", Aggadah contains the genres of biblical exegesis, tales approximately biblical characters, the lives of the Talmudic period sages and their modern background, parables, proverbs, and folklore. an enthralling melange of knowledge and piety, delusion and satire, Aggadah is the expressive medium of the Jewish artistic genius.

The association of this compendium displays the theological issues of the Rabbinic sages: the position of Israel and the international locations; God, sturdy and evil; human kinfolk; the area of nature; and the artwork of therapeutic. the following, the reader who desires to discover conventional Jewish perspectives on a selected topic is handled to a range of proper texts at his fingertips yet will quickly develop into immersed in a manner of considering, exploring, and wondering that's the hallmark of Jewish inquiry.

"Whatever the mind's eye can invent is located within the Aggadah," wrote the historian Leopold Zunz, "its objective continually being to coach guy the methods of God." The booklet of Legends/Sefer Ha-Aggadah, now on hand in william Braude's fantastically annotated translation, permits glossy Jews to event firsthand the richness and pleasure in their cultural inheritance.

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Download E-books Between Temple and Torah: Essays on Priests, Scribes, and Visionaries in the Second Temple Period and Beyond (Texts and Studies in Ancient Judaism / Texte Und Studien Zum Antiken Judentum) PDF

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This quantity includes 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 while. The part on monks, Temples, and Torah addresses the topics of its identify in texts from the Bible to the Mishnah. Purity within the useless Sea Scrolls includes articles reading the intensification of the biblical purity legislation, relatively the legislation for genital discharge, within the significant felony files from the Scrolls. In Judaism and Hellenism the writer explores the connection among those old cultures by means of interpreting the traditional and sleek historiography of the Maccabean rebel and the function of the Torah in old Jewish variations of Greek tradition. The final sections of the quantity keep on with texts and traditions of the second one Temple interval into overdue antiquity and the center a while. The articles in Heavenly Ascent reflect on the connection among the ascent apocalypses of the second one Temple interval and later works regarding heavenly ascent, relatively the hekhalot texts. within the ultimate part, The Pseudepigrapha and Medieval Jewish Literature, Himmelfarb investigates facts for wisdom of works of the second one Temple interval by means of medieval Jews with attention of the channels through which the works may have reached those later readers.

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Download E-books Stories in Scripture and Inscriptions: Comparative Studies on Narratives in Northwest Semitic Inscriptions and the Hebrew Bible PDF

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This e-book compares quite a few biblical narratives with the tales present in a number of Northwest Semitic inscriptions from the traditional country of Judah and its modern Syro-Palestinian buddies. In style, language, and cultural context, those epigraphic tales are toward biblical narratives than the other old close to japanese narrative corpus. For the 1st time, Parker analyzes and appreciates those tales as narratives and units them beside related biblical tales. He illuminates the narrative personality and strategies of either epigraphic and biblical tales and in lots of situations finds their unique social context and goal. occasionally, he's capable of make clear the query of the resources and composition of the bigger paintings within which lots of the biblical tales seem, the Deuteronomistic heritage. opposed to the declare that the genius of biblical prose narrative derives from the monotheism of the authors, he exhibits that the presence or absence of a divine position in every one kind of tale is constant all through either biblical and epigraphic examples, and that, whilst current, the position of the deity is largely an identical either in and out the Bible, in and out Israel.

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