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Theology in Conflict - Reactions to the Exile in the Book of Jeremiah (Hardcover, Reprint 2014): Christopher R Seitz Theology in Conflict - Reactions to the Exile in the Book of Jeremiah (Hardcover, Reprint 2014)
Christopher R Seitz
R4,407 Discovery Miles 44 070 Out of stock

The series Beihefte zur Zeitschrift fur die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft (BZAW) covers all areas of research into the Old Testament, focusing on the Hebrew Bible, its early and later forms in Ancient Judaism, as well as its branching into many neighboring cultures of the Ancient Near East and the Greco-Roman world.

The Message and Ministry of Jesus - An Introductory Textbook (Paperback): David A. Fiensy The Message and Ministry of Jesus - An Introductory Textbook (Paperback)
David A. Fiensy
R1,348 Discovery Miles 13 480 Out of stock

This book presents an introduction to the ministry and message of Jesus by combining topical and chronological approaches. Topics discussed include: highlights of the words and teachings of Jesus and the main events of his ministry; background information on Judaism to aid in understanding the context of Jesus' words and actions; main issues and debates in the research of the historical Jesus; the most important ancient documents that help in understanding the Gospels (the Dead Sea Scrolls, Nag Hammadi Scrolls, Talmud, and Josephus).

Women on the Biblical Road - Ruth, Naomi, and the Female Journey (Hardcover): Mishael Maswari Caspi, Rachel S. Havrelock Women on the Biblical Road - Ruth, Naomi, and the Female Journey (Hardcover)
Mishael Maswari Caspi, Rachel S. Havrelock
R1,731 Discovery Miles 17 310 Out of stock

This book investigates the feminine traditions of the Hebrew Bible in a readable manner, pertinent to contemporary times. It is unique in its focus on the experiences of biblical women and not how they were perceived within a patriarchal context.Women on the Biblical Road explores, through an eco-feminist lens, female heroes, their journey cycles, and the oral tradition from which these stories originate. At the core of this look at women on the biblical road is the book of Ruth, the Bible's most complete tale of the female adventure. Caspi and Havrelock point out that the journey of Ruth and Naomi corresponds with a cycle of return and redemption, inseparable from Ruth's and Naomi's experience on the road. The authors also propose that this story of two women from distinctly different places who are able to fuse their goals and help each other survive, points to plausible cultural reconciliation in the Middle East and beyond. This book is intended for any university class studying the Hebrew Bible, courses at synagogues or churches, and women interested in tracing female spiritual traditions. Women on the Biblical Road is an important book for the Women's Spirituality Movement and will surely appeal to the contemporary woman interested in reconstructing women's traditions.

Women on the Biblical Road - Ruth, Naomi, and the Female Journey (Paperback): Mishael Maswari Caspi, Rachel S. Havrelock Women on the Biblical Road - Ruth, Naomi, and the Female Journey (Paperback)
Mishael Maswari Caspi, Rachel S. Havrelock
R1,078 Discovery Miles 10 780 Out of stock

This book investigates the feminine traditions of the Hebrew Bible in a readable manner, pertinent to contemporary times. It is unique in its focus on the experiences of biblical women and not how they were perceived within a patriarchal context.Women on the Biblical Road explores, through an eco-feminist lens, female heroes, their journey cycles, and the oral tradition from which these stories originate. At the core of this look at women on the biblical road is the book of Ruth, the Bible's most complete tale of the female adventure. Caspi and Havrelock point out that the journey of Ruth and Naomi corresponds with a cycle of return and redemption, inseparable from Ruth's and Naomi's experience on the road. The authors also propose that this story of two women from distinctly different places who are able to fuse their goals and help each other survive, points to plausible cultural reconciliation in the Middle East and beyond. This book is intended for any university class studying the Hebrew Bible, courses at synagogues or churches, and women interested in tracing female spiritual traditions. Women on the Biblical Road is an important book for the Women's Spirituality Movement and will surely appeal to the contemporary woman interested in reconstructing women's traditions.

Nonviolence in the Mahabharata - Siva's Summa on Rishidharma and the Gleaners of Kurukshetra (Hardcover): Alf Hiltebeitel Nonviolence in the Mahabharata - Siva's Summa on Rishidharma and the Gleaners of Kurukshetra (Hardcover)
Alf Hiltebeitel
R3,371 Discovery Miles 33 710 Out of stock

In Indian mythological texts like the Mahabharata and Ramayana, there are recurrent tales about gleaners. The practice of "gleaning" in India had more to do with the house-less forest life than with residential village or urban life or with gathering residual post-harvest grains from cultivated fields. Gleaning can be seen a metaphor for the Mahabharata poets' art: an art that could have included their manner of gleaning what they made the leftovers (what they found useful) from many preexistent texts into Vyasa's "entire thought"-including oral texts and possibly written ones, such as philosophical debates and stories. This book explores the notion of non-violence in the epic Mahabharata. In examining gleaning as an ecological and spiritual philosophy nurtured as much by hospitality codes as by eating practices, the author analyses the merits and limitations of the 9th century Kashmiri aesthetician Anandavardhana that the dominant aesthetic sentiment or rasa of the Mahabharata is shanta (peace). Mahatma Gandhi's non-violent reading of the Mahabharata via the Bhagavad Gita are also studied. This book by one of the leaders in Mahabharata studies is of interest to scholars of South Asian Literary Studies, Religious Studies as well as Peace Studies, South Asian Anthropology and History.

Imperialism and Biblical Prophecy - 750-500 BCE (Hardcover): David Aberbach Imperialism and Biblical Prophecy - 750-500 BCE (Hardcover)
David Aberbach
R2,703 Discovery Miles 27 030 Out of stock

Ancient prophecy was not confined to Israel, yet the phenomenon of prophetic poetry as it developed there was unique. The impact of this poetry on civilization is incalculable, though its origins and motives largely remain mysterious. This book shows that this poetry is inseparable from the empires which determined the history of the ancient Near East and the fate of Israel and Judah from the late-8th century to the end of the 6th century BC - first Assyria, then Babylonia, and finally Persia. Each empire had its own characters and motives, and stimulated a distinct wave of prophecy, led in turn by Isaiah Ben Amos, Jeremiah and Ezekiel, and the second Isaiah. The book is an historical interpretation and an anthology of prophetic poetry which uses recent research on imperialism and creativity to produce a radically new interpretation of the biblical prophets. More than three dozen outstanding poems and fragments in new translation from the Hebrew Bible are arranged in a running narrative, from the late-8th century BC until the late-6th century BC.

Social Criticism in Popular Religious Literature of the Sixteenth Century (Paperback): Helen C. White Social Criticism in Popular Religious Literature of the Sixteenth Century (Paperback)
Helen C. White
R1,086 Discovery Miles 10 860 Out of stock

First Published in 1966. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Refractions of the Scriptural - Critical Orientation as Transgression (Hardcover): Vincent L. Wimbush Refractions of the Scriptural - Critical Orientation as Transgression (Hardcover)
Vincent L. Wimbush
R3,369 Discovery Miles 33 690 Out of stock

Refractions of the Scriptural is a transdisciplinary collection of essays that seeks to construct a new field of scholarly inquiry with scriptures as a fraught category, analytical wedge, and site for excavation and problematization. The book focuses on the ways in which individual and social bodies manipulate-and are manipulated by- the politics and power encoded in language and formalized canonical knowledge. Scriptures, in this sense, function as complex phenomena that are instrumental to social conservatism as well as social critique and social change. The essays in this volume, written by established and up-and-coming scholars across a wide range of disciplines, seek to locate, engage, and interpret the ways in which the scriptural shapes and reshapes people and the dynamics of identity formation. The chapters are organized around four domains or types of inquiry: the cognitive, the conscientized, the inscriptive, and the formative. It will be of interest to scholars of religion, as well as those interested more broadly in critical social and historical studies.

The Qur'an: Basic Teachings (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition): T.B. Irving, Khurshid Ahmad, M. Manazir Ahsan The Qur'an: Basic Teachings (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
T.B. Irving, Khurshid Ahmad, M. Manazir Ahsan
R427 R348 Discovery Miles 3 480 Save R79 (19%) Out of stock

An anthology of selections from the Qur'an in contemporary English on topics ranging from the story of Creation and the idea of God to politics and economics. Compiled by three scholars, including T. B. Irving, the first American to translate the Qur'an into English, with a helpful introduction, extensive glossary and an index of Qur'anic verses.

Wisdom and Law in the Old Testament - The Ordering of Life in Israel and Early Judaism (Hardcover, 2nd Revised edition): Joseph... Wisdom and Law in the Old Testament - The Ordering of Life in Israel and Early Judaism (Hardcover, 2nd Revised edition)
Joseph Blenkinsopp
R757 Discovery Miles 7 570 Out of stock

A completely new, expanded edition of this classic college text book about two key kinds of writing in the Old Testament: wisdom and law. Completely revised and updated, the book also includes much more on literary interpretation. This book is intended for primarily aimed at college students studying the Old Testament, on religious studies courses.

Tractates Kilaim and Seviit (Hardcover): Heinrich W. Guggenheimer Tractates Kilaim and Seviit (Hardcover)
Heinrich W. Guggenheimer
R6,037 Discovery Miles 60 370 Out of stock

First Order: Zeraim / Tractates Kilaim and eviit ist der dritte Band in der Edition des Jerusalemer Talmuds und ein grundlegendes Werk der Judischen Patristik. Der Band prasentiert grundlegende judische Texte aus dem Bereich der Landwirtschaft: verbotene Mischungen von Saaten, Tieren und Geweben (Kilaim) sowie das Verbot landwirtschaftlicher Tatigkeit im Sabbatjahr, in dem auch alle Schulden zu erlassen sind ( eviit). Dieser Teil des Jerusalemer Talmuds hat so gut wie keine Entsprechung im Babylonischen Talmud. Ohne seine Kenntnis bleiben die diesbezuglichen Regeln der judischen Tradition unverstandlich."

Created Equal - How the Bible Broke with Ancient Political Thought (Hardcover): Joshua A. Berman Created Equal - How the Bible Broke with Ancient Political Thought (Hardcover)
Joshua A. Berman
R1,168 Discovery Miles 11 680 Out of stock

Joshua Berman engages the text of the Hebrew Bible from a novel perspective -- as a document of social and political thought. He proposes that the Pentateuch can be read as the earliest prescription on record for the establishment of an egalitarian polity. The blueprint that emerges is that of a society that would stand in stark contrast to the social orders found in the surrounding cultures of the ancient Near East -- Egypt, Mesopotamia, Ugarit, and the Hittite Empire -- where the hierarchical structure of the polity was centered on the figure of the king and his retinue. Berman shows that the Pentateuch's egalitarian ideal is articulated in comprehensive fashion and is expressed in its theology, politics, economics, use of technologies of communication, and in its narrative literature. Throughout, he invokes parallels from the modern period as heuristic devices to illuminate the ancient developments under study. Thus, for example, the constitutional principles in the Book of Deuteronomy are examined in the light of principles espoused by Montesquieu, and the rise of the novel in 18th-century England serves to illuminate the advent of new modes of storytelling in biblical narrative.

Great Torah Commentators (Hardcover): Avraham Yaakov Finkel Great Torah Commentators (Hardcover)
Avraham Yaakov Finkel
R877 Discovery Miles 8 770 Out of stock

As author Avraham Yaakov Finkel says in his introduction to The Great Torah Commentators, no words are adequate to describe the Torah. 'Only by actually tasting the words of our sages, by biting into them, can we gain an insight into the profound wisdom and beauty of the Torah. The selections in this book are intended to serve as tidbits to arouse the reader's appetite to study the masters from their sources.'

Schools of Qur'anic Exegesis - Genesis and Development (Hardcover): Hussein Abdul-Raof Schools of Qur'anic Exegesis - Genesis and Development (Hardcover)
Hussein Abdul-Raof
R3,384 Discovery Miles 33 840 Out of stock

Qur'anic exegesis has become the battleground of political Islam and theological conflict among various Muslim schools of thought. Using comparative and contrastive methodology, examples from the Qur'an are investigated in the light of various theological views to delineate the birth, development and growth of Qur'anic exegesis.

The political status quo, in the past and at present, has impinged upon Qur'anic exegesis more than on any other discipline in Islamic studies. This book illustrates the dichotomy between mainstream and non-mainstream Islam, showing how Qur'anic exegesis reflects the subtle dogmatic differences and political cleavages in Islamic thought. Chapters explore in depth the intrusive views of the compilers of early exegesis manuscripts, the scepticism among Western scholars about the authenticity of early Muslim works of exegesis and of prophetic tradition, and the role of exegesis as a tool to reaffirm the Qur'an as a canon.

Written to appeal to those with comparative exegetical interests as well as those focused on Islamic studies in general, this book will be an important reference for research students, scholars, and students of Islamic Studies, Theology, Religious studies and Middle Eastern Studies.

The Women of the Torah - Commentaries from the Talmud, Misrash, and Kabbalah (Hardcover): Barbara L. Thaw Ronson The Women of the Torah - Commentaries from the Talmud, Misrash, and Kabbalah (Hardcover)
Barbara L. Thaw Ronson
R2,137 Discovery Miles 21 370 Out of stock

Viewed through the lens of the ancient talmudic, midrashic, and kabbalistic commentaries, this book examines, in biblical sequence, the scriptural passages related to our ancestral mothers, wives, and daughters. The chosen excerpts, clearly documented, seek to illuminate the question of what it may mean to be truly feminine, truly wise-how actions which appear to be malevolent, or at the very least, misguided, when superficially viewed, may, in fact, have been engineered to produce the greatest good. Barbara L. Thaw Ronson has not chosen to view the Bible as an historical document, attempting to uncover its often cryptic meanings based upon the societal dictates at the time in question; rather, she explores the Bible by perceiving it solely as a timeless Divine doctrine: to illuminate the value and significance of prayer and the individual woman's relationship with her Creator (which informs her relationship with family and neighbor). and to discover and highlight the idea of Woman that exists independently of the era into which she finds herself born.

The Talmud for Beginners - Living in a Non-Jewish World (Paperback): Judith Z. Abrams The Talmud for Beginners - Living in a Non-Jewish World (Paperback)
Judith Z. Abrams
R875 Discovery Miles 8 750 Out of stock

As with the first two volumes in this series, The Talmud for Beginners, Volume 3: Living in a Non-Jewish World, introduces the beginner to an important book of the Talmud; in this case, Avodah Zarah, translated as "Strange Worship." The theme, generally speaking, is Jewish relations with non-Jews.

Tobit (Hardcover, Reprint 2013): Joseph A. Fitzmyer Tobit (Hardcover, Reprint 2013)
Joseph A. Fitzmyer
R4,146 Discovery Miles 41 460 Out of stock

Commentaries on Early Jewish Literature is a new series in English dealing with early Jewish literature between the third century BC and the middle of the second century AD; it is scheduled to encompass a total of 58 volumes. The texts are intended to be interpreted as a textual unity against the background of their particular Jewish and historico-political contexts, with text-based, historical, literary and theological analyses being undertaken. The first volume, by Joseph A. Fitzmyer, is devoted to a commentary on the Book of Tobit (Tobias).

Halakhic Hermeneutics (Hardcover, Revised): Jacob Neusner Halakhic Hermeneutics (Hardcover, Revised)
Jacob Neusner
R2,003 Discovery Miles 20 030 Out of stock

This book presents an inductive account, through systematic inquiry into data, of the hermeneutics of the principal documents of Rabbinic Judaism. It undertakes a hypothetical-logical reconstruction of the thought-processes that generated the category-formations of the Halakhah, that is, the exegesis of the hermeneutics of Halakhic exegesis. To do so, Neusner asks whether a determinate theory of interpretation guides the sages in their exposition of the topics, the category-formations, of Rabbinic Judaism in the documents that expound those formations. His answer is, a hermeneutics of comparison and contrast yielding a hierarchical classification of data governs the selection of data and the interpretation thereof for the entire corpus of category-formations of the Halakhah. Hence 'Halakhic hermeneutics' here bears the primary meaning, 'a hermeneutics of analogical-contrastive analysis.'

Scripturalizing the Human - The Written as the Political (Hardcover): Vincent L. Wimbush Scripturalizing the Human - The Written as the Political (Hardcover)
Vincent L. Wimbush
R3,377 Discovery Miles 33 770 Out of stock

Scripturalizing the Human is a transdisciplinary collection of essays that reconceptualizes and models "scriptural studies" as a critical, comparative set of practices with broad ramifications for scholars of religion and biblical studies. This critical historical and ethnographic project is focused on scriptures/scripturalization/scripturalizing as shorthand for the (psycho-cultural and socio-political) "work" we make language do for and to us. Each essay focuses on an instance of or situation involving such work, engaging with the Bible, Book of Mormon, Bhagavata Purana, and other sacred texts, artifacts, and practices in order to explore historical and ongoing constructions of the human. Contributors use the category of "scriptures"-understood not simply as texts, but as freighted shorthand for the dynamics and ultimate politics of language-as tools for self-illumination and self-analysis. The significance of the collection lies in the window it opens to the rich and complex view of the highs and lows of human-(un-)making as it establishes the connections between a seemingly basic and apolitical religious category and a set of larger social-cultural phenomena and dynamics.

Why This, Not That? - Ways Not Taken in the Halakhic Category-Formations of the Mishnah-Tosefta-Yerushalmi-Bavli (Hardcover,... Why This, Not That? - Ways Not Taken in the Halakhic Category-Formations of the Mishnah-Tosefta-Yerushalmi-Bavli (Hardcover, New)
Jacob Neusner
R1,740 Discovery Miles 17 400 Out of stock

This book concerns the definition of the category-formations of the Halakhah, which are defined by the Mishnah: why these, not others? The question breaks into two parts: why the particular method that is identified as the generative hermeneutics of the Halakhah, or law, of that Judaism? Second, can we account for the topics that the Mishnah-Tosefta-Yerushalmi-Bavli would introduce into the system, beyond the repertoire at the foundations defined by the analytical-topical hermeneutics that defines the normative category-formations? In answering the second question the book accounts for the analytical topics themselves. It defines the indicative traits that characterize all topical-analytical category-formations. Neusner claims to have identified the architectonics of the building, to know what holds the whole together, to account for the composition and the construction of the parts. These part or category-formations, all together, in proportion and in balance and sublimity seen whole on site, are Judaism.

Seeking Ezekiel - Text and Psychology (Paperback): David J. Halperin Seeking Ezekiel - Text and Psychology (Paperback)
David J. Halperin
R960 Discovery Miles 9 600 Out of stock

In Seeking Ezekiel, David J. Halperin argues that the biblical Book of Ezekiel provides substantial information about its author's psychology and reveals his personality in considerable depth. Psychoanalytic investigation of the book yields a coherent portrait of its author: a marvelously gifted yet profoundly disturbed man, tormented by inner conflicts over his sexual longings and fears.

Ezekiel, Halperin argues, was dominated by a pathological dread and loathing of female sexuality. He expresses this emotional stance in the symbolic language of dreams (his vision of a temple polluted by idolatry); in a thin disguise of historical allegory (his obscenely graphic representations of Israel and Jerusalem as promiscuous wives); and in his self-described behavior at his wife's death.

Ezekiel also demonstrates a deeply ambivalent attitude toward a dominant male figure. Normally, he projects the positive elements of his ambivalence onto his God, its negative elements onto other males. Yet the reverse can also take place, and this does much to explain the disturbing cruelty and arbitrariness of Ezekiel's God.

Any psychological study of a man dead for 2500 years will run into formidable methodological difficulties. Halperin establishes the legitimacy of his approach by arguing that it permits the solution of a wide range of long-recognized textual problems.

The implications of Halperin's study extend far beyond the boundaries of Biblical scholarship. The sexual pathology that he attributes to Ezekiel has afflicted humanity for most of its history, tainting the relations of men and women the world over. Ezekiel's powerful influence on posterity has done its part in strengthening the grip of this pathology. By understanding Ezekiel, people may come to a better understanding of his sickness within themselves and thus eventually come to find healing.

The Song of the Sea - Ex 15:1 - 21 (Hardcover, Reprint 2012): Martin L. Brenner The Song of the Sea - Ex 15:1 - 21 (Hardcover, Reprint 2012)
Martin L. Brenner
R3,040 Discovery Miles 30 400 Out of stock

The series Beihefte zur Zeitschrift fur die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft (BZAW) covers all areas of research into the Old Testament, focusing on the Hebrew Bible, its early and later forms in Ancient Judaism, as well as its branching into many neighboring cultures of the Ancient Near East and the Greco-Roman world.

Essential Papers on the Talmud (Paperback, New): Michael Chernick Essential Papers on the Talmud (Paperback, New)
Michael Chernick
R968 Discovery Miles 9 680 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

No work has informed Jewish life and history more than the Talmud. This unique and vast collection of teachings and traditions contains within it the intellectual output of hundreds of Jewish sages who considered all aspects of an entire people's life from the Hellenistic period in Palestine (c. 315 B.C.E.) until the end of the Sassanian era in Babylonia (615 C.E.). This volume adds the insights of modern talmudic scholarship and criticism to the growing number of more traditionally oriented works that seek to open the talmudic heritage and tradition to contemporary readers. These central essays provide a taste of the myriad ways in which talmudic study can intersect with such diverse disciplines as economics, history, ethics, law, literary criticism, and philosophy.

Contributors: Baruch Micah Bokser, Boaz Cohen, Ari Elon, Meyer S. Feldblum, Louis Ginzberg, Abraham Goldberg, Robert Goldenberg, Heinrich Graetz, Louis Jacobs, David Kraemer, Geoffrey B. Levey, Aaron Levine, Saul Lieberman, Jacob Neusner, Nahum Rakover, and David Weiss-Halivni.

The Koran (Hardcover): Colin Turner The Koran (Hardcover)
Colin Turner
R25,956 Discovery Miles 259 560 Out of stock

The four volumes of this set bring together some of the most significant modern and pre-modern contributions to the study of the Islamic revelation, giving readers access to material that has hitherto been scattered and often difficult to locate. While the bulk of the material stems from the past fifty years, classic studies from earlier periods have been included, thus providing insight into the developmental dynamics of the field. Drawn from a wide range of journals, research monographs, occasional papers and edited volumes, the articles that make up this collection reflect the increasingly interdisciplinary nature of Koranic studies as it stands today. An extensive introduction at the beginning of the first volume draws together the four volumes and places each article in its broader context.

Introduction to Qur'anic Script (Hardcover): Syed Barakat Ahmad Introduction to Qur'anic Script (Hardcover)
Syed Barakat Ahmad
R3,490 Discovery Miles 34 900 Out of stock

'Masterly work ... Leads the reader patiently but directly not merely into Qur'anic writing but into the heart of that Holy Book itself ... By the time we have followed Dr Ahmad to the end of this splendid work we have learned something new and indeed something uplifting about one of the world's great books.' Prof. F. E. Peters, New York University.

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