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Charging Steeds or Maidens Performing Good Deeds - In Search of the Original Qur'an (Hardcover): Munther Younes Charging Steeds or Maidens Performing Good Deeds - In Search of the Original Qur'an (Hardcover)
Munther Younes
R3,242 Discovery Miles 32 420 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Charging Steeds or Maidens Performing Good Deeds: In Search of the Original Qur'a n brings an important contribution to understanding the development of the Qur'a nic corpus. Through a selection of meaningful case studies, the author convincingly argues for a different interpretative approach to the Qur'a nic text. Taking as a starting point the consonantal skeleton of the holy text, known as the 'Uthma nic rasm, and offering a critical reading of the Muslim interpretive tradition, such an approach produces a clearer understanding of parts of the Qur'a n which have defied Muslim and non-Muslim scholars since the early days of Islam.

Preaching to Be Heard - Delivering Sermons That Command Attention (Paperback): Lucas O'Neill Preaching to Be Heard - Delivering Sermons That Command Attention (Paperback)
Lucas O'Neill
R331 R310 Discovery Miles 3 100 Save R21 (6%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Bitten by the Black Snake - The Ancient Wisdom of Ashtavakra (Paperback): Manuel Schoch Bitten by the Black Snake - The Ancient Wisdom of Ashtavakra (Paperback)
Manuel Schoch
R408 R306 Discovery Miles 3 060 Save R102 (25%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Ashtavakra Gita is a very ancient Sanskrit text, probably dating back to the classic Vedanta period. It was appreciated and quoted by Ramakrishna, Vivekananda, Ramana Maharshi, and Radhakrishnan, as it presents the traditional teachings of Advaita Vedanta with a clarity and power very rarely matched. It has been called 'a quantum leap into the absolute'. Its message is that there is neither existence nor non existence, right nor wrong, moral nor immoral. In the view of the sage Ashtavakra, the apparent author of this text, one's true identity can be found by simply recogniSing oneself as pure existence, or the awareness of all things. The text is the response to a question posed by King Janaka to Sage Ashtavakra: "Tell me, O Lord, how can true knowledge be acquired, renunciation made possible and liberation attained?" Ashtavakra's answer is a sincere and unhesitating statement of the ultimate truth. It is said that Janaka posed his question to Ashtavakra while placing one foot in the saddle to mount his horse. Ashtavakra told him that by following his instructions, Janaka could attain liberation by the time he sat astride the horse. With Ashtavakra's forceful, direct instructions Janaka is emancipated instantaneously. In this edition, the text is expounded on by Swiss mystic and therapist, Manuel Schoch.

Traditions of the Bible - A Guide to the Bible As It Was at the Start of the Common Era (Hardcover): James L Kugel Traditions of the Bible - A Guide to the Bible As It Was at the Start of the Common Era (Hardcover)
James L Kugel
R3,183 R2,610 Discovery Miles 26 100 Save R573 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

James Kugel's "The Bible As It Was" (1997) has been welcomed with universal praise. Here now is the full scholarly edition of this wonderfully rich and illuminating work, expanding the author's findings into an incomparable reference work.

Focusing on two dozen core stories in the Pentateuch--from the Creation and Tree of Knowledge through the Exodus from Egypt and journey to the Promised Land--James Kugel shows us how the earliest interpreters of the scriptures radically transformed the Bible and made it into the book that has come down to us today. Kugel explains how and why the writers of this formative age of interpretation--roughly 200 B.C.E. to 150 C.E.--assumed such a significant role. Mining their writings--including the Dead Sea Scrolls, works of Philo and Josephus and letters of the Apostle Paul, and writings of the Apostolic Fathers and the rabbinic Sages--he quotes for us the seminal passages that uncover this crucial interpretive process.

For this full-scale reference work Kugel has added a substantial treasury of sources and passages for each of the 24 Bible stories. It will serve as a unique guide and sourcebook for biblical interpretation.

The Text in the Middle (Hardcover, New edition): Michael B Shepherd The Text in the Middle (Hardcover, New edition)
Michael B Shepherd
R1,782 R1,350 Discovery Miles 13 500 Save R432 (24%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Analysis of inner-biblical exegesis ordinarily involves examination of the intertextual relationship between two texts within the biblical corpus. But in many cases there is an often overlooked intertext that serves as a bridge between the two texts. Such an intermediary text reads the primary text in a manner similar to the way the tertiary text reads it and supplies a missing link in a very subtle yet identifiable manner. The direction of dependence between texts of this kind is not as important in the present study as the direction in which these texts were meant to be read by those who gave them their final shape.

Tantric Visions of the Divine Feminine - The Ten Mahavidyas (Paperback, New): David R. Kinsley Tantric Visions of the Divine Feminine - The Ten Mahavidyas (Paperback, New)
David R. Kinsley
R750 R592 Discovery Miles 5 920 Save R158 (21%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Hindu pantheon is rich in images of the divine feminine - deities representing a wide range of symbolic, social, and meditative meanings. David Kinsley's new book documents a highly unusual group of ten Hindu tantric goddesses, the Mahavidyas, many of whom are strongly associated with sexuality and violence. What is one to make of a goddess who cuts her own head off, or one who prefers sex with a corpse? The Mahavidyas embody habits, attributes, or identities usually considered repulsive or socially subversive and can be viewed as 'antimodels' for women. Yet it is within the context of tantric worship that devotees seek to identify themselves with these forbidding goddesses. The Mahavidyas seem to function as 'awakeners' - symbols which help to project one's consciousness beyond the socially acceptable or predictable. Drawing on a broad range of Sanskrit and vernacular texts as well as extensive research in India, including written and oral interpretations of contemporary Hindu practitioners, Kinsley describes the unusual qualities of each of the Mahavidyas and traces the parallels between their underlying themes. Especially valuable are the many rare and fascinating images he presents - each important to grasping the significance of the goddesses. Written in an accessible, engaging style, Kinsley's book provides a comprehensive understanding of the Mahavidyas and is also an overview of Hindu tantric practice.

Precious Volumes - An Introduction to Chinese Sectarian Scriptures from the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries (Hardcover):... Precious Volumes - An Introduction to Chinese Sectarian Scriptures from the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries (Hardcover)
Daniel L. Overmyer
R1,286 R1,179 Discovery Miles 11 790 Save R107 (8%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

"Precious volumes," or "pao-chuan," were produced by popular sects in the Ming and early Qing dynasties. These scriptures were believed to have been divinely revealed to sect leaders and contain teachings and ritual instructions that provide valuable information about a lively and widespread religious tradition outside mainstream Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism. Largely neglected until now, they testify to the imagination and devotion of popular religious leaders. This book, the most detailed and comprehensive study of "pao-chuan" in any language, studies 34 early examples of this literature in order to understand the origins and development of this textual tradition. Although the work focuses on content and structure, it also treats the social context of these works as well as their transmission and ritual use.

Feminist Edges of the Qur'an (Paperback): Aysha A. Hidayatullah Feminist Edges of the Qur'an (Paperback)
Aysha A. Hidayatullah
R817 Discovery Miles 8 170 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Aysha Hidayatullah presents the first comprehensive analysis of contemporary feminist interpretations of the Quran. Synthesizing prominent feminist readings of the Quran in the United States since the late twentieth century, she provides an essential introduction to this nascent field of Qur'anic scholarship and engages in a deep investigationas well as a radical critiqueof its methods and approaches. With a particular focus on feminist impasses in the Quranic text, she argues that many feminist interpretations rely on claims about feminist justice that are not fully supported by the text, and she proposes a major revision to their exegetical foundations. A provocative work of Muslim feminist theology, Feminist Edges of the Quran is a vital intervention in urgent conversations about women and the Quran.

Giambattista and Domenico Tiepolo - Master Drawings from the Anthony J. Moravec Collection (Hardcover): Adelheid M. Gealt Giambattista and Domenico Tiepolo - Master Drawings from the Anthony J. Moravec Collection (Hardcover)
Adelheid M. Gealt
R1,167 R896 Discovery Miles 8 960 Save R271 (23%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Giambattista and Domenico Tiepolo documents an important collection of master drawings donated by an individual to the Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art at Indiana University, including five drawings by the celebrated Venetian genius Giambattista Tiepolo and sixteen drawings by his most famous son, Domenico Tiepolo. Twelve of the sixteen form part of Domenico's most important drawing series-his exhaustive visual exploration of the New Testament. Also included are two drawings discovered after the 2006 publication of Domenico Tiepolo: A New Testament and seen here for the first time. Gealt and Knox are world-renowned experts on the Tiepolos and this book will serve as a useful reference to understanding their work as draftsmen. This beautiful illustrated volume will appeal to art lovers, biblical scholars, and those who value the unique work of the Tiepolos.

The Messiah before Jesus - The Suffering Servant of the Dead Sea Scrolls (Paperback, New edition): Israel Knohl The Messiah before Jesus - The Suffering Servant of the Dead Sea Scrolls (Paperback, New edition)
Israel Knohl; Translated by David Maisel
R783 R610 Discovery Miles 6 100 Save R173 (22%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

"This is a very significant, original, and daring book. It illuminates an important era in the history of the Jewish people as well as the background of Christianity, making full use of the new Qumran material."--Professor Emanuel Tov, Editor-in-Chief, Dead Sea Scrolls Publication Project

"The importance of this thesis for the understanding and interpretation of the historical Jesus is something of which all students of Christian Origins should take careful note. The book places a square challenge before those persuaded by a less apocalyptic/messianc view of the man and his times. I am convinced this book will become a pioneering classic in terms of the slot it fills in the field."--James D. Tabor, author of "Why Waco?

"This is a work of very high quality. . . . Knohl convincingly points out the historical event of a Messiah who predated the more famous one, Jesus Christ. . . . This is one of the most fascinating findings regarding the history of Jewish Messianism and the understanding of the emergence of Christianity. . . I am confident that it will mark a new phase in research of ancient Judaism."--Moshe Idel, author of "Messianic Mystics

"This tiny book will turn many heads. Israel Knohl sifts through a vast range of ancient texts in order to weave together a new chapter in the story of Jewish Messianism."--Gary A. Anderson, Professor of Hebrew Bible, Harvard University

"Israel Knohl established himself as a first-rate scholar with his first book, "The Sanctuary of Silence, on a classic problem of Pentateuchal studies. Here he ventures into entirely different territory and displays impressive erudition not only in the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Talmud but also in classicalantiquity. His bold and provocative theories are sure to elicit a storm of controversy."--John J. Collins, author of "Between Athens and Jerusalem: Jewish Identity in the Hellenistic Diaspora and Jewish Wisdom in Helleniatic Age

"Fascinating. . . .Knohl's book is an original piece of research that defies some of the most solid beliefs of our time."--Avraham Burg, Chairman of the Keneset (Israeli Parliament).

The Glory of the Crucified One - Christology and Theology in the Gospel of John (Hardcover): Joerg Frey The Glory of the Crucified One - Christology and Theology in the Gospel of John (Hardcover)
Joerg Frey; Translated by Wayne Coppins, Christoph Heilig
R1,653 R1,551 Discovery Miles 15 510 Save R102 (6%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Scripturalectics - The Management of Meaning (Hardcover): Vincent L. Wimbush Scripturalectics - The Management of Meaning (Hardcover)
Vincent L. Wimbush
R2,050 Discovery Miles 20 500 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In this book Vincent Wimbush seeks to problematize what we call "scriptures," a word first used to refer simply to "things written," the registration of basic information. In the modern world the word came to be associated almost exclusively with the center- and power-defining "sacred" texts of "world religions." Wimbush argues that this narrowing of the valence of the term was a decisive development for western culture. His purpose is to reconsider the initially broad and politically charged use of the term: "scriptures" are excavated not merely as texts to be read but understood as discourse: as mimetic rituals and practices; as ideologically-charged orientations to and prescribed behaviors in the world; as structures of relationships and social formations; as forms of communication. Wimbush is naming and constructing a new transdisciplinary critical project, which uses the historical and modern experiences of the Black Atlantic as resources for framing, categorization, and analysis. Using Chinua Achebe's novel Things Fall Apart as a touchstone, each chapter offers a close reading and analysis of a representative moment in the formation of the Black Atlantic, regarded as part of a history of modern human consciousness and conscientization. Such a history, he says, is reflected in the major turns in what he calls scripturalectics, part of the construction of the modern world, defined as efforts to manage or control knowledge and meaning.

The Venetian Qur'an - A Renaissance Companion to Islam (Hardcover): Pier Mattia Tommasino The Venetian Qur'an - A Renaissance Companion to Islam (Hardcover)
Pier Mattia Tommasino; Translated by Sylvia Notini
R1,423 R1,149 Discovery Miles 11 490 Save R274 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

An anonymous book appeared in Venice in 1547 titled L'Alcorano di Macometto, and, according to the title page, it contained "the doctrine, life, customs, and laws [of Mohammed] . . . newly translated from Arabic into the Italian language." Were this true, L'Alcorano di Macometto would have been the first printed direct translation of the Qur'an in a European vernacular language. The truth, however, was otherwise. As soon became clear, the Qur'anic sections of the book-about half the volume-were in fact translations of a twelfth-century Latin translation that had appeared in print in Basel in 1543. The other half included commentary that balanced anti-Islamic rhetoric with new interpretations of Muhammad's life and political role in pre-Islamic Arabia. Despite having been discredited almost immediately, the Alcorano was affordable, accessible, and widely distributed. In The Venetian Qur'an, Pier Mattia Tommasino uncovers the volume's mysterious origins, its previously unidentified author, and its broad, lasting influence. L'Alcorano di Macometto, Tommasino argues, served a dual purpose: it was a book for European refugees looking to relocate in the Ottoman Empire, as well as a general Renaissance reader's guide to Islamic history and stories. The book's translation and commentary were prepared by an unknown young scholar, Giovanni Battista Castrodardo, a complex and intellectually accomplished man, whose commentary in L'Alcorano di Macometto bridges Muhammad's biography and the text of the Qur'an with Machiavelli's The Prince and Dante's Divine Comedy. In the years following the publication of L'Alcorano di Macometto, the book was dismissed by Arabists and banned by the Catholic Church. It was also, however, translated into German, Hebrew, and Spanish and read by an extended lineage of missionaries, rabbis, renegades, and iconoclasts, including such figures as the miller Menocchio, Joseph Justus Scaliger, and Montesquieu. Through meticulous research and literary analysis, The Venetian Qur'an reveals the history and legacy of a fascinating historical and scholarly document.

Searching for Meaning in Midrash - Lessons for Everyday Living (Paperback): Michael Katz, Gershon Schwartz Searching for Meaning in Midrash - Lessons for Everyday Living (Paperback)
Michael Katz, Gershon Schwartz
R587 R469 Discovery Miles 4 690 Save R118 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Searching for Meaning in Midrash explores the fascinating body of Jewish literature called Midrash-creative interpretations of the Bible that are designed to reveal hidden or deeper meaning in Scripture. Each of the over 50 midrashim sit next to its corresponding biblical text so that readers can compare them, along with commentary on the times and insights of the Rabbis who wrote each midrash. Readers are given guidance for answering "What does this text mean to me?"

Text to Praxis - Hermeneutics and Homiletics in Dialogue (Paperback): Abraham Kuruvilla Text to Praxis - Hermeneutics and Homiletics in Dialogue (Paperback)
Abraham Kuruvilla
R923 Discovery Miles 9 230 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A fundamental issue for preachers of the Bible has always been achieving an approach that is both faithful to the textual intention as well as fitting for the listening audience. What is historical and distant (the text) is, in preaching, made contemporary and near (praxis). Particularly pertinent is how this transaction may be conducted with respect to the self-contained and well-defined quantum of the scriptural text that is regularly employed in liturgical contexts-the pericope. This book answers the question: In a sermon intending to proclaim application from a pericope, what is the hermeneutical basis for moving validly from text to praxis, i.e., with authority and relevance? The concept of theology as a bridge between text and praxis has not been specifically researched or rigorously substantiated. Kuruvilla seeks to do both, utilizing as entrees language philosophy, literary criticism, and a thorough understanding of "ordinary" language. Drawing from a variety of hermeneutical resources, he establishes "pericopal theology" as the intermediary between text and praxis. How this theology is discerned from the text and how application may be determined therefrom form the crux of this book. This novel approach lends validity to the movement from text to praxis and promises to be useful for any approach to the biblical text intended to culminate in application. Kuruvilla's approach provides a substantial technical basis for such an operation. Thus the preacher must be a "theologian-homiletician." It is the working out of this nomenclature, especially the "theologian" half of the appellation, that is the essence of this work, uniting as it does in one portfolio the responsibility of negotiating the demands of both hermeneutics and homiletics.

The Dignity of Man - An Islamic Perspective (Hardcover, 2nd Revised edition): Mohammad Hashim Kamali The Dignity of Man - An Islamic Perspective (Hardcover, 2nd Revised edition)
Mohammad Hashim Kamali
R878 Discovery Miles 8 780 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

"The Dignity of Man: An Islamic Perspective" provides the most detailed study to date on the subject of the dignity of man from the perspective of Islam. M H Kamali sets out the proclamations on human dignity found in the Qur'an and then discusses topics pertaining to or resulting from human dignity: the physical and spiritual nobility of man; God's love for humanity; the sanctity of life; and the necessity for freedom, equality and accountability. Finally, the author examines the measures that the "Shariah" has taken to protect human dignity and to promote it in social interaction. The discussion is here presented in the light of the debate on the universality of human rights as enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This book goes a long way towards exploring an alternative to Western concepts of human rights. "The Dignity of Man: An Islamic Perspective" is part of a series of studies on fundamental rights and liberties in Islam and should be read with its companion volumes of "Freedom,"" Equality and Justice in Islam," and "Freedom of Expression in Islam,"

The Dignity of Man - An Islamic Perspective (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition): Mohammad Hashim Kamali The Dignity of Man - An Islamic Perspective (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
Mohammad Hashim Kamali
R438 Discovery Miles 4 380 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

"The Dignity of Man: An Islamic Perspective" provides the most detailed study to date on the subject of the dignity of man from the perspective of Islam. M H Kamali sets out the proclamations on human dignity found in the Qur'an and then discusses topics pertaining to or resulting from human dignity: the physical and spiritual nobility of man; God's love for humanity; the sanctity of life; and the necessity for freedom, equality and accountability. Finally, the author examines the measures that the "Shariah" has taken to protect human dignity and to promote it in social interaction. The discussion is here presented in the light of the debate on the universality of human rights as enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This book goes a long way towards exploring an alternative to Western concepts of human rights. "The Dignity of Man: An Islamic Perspective" is part of a series of studies on fundamental rights and liberties in Islam and should be read with its companion volumes of "Freedom,"" Equality and Justice in Islam," and "Freedom of Expression in Islam,"

Biblical Literacy - The Most Important People, Events And Ideas Of The Hebrew Bible (Hardcover, Annotated edition): Joseph... Biblical Literacy - The Most Important People, Events And Ideas Of The Hebrew Bible (Hardcover, Annotated edition)
Joseph Telushkin
R947 R747 Discovery Miles 7 470 Save R200 (21%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

As he did so brilliantly in his bestselling book, jewish literacy,Joseph Teluslikin once again mines a subject of, Jewish history and religion so richly that his book becomes an inspiring companion and a fundamental reference. In Biblical Lileracy, Telushkin turns his attention to the Hebrew Bible (also known as the Old Testament), the most iniluential series of books in human history. Along with the Ten Commandments, the Bible's most famous document, no piece of legislation ever enacted has influenced human behavior as much as the biblical injunction to "Love your neighbor as yourself." No political tract has motivated human beings in so many diverse societies to fight for political freedom as the Exodus story of God's liberation of the Israelite slaves--which shows that God intends that, ultimately, people be free.

The Bible's influence, however, has conveyed as much through its narratives as its laws. Its timeless and moving tales about the human condition and man's relationship to God have long shaped Jewish and Christian notions of morality, and continue to stir the conscience and imagination of believers and skeptics alike.

There is a universality in biblical stories:

The murder of Abel by his brother Cain is a profound tragedy of sibling jealousy and family love gone awry (see pages 11-14).

Abraham',s challenge to God to save the lives of the evil people of Sodom is a fierce drama of man in confrontation with God, suggesting the human right to contend with the Almighty when it is feared He is acting unjustly (see pages 32-34).

Jacob's, deception of his blind father, Isaac raises the timeless question: Do the ends justify the means when the fate of the world is at stake (see pages 46-55).

Encyclopedia in scope, but dynamic and original in its observations and organization, Biblical Lileracy makes available in one volume the Bible's timeless stories of love, deceit, and the human condition; its most important laws and ideas; and an annotated listing of all 613 laws of the Torah for both layman and professional, there is no other reference work or interpretation of the Bible quite like this Stunning volume.

World Scripture - Comparative Anthology of Sacred Texts (Paperback, New edition): Andrew Wilson World Scripture - Comparative Anthology of Sacred Texts (Paperback, New edition)
Andrew Wilson
R800 R730 Discovery Miles 7 300 Save R70 (9%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

World Scripture is an extraordinary journey through the sacred writings of the world's great religions. Organized by subject, the quotations, passages, and excerpts presented here provide readers with easy access to teachings on several hundred subjects, with quotes from different religious traditions. This unusual anthology provides a new, holistic approach to understanding religion-stressing what unites us rather than what divides us. Among the religious texts represented are Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Taoism, Hinduism, Confucianism, Jainism, Sikhism, Baha'i, Church of Jesus Christ of the Later Day Saints, and Zoroastrianism. Also featured are the oral traditions of various religions of Africa, Native America, Asia, and Oceania along with their recorded prayers and proverbs.

Reading the Sacred Text - What the Torah Tells Us (Hardcover): Aaron Lichtenstein Reading the Sacred Text - What the Torah Tells Us (Hardcover)
Aaron Lichtenstein
R886 R724 Discovery Miles 7 240 Save R162 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Understanding the sacred text has been a wonderful yet elusive challenge through the ages. This book is a reading of the Bible, accessible to readers of all backgrounds and levels of familiarity with the biblical text. In contrast to previous works on the subject, "Reading the Sacred Text" focuses on the true meaning of the biblical text rather than the metaphorical or mystical interpretations. It retells, in a captivating and easy-to-follow narrative, the story of the Five Books of Moses, the first books of the Bible.

Wissenschaftliche Monographien zum Alten und Neuen Testament - Testament (German, Hardcover, Aufl. ed.): Michael EmmendArffer Wissenschaftliche Monographien zum Alten und Neuen Testament - Testament (German, Hardcover, Aufl. ed.)
Michael EmmendArffer; Series edited by Cilliers Breytenbach, Martin Leuenberger, Johannes Schnocks, Michael Tilly
R1,532 R1,188 Discovery Miles 11 880 Save R344 (22%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Michael Emmendoerffer untersucht die Priesterschrift und zeigt, wie diese nach der Katastrophe von 587 v.Chr. unter veranderten politischen, sozialen und religioesen Rahmenbedingungen die Gegenwart und Nahe Gottes wieder neu begrundet und in wesentliche, hermeneutische Schlusseltexte (Schoepfung; Sintflut; Abraham und Exodus) einschreibt. Emmendoerffer zeichnet die relecture alterer Grundungsmythen und die Transformationsprozesse detailliert nach. Der Autor berucksichtigt dabei analoge Gotteskonzeptionen in den Kulturen agyptens und Mesopotamiens, die der Arbeit eine besondere religions- und theologiegeschichtliche Tiefe verleihen. Betrachtungen zeitgenoessischer Konzeptionen des Ezechielbuches und Jes 40-55* fliessen ebenfalls in die Arbeit ein. Michael Emmendoerffer leistet damit insgesamt nicht nur einen wichtigen Beitrag zur Theologie der Priesterschrift und zur strittigen Frage nach ihrer literarischen Beschaffenheit und Integritat, sondern bezeichnet mit der paradigmatischen Frage, wie die Gegenwart Gottes angesichts existenzieller Krisenerfahrungen gedacht werden kann - eine fur Theologie und Kirche bleibend aktuelle Herausforderung, deren Bearbeitung bereits in der biblischen Traditionsbildung selbst beobachtet werden kann. Die dort gegebenen Antworten tragen deutlich das Geprage ihrer Zeit, aber sie scharfen das Bewusstsein fur die hermeneutische Aufgabe, von der Gegenwart und Nahe Gottes beim Menschen immer wieder neu zu reden.

From Sabbath to Sabbath (Book, Revised edition): Isidore Fishman From Sabbath to Sabbath (Book, Revised edition)
Isidore Fishman
R219 Discovery Miles 2 190 Ships in 10 - 15 working days
The Crucifixion and the Qur'an - A Study in the History of Muslim Thought (Paperback, New): Todd Lawson The Crucifixion and the Qur'an - A Study in the History of Muslim Thought (Paperback, New)
Todd Lawson
R544 Discovery Miles 5 440 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The first book to examine the controversial Qur'anic phrase which divides Christianity and Islam. According to the majority of modern Muslims and Christians, the Qur'an denies the crucifixion of Jesus, and with it, one of the most sacred beliefs of Christianity. However, it is only mentioned in one verse - "They did not kill him and they did not crucify him, rather, it only appeared so to them" - and contrary to popular belief, its translation has been the subject of fierce debate among muslims for centuries. This the first book devoted to the issue, delving deeply into largely ignored Arabic sources, which suggest the the origins of the conventional translation may lie within the Christian Church. Arranged along historical lines, and covering various Muslim schools of thought, from Sunni to Sufi, The Crucifixion and the Qur'an unravels the crucial dispute that separates the World's two principal faiths.

Freedom, Equality and Justice in Islam (Paperback): Mohammad Hashim Kamali Freedom, Equality and Justice in Islam (Paperback)
Mohammad Hashim Kamali
R472 R382 Discovery Miles 3 820 Save R90 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In "Freedom, Equality and Justice in Islam," M H Kamali presents the reader with an analysis of the three concepts of freedom, equality and justice from an Islamic point of view and their manifestations in the religious, social, legal and political fields. The author discusses the evidence to be found for these concepts in the Qur'an and Sunna, and reviews the interpretations of the earlier schools of law. The work also looks at more recent contributions by Muslim jurists who have advanced fresh interpretations of freedom, equality and justice in the light of the changing realities of contemporary Muslim societies. "Freedom, Equality and Justice in Islam" is part of a series dedicated to the fundamental rights and liberties in Islam and should be read in conjunction with "The Dignity of Man: An Islamic Perspective" and "Freedom of Expression in Islam."

Crisis, Call, and Leadership in the Abrahamic Traditions (Hardcover): Peter Ochs, William Stacy Johnson Crisis, Call, and Leadership in the Abrahamic Traditions (Hardcover)
Peter Ochs, William Stacy Johnson
R2,532 Discovery Miles 25 320 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Over three years of study and fellowship, sixteen Muslim, Jewish, and Christian scholars sought to answer one question: "Do our three scriptures unite or divide us?" They offer their answers in this book: sixteen essays on how certain ways of reading scripture may draw us apart and other ways may draw us, together, into the source that each tradition calls peace. Reading scriptural sources in the classical and medieval traditions, the authors examine how each tradition addresses the "other" within its tradition and without, how all three traditions attend to poverty as a societal and spiritual condition, and what it means to read scripture while facing the challenges of modernity. Ochs and Johnson have assembled a unique approach to inter-religious scholarship and a rare look at scriptural study as a pathway to peace.

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