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State and Religion in Israel - A Philosophical-Legal Inquiry (Hardcover): Gideon Sapir, Daniel Statman State and Religion in Israel - A Philosophical-Legal Inquiry (Hardcover)
Gideon Sapir, Daniel Statman
R1,762 R1,631 Discovery Miles 16 310 Save R131 (7%) Shipped within 20 - 25 working days

State and Religion in Israel begins with a philosophical analysis of the two main questions regarding the role of religion in liberal states: should such states institute a 'Wall of Separation' between state and religion? Should they offer religious practices and religious communities special protection? Gideon Sapir and Daniel Statman argue that liberalism in not committed to Separation, but is committed to granting religion a unique protection, albeit a narrower one than often assumed. They then use Israel as a case study for their conclusions. Although Israel is defined as a Jewish state, its Jewish identity need not be interpreted religiously, requiring that it subjects itself to the dictates of Jewish law (Halakha). The authors test this view by critically examining important topics relevant to state and religion in Israel: marriage and divorce, the drafting of yeshiva students into the army, the character of the Sabbath and more.

Kabbalistic Revolution - Reimagining Judaism in Medieval Spain (Hardcover): Hartley Lachter Kabbalistic Revolution - Reimagining Judaism in Medieval Spain (Hardcover)
Hartley Lachter
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The set of Jewish mystical teachings known as Kabbalah are often imagined as timeless texts, teachings that have been passed down through the millennia. Yet, as this groundbreaking new study shows, Kabbalah flourished in a specific time and place, emerging in response to the social prejudices that Jews faced.
Hartley Lachter, a scholar of religion studies, transports us to medieval Spain, a place where anti-Semitic propaganda was on the rise and Jewish political power was on the wane. "Kabbalistic Revolution" proposes that, given this context, Kabbalah must be understood as a radically empowering political discourse. While the era's Christian preachers claimed that Jews were blind to the true meaning of scripture and had been abandoned by God, the Kabbalists countered with a doctrine that granted Jews a uniquely privileged relationship with God. Lachter demonstrates how Kabbalah envisioned this increasingly marginalized group at the center of the universe, their mystical practices serving to maintain the harmony of the divine world.
For students of Jewish mysticism, "Kabbalistic Revolution" provides a new approach to the development of medieval Kabbalah. Yet the book's central questions should appeal to anyone with an interest in the relationships between religious discourses, political struggles, and ethnic pride.

Tradition and Crisis - Jewish Society At the End of the Middle Ages (Hardcover, New Ed): Jacob Katz Tradition and Crisis - Jewish Society At the End of the Middle Ages (Hardcover, New Ed)
Jacob Katz
R1,982 Discovery Miles 19 820 16 working days

"An acknowledged classic. Katz has transformed our conception of Jewish history from the 16th to the 18th century. Because of his work, we now understand that the ghetto was no longer sealed off at that time from outside opinions and that the movement towards modernity had begun long before the Jews were actually legally emancipated. Making this work available again in the revised edition is a service to scholarship and to public enlightenment."
--Arthur Hertzberg

"Since it first appeared in Hebrew in 1958, "Tradition and Crisis" has had a tremendous impact on generations of students and scholars. Katz's innovative use of sources has introduced scholars to new methodologies and opened new vistas for research. This new, unabridged translation is therefore highly welcome. It will ensure its continued use in the English-speaking world."
--Jehuda Reinharz, Richard Koret Professor of Modern Jewish History, Brandeis University

"Like a lovingly restored painting, Bernard Cooperman's new, annotated translation of Jacob Katz's classic portrait of early Jewish modernity can now be fully appreciated for the first time. An admirable achievement."
--Ivan G. Marcus

When it first appeared in Hebrew in 1958 and in English in 1961, Tradition and Crisis, Jacob Katz's groundbreaking study of Jewish society at the end of the Middle Ages, dramatically changed our perceptions of the Jewish community prior to the era of modernity. This new, unabridged translation by Bernard Dov Cooperman makes this classic available to new generations of students and scholars, together with Katz's original source notes, and an afterword and an updating bibliographic appendix by Professor Cooperman.

Katz revolutionized the field by tapping into a rich and hitherto unexplored source for reconstructing the sociology of a previous era: the responsa literature of the Rabbinic establishment during the Middle Ages. The self-governing communities of Jews in Europe dealt with issues both civil and religious. The questions and answers addressed to the rabbinic authorities and courts provide an incomparable wealth of insights into life as it was lived in this period and into the social, historical, cultural, and economic issues of the day.

How did European Jewry progress from a socially and culturally segregated society to become a component of European society at large? What were Jewish attitudes toward the Gentile world from which Jewry had been secluded for centuries? What were the bridges from the old to the new era?

Tradition and Crisis traces the roots of modernity to internal developments within the communities themselves. Katz traces the modern movements of the Haskalah (Enlightenment) in the West and Hasidism in the East, to an internal breakdown in the structure of these communities and the emergence of an alternative leadership in the wake of the Sabbatian challenge.
A dynamic work that has radically changed our view of this history, Tradition and Crisis remains the pivotal text for understanding the revolution in the entire conception of Jewish identity in the modern era.

A Short History of the Jews (Paperback): Michael Brenner A Short History of the Jews (Paperback)
Michael Brenner; Translated by Jeremiah Riemer
R488 R388 Discovery Miles 3 880 Save R100 (20%) 16 working days

This is a sweeping and powerful narrative history of the Jewish people from biblical times to today. Based on the latest scholarship and richly illustrated, it is the most authoritative and accessible chronicle of the Jewish experience available. Michael Brenner tells a dramatic story of change and migration deeply rooted in tradition, taking readers from the mythic wanderings of Moses to the unspeakable atrocities of the Holocaust; from the Babylonian exile to the founding of the modern state of Israel; and from the Sephardic communities under medieval Islam to the shtetls of eastern Europe and the Hasidic enclaves of modern-day Brooklyn. The book is full of fascinating personal stories of exodus and return, from that told about Abraham, who brought his newfound faith into Canaan, to that of Holocaust survivor Esther Barkai, who lived on a kibbutz established on a German estate seized from the Nazi Julius Streicher as she awaited resettlement in Israel. Describing the events and people that have shaped Jewish history, and highlighting the important contributions Jews have made to the arts, politics, religion, and science, "A Short History of the Jews" is a compelling blend of storytelling and scholarship that brings the Jewish past marvelously to life.

Blessings and Thanksgiving - Reflections on the Siddur and Synagogue (Hardcover): Joseph B. Soloveitchik Blessings and Thanksgiving - Reflections on the Siddur and Synagogue (Hardcover)
Joseph B. Soloveitchik
R533 R418 Discovery Miles 4 180 Save R115 (22%) 16 working days
The Steinsaltz Tehillim (Hardcover): Adin Steinsaltz The Steinsaltz Tehillim (Hardcover)
Adin Steinsaltz
R568 R444 Discovery Miles 4 440 Save R124 (22%) 16 working days
The Bible and the Dead Sea Scrolls - Volumes 1-3 (Paperback, The Princeton S): James H Charlesworth The Bible and the Dead Sea Scrolls - Volumes 1-3 (Paperback, The Princeton S)
James H Charlesworth
R4,538 R3,443 Discovery Miles 34 430 Save R1,095 (24%) Shipped within 20 - 25 working days

The recovery of 800 documents in the eleven caves on the northwest shores of the Dead Sea is one of the most sensational archeological discoveries in the Holy Land to date. These three volumes, the very best of critical scholarship, demonstrate in detail how the scrolls have revolutionized our knowledge of the text of the Bible, the character of Second Temple Judaism, and the Jewish beginnings of Christianity.

WJEC/Eduqas Religious Studies for A Level Year 2/A2 - Judaism (Paperback): Helen Gwynne-Kinsey WJEC/Eduqas Religious Studies for A Level Year 2/A2 - Judaism (Paperback)
Helen Gwynne-Kinsey
R592 Discovery Miles 5 920 Shipped within 20 - 25 working days

Written by an experienced author and endorsed by WJEC, this new Religious Studies textbook offers high quality support you can trust. // The perfect follow-on resource for comprehensive coverage of the skills and knowledge required for the related Year 2 A Level and A2 specifications. // A clear skills-based pathway of learning firmly bridges the gap between specification content and the final exam. // This comprehensive yet accessible book has been carefully created to ensure that students develop the confidence and skills required. // Developing Skills section provides help with applying knowledge of both specification content and the issues that are raised. // Questions and Answers section provides practice questions with student answers and examiner commentaries. // Each book in the series provides distinctive AO1 and AO2 materials and specific activities that target each assessment objective.

Koren Talmud Bavli, Noe Edition, Vol 39 - Bekhorot, Hebrew/English, Daf Yomi B&w (Hardcover): Adin Steinsaltz Koren Talmud Bavli, Noe Edition, Vol 39 - Bekhorot, Hebrew/English, Daf Yomi B&w (Hardcover)
Adin Steinsaltz
R808 R633 Discovery Miles 6 330 Save R175 (22%) 16 working days
The Chosen Few - How Education Shaped Jewish History, 70-1492 (Paperback): Maristella Botticini, Zvi Eckstein The Chosen Few - How Education Shaped Jewish History, 70-1492 (Paperback)
Maristella Botticini, Zvi Eckstein
R444 R360 Discovery Miles 3 600 Save R84 (19%) Shipped within 20 - 25 working days

In 70 CE, the Jews were an agrarian and illiterate people living mostly in the Land of Israel and Mesopotamia. By 1492 the Jewish people had become a small group of literate urbanites specializing in crafts, trade, moneylending, and medicine in hundreds of places across the Old World, from Seville to Mangalore. What caused this radical change? "The Chosen Few "presents a new answer to this question by applying the lens of economic analysis to the key facts of fifteen formative centuries of Jewish history. Maristella Botticini and Zvi Eckstein offer a powerful new explanation of one of the most significant transformations in Jewish history while also providing fresh insights into the growing debate about the social and economic impact of religion.

The Hebrew Bible and Environmental Ethics - Humans, NonHumans, and the Living Landscape (Hardcover): Mari Joerstad The Hebrew Bible and Environmental Ethics - Humans, NonHumans, and the Living Landscape (Hardcover)
Mari Joerstad
R1,757 R1,626 Discovery Miles 16 260 Save R131 (7%) Shipped within 20 - 25 working days

The environmental crisis has prompted religious leaders and lay people to look to their traditions for resources to respond to environmental degradation. In this book, Mari Joerstad contributes to this effort by examining an ignored feature of the Hebrew Bible: its attribution of activity and affect to trees, fields, soil, and mountains. The Bible presents a social cosmos, in which humans are one kind of person among many. Using a combination of the tools of biblical studies and anthropological writings on animism, Joerstad traces the activity of non-animal nature through the canon. She shows how biblical writers go beyond sustainable development, asking us to be good neighbors to mountains and trees, and to be generous to our fields and vineyards. They envision human communities that are sources of joy to plants and animals. The Biblical writers' attention to inhabited spaces is particularly salient for contemporary environmental ethics in their insistence that our cities, suburbs, and villages contribute to flourishing landscapes.

Messianic Judaism Is Not Christianity - A Loving Call To Unity (Paperback): Stan Telchin Messianic Judaism Is Not Christianity - A Loving Call To Unity (Paperback)
Stan Telchin; Foreword by Moishe Rosen
R214 Discovery Miles 2 140 Shipped within 20 - 25 working days

What's the problem with Messianic Judaism? Stan Telchin, a Messianic Jew and former pastor, explores in depth the heart and soul of Messianic Judaism. He exposes the motive behind its creation, its controversial doctrines, and its ineffectiveness in Jewish evangelism. Messianic Judaism has grown significantly in fewer than four decades. While intended originally to appeal to Jewish people, unexpectedly it appeals also to Gentiles. Telchin, in following the teaching of the apostle Paul, sees Messianic Judaism as divisive. With a firm and loving approach, he addresses the dangers of this movement, reiterates God's intention for his church to serve as "one new man" and, most importantly, advocates unity among the body of believers. Perhaps you're a pastor concerned with the enticing pull of Messianic Judaism on your congregation. Perhaps you've merely wondered about the validity of this movement. Or maybe you're a Gentile who has been made to feel less than worthy. Whatever the reason, if you believe that God sees a difference between Jews and Gentiles in the Body of Christ, then this book will help you think again. "It took courage for Stan to write so pointedly from his broad and insightful experiences within the Messianic movement. Forthright and comprehensive, these chapters deal with a problem all followers of Jesus face-the desire to be accepted by those who have yet to experience God's transforming love."-Arthur F. Glasser, Ph.D., dean emeritus, School of World Mission, Fuller Theological Seminary "What Stan tells you in this book may come as a revelation. Certainly it will be controversial. Questions should arise, and much discussion should be the result."-Moishe Rosen, founder, Jews for Jesus "Whether you agree with everything he says or not, you will find the book interesting and enlightening."-D. James Kennedy, Ph.D., senior minister, Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church

The 72 Sigils of Power - Magic, Insight, Wisdom and Change (Paperback): Zanna Blaise The 72 Sigils of Power - Magic, Insight, Wisdom and Change (Paperback)
Zanna Blaise
R303 Discovery Miles 3 030 16 working days
The Political Thought of Frederick Douglass - In Pursuit of American Liberty (Paperback): Nicholas Buccola The Political Thought of Frederick Douglass - In Pursuit of American Liberty (Paperback)
Nicholas Buccola
R526 R441 Discovery Miles 4 410 Save R85 (16%) Shipped within 20 - 25 working days

Frederick Douglass, one of the most prominent figures in African-American and United States history, was born a slave, but escaped to the North and became a well-known anti-slavery activist, orator, and author. In The Political Thought of Frederick Douglass, Nicholas Buccola provides an important and original argument about the ideas that animated this reformer-statesman. Beyond his role as an abolitionist, Buccola argues for the importance of understanding Douglass as a political thinker who provides deep insights into the immense challenge of achieving and maintaining the liberal promise of freedom. Douglass, Buccola contends, shows us that the language of rights must be coupled with a robust understanding of social responsibility in order for liberal ideals to be realized. Truly an original American thinker, this book highlights Douglass's rightful place among the great thinkers in the American liberal tradition.

The Jewish Jesus - Reconnecting with the Truth about Jesus, Israel, and the Church (Hardcover): David Hoffbrand The Jewish Jesus - Reconnecting with the Truth about Jesus, Israel, and the Church (Hardcover)
David Hoffbrand
R375 R269 Discovery Miles 2 690 Save R106 (28%) Shipped within 14 - 19 working days

Discover the Jewish Jesus

What relevance does it have for us that Jesus is Jewish and what difference should it make to our faith?

In The Jewish Jesus, David Hoffbrand explores the answers to these and related questions in a way that is accessible to everyone.

As you see how Jesus lived, thought and taught as a Jewish man, you will come to know Him like never before, and find that His teachings come alive in their original context. This book will also help you:

  • Appreciate the Jewish context of the whole Bible, reconnecting the Old and New Testaments.
  • Rediscover God's heart and purposes for the Jewish people and Israel.
  • Engage with God's blueprint for the church as a unified but diverse community of believers.
  • Learn principles that will help you restore the Jewish lens in a way that enriches your faith.

It's time to discover the Jewish Jesus!
Koren Talmud Bavli, Vol. 25 - Bava Metzia Part 1, English, Daf Yomi (Hardcover): Adin Steinsaltz Koren Talmud Bavli, Vol. 25 - Bava Metzia Part 1, English, Daf Yomi (Hardcover)
Adin Steinsaltz
R786 R639 Discovery Miles 6 390 Save R147 (19%) Shipped within 20 - 25 working days
A Student's Vocabulary for Biblical Hebrew and Aramaic (Paperback): Larry A. Mitchel A Student's Vocabulary for Biblical Hebrew and Aramaic (Paperback)
Larry A. Mitchel
R276 R221 Discovery Miles 2 210 Save R55 (20%) 16 working days

This guide provides a vocabulary list of Hebrew and Aramaic words for students of the Old Testament language. Lists are based on frequency. Includes pronunciation guide.

Magdala of Galilee - A Jewish City in the Hellenistic and Roman Period (Hardcover): Richard Bauckham Magdala of Galilee - A Jewish City in the Hellenistic and Roman Period (Hardcover)
Richard Bauckham
R1,827 R1,406 Discovery Miles 14 060 Save R421 (23%) Shipped within 20 - 25 working days

Magdala of Galilee for the first time unifies the results of various excavations of the Galilean city. Here, archaeologists and historians of the Second Temple Period work together to understand the site and its significance to profile Galilee and the region around the lake in the Early Roman period. After a comprehensive overview of the history and character of the city, the volume details the harbor, the domestic and mercantile sectors, the Jewish ritual baths, and the synagogue, with its unique and remarkable engraved stone. There is also a full study of Magdala's fishing industry, which dominated fishing on the lake, and the production of salted fish. The rabbinic traditions about Magdala are fully investigated for the first time, and a study of Josephus' account of the city's role in the Jewish revolt is also included. The in-depth archaeological, historical, and literary analyses are enriched by a wealth of on-site photographs, regional maps, and excavation plans. Edited by Richard Bauckham, this cutting-edge synthesis of international field work and scholarly study brings the City of Fish and its place in Jewish history and culture into sharp relief, providing both specialists and general readers with a richer understanding of the background of early Judaism and Christianity.

From Enemy to Brother - The Revolution in Catholic Teaching on the Jews, 1933-1965 (Hardcover): John Connelly From Enemy to Brother - The Revolution in Catholic Teaching on the Jews, 1933-1965 (Hardcover)
John Connelly
R801 R732 Discovery Miles 7 320 Save R69 (9%) Shipped within 20 - 25 working days

In 1965 the Second Vatican Council declared that God loves the Jews. Before that, the Church had taught for centuries that Jews were cursed by God and, in the 1940s, mostly kept silent as Jews were slaughtered by the Nazis. How did an institution whose wisdom is said to be unchanging undertake one of the most enormous, yet undiscussed, ideological swings in modern history? The radical shift of Vatican II grew out of a buried history, a theological struggle in Central Europe in the years just before the Holocaust, when a small group of Catholic converts (especially former Jew Johannes Oesterreicher and former Protestant Karl Thieme) fought to keep Nazi racism from entering their newfound church. Through decades of engagement, extending from debates in academic journals, to popular education, to lobbying in the corridors of the Vatican, this unlikely duo overcame the most problematic aspect of Catholic history. Their success came not through appeals to morality but rather from a rediscovery of neglected portions of scripture. From Enemy to Brother illuminates the baffling silence of the Catholic Church during the Holocaust, showing how the ancient teaching of deicide - according to which the Jews were condemned to suffer until they turned to Christ - constituted the Church's only language to talk about the Jews. As he explores the process of theological change, John Connelly moves from the speechless Vatican to those Catholics who endeavored to find a new language to speak to the Jews on the eve of, and in the shadow of, the Holocaust.

John Locke's Political Philosophy and the Hebrew Bible (Hardcover): Yechiel J. M. Leiter John Locke's Political Philosophy and the Hebrew Bible (Hardcover)
Yechiel J. M. Leiter
R2,463 R2,268 Discovery Miles 22 680 Save R195 (8%) Shipped within 20 - 25 working days

John Locke's treatises on government make frequent reference to the Hebrew Bible, while references to the New Testament are almost completely absent. To date, scholarship has not addressed this surprising characteristic of the treatises. In this book, Yechiel Leiter offers a Hebraic reading of Locke's fundamental political text. In doing so, he formulates a new school of thought in Lockean political interpretation and challenges existing ones. He shows how a grasp of the Hebraic underpinnings of Locke's political theory resolves many of the problems, as well as scholarly debates, that are inherent in reading Locke. More than a book about the political theory of John Locke, this volume is about the foundational ideas of western civilization. While focused on Locke's Hebraism, it demonstrates the persistent relevance of the biblical political narrative to modernity. It will generate interest among students of Locke and political theory; philosophy and early modern history; and within Bible study communities.

Hilkhot Nashim - Halakhic Source Guides Volume 1: Kaddish, Birkat Hagomel, Megillah (Hardcover): Rahel Berkovits Hilkhot Nashim - Halakhic Source Guides Volume 1: Kaddish, Birkat Hagomel, Megillah (Hardcover)
Rahel Berkovits
R582 R457 Discovery Miles 4 570 Save R125 (21%) 16 working days
The Intellect and the Exodus (Hardcover): Jeremy Kagan The Intellect and the Exodus (Hardcover)
Jeremy Kagan
R575 R451 Discovery Miles 4 510 Save R124 (22%) 16 working days
Koren Talmud Bavli, v. 38 - Hullin Part 2, English (Hardcover, Noy ed): Adin Steinsaltz Koren Talmud Bavli, v. 38 - Hullin Part 2, English (Hardcover, Noy ed)
Adin Steinsaltz
R927 R702 Discovery Miles 7 020 Save R225 (24%) 16 working days
God Dwells with His People (Paperback): Paul Zehr God Dwells with His People (Paperback)
Paul Zehr
R234 R192 Discovery Miles 1 920 Save R42 (18%) 16 working days

This carefully researched study on the tabernacle of the Old Testament draws from both Christian and Jewish sources. The author not only probes the nature of the construction of the tabernacle, but also explores its theological meaning in the Old and New Testaments.The unavoidable conclusion the author draws is that the divinely instructed building of the tabernacle was evidence of God's desire to dwell with his people and to lead them. 216 Pages.

Demons, Angels, and Writing in Ancient Judaism (Hardcover): Annette Yoshiko Reed Demons, Angels, and Writing in Ancient Judaism (Hardcover)
Annette Yoshiko Reed
R2,256 Discovery Miles 22 560 16 working days

What did ancient Jews believe about demons and angels? This question has long been puzzling, not least because the Hebrew Bible says relatively little about such transmundane powers. In the centuries after the conquests of Alexander the Great, however, we find an explosion of explicit and systematic interest in, and detailed discussions of, demons and angels. In this book, Annette Yoshiko Reed considers the third century BCE as a critical moment for the beginnings of Jewish angelology and demonology. Drawing on early 'pseudepigrapha' and Aramaic Dead Sea Scrolls, she reconstructs the scribal settings in which transmundane powers became a topic of concerted Jewish interest. Reed also situates this development in relation to shifting ideas about scribes and writing across the Hellenistic Near East. Her book opens a window onto a forgotten era of Jewish literary creativity that nevertheless deeply shaped the discussion of angels and demons in Judaism and Christianity.

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