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The Dead Sea Scrolls, Volume 7 - The Temple Scroll (Hardcover): James H Charlesworth The Dead Sea Scrolls, Volume 7 - The Temple Scroll (Hardcover)
James H Charlesworth
R3,403 R3,110 Discovery Miles 31 100 Save R293 (9%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The Temple Scroll is the longest manuscript found in the Qumran Caves and perhaps the most important halakhic composition known from the Second Temple Period. The scroll presents itself as a rewritten Torah, which begins with the renewal of the Sinaitic covenant and then turns to the building of the Temple. This volume of the Dead Sea Scrolls series brings together for the first time all of the manuscript witnesses to the Temple Scroll.

The Princeton Dead Sea Scrolls Project provides a major landmark in general access to these documents. It is the first serious attempt to provide accurate transcriptions and translations with critical commentary to all the nonbiblical scrolls found at Qumran. These are important reference books for specialized studies in biblical fields.

Qur'ans - Books of Divine Encounter (Paperback): Keith E. Small Qur'ans - Books of Divine Encounter (Paperback)
Keith E. Small
R435 R356 Discovery Miles 3 560 Save R79 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book provides a unique visual history of the Qur'an using fifty-five rare, beautiful and significant Qur'an manuscripts. A general introduction guides the reader through the Qur'an's entry into the world of late near eastern antiquity, a world where books of scripture were inextricably bound to the political and religious identities of empires. Books of scripture, as well as being visible statements of divine majesty, personal piety and religious identity, were viewed as providing a point of contact with the divine. In this setting the Qur'an came to be viewed by Muslims as the point of divine contact without peer, and the calligraphy of its text became the foundation of Islamic visual culture for centuries to come. From this beginning, the development of the Qur'an in book form is followed chronologically and geographically, and the themes of textual development, art, identity and divine presence are highlighted in each chapter. This book draws mainly from the collection of Qur'ans in the Bodleian Library, one of the oldest collections in the English-speaking world and one of the finest collections internationally. Manuscripts are featured from every major chronological period of the Qur'an's history, and most of the Qur'ans pictured have never appeared in print before. 'Qur'ans: Books of Divine Encounter' brings together in one volume a magnificent range of Qur'anic manuscripts, providing a lavishly illustrated historical overview of one of the most influential, most memorized and enduring sacred books in our world.

The Complete World of the Dead Sea Scrolls (Paperback): Philip R Davies, George J. Brooke, Phillip R. Callaway The Complete World of the Dead Sea Scrolls (Paperback)
Philip R Davies, George J. Brooke, Phillip R. Callaway
R452 R366 Discovery Miles 3 660 Save R86 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Ever since the first scrolls were found in the Judaean desert in 1947, the Dead Sea Scrolls have been the subject of passionate speculation and controversy. The possibility that they might challenge assumptions about ancient Judaism and the origins of Christianity, coupled with the extremely limited access imposed for many years, only fueled debate on their meanings. With all the scrolls now available in translation, conclusions can be drawn as to the authorship and origins, their implications for Christianity and Judaism, and their link with the ancient site of Qumran. This book, written by three noted scholars in the field, draws together all the evidence to present a fully illustrated survey of every major manuscript. With numerous factfiles, reconstructions, scroll photographs, and a wealth of other illustrations, it is the most comprehensive and accessible account available on the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Splendours of Qur'an Calligraphy & Illumination (Hardcover): Martin Lings Splendours of Qur'an Calligraphy & Illumination (Hardcover)
Martin Lings
R1,938 R1,425 Discovery Miles 14 250 Save R513 (26%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The finest examples of this distinctive Islamic art form ever published. Within three centuries of its advent, Islam had produced an architecture and a calligraphic art, including that of illumination, that have seldom been equaled and never surpassed, the one centered on the Mosque and the other on the Qur'an. But whereas Islamic architecture is world famous, its calligraphic art has remained relatively unknown and inaccessible. Black-and-white photographs of the art of calligraphy are plentiful, but a page of script, impressive though it can be in black and white, loses much without the tints of the paper and the ink. "Splendours of Qur'an Calligraphy and Illumination" reproduces the formal excellence of colors and texture that distinguish these artistic masterpieces. In all, 180 openings are displayed, carefully chosen from the greatest collections of Qur'an manuscripts in the world. 180 color large illustrations.

The Records of Mazu and the Making of Classical Chan Literature (Paperback): Mario Poceski The Records of Mazu and the Making of Classical Chan Literature (Paperback)
Mario Poceski
R1,102 Discovery Miles 11 020 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The Records of Mazu and the Making of Classical Chan Literature explores the growth, makeup, and transformation of Chan (Zen) Buddhist literature in late medieval China. The volume analyzes the earliest extant records about the life, teachings, and legacy of Mazu Daoyi (709-788), the famous leader of the Hongzhou School and one of the principal figures in Chan history. While some of the texts covered are well-known and form a central part of classical Chan (or more broadly Buddhist) literature in China, others have been largely ignored, forgotten, or glossed over until recently. Poceski presents a range of primary materials important for the historical study of Chan Buddhism, some translated for the first time into English or other Western language. He surveys the distinctive features and contents of particular types of texts, and analyzes the forces, milieus, and concerns that shaped key processes of textual production during this period. Although his main focus is on written sources associated with a celebrated Chan tradition that developed and rose to prominence during the Tang era (618-907), Poceski also explores the Five Dynasties (907-960) and Song (960-1279) periods, when many of the best-known Chan collections were compiled. Exploring the Chan School's creative adaptation of classical literary forms and experimentation with novel narrative styles, The Records of Mazu and the Making of Classical Chan Literature traces the creation of several distinctive Chan genres that exerted notable influence on the subsequent development of Buddhism in China and the rest of East Asia.

The Bhagavad Gita (Paperback): Vyasa The Bhagavad Gita (Paperback)
R193 R157 Discovery Miles 1 570 Save R36 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
The Dhammapada (Paperback): Siddhartha Gautama The Dhammapada (Paperback)
Siddhartha Gautama
R193 R157 Discovery Miles 1 570 Save R36 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
A History of the Bible - The Book and Its Faiths (Paperback): John Barton A History of the Bible - The Book and Its Faiths (Paperback)
John Barton 1
R320 R252 Discovery Miles 2 520 Save R68 (21%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

WINNER OF THE 2019 DUFF COOPER PRIZE A SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER 'With emotional and psychological insight, Barton unlocks this sleeping giant of our culture. In the process, he has produced a masterpiece.' Sunday Times The Bible is the central book of Western culture. For the two faiths which hold it sacred, it is the bedrock of their religion, a singular authority on what to believe and how to live. For non-believers too, it has a commanding status: it is one of the great works of world literature, woven to an unparalleled degree into our language and thought. This book tells the story of the Bible, explaining how it came to be constructed and how it has been understood, from its remote beginnings down to the present. John Barton describes how the narratives, laws, proverbs, prophecies, poems and letters which comprise the Bible were written and when, what we know - and what we cannot know - about their authors and what they might have meant, as well as how these extraordinarily disparate writings relate to each other. His incisive readings shed new light on even the most familiar passages, exposing not only the sources and traditions behind them, but also the busy hands of the scribes and editors who assembled and reshaped them. Untangling the process by which some texts which were regarded as holy, became canonical and were included, and others didn't, Barton demonstrates that the Bible is not the fixed text it is often perceived to be, but the result of a long and intriguing evolution. Tracing its dissemination, translation and interpretation in Judaism and Christianity from Antiquity to the rise of modern biblical scholarship, Barton elucidates how meaning has both been drawn from the Bible and imposed upon it. Part of the book's originality is to illuminate the gap between religion and scripture, the ways in which neither maps exactly onto the other, and how religious thinkers from Augustine to Luther and Spinoza have reckoned with this. Barton shows that if we are to regard the Bible as 'authoritative', it cannot be as believers have so often done in the past.

Pirkei Avot - A Social Justice Commentary (English, Hebrew, Paperback): Shmuly Yanklowitz Pirkei Avot - A Social Justice Commentary (English, Hebrew, Paperback)
Shmuly Yanklowitz
R541 Discovery Miles 5 410 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
An Interpretation of the Qur'an - English Translation of the Meanings (Paperback): Majid Fakhry An Interpretation of the Qur'an - English Translation of the Meanings (Paperback)
Majid Fakhry
R1,010 Discovery Miles 10 100 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The dual column format allows readers to make careful verse-by-verse comparisons between languages. --Islamic Horizons This translation] succeeds in expressing the meaning of the original Arabic in simple, readable English. --Publishers Weekly To followers of Islam, the Qur'an is the literal word of God, revealed through Muhammad, the last of the line of prophets, containing all that is necessary to lead a life of righteousness. This new bilingual edition, approved by Al-Azhar University, the chief center of Islamic and Arabic learning in the world, offers a comprehensive and accurate rendering of the Qur'an into modern English. The clear, rigorous translation, one of the only English translations available by a native Arabic speaker, is laid out here in dual column format directly opposing the Arabic text to allow the reader to make careful verse by verse comparisons. - approved by Al-Azhar University, Cairo - easy-to-read translation into modern English - index of surahs (chapters) - English and Arabic headers - verse numbers within text in English and Arabic - explanatory footnotes in English

Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life - How to Enjoy a Life of Great Meaning and Altruism (Paperback, 2nd ed.): Buddhist... Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life - How to Enjoy a Life of Great Meaning and Altruism (Paperback, 2nd ed.)
Buddhist Master Shantideva; Translated by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, Kelsang Thubten
R352 R287 Discovery Miles 2 870 Save R65 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Motherland - Poems (Paperback): Sally Thomas Motherland - Poems (Paperback)
Sally Thomas
R454 R365 Discovery Miles 3 650 Save R89 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Qur'an (Paperback): M.A.S. Abdel Haleem The Qur'an (Paperback)
M.A.S. Abdel Haleem
R127 R113 Discovery Miles 1 130 Save R14 (11%) Ships in 6 - 10 working days

'Read! Your Lord is the Most Bountiful one who taught by the pen, who taught man what he did not know.' The Qur'an, believed by Muslims to be the word of God, was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad 1400 years ago. It is the supreme authority in Islam and the living source of all Islamic teaching; it is a sacred text and a book of guidance, that sets out the creed, rituals, ethics, and laws of the Islamic religion. It has been one of the most influential books in the history of literature. Recognized as the greatest literary masterpiece in Arabic, it has nevertheless remained difficult to understand in its English translations. This new translation is written in a contemporary idiom that remains faithful to the original, making it easy to read while retaining its powers of eloquence. Archaisms and cryptic language are avoided, and the Arabic meaning preserved by respecting the context of the discourse. The message of the Qur'an was directly addressed to all people regardless of class, gender, or age, and this translation is equally accessible to everyone. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

The Quranic Jesus - A New Interpretation (Paperback): Carlos Andres Segovia The Quranic Jesus - A New Interpretation (Paperback)
Carlos Andres Segovia
R518 Discovery Miles 5 180 Pre-order

Is it possible to rethink the multilayered and polyvalent Christology of the Qur'an against the intersecting of competing peripheral Christianities, anti-Jewish Christian polemics, and the making of a new Arab state in the 7th-century Near East? To what extent may this help us to decipher, moreover, the intricate redactional process of the quranic corpus? And can we unearth from any conclusions as to the tension between a messianic-oriented and a prophetic-guided religious thought buried in the document? By analysing, first, the typology and plausible date of the Jesus texts contained in the Qur'an (which implies moving far beyond both the habitual chronology of the Qur'an and the common thematic division of the passages in question) and by examining, in the second place, the Qur'an's earliest Christology via-a-vis its later (and indeed much better known) Muhamadan kerygma, the present study answers these crucial questions and, thereby, sheds new light on the Qur'an's original sectarian milieu and pre-canonical development.

Gospel-Centered Hermeneutics - Foundations and Principles of Evangelica (Paperback): Graeme Goldsworthy Gospel-Centered Hermeneutics - Foundations and Principles of Evangelica (Paperback)
Graeme Goldsworthy
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While there are many books on hermeneutics, Graeme Goldsworthy's perception is that evangelical contributions often do not give sufficient attention to the vital relationship between hermeneutics and theology, both systematic and biblical. In this new paperback edition of Gospel-Centered Hermeneutics, Goldsworthy moves beyond a reiteration of the usual arguments to concentrate on the theological questions of presuppositions, and the implications of the Christian gospel for hermeneutics. In doing so, he brings fresh perspectives on some well-worn pathways. Part I examines the foundations and presuppositions of evangelical belief, particularly with regard to biblical interpretation. Part II offers a selective overview of important hermeneutical developments from the sub-apostolic age to the present, as a means of identifying some significant influences that have been alien to the gospel. Part III evaluates ways and means of reconstructing truly gospel-centered hermeneutics. Goldsworthy's aim throughout is to commend the much-neglected role of biblical theology in hermeneutical practice, with pastoral concern for the people of God as they read, interpret and seek to live by his written Word.

The Weight in the Word - Prophethood - Biblical and Quranic (Hardcover, New ed): Kenneth Cragg The Weight in the Word - Prophethood - Biblical and Quranic (Hardcover, New ed)
Kenneth Cragg
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Biblical ethics and eloquence reached a pinnacle with the great writing Prophets - from Amos, Isaiah and Jeremiah, to Zechariah. Prophethood has also been central to Islam. Muhammad, its final messenger, is coupled with Allah in the Islamic faith, through confession or shahadah.

Bhagavad Gita as it is (Hardcover): S.Bhaktivedanta Prabhupada Bhagavad Gita as it is (Hardcover)
S.Bhaktivedanta Prabhupada
R346 Discovery Miles 3 460 Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Amazing Secrets of the Bhagavad Gita (Paperback): Ed Viswanathan Amazing Secrets of the Bhagavad Gita (Paperback)
Ed Viswanathan
R368 Discovery Miles 3 680 Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Galatians (Paperback): Craig S. Keener Galatians (Paperback)
Craig S. Keener
R772 R605 Discovery Miles 6 050 Save R167 (22%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This commentary offers a concise, incisive view of Galatians, Paul's most polemical letter. Here, Paul is fighting for the spiritual life and loyalty of some of his hard-won converts. Taking advantage of a range of persuasive rhetorical approaches, his letter appears to bristle with anger at the interlopers and the anguish of spurned affection. In this commentary, Craig S. Keener mines insights from the ancient world to highlight Paul's persuasive tactics and how the Galatian Christians would have heard his intense yet profound message. In so doing, Keener also helps readers to confront Galatians afresh today, so they can hear more closely what Paul is and is not saying for the church universal. Drawing on a wide range of ancient Mediterranean sources to reconstruct the context of Galatians, Keener helps us to grasp the issues that Paul was addressing, the reasons that Paul wrote the letter, and its continuing relevance for contemporary audiences.

Justice for All - How the Jewish Bible Revolutionized Ethics (Hardcover): Jeremiah Unterman Justice for All - How the Jewish Bible Revolutionized Ethics (Hardcover)
Jeremiah Unterman
R879 R789 Discovery Miles 7 890 Save R90 (10%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Justice for All demonstrates that the Jewish Bible, by radically changing the course of ethical thought, came to exercise enormous influence on Jewish thought and law and also laid the basis for Christian ethics and the broader development of modern Western civilization. Jeremiah Unterman shows us persuasively that the ethics of the Jewish Bible represent a significant moral advance over Ancient Near East cultures. Moreover, he elucidates how the Bible's unique conception of ethical monotheism, innovative understanding of covenantal law, and revolutionary messages from the prophets form the foundation of many Western civilization ideals. Justice for All connects these timeless biblical texts to the persistent themes of our times: immigration policy, forgiveness and reconciliation, care for the less privileged, and attaining hope for the future despite destruction and exile in this world.

Kundalini Tantra (Paperback): Satyananda Saraswati Kundalini Tantra (Paperback)
Satyananda Saraswati
R761 Discovery Miles 7 610 In stock

In the last few decades, yoga has helped millions of people to improve their concepts of themselves. Yoga realises that man is not only the mind, he is body as well. Yoga has been designed in a such a way that it can complete the process of evolution of the personality in every possible direction. Kundalini yoga is a part of the tantric tradition. Even though you may have already been introduced to yoga, it is necessary to know something about tantra also. Since the dawn of creation, the tantrics and yogis have realised that in this physical body there is a potential force. It is not psychological or transcendental; it is a dynamic potential force in the material body, and it is called Kundalini. This Kundalini is the greatest discovery of tantra and yoga. Scientists have begun to look into this, and a summary of the latest scientific experiments is included in this book.

The Steinsaltz Humash (Hardcover): Adin Steinsaltz The Steinsaltz Humash (Hardcover)
Adin Steinsaltz
R1,278 R898 Discovery Miles 8 980 Save R380 (30%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Outside the Bible, 3-volume set - Ancient Jewish Writings Related to Scripture (Hardcover, New): Louis H. Feldman, James L... Outside the Bible, 3-volume set - Ancient Jewish Writings Related to Scripture (Hardcover, New)
Louis H. Feldman, James L Kugel, Lawrence H. Schiffman
R7,734 Discovery Miles 77 340 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

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The Hebrew Bible is only part of ancient Israel's writings. Another collection of Jewish works has survived from late- and post-biblical times, a great library that bears witness to the rich spiritual life of Jews in that period. This library consists of the most varied sorts of texts: apocalyptic visions and prophecies, folktales and legends, collections of wise sayings, laws and rules of conduct, commentaries on Scripture, ancient prayers, and much, much more.

While specialists have studied individual texts or subsections of this vast library, Outside the Bible seeks for the first time to bring together all the major components into a single collection, gathering portions of the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Septuagint, the biblical Apocrypha, and Pseudepigrapha, and the writings of Philo of Alexandria and Josephus.

The editors have brought together these diverse works in order to highlight what has often been neglected; their common Jewish background. For this reason the commentaries that accompany the texts devote special attention to references to Hebrew Scripture and to issues of halakhah (Jewish law), their allusions to motifs and themes known from later Rabbinic writings in Talmud and Midrash, their evocation of recent or distant events in Jewish history, and their references to other texts in this collection.

The work of more than seventy contributing experts in a range of fields, Outside the Bible offers new insights into the development of Judaism and Early Christianity. This three-volume set of translations, introductions, and detailed commentaries is a must for scholars, students, and anyone interested in this great body of ancient Jewish writings.

The collection includes a general introduction and opening essays, new and revised translations, and detailed introductions, commentaries, and notes that place each text in its historical and cultural context. A timeline of the Second Temple Period, two appendixes (Books of the Bible; Second Temple Literature), and a general subject index complete the set.

Path of the Prophets - The Ethics-Driven Life (Paperback): Barry L Schwartz Path of the Prophets - The Ethics-Driven Life (Paperback)
Barry L Schwartz
R535 R448 Discovery Miles 4 480 Save R87 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Illuminating the ethical legacy of the biblical prophets, Path of the Prophets identifies the prophetic moment in the lives of eighteen biblical figures and demonstrates their compelling relevance to us today. While the Bible almost exclusively names men as prophets, Rabbi Barry L. Schwartz celebrates heroic, largely unknown biblical women such as Shiphrah, Tirzah, and Hannah. He also deepens readers' interpretations of more familiar biblical figures not generally thought of as prophets, such as Joseph, Judah, and Caleb. Schwartz introduces the prophets with creative, first-person retellings of their decisive experiences, followed by key biblical narratives, context, and analysis. He weighs our heroes' and heroines' legacies-their obstacles and triumphs-and considers how their ethical examples live on; he guides us on how to integrate biblical-ethical values into our lives; and he challenges each of us to walk the prophetic path today.

Koren Sepharad Siddur (Hardcover): Koren Publishers Koren Sepharad Siddur (Hardcover)
Koren Publishers
R345 R303 Discovery Miles 3 030 Save R42 (12%) In stock
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