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Books > Religion & Spirituality > Non-Christian religions > Judaism > General

What is a Jew? (Paperback, 6th edition): Morris N. Kertzer What is a Jew? (Paperback, 6th edition)
Morris N. Kertzer; Revised by Lawrence A. Hofman
R422 R394 Discovery Miles 3 940 Save R28 (7%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Cambridge History of Judaism: Volume 7, The Early Modern World, 1500-1815 (Hardcover): Jonathan Karp, Adam Sutcliffe The Cambridge History of Judaism: Volume 7, The Early Modern World, 1500-1815 (Hardcover)
Jonathan Karp, Adam Sutcliffe
R3,958 Discovery Miles 39 580 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This seventh volume of The Cambridge History of Judaism provides an authoritative and detailed overview of early modern Jewish history, from 1500 to 1815. The essays, written by an international team of scholars, situate the Jewish experience in relation to the multiple political, intellectual and cultural currents of the period. They also explore and problematize the 'modernization' of world Jewry over this period from a global perspective, covering Jews in the Islamic world and in the Americas, as well as in Europe, with many chapters straddling the conventional lines of division between Sephardic, Ashkenazic, and Mizrahi history. The most up-to-date, comprehensive, and authoritative work in this field currently available, this volume will serve as an essential reference tool and ideal point of entry for advanced students and scholars of early modern Jewish history.

The Pajama Diaries - Bat-Zilla (Paperback): Terri Libenson The Pajama Diaries - Bat-Zilla (Paperback)
Terri Libenson
R231 R186 Discovery Miles 1 860 Save R45 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

"The Pajama Diaries: Bat-Zilla" is a comic book-style compilation for fans of cartoonist Terri Libenson's Jewish-themed comic strips. Inside are nearly 100 "Pajama Diaries" comics featuring holidays like Passover and Hanukkah, as well as the long-running 2013 storyline about the planning of Amy Kaplan's Bat Mitzvah. Two page-long descriptions provide background for the cartoons, which are divided into holiday and Bat Mitzvah strips. Modern multitasking families of all faiths will certainly enjoy this book.

The Koren Tehillim (Hebrew/English), Compact (Hardcover): Eli Cashdan The Koren Tehillim (Hebrew/English), Compact (Hardcover)
Eli Cashdan
R396 R345 Discovery Miles 3 450 Save R51 (13%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
The Burning Bush - Writings on Jews and Judaism (Hardcover, annotated edition): Vladimir Sergeyevich Solovyov The Burning Bush - Writings on Jews and Judaism (Hardcover, annotated edition)
Vladimir Sergeyevich Solovyov; Edited by Gregory Glazov
R1,953 R1,263 Discovery Miles 12 630 Save R690 (35%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Vladimir Solovyov, one of nineteenth-century Russia's greatest Christian philosophers, was renowned as the leading defender of Jewish civil rights in tsarist Russia in the 1880s. The Burning Bush: Writings on Jews and Judaism presents an annotated translation of Solovyov's complete oeuvre on the Jewish question, elucidating his terminology and identifying his references to persons, places, and texts, especially from biblical and rabbinic writings. Many texts are provided in English translation by Gregory Yuri Glazov for the first time, including Solovyov's obituary for Joseph Rabinovitch, a pioneer of modern Messianic Judaism, and his letter in the London Times of 1890 advocating for greater Jewish civil rights in Russia, printed alongside a similar petition by Cardinal Manning. Glazov's introduction presents a summary of Solovyov's life, explains how the texts in this collection were chosen, and provides a survey of Russian Jewish history to help the reader understand the context and evaluate the significance of Solovyov's work. In his extensive commentary in Part II, which draws on key memoirs from family and friends, Glazov paints a rich portrait of Solovyov's encounters with Jews and Judaism and of the religious-philosophical ideas that he both brought to and derived from those encounters. The Burning Bush explains why Jews posthumously accorded Solovyov the accolade of a "righteous gentile," and why his ecumenical hopes and struggles to reconcile Judaism and Christianity and persuade secular authorities to respect conscience and religious freedom still bear prophetic vitality.

Jews and Leftist Politics - Judaism, Israel, Antisemitism, and Gender (Hardcover): Jack Jacobs Jews and Leftist Politics - Judaism, Israel, Antisemitism, and Gender (Hardcover)
Jack Jacobs
R2,560 R2,367 Discovery Miles 23 670 Save R193 (8%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The relationships, past and present, between Jews and the political left remain of abiding interest to both the academic community and the public. Jews and Leftist Politics contains new and insightful chapters from world-renowned scholars and considers such matters as the political implications of Judaism; the relationships of leftists and Jews; the histories of Jews on the left in Europe, the United States, and Israel; contemporary anti-Zionism; the associations between specific Jews and Communist parties; and the importance of gendered perspectives. It also contains fresh studies of canonical figures, including Gershom Scholem, Gustav Landauer, and Martin Buber, and examines the affiliations of Jews to prominent institutions, calling into question previous widely held assumptions. The volume is characterized by judicious appraisals made by respected authorities, and sheds considerable light on contentious themes.

Zionism and the Melting Pot - Preachers, Pioneers, and Modern Jewish Politics (Hardcover): Matthew Mark Silver Zionism and the Melting Pot - Preachers, Pioneers, and Modern Jewish Politics (Hardcover)
Matthew Mark Silver
R1,382 Discovery Miles 13 820 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Traces the roots of ideologies and outlooks that shape Jewish life in Israel and the United States today. Zionism and the Melting Pot pivots away from commonplace accounts of the origins of Jewish politics and focuses on the ongoing activities of actors instrumental in the theological, political, diplomatic, and philanthropic networks that enabled the establishment of new Jewish communities in Palestine and the United States. M. M. Silver's innovative new study highlights the grassroots nature of these actors and their efforts - preaching, fundraising, emigration campaigns, and mutual aid organizations - and argues that these activities were not fundamentally ideological in nature but instead grew organically from traditional Judaic customs, values, and community mores. Silver examines events in three key locales - Ottoman Palestine, czarist Russia and the United States - during a period from the early 1870s to a few years before World War I. This era which was defined by the rise of new forms of anti-Semitism and by mass Jewish migration, ended with institutional and artistic expressions of new perspectives on Zionism and American Jewish communal life. Within this timeframe, Silver demonstrates, Jewish ideologies arose somewhat amorphously, without clear agendas; they then evolved as attempts to influence the character, pace, and geographical coordinates of the modernization of East European Jews, particularly in, or from, Russia's czarist empire. Unique in his multidisciplinary approach, Silver combines political and diplomatic history, literary analysis, biography, and organizational history. Chapters switch successively from the Zionist context, both in the czarist and Ottoman empires, to the United States' melting-pot milieu. More than half of the figures discussed are sermonizers, emissaries, pioneers, or writers unknown to most readers. And for well-known figures like Theodor Herzl or Emma Lazarus, Silver's analysis typically relates to texts and episodes that are not covered in extant scholarship. By uncovering the foundations of Zionism - the Jewish nationalist ideology that became organized formally as a political movement - and of melting-pot theories of Jewish integration in the United States, Zionism and the Melting Pot breaks ample new ground.

A Year with the Sages - Wisdom on the Weekly Torah Portion (Paperback): Reuven Hammer A Year with the Sages - Wisdom on the Weekly Torah Portion (Paperback)
Reuven Hammer
R682 R540 Discovery Miles 5 400 Save R142 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

A Year with the Sages uniquely relates the Sages' understanding of each Torah portion to everyday life. The importance of these teachings cannot be overstated. The Sages, who lived during the period from the fifth century BCE to the fifth century CE, considered themselves to have inherited the oral teachings God transmitted to Moses, along with the mandate to interpret them to each subsequent generation. Just as the Torah and the entire Hebrew Bible are the foundations of Judaism, the Sages' teachings form the structures of Jewish belief and practice built on that foundation. Many of these teachings revolve around core concepts such as God's justice, God's love, Torah, Israel, humility, honesty, loving-kindness, reverence, prayer, and repentance. You are invited to spend a year with the inspiring ideas of the Sages through their reflections on the fifty-four weekly Torah portions and the eleven Jewish holidays. Quoting from the week's Torah portion, Rabbi Reuven Hammer presents a Torah commentary, selections from the Sages that chronicle their process of interpreting the text, a commentary that elucidates these concepts and their consequences, and a personal reflection that illumines the Sages' enduring wisdom for our era.

The Book of Genesis - A Biography (Paperback): Ronald Hendel The Book of Genesis - A Biography (Paperback)
Ronald Hendel; Contributions by Daren Magee
R422 R343 Discovery Miles 3 430 Save R79 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

An essential biography of one of the Bible's most influential books During its 2,500-year life, the book of Genesis has been the keystone to important claims about God and humanity in Judaism and Christianity, and it plays a central role in contemporary debates about science, politics, and human rights. Ronald Hendel provides a panoramic history of this iconic book, exploring its impact on Western religion, philosophy, literature, art, and more. From debates about slavery, gender, and sexuality to struggles over creationism and evolution, Genesis has left its indelible mark on our world and continues to do so today. This wide-ranging account tells the remarkable life story of an incomparable spiritual masterpiece, tracing how Genesis has shaped views of reality-and how changing views of reality have shaped interpretations of Genesis.

Letters of Martin Buber - A Life of Dialogue (Paperback, New Ed): Martin Buber Letters of Martin Buber - A Life of Dialogue (Paperback, New Ed)
Martin Buber; Volume editing by Nahum N. Glatzer, Paul R.Mendes- Flohr; Edited by Paul Mendes-Flohr; Translated by Richard Winston, …
R639 R522 Discovery Miles 5 220 Save R117 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This carefully edited selection of correspondence includes letters both to - and from - Martin Buber from world-renowned scholars, thinkers, and philosophers. This edition contains the Preface to the German edition, as well as a Biographical Sketch by Grete Schaeder.

Koren Tanakh Hama'alot, Turquoise (Paperback): Koren Publishers Koren Tanakh Hama'alot, Turquoise (Paperback)
Koren Publishers
R643 R534 Discovery Miles 5 340 Save R109 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Hanukkah in a Book (UpLifting Editions): Jacket comes off. Candles pop up. Display and celebrate! (Hardcover): Noterie Hanukkah in a Book (UpLifting Editions): Jacket comes off. Candles pop up. Display and celebrate! (Hardcover)
Noterie; Illustrated by Carolyn Gavin
R364 R267 Discovery Miles 2 670 Save R97 (27%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This little gift book turns into a beautiful holiday decoration. Celebrate the eight days of Hanukkah with a unique book that transforms into a menorah to display on a desk, table, or windowsill. The pages feature traditional prayers in Hebrew and English, and a retelling of the history of Hanukkah, along with pop-up candles that you can turn up each night of the holiday. Simply take the jacket off, pop up the candles, and turn this book into a fully "lit" menorah-no matches required! Special Features Jacketed hardcover with 24 pages and 8 pop-up elements Full-color illustrations (including metallic silver ink) throughout.

Latin Kingdom Of Jerusalem (Hardcover): Conder Latin Kingdom Of Jerusalem (Hardcover)
Conder
R4,245 Discovery Miles 42 450 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This history of the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem has been carefully constructed from hundreds of twelfth and thirteenth century documents, plans and photographs of the Norman buildings of Palestine and the chronicles of Foucher of Chartres, Raymond d'Agiles and Albert of Aix. The book is an excellent reference for anyone interested in the Crusades; it paints a fascinating picture of the unique social circumstances which resulted from the establishment of a feudal society in Jerusalem.

Koren Five Megillot (Hardcover): Adin Steinsaltz Koren Five Megillot (Hardcover)
Adin Steinsaltz
R418 R361 Discovery Miles 3 610 Save R57 (14%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
In His Image (Hardcover): Yuval Cherlow In His Image (Hardcover)
Yuval Cherlow
R537 R455 Discovery Miles 4 550 Save R82 (15%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
A History of the Jews (Paperback, New Ed): Paul Johnson A History of the Jews (Paperback, New Ed)
Paul Johnson
R454 R380 Discovery Miles 3 800 Save R74 (16%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A classic study of the Jews by a best selling author. In this critically acclaimed book, Paul Johnson delves deep into the 4,000-year history of the Jews: a race of awe-inspiring endurance, steadfast homogeneity and loyalty and, above all, the belief that history has a purpose and humanity a destiny. With exacting precision and enthusiasm, Paul Johnson has mapped the lives of these people from their early ancestors in the House of David, through great periods of creativity and enterprise, alienation in the ghettos, Adolf Hitler's obsession to obliterate the race, up until the present day. This book is a powerful argument about the nature of Jewish genius, its strengths and contradictions, which brilliantly presents the entire Jewish phenomenon. It makes incisive though-provoking sense of the whole.

Passover Haggada with Commentary by Rabbi Adin Even-Israel Steinsaltz (English, Hebrew, Hardcover): Adin Steinsaltz Passover Haggada with Commentary by Rabbi Adin Even-Israel Steinsaltz (English, Hebrew, Hardcover)
Adin Steinsaltz
R535 R453 Discovery Miles 4 530 Save R82 (15%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Mishkan Ga'avah - Where Pride Dwells (English, Hebrew, Paperback): Denise L. Eger Mishkan Ga'avah - Where Pride Dwells (English, Hebrew, Paperback)
Denise L. Eger; Foreword by Ostrow Loren
R438 Discovery Miles 4 380 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Jewish Memory And the Cosmopolitan Order (Paperback): Natan Sznaider Jewish Memory And the Cosmopolitan Order (Paperback)
Natan Sznaider
R464 Discovery Miles 4 640 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Natan Sznaider offers a highly original account of Jewish memory and politics before and after the Holocaust. It seeks to recover an aspect of Jewish identity that has been almost completely lost today - namely, that throughout much of their history Jews were both a nation and cosmopolitan, they lived in a constant tension between particularism and universalism. And it is precisely this tension, which Sznaider seeks to capture in his innovative conception of rooted cosmopolitanism', that is increasingly the destiny of all peoples today. The book pays special attention to Jewish intellectuals who played an important role in advancing universal ideas out of their particular identities. The central figure in this respect is Hannah Arendt and her concern to build a better world out of the ashes of the Jewish catastrophe. The book demonstrates how particular Jewish affairs are connected to current concerns about cosmopolitan politics like human rights, genocide, international law and politics. Jewish identity and universalist human rights were born together, developed together and are still fundamentally connected. This book will appeal both to readers interested in Jewish history and memory and to anyone concerned with current debates about citizenship and cosmopolitanism in the modern world.

Sexuality in the Babylonian Talmud - Christian and Sasanian Contexts in Late Antiquity (Hardcover): Yishai Kiel Sexuality in the Babylonian Talmud - Christian and Sasanian Contexts in Late Antiquity (Hardcover)
Yishai Kiel
R2,159 R2,003 Discovery Miles 20 030 Save R156 (7%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Within this close textual analysis of the Babylonian Talmud, Yishai Kiel explores rabbinic discussions of sex in light of cultural assumptions and dispositions that pervaded the cultures of late antiquity and particularly the Iranian world. By negotiating the Iranian context of the rabbinic discussion alongside the Christian backdrop, this groundbreaking volume presents a balanced and nuanced portrayal of the rabbinic discourse on sexuality and situates rabbinic discussions of sex more broadly at the crossroads of late antique cultures. The study is divided into two thematic sections: the first centers on the broader aspects of rabbinic discourse on sexuality while the second hones in on rabbinic discussions of sexual prohibitions and the classification of permissible and prohibited partnerships, with particular attention to rabbinic discussions of incest. Essential reading for scholars and graduate students of Judaic studies, early Christianity, and Iranian studies, as well as those interested in religious studies and comparative religion.

Jesus, the Essenes, and Christian Origins - New Light on Ancient Texts and Communities (Hardcover): Simon J Joseph Jesus, the Essenes, and Christian Origins - New Light on Ancient Texts and Communities (Hardcover)
Simon J Joseph
R1,043 R888 Discovery Miles 8 880 Save R155 (15%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls in the caves near Qumran in 1947 sparked near endless speculation about the possible connections between the Essenesapurportedly the inhabitants of the settlementaand the birth, nature, and growth of early Christianity. Jesus, the Essenes, and Christian Origins sheds new light on this old question by reexamining the complex relationships among Qumran, the historical Jesus, the Essenes, and Christian origins within first-century Palestinian Judaism. Author Simon J. Joseph's careful examination of a number of distinctive passages in the Jesus tradition in light of Qumran-Essene texts focuses on major points of contact between the Qumran-Essene community and early Christianity in four areas of belief and practice: covenant identity, messianism, eschatology, and halakhah (legal interpretation), placing the weight of his argument for continuity and discontinuity on the halakhic topics of divorce, Sabbath, sacrifice, celibacy, and violence. Joseph focuses on the historical, cultural, chronological, and theological correspondences as convergence. This not only illuminates the historical Jesus' teachings as distinctive, developing and extending earlier Jewish ethical and halakhic thought, it also clarifies the emergence of early Christianity in relationship to Palestinian Essenism. By bringing this holistic analysis of the evidence to bear, Joseph adds a powerful and insightful voice to the decades-long debate surrounding the Essenes and Christianity.

Living World of the Old Testament (Paperback, 4th edition): Bernhard W. Anderson Living World of the Old Testament (Paperback, 4th edition)
Bernhard W. Anderson
R1,603 R1,505 Discovery Miles 15 050 Save R98 (6%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This is a study of the Old Testament as the story of a people. The author describes the growth of Israel from its beginnings through to Moses, the reigns of David and Solomon and into the Hellenistic era. Aided by maps, charts and photographs the book analyzes and interprets the familiar biblical narrative in the context of our modern knowledge of the ancient world. New features of this edition include a series of definitions of key terms, new illustrations and it also takes into account more recent archaeological discoveries.

Anti-Judaism (Paperback): David Nirenberg Anti-Judaism (Paperback)
David Nirenberg 1
R348 R279 Discovery Miles 2 790 Save R69 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A magisterial history, ranging from antiquity to the present, that reveals anti-Judaism to be a mode of thought deeply embedded in the Western tradition. There is a widespread tendency to regard anti-Judaism - whether expressed in a casual remark or implemented through pogrom or extermination campaign - as somehow exceptional: an unfortunate indicator of personal prejudice or the shocking outcome of an extremist ideology married to power. But, as David Nirenberg argues in this ground-breaking study, to confine anit-Judaism to the margins of our culture is to be dangerously complacent. Anti-Judaism is not an irrational closet in the vast edifice of Western thought, but rather one of the basic tools with which that edifice was constructed.

The Zionist Ideas - Visions for the Jewish Homeland-Then, Now, Tomorrow (Paperback): Gil Troy The Zionist Ideas - Visions for the Jewish Homeland-Then, Now, Tomorrow (Paperback)
Gil Troy; Foreword by Natan Sharansky
R858 R703 Discovery Miles 7 030 Save R155 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The most comprehensive Zionist collection ever published, The Zionist Ideas: Visions for the Jewish Homeland-Then, Now, Tomorrow sheds light on the surprisingly diverse and shared visions for realizing Israel as a democratic Jewish state. Building on Arthur Hertzberg's classic, The Zionist Idea, Gil Troy explores the backstories, dreams, and legacies of more than 170 passionate Jewish visionaries-quadruple Hertzberg's original number, and now including women, mizrachim, and others-from the 1800s to today. Troy divides the thinkers into six Zionist schools of thought-Political, Revisionist, Labor, Religious, Cultural, and Diaspora Zionism-and reveals the breadth of the debate and surprising syntheses. He also presents the visionaries within three major stages of Zionist development, demonstrating the length and evolution of the conversation. Part 1 (pre-1948) introduces the pioneers who founded the Jewish state, such as Herzl, Gordon, Jabotinsky, Kook, Ha'am, and Szold. Part 2 (1948 to 2000) features builders who actualized and modernized the Zionist blueprints, such as Ben-Gurion, Berlin, Meir, Begin, Soloveitchik, Uris, and Kaplan. Part 3 showcases today's torchbearers, including Barak, Grossman, Shaked, Lau, Yehoshua, and Sacks. This mosaic of voices will engage equally diverse readers in reinvigorating the Zionist conversation-weighing and developing the moral, social, and political character of the Jewish state of today and tomorrow.

The Right to Difference - French Universalism and the Jews (Paperback): Maurice Samuels The Right to Difference - French Universalism and the Jews (Paperback)
Maurice Samuels
R769 R723 Discovery Miles 7 230 Save R46 (6%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Universal equality is a treasured political concept in France, but recent anxiety over the country's Muslim minority has led to an emphasis on a new form of universalism, one promoting loyalty to the nation at the expense of all ethnic and religious affiliations. This timely book offers a fresh perspective on the debate by showing that French equality has not always demanded an erasure of differences. Through close and contextualized readings of the way that major novelists, philosophers, filmmakers, and political figures have struggled with the question of integrating Jews into French society, Maurice Samuels draws lessons about how the French have often understood the universal in relation to the particular. Samuels demonstrates that Jewish difference has always been essential to the elaboration of French universalism, whether as its foil or as proof of its reach. He traces the development of this discourse through key moments in French history, from debates over granting Jews civil rights during the Revolution, through the Dreyfus Affair and Vichy, and up to the rise of a "new antisemitism" in recent years. By recovering the forgotten history of a more open, pluralistic form of French universalism, Samuels points toward new ways of moving beyond current ethnic and religious dilemmas and argues for a more inclusive view of what constitutes political discourse in France.

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