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Jewish Bible Translations - Personalities, Passions, Politics, Progress (Paperback): Leonard Greenspoon Jewish Bible Translations - Personalities, Passions, Politics, Progress (Paperback)
Leonard Greenspoon
R907 Discovery Miles 9 070 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Jewish Bible Translations is the first book to examine Jewish Bible translations from the third century BCE to our day. It is an overdue corrective of an important story that has been regularly omitted or downgraded in other histories of Bible translation. Examining a wide range of translations over twenty-four centuries, Leonard Greenspoon delves into the historical, cultural, linguistic, and religious contexts of versions in eleven languages: Arabic, Aramaic, English, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Russian, Spanish, and Yiddish. He profiles many Jewish translators, among them Buber, Hirsch, Kaplan, Leeser, Luzzatto, Mendelssohn, Orlinsky, and Saadiah Gaon, framing their aspirations within the Jewish and larger milieus in which they worked. Greenspoon differentiates their principles, styles, and techniques-for example, their choice to emphasize either literal reflections of the Hebrew or distinctive elements of the vernacular language-and their underlying rationales. As he highlights distinctive features of Jewish Bible translations, he offers new insights regarding their shared characteristics and their limits. Additionally, Greenspoon shows how profoundly Jewish translators and interpreters influenced the style and diction of the King James Bible. Accessible and authoritative for all from beginners to scholars, Jewish Bible Translations enables readers to make their own informed evaluations of individual translations and to holistically assess Bible translation within Judaism.

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.

Living World of the Old Testament (Paperback, 4th edition): B Anderson Living World of the Old Testament (Paperback, 4th edition)
B Anderson
R1,606 Discovery Miles 16 060 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.

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.

The Gospel of Thomas (Hardcover): Marvin Meyer The Gospel of Thomas (Hardcover)
Marvin Meyer
R350 R280 Discovery Miles 2 800 Save R70 (20%) In stock

Renew - Invite the Designer to Refresh Your Heart (Paperback): Valerie Griffin Renew - Invite the Designer to Refresh Your Heart (Paperback)
Valerie Griffin
R348 R282 Discovery Miles 2 820 Save R66 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Qur'an (Paperback): M.A.S. Abdel Haleem The Qur'an (Paperback)
M.A.S. Abdel Haleem 2
R273 R195 Discovery Miles 1 950 Save R78 (29%) Ships in 10 - 15 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.

Electrical Engineer - A 101 Page Prayer notebook Guide For Prayer, Praise and Thanks. Made For Men and Women. The Perfect... Electrical Engineer - A 101 Page Prayer notebook Guide For Prayer, Praise and Thanks. Made For Men and Women. The Perfect Christian Gift For Kids, Teens, College Students, Husband Youth And All Ages. (Paperback)
All Journal Store
R168 Discovery Miles 1 680 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Network Engineer - A 101 Page Prayer notebook Guide For Prayer, Praise and Thanks. Made For Men and Women. The Perfect... Network Engineer - A 101 Page Prayer notebook Guide For Prayer, Praise and Thanks. Made For Men and Women. The Perfect Christian Gift For Kids, Teens, College Students, Husband Youth And All Ages. (Paperback)
All Journal Store
R168 Discovery Miles 1 680 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
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
R1,152 Discovery Miles 11 520 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.

Qumran in and around the Bible - A new perspective on the Dead Sea Scrolls (Paperback, Reissue): Joan Annandale-Potgieter Qumran in and around the Bible - A new perspective on the Dead Sea Scrolls (Paperback, Reissue)
Joan Annandale-Potgieter
R145 R129 Discovery Miles 1 290 Save R16 (11%) Ships in 7 - 10 working days

In this publication new light is shed on the Qumran community, its organisational structure, its ultra conservative way of life, and how its leaders interpreted the books of the Old Testament by compiling their own commentaries. Emphasis is also placed on facilitating an understanding of references in the Gospels whilst providing an insight into a community that existed parallel to the New Testament community, and to which some of Jesus' followers could have belonged.

The Qur'an (Hardcover): Muhammad Abdel Haleem The Qur'an (Hardcover)
Muhammad Abdel Haleem 1
R442 R354 Discovery Miles 3 540 Save R88 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

One of the most influential books in the history of literature, recognized as the greatest literary masterpiece in Arabic, the Qur'an is the supreme authority and living source of all Islamic teaching, the sacred text that sets out the creed, rituals, ethics, and laws of Islam. Yet despite the growing interest in Islamic teachings and culture, there has never been a truly satisfactory English translation of the Qur'an, until now.
This superb new translation of the Qur'an is written in contemporary language that remains faithful to the meaning and spirit of the original, making the text crystal clear while retaining all of this great work's eloquence. The translation is accurate and completely free from the archaisms, incoherence, and alien structures that mar existing translations. Thus, for the first time, English-speaking readers will have a text of the Qur'an which is easy to use and comprehensible. Furthermore, Haleem includes notes that explain geographical, historical, and personal allusions as well as an index in which Qur'anic material is arranged into topics for easy reference. His introduction traces the history of the Qur'an, examines its structure and stylistic features, and considers issues related to militancy, intolerance, and the subjection of women.
Clearly written and filled with helpful information and guidance, this brilliant translation of the Qur'an is the best available introduction to the faith of Moslems around the world.

Qumran in en om die Bybel - 'n Nuwe blik op die Dooieseerolle (Afrikaans, Paperback, Reissue): Joan Annandale-Potgieter Qumran in en om die Bybel - 'n Nuwe blik op die Dooieseerolle (Afrikaans, Paperback, Reissue)
Joan Annandale-Potgieter
R145 R129 Discovery Miles 1 290 Save R16 (11%) Ships in 7 - 10 working days

In hierdie publikasie word nuwe lig gewerp op die Qumran-gemeenskap, die struktuur waarin hulle georganiseer was en hul ultrakonserwatiewe leefwyse. Die wyse waarop hul leiers die boeke van die Ou Testament geinterpreteer het, blyk uit die kommentare wat hulle geskryf het. Hierdie publikasie help die leser om verwysings in die evangelies beter te begryp en bied insig in 'n gemeenskap wat in dieselfde tyd as die Nuwe-Testamentiese gemeenskap geleef het en waaraan sommige van Jesus se volgelinge moontlik behoort het.

Discovering Hidden Treasure in Plain Sight - New Understandings from Beloved Passages (Paperback): Jessica Hurtado Discovering Hidden Treasure in Plain Sight - New Understandings from Beloved Passages (Paperback)
Jessica Hurtado
R339 R278 Discovery Miles 2 780 Save R61 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Talmud - A Biography (Paperback): Barry Scott Wimpfheimer The Talmud - A Biography (Paperback)
Barry Scott Wimpfheimer; Contributions by Daren Magee
R431 R353 Discovery Miles 3 530 Save R78 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The life and times of an enduring work of Jewish spirituality The Babylonian Talmud, a postbiblical Jewish text that is part scripture and part commentary, is an unlikely bestseller. Written in a hybrid of Hebrew and Aramaic, it is often ambiguous to the point of incomprehension, and its subject matter reflects a narrow scholasticism that should hardly have broad appeal. Yet the Talmud has remained in print for centuries and is more popular today than ever. Barry Scott Wimpfheimer tells the remarkable story of this ancient Jewish book, explaining why the Talmud is at once a received source of traditional teachings, a touchstone of cultural authority, and a powerful symbol of Jewishness for supporters and critics alike.

God is Beautiful - The Aesthetic Experience of the Quran (Paperback): Navid Kermani God is Beautiful - The Aesthetic Experience of the Quran (Paperback)
Navid Kermani; Translated by Tony Crawford
R514 Discovery Miles 5 140 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The melodious recitation of the Quran is a fundamental aesthetic experience for Muslims, and the start of a compelling journey of ideas. In this important new book, the prominent German writer and Islamic scholar Navid Kermani considers the manner in which the Quran has been perceived, apprehended and experienced by its recipients from the time of the Prophet to the present day. Drawing on a wide range of Muslim sources, from historians, theologians and philosophers to mystics and literary scholars, Kermani provides a close reading of the nature of this powerful text. He proceeds to analyze ancient and modern testimonies about the impact of Quranic language from a variety of angles. Although people have always reflected on the reception of texts, images and sounds that they find beautiful or moving, Kermani explains that Islam provides a particularly striking example of the close correlation, grounded in a common origin, between art and religion, revelation and poetry, and religious and aesthetic experience. This major new book will enhance the dialogue between Islam and the West and will appeal to students and scholars of Islam and comparative religion, as well as to a wider readership interested in Islam and the Quran.

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

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.

Job - A New Translation (Paperback): Edward L. Greenstein Job - A New Translation (Paperback)
Edward L. Greenstein
R426 Discovery Miles 4 260 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This revelatory new translation of Job by one of the world's leading biblical scholars will reshape the way we read this canonical text The book of Job has often been called the greatest poem ever written. The book, in Edward Greenstein's characterization, is "a Wunderkind, a genius emerging out of the confluence of two literary streams" which "dazzles like Shakespeare with unrivaled vocabulary and a penchant for linguistic innovation." Despite the text's literary prestige and cultural prominence, no English translation has come close to conveying the proper sense of the original. The book has consequently been misunderstood in innumerable details and in its main themes. Edward Greenstein's new translation of Job is the culmination of decades of intensive research and painstaking philological and literary analysis, offering a major reinterpretation of this canonical text. Through his beautifully rendered translation and insightful introduction and commentary, Greenstein presents a new perspective: Job, he shows, was defiant of God until the end. The book is more about speaking truth to power than the problem of unjust suffering.

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
Prayers Supplications and Intercessions (Paperback): Latoera O'neal Prayers Supplications and Intercessions (Paperback)
Latoera O'neal
R325 R304 Discovery Miles 3 040 Save R21 (6%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Vedas - The Samhitas of the Rig, Yajur, Sama, and Atharva [single volume, unabridged] (Paperback): Ralph T.H. Griffith,... The Vedas - The Samhitas of the Rig, Yajur, Sama, and Atharva [single volume, unabridged] (Paperback)
Ralph T.H. Griffith, Arthur Berriedale Keith; Edited by Jon W Fergus
R539 Discovery Miles 5 390 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Art of Bible Translation (Paperback): Robert Alter The Art of Bible Translation (Paperback)
Robert Alter
R348 R282 Discovery Miles 2 820 Save R66 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

From the recipient of the National Jewish Book Award for Lifetime Achievement, a "hugely entertaining and irreverent" (Adam Gopnik, New Yorker) account of the art of translating the Hebrew Bible into English In this brief book, award-winning biblical translator Robert Alter offers a personal and passionate account of what he learned about the art of Bible translation during the two decades he spent completing his own English version of the Hebrew Bible. Showing why the Bible and its meaning can be brought to life in English only by re-creating the subtle and powerful literary style of the original text, Alter discusses the principal aspects of biblical Hebrew that any translator should try to reproduce: word choice, syntax, word play and sound play, rhythm, and dialogue. In the process, he provides an illuminating and accessible introduction to biblical style that also offers insights about the art of translation far beyond the Bible.

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
Gospel-Centered Hermeneutics - Foundations and Principles of Evangelica (Paperback): Graeme Goldsworthy Gospel-Centered Hermeneutics - Foundations and Principles of Evangelica (Paperback)
Graeme Goldsworthy
R705 R556 Discovery Miles 5 560 Save R149 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

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.

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