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Introducing Judaism (Paperback, New): Eliezer Segal Introducing Judaism (Paperback, New)
Eliezer Segal
R942 Discovery Miles 9 420 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Introducing Judaism is the ideal starting point for students beginning their studies of this fascinating religion. Eliezer Segal takes a historical approach, focusing on religious aspects of Judaism, and introducing themes as they emerge from authentic Jewish documents. Students will gain an understanding of how Judaism is lived by its adherents and the historical and geographical diversity of Jewish beliefs and practices. The book has a clear and accessible structure. Part One presents the historical context of Judaism, from the Biblical era, through the Medieval period and on to modern Judaism. Part Two surveys the distinctive values and beliefs of Judaism, including attitudes to God, Covenant, Israel, exile and homeland, the Torah, and its commandments, while Part Three presents Jewish Practices and Institutions, engaging with topics such as daily life, worship, temple and synagogue, law, ethics and education, the afterlife, and resurrection. Throughout the book, Eliezer Segal stresses the diversity of interpretations that have been generated by historical circumstances, differing theological and ideological outlooks, and the spiritual creativity of the religious community. Attention is paid to various models of piety, mysticism, scholasticism and folk religion, including the impact of Judaism on the daily life of believers and the experiences of Jewish women. Illustrated throughout, Introducing Judaism includes text boxes, a glossary, and a list of further reading to aid students' understanding and revision, providing a thorough overview of one of the first recorded monotheistic faiths and one of the oldest religions still practiced today. The accompanying website for this book can be found at www.routledge.com/textbooks/9780415440097.

Preachers, Teachers and Selected Short Features - More Explorations of Jewish Life and Learning (Paperback): Eliezer Segal Preachers, Teachers and Selected Short Features - More Explorations of Jewish Life and Learning (Paperback)
Eliezer Segal
R287 Discovery Miles 2 870 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
In Those Days, At This Time - Holiness and History in the Jewish Calendar (Paperback): Eliezer Segal In Those Days, At This Time - Holiness and History in the Jewish Calendar (Paperback)
Eliezer Segal
R833 Discovery Miles 8 330 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Eliezer Segals approach to Jewish history and tradition has often been light-hearted and humorous. "In Those Days, At This Time "is a collection of entertaining short essays that explores the intricate framework of sacred days and times that make up the Jewish festival calendar. Each piece is devoted to an occasion in the cycle of sacred seasons. With such intriguing titles as "Getting a Handel on Hanukkah" and "The Eggs and the Exodus," these essays bring a touch of whimsy to a complex and deep-rooted religious tradition. Segal investigates the ways festival observances have been shaped over the generations, looking at different interpretations of their rituals, their symbolism, and their adaptation to changing historical circumstances.


Chronicles and Commentaries - More Explorations of Jewish Life and Learning (Paperback): Eliezer Segal Chronicles and Commentaries - More Explorations of Jewish Life and Learning (Paperback)
Eliezer Segal
R352 Discovery Miles 3 520 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
A Time for Every Purpose (Paperback): Eliezer Segal A Time for Every Purpose (Paperback)
Eliezer Segal
R351 Discovery Miles 3 510 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
A Meeting-Place For The Wise - More Excursions Into The Jewish Past And Present (Paperback): Eliezer Segal A Meeting-Place For The Wise - More Excursions Into The Jewish Past And Present (Paperback)
Eliezer Segal
R365 Discovery Miles 3 650 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This volume brings together a diverse collection of studies related to Jewish history, culture religion and litgerature. The articles introduce the reader to a dazzling variety of personalities, ideologies, historical events and communal dynamics. The articles are written from a sympathetic, but non-dogmatic perspective by an expert in the academic study of the Jewish religion. They were originally published as newspaper columns, and are designed to entertain as much as to educate the intelligent non-specialist.

Introducing Judaism (Hardcover): Eliezer Segal Introducing Judaism (Hardcover)
Eliezer Segal
R2,480 Discovery Miles 24 800 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Introducing Judaism is the ideal starting point for students beginning their studies of this fascinating religion. Eliezer Segal takes a historical approach, focusing on religious aspects of Judaism, and introducing themes as they emerge from authentic Jewish documents. Students will gain an understanding of how Judaism is lived by its adherents and the historical and geographical diversity of Jewish beliefs and practices. The book has a clear and accessible structure. Part One presents the historical context of Judaism, from the Biblical era, through the Medieval period and on to modern Judaism. Part Two surveys the distinctive values and beliefs of Judaism, including attitudes to God, Covenant, Israel, exile and homeland, the Torah, and its commandments, while Part Three presents Jewish Practices and Institutions, engaging with topics such as daily life, worship, temple and synagogue, law, ethics and education, the afterlife, and resurrection. Throughout the book, Eliezer Segal stresses the diversity of interpretations that have been generated by historical circumstances, differing theological and ideological outlooks, and the spiritual creativity of the religious community. Attention is paid to various models of piety, mysticism, scholasticism and folk religion, including the impact of Judaism on the daily life of believers and the experiences of Jewish women. Illustrated throughout, Introducing Judaism includes text boxes, a glossary, and a list of further reading to aid students' understanding and revision, providing a thorough overview of one of the first recorded monotheistic faiths and one of the oldest religions still practiced today. The accompanying website for this book can be found at www.routledge.com/textbooks/9780415440097.

Beasts that Teach, Birds that Tell - Animal Language in Rabbinic and Classical Literatures (Hardcover): Eliezer Segal Beasts that Teach, Birds that Tell - Animal Language in Rabbinic and Classical Literatures (Hardcover)
Eliezer Segal
R684 Discovery Miles 6 840 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Most Precious Possession - The Ring of Polycrates in Ancient Religious Narratives (Hardcover, New edition): Eliezer Segal The Most Precious Possession - The Ring of Polycrates in Ancient Religious Narratives (Hardcover, New edition)
Eliezer Segal
R1,734 R1,469 Discovery Miles 14 690 Save R265 (15%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Finding a precious object - a gem, a ring or a coin - inside the belly of a fish is a favorite motif in western literatures that can be traced back to the Greek historian Herodotus. In Herodotus' account of the rise and fall of the tyrant Polycrates of Samos, the hero cast his beloved ring, his "most precious possession", into the sea in order to appease or fend off the gods' envy of his unstoppable successes, but was ultimately disappointed to discover that same ring inside a serving of fish that was placed before him to eat, thereby signaling the beginning of his tragic downfall. The Most Precious Possession: The Ring of Polycrates in Ancient Religious Narratives examines variations on this motif as they appear in ancient religious texts, including the Gospel of Matthew, Jewish Midrash and Talmud, and Augustine's City of God. It explores how the theme functions in relation to the authors' respective religious outlooks and literary objectives and what we can learn from these examples about the processes of transmission, interaction and cultural adaptation that occurred among the diverse religious communities of the ancient Mediterranean basin.

Holidays, History, and Halakhah (Hardcover): Eliezer Segal Holidays, History, and Halakhah (Hardcover)
Eliezer Segal
R1,306 Discovery Miles 13 060 Out of stock
Reading Jewish Religious Texts (Hardcover): Eliezer Segal Reading Jewish Religious Texts (Hardcover)
Eliezer Segal
R2,451 Discovery Miles 24 510 Out of stock

Reading Jewish Religious Texts introduces students to a range of significant post-biblical Jewish writing. It covers diverse genres such as prayer and liturgical poetry, biblical interpretation, religious law, philosophy, mysticism and works of ethical instruction. Each text is newly translated into English and accompanied by a detailed explanation to help clarify the concepts and arguments. The commentary also situates the work within its broader historical and ideological context, giving readers an enhanced appreciation of its place in the Jewish religious experience. This volume includes a comprehensive timeline, glossary and bibliography.

Why Didn't I Learn This in Hebrew School? - Excursions Through the Jewish Past and Present (Hardcover): Eliezer Segal Why Didn't I Learn This in Hebrew School? - Excursions Through the Jewish Past and Present (Hardcover)
Eliezer Segal
R2,009 Discovery Miles 20 090 Out of stock

The traditional Jewish sources are interpreted with imagination to help us realize that the Jews of earlier generations were actually very much like ourselves.

Ask Now of the Days that are Past (Paperback): Eliezer Segal Ask Now of the Days that are Past (Paperback)
Eliezer Segal
R738 Discovery Miles 7 380 Out of stock

Written for a general audience, the essays collected here present refreshing and often humorous glimpses of various topics in Jewish history and traditional religious literature. Inspired by the diversity of Jewish thought, author and scholar Eliezer Segal sheds light on the social and political forces that have brought the Jewish community together in the past and still speak with familiarity to a modern western culture. Enlightening and entertaining, Professor Segal's writing is a rare blend of scholarship and wit, highlighting contemporary experiences that bring the rich heritage of Jewish civilization to life for the everyday reader. With an extensive and broad knowledge of ancient and medieval Jewish social and religious traditions, Segal deftly crafts anecdotes and explanations that address the tribulations of contemporary life. From topics as diverse as panhandling, tennis, vampires, and the history of the tomato to themes as universal as weddings, charity, and taxation, the essays presented here, some for the first time in English, all include detailed notes on sources for further reading. Equally suited to those after a light-hearted romp or those on a serious quest for knowledge, Ask Now of the Days that Are Past is sure to satisfy anyone who has ever wondered how the past still influences us today.

From Sermon to Commentary - Expounding the Bible in Talmudic Babylonia (Hardcover): Eliezer Segal From Sermon to Commentary - Expounding the Bible in Talmudic Babylonia (Hardcover)
Eliezer Segal
R1,775 R1,591 Discovery Miles 15 910 Save R184 (10%) Out of stock

The Bible has always been vital to Jewish religious life, and it has been expounded in diverse ways. Perhaps the most influential body of Jewish biblical interpretation is the Midrash that was produced by expositors during the first five centuries CE. Many such teachings are collected in the Babylonian Talmud, the monumental compendium of Jewish law and lore that was accepted as the definitive statement of Jewish oral tradition for subsequent generations.

However, many of the Talmud's interpretations of biblical passages appear bizarre or pointless. "From Sermon to Commentary: Expounding the Bible in Talmudic Babylonia" tries to explain this phenomenon by carefully examining representative passages from a variety of methodological approaches, paying particular attention to comparisons with Midrash composed in the Land of Israel.

Based on this investigation, Eliezer Segal argues that the Babylonian sages were utilizing discourses that had originated in Israel as rhetorical sermons in which biblical interpretation was being employed in an imaginative, literary manner, usually based on the interplay between two or more texts from different books of the Bible. Because they did not possess their own tradition of homiletic preaching, the Babylonian rabbis interpreted these comments without regard for their rhetorical conventions, as if they were exegetical commentaries, resulting in the distinctive, puzzling character of Babylonian Midrash.

Reading Jewish Religious Texts (Paperback, New): Eliezer Segal Reading Jewish Religious Texts (Paperback, New)
Eliezer Segal
R935 Discovery Miles 9 350 Out of stock

Reading Jewish Religious Texts introduces students to a range of significant post-biblical Jewish writing. It covers diverse genres such as prayer and liturgical poetry, biblical interpretation, religious law, philosophy, mysticism and works of ethical instruction. Each text is newly translated into English and accompanied by a detailed explanation to help clarify the concepts and arguments. The commentary also situates the work within its broader historical and ideological context, giving readers an enhanced appreciation of its place in the Jewish religious experience. This volume includes a comprehensive timeline, glossary and bibliography.

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