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Becoming Diaspora Jews - Behind the Story of Elephantine (Hardcover): Karel Van Der Toorn Becoming Diaspora Jews - Behind the Story of Elephantine (Hardcover)
Karel Van Der Toorn
R1,398 Discovery Miles 13 980 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Based on a previously unexplored source, this book transforms the way we think about the formation of Jewish identity This book tells the story of the earliest Jewish diaspora in Egypt in a way it has never been told before. In the fifth century BCE there was a Jewish community on Elephantine Island. Why they spoke Aramaic, venerated Aramean gods besides Yaho, and identified as Arameans is a mystery, but a previously little explored papyrus from Egypt sheds new light on their history. The papyrus shows that the ancestors of the Elephantine Jews came originally from Samaria. Due to political circumstances, they left Israel and lived for a century in an Aramean environment. Around 600 BCE, they moved to Egypt. These migrants to Egypt did not claim a Jewish identity when they arrived, but after the destruction of their temple on the island they chose to deploy their Jewish identity to raise sympathy for their cause. Their story-a typical diaspora tale-is not about remaining Jews in the diaspora, but rather about becoming Jews through the diaspora.

Scribal Culture and the Making of the Hebrew Bible (Paperback): Karel Van Der Toorn Scribal Culture and the Making of the Hebrew Bible (Paperback)
Karel Van Der Toorn
R836 R712 Discovery Miles 7 120 Save R124 (15%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

We think of the Hebrew Bible as the Book--and yet it was produced by a largely nonliterate culture in which writing, editing, copying, interpretation, and public reading were the work of a professional elite. The scribes of ancient Israel are indeed the main figures behind the Hebrew Bible, and in this book Karel van der Toorn tells their story for the first time. His book considers the Bible in very specific historical terms, as the output of the scribal workshop of the Second Temple active in the period 500-200 BCE. Drawing comparisons with the scribal practices of ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia, van der Toorn clearly details the methods, the assumptions, and the material means of production that gave rise to biblical texts; then he brings his observations to bear on two important texts, Deuteronomy and Jeremiah.

Traditionally seen as the copycats of antiquity, the scribes emerge here as the literate elite who held the key to the production as well as the transmission of texts. Van der Toorn's account of scribal culture opens a new perspective on the origins of the Hebrew Bible, revealing how the individual books of the Bible and the authors associated with them were products of the social and intellectual world of the scribes. By taking us inside that world, this book yields a new and arresting appreciation of the Hebrew Scriptures.

Family Religion in Babylonia, Syria and Israel - Continuity and Change in the Forms of Religious Life (Paperback): Karel Van... Family Religion in Babylonia, Syria and Israel - Continuity and Change in the Forms of Religious Life (Paperback)
Karel Van Der Toorn
R1,531 R1,420 Discovery Miles 14 200 Save R111 (7%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Pluralism and Identity - Studies in Ritual Behaviour (Hardcover): J. G Platvoet, Karel Van Der Toorn Pluralism and Identity - Studies in Ritual Behaviour (Hardcover)
J. G Platvoet, Karel Van Der Toorn
R6,826 Discovery Miles 68 260 Out of stock

The subject of this book is ritual behaviour, in particular of groups with a distinctive religious, ethnic or other identity which use rituals to pursue strategic ends "ad intra and "ad extra.
Five essays offer theoretical perspectives on ritual in plural and pluralist societies, on similarity and demarcation, on the negative case of the Australian Aboriginals, on Brazilian religious pluralism, and on Ghanaian churches in the Netherlands. Three essays describe the ritualization of the encounter, or confrontation, between religions in India (between Buddhists and Hindus, and between Hindus and Muslims), and in Yemen between Muslims and Jews. Four essays study the responses to internal religious plurality, in early Israel, on Java, in Indonesia, and in Spain and North Africa. One essay explores responses to external religious plurality. In the epilogue, the social nature of pluralism and identity is highlighted.

Family Religion in Babylonia, Syria and Israel - Continuity and Change in the Forms of Religious Life (Hardcover): Karel Van... Family Religion in Babylonia, Syria and Israel - Continuity and Change in the Forms of Religious Life (Hardcover)
Karel Van Der Toorn
R8,129 Discovery Miles 81 290 Out of stock

This volume deals with the religious practices of the family in the ancient Babylonian, Syrian, and Israelite civilizations. On the basis of a wealth of documents from both the private and the literary realm, the book gives an exhaustive description and analysis of the rites of the ancestor cult and the devotion to local gods. The author demonstrates the role of these two aspects of family religion in the identity construction of its followers. The section dealing with Israel pays particular attention to the relationship between family religion and state religion. The emergence of the state religion under King Saul marked the beginning of a competition between civil and private religion. Though the two had great influence upon each other, the tension between them was never resolved. A study of their interaction proves to be a key for the understanding of the development of Israelite religion during the monarchic period.
The book is of particular importance to biblical scholars, Assyriologists, and all those interested in the history of ancient Near Eastern religion.

Mesopotamian Magic: Textual, Historical and Interpretative Perspectives (Hardcover): Tzvi Abusch, Karel Van Der Toorn Mesopotamian Magic: Textual, Historical and Interpretative Perspectives (Hardcover)
Tzvi Abusch, Karel Van Der Toorn
R4,972 Discovery Miles 49 720 Out of stock

This volume, edited by Tzvi Zbusch and Karel van der Toorn, contains the papers delivered at the first international conference on Mesopotamian magic held under the auspices of the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies (NIAS) in June 1995. It is the first collective volume dedicated to the study of this topic. It aims at serving as a bench-mark and provides analytic and innovative but also sythetic and programmatic essays. Magical texts, forms, and traditions from the Mesopotamian cultural worlds of the third millennium BCE through the first millennium CE, in the Sumerian, Akkadian and Aramaic languages as well as in art, are examined.

Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible - Second extensively revised edition (Hardcover, 1st revision of 2nd Revised... Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible - Second extensively revised edition (Hardcover, 1st revision of 2nd Revised edition)
Karel Van Der Toorn, Pieter W. Horst, Bob Becking
R4,014 Discovery Miles 40 140 Out of stock

"The Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible is the single major work of reference on the gods, angels, demons, spirits and semi-divine heroes whose names occur in the biblical books. First published in 1995 and chosen by "Choice as Best Reference Work of 1996, it is now republished in a new extensively revised edition.
30 entries appear for the first time in the new edition, while more than 100 others have been brought up to date with the latest state of research. Arranged in the order of the Latin alphabet, the more than four-hundred names are those found in the books of the Hebrew and the Greek Bible, Old and New Testament, including the Apocrypha. There are entries on divine names recognized as such by the biblical authors; divine names in theophoric toponyms and anthroponyms; secular terms which occur as divine names in neighbouring civilizations, conjectural divine names, at times based on textual emendation, proposed by modern scholarship; and humans who acquired a semi-divine status in tradition.
A typical entry contains a discussion of the pertinent name, its meaning, the religio-historical background, relevant biblical passages and an up-to-date bibliography. Owing to the comprehensive coverage of names and its religio-historical emphasis, the "Dictionary of Deities and Demons provides crucial information concerning the spiritual world in which the Peoples of the Book have lived. Extensive indices and cross-references provide easy access to the rich information of the dictionary.
The "Dictionary of Deities and Demons is the fruit of a common effort of a group of more than a hundred international scholars from a variety of traditions. Chosen for their specialcompetence, the contributors write about those deities or demons for which their research makes them eminently qualified. Acting as advisors are Hans Dieter Betz (Chicago), Andri Caquot (Paris), Jonas C. Greenfield (Jerusalem), Erik Hornung (Basel), Michael Stone (Jerusalem), and Manfred Weipert (Heidelberg).
A Brill-Eerdmans co-publication
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