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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
R6,830 R5,666 Discovery Miles 56 660 Save R1,164 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 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.

Jewish Antiquities, Volume VIII - Books 18-19 (Hardcover): Josephus Jewish Antiquities, Volume VIII - Books 18-19 (Hardcover)
Josephus; Translated by Louis H. Feldman
R597 Discovery Miles 5 970 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Josephus, soldier, statesman, historian, was a Jew born at Jerusalem about 37 CE. A man of high descent, he early became learned in Jewish law and Greek literature and was a Pharisee. After pleading in Rome the cause of some Jewish priests he returned to Jerusalem and in 66 tried to prevent revolt against Rome, managing for the Jews the affairs of Galilee. In the troubles which followed he made his peace with Vespasian. Present at the siege of Jerusalem by Titus, he received favours from these two as emperors and from Domitian and assumed their family name Flavius. He died after 97.

As a historical source Josephus is invaluable. His major works are: "History of the Jewish War," in seven books, from 170 BCE to his own time, first written in Aramaic but translated by himself into the Greek we now have; and "Jewish Antiquities," in twenty books, from the creation of the world to 66 CE. The Loeb Classical Library edition of the works of Josephus also includes the autobiographical "Life" and his treatise "Against Apion,"

Philo's Portrayal of Moses in the Context of Ancient Judaism (Paperback): Louis H. Feldman Philo's Portrayal of Moses in the Context of Ancient Judaism (Paperback)
Louis H. Feldman
R1,415 Discovery Miles 14 150 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Philo's Portrayal of Moses in the Context of Ancient Judaism presents the most comprehensive study of Philo's De Vita Mosis that exists in any language. Feldman, well known for his work on Josephus and ancient Judaism, here paves new ground using rabbinic material with philological precision to illuminate important parallels and differences between Philo's writing on Moses and rabbinic literature. One way in which Hellenistic culture marginalized Judaism was by exposing the apparent defects in Moses' life and character. Philo's De Vita Mosis is a counterattack to these charges and is a vital piece of his attempt to reconcile Judaism and Hellenism. Feldman rigorously examines the text and shows how Philo presents a narrative of Moses's life similar to that of a mythical divine and heroic figure, glorifying his birth, education, and virtues. Feldman demonstrates that Philo is careful to explain in a scientific way those portions of the Bible, particularly miracles, that appear incredible to his skeptical Hellenistic readers. Through Feldman's careful analysis, Moses emerges as unique among ancient lawgivers. Philo's Portrayal of Moses in the Context of Ancient Judaism mirrors the organization of Philo's biography of Moses, which is in two books, the first, in the style of Plutarch, proceeding chronologically, and the second, in the style of Suetonius, arranged topically. Following an introductory chapter, Feldman's study discusses the life of Moses chronologically in the second chapter and examines his virtues topically in the third. Feldman compares the particular features of Philo's portrait of Moses with the way in which Moses is viewed both by Jewish sources in antiquity (including Pseudo-Philo; Josephus; Graeco-Jewish historians, poets, and philosophers; and in the Apocrypha, Pseudepigrapha, Samaritan tradition, Dead Sea Scrolls, and rabbinic tradition) and by non-Jewish sources, notably the Greek and Roman writers who mention him.

Jew and Gentile in the Ancient World - Attitudes and Interactions from Alexander to Justinian (Paperback, Revised): Louis H.... Jew and Gentile in the Ancient World - Attitudes and Interactions from Alexander to Justinian (Paperback, Revised)
Louis H. Feldman
R1,600 R1,271 Discovery Miles 12 710 Save R329 (21%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Relations between Jews and non-Jews in the Hellenistic-Roman period were marked by suspicion and hate, maintain most studies of that topic. But if such conjectures are true, asks Louis Feldman, how did Jews succeed in winning so many adherents, whether full-fledged proselytes or "sympathizers" who adopted one or more Jewish practices? Systematically evaluating attitudes toward Jews from the time of Alexander the Great to the fifth century A.D., Feldman finds that Judaism elicited strongly positive and not merely unfavorable responses from the non-Jewish population. Jews were a vigorous presence in the ancient world, and Judaism was strengthened substantially by the development of the Talmud. Although Jews in the Diaspora were deeply Hellenized, those who remained in Israel were able to resist the cultural inroads of Hellenism and even to initiate intellectual counterattacks.

Feldman draws on a wide variety of material, from Philo, Josephus, and other Graeco-Jewish writers through the Apocrypha, the Pseudepigrapha, the Church Councils, Church Fathers, and imperial decrees to Talmudic and Midrashic writings and inscriptions and papyri. What emerges is a rich description of a long era to which conceptions of Jewish history as uninterrupted weakness and suffering do not apply.

Jewish Antiquities, Volume IX - Book 20 (Hardcover): Josephus Jewish Antiquities, Volume IX - Book 20 (Hardcover)
Josephus; Translated by Louis H. Feldman
R535 Discovery Miles 5 350 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Josephus, soldier, statesman, historian, was a Jew born at Jerusalem about 37 CE. A man of high descent, he early became learned in Jewish law and Greek literature and was a Pharisee. After pleading in Rome the cause of some Jewish priests he returned to Jerusalem and in 66 tried to prevent revolt against Rome, managing for the Jews the affairs of Galilee. In the troubles which followed he made his peace with Vespasian. Present at the siege of Jerusalem by Titus, he received favours from these two as emperors and from Domitian and assumed their family name Flavius. He died after 97.

As a historical source Josephus is invaluable. His major works are: "History of the Jewish War," in seven books, from 170 BCE to his own time, first written in Aramaic but translated by himself into the Greek we now have; and "Jewish Antiquities," in twenty books, from the creation of the world to 66 CE. The Loeb Classical Library edition of the works of Josephus also includes the autobiographical "Life" and his treatise "Against Apion,"

Studyguide: Child Development (Paperback): Louis H. Feldman, Cram101 Textbook Reviews Studyguide: Child Development (Paperback)
Louis H. Feldman, Cram101 Textbook Reviews
R811 Discovery Miles 8 110 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Never HIGHLIGHT a Book Again Includes all testable terms, concepts, persons, places, and events. Cram101 Just the FACTS101 studyguides gives all of the outlines, highlights, and quizzes for your textbook with optional online comprehensive practice tests. Only Cram101 is Textbook Specific. Accompanies: 9780131829619. This item is printed on demand.

Josephus' Contra Apionem - Studies in its Character and Context with a Latin Concordance to the Portion Missing in Greek... Josephus' Contra Apionem - Studies in its Character and Context with a Latin Concordance to the Portion Missing in Greek (Hardcover)
Louis H. Feldman, John R Levison
R7,537 Discovery Miles 75 370 Out of stock

This volume offers a state-of-the-art collection of papers on one of the most significant works of Flavius Josephus, by many of the leading scholars in current Josephus research. The collection, which includes a concordance by H. Schreckenberg of the Latin section "Contra Apionem" 2.52-113, forms a standard, indispensable resource for the study of Josephus' writings, of apologetic literature in general, and particularly for the study of "Contra Apionem," one of the most significant apologetic treatises in Antiquity.

Judean Antiquities Books 1-4 - Translation and Commentary (Paperback): Louis H. Feldman Judean Antiquities Books 1-4 - Translation and Commentary (Paperback)
Louis H. Feldman
R2,576 Discovery Miles 25 760 Out of stock

Flavius Josephus is without a doubt the most important witness to ancient Judaism from the close of the biblical period to the aftermath of the destruction of the temple in 70 CE. His four surviving works---"Judean War, "Judean Antiquities, "Life, and "Against Apion---provide the narrative structure for interpreting the other, more fragmentary written sources and physical remains from this period. His descriptions of the Temple, the Judean countryside, Jewish-Roman relations and conflicts, and groups and institutions of ancient Judea have become indispensable for the student of early Judaism, the Classicist, and the reader of the New Testament alike.
The priestly aristocrat Josephus was born in 37 CE and died around the year 100. After fighting against the Romans in the war of 66-74 and surrendering in the earliest phase of the campaign, he moved to Rome where he began a productive literary career. His four surviving works in thirty Greek volumes are widely excerpted for historical purposes, but still not often read in their literary and historical contexts. This project aims to assist every serious reader of Josephus by providing a new literal translation, along with a commentary suggesting literary and historical connections.
Please note that "Judean Antiquities Books 1-4 is also available in hardback, ISBN 90 04 10679 0 (still available)

Philo's Portrayal of Moses in the Context of Ancient Judaism (Hardcover): Louis H. Feldman Philo's Portrayal of Moses in the Context of Ancient Judaism (Hardcover)
Louis H. Feldman
R3,030 Discovery Miles 30 300 Out of stock

"Philo's Portrayal of Moses in the Context of Ancient Judaism "presents the most comprehensive study of Philo's "De Vita Mosis" that exists in any language. Feldman, well known for his work on Josephus and ancient Judaism, here paves new ground using rabbinic material with philological precision to illuminate important parallels and differences between Philo's writing on Moses and rabbinic literature.One way in which Hellenistic culture marginalized Judaism was by exposing the apparent defects in Moses' life and character. Philo's "De vita Mosis" is a counterattack to these charges and is a vital piece of his attempt to reconcile Judaism and Hellenism. Feldman rigorously examines the text and shows how Philo presents an aretalogy similar to that of a mythical divine and heroic figure, by glorifying the birth, education, and virtues of Moses. Feldman demonstrates that Philo is careful to explain in a scientific way those portions of the Bible, particularly miracles, that appear incredible to his skeptical Hellenistic readers. Through Feldman's careful analysis, Moses emerges as unique among ancient lawgivers. "Philo's Portrayal of Moses in the Context of Ancient Judaism "mirrors the organization of Philo's biography of Moses, which is in two books, the first, in the style of Plutarch, proceeding chronologically, and the second, in the style of Suetonius, arranged topically. Feldman's book discusses the life of Moses chronologically and in the third chapter examines his virtues topically. Feldman compares the particular features of Philo's portrait of Moses with the way in which Moses is viewed both by Jewish sources in antiquity (including Pseudo-Philo; Josephus; Graeco-Jewish historians, poets, and philosophers; and in the Apocrypha, Pseudepigrapha, Samaritan tradition, Dead Sea Scrolls, and rabbinic tradition) and by non-Jewish sources, notably the Greek and Roman writers who mention him. "This book is a gold mine of information. In two sections that follow the arrangement of Philo's two treatises on the life of Moses, Feldman expertly sets forth an impressive array of material from Philo, other Jewish sources, and non-Jewish sources. Each section on the life of Moses and on his virtues is clearly and helpfully organized into many subsections, and Feldman discusses each topic with characteristic erudition. This is the first book-length study to focus on these Philonic and other traditions about Moses, and readers from a variety of disciplines will find much here to appreciate." --Ellen Birnbaum, author of" The Place of Judaism in Philo's Thought: Israel, Jews, and Proselytes" "Feldman provides a characteristically thorough, even exhaustive, discussion of Philo's Life of Moses, informed by his unsurpassed knowledge of both Jewish and classical literature. This is a very substantial and welcome contribution to the detailed analysis of the major Jewish philosopher of antiquity." --John J. Collins, Yale Divinity School "This book represents the first full-length treatment of Philo's portrait of Moses in the De vita Moysis. The work is erudite and careful. As is characteristic of Professor Feldman's work as a whole, the strongest quality of this book is it comprehensive nature and encyclopedic learning. It will appeal to a significant number of scholars and students from a wide range of disciplines, including Second Temple Judaism, Rabbinic Judaism, New Testament, and the Early Church." --Gregory E. Sterling, associate professor of theology, University of Notre Dame

Remember Amalek! - Vengeance, Zealotry and Group Destruction in the Bible According to Philo, Pseudo-Philo and Josephus... Remember Amalek! - Vengeance, Zealotry and Group Destruction in the Bible According to Philo, Pseudo-Philo and Josephus (Paperback)
Louis H. Feldman
R545 R504 Discovery Miles 5 040 Save R41 (8%) Out of stock

The divine command to exterminate Amalek--men, women, children, and even animals who have no free will--is what in contemporary terms has been called genocide. Louis Feldman explores how the earliest systematic commentators on the Bible--the Hellenistic Jewish philosopher Philo in his many essays on biblical themes; the mysterious, still unclassified Pseudo-Philo in his "Biblical Antiquities"; the premier Jewish historian and polymath Josephus in his "Jewish Antiquities"; and the Rabbis in the Mishnah, Talmud, and other literature--wrestled with the issues involved in this divine command, especially its provision that an entire people must be eternally punished for the misdeeds of their ancestors.

Feldman contextualizes his study of Amalek by considering how these ancient commentators relate to other cases where God commands the destruction of whole groups of people: the flood, the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, the plague of the first-born Egyptians, and the command to annihilate the Canaanites. He also studies accounts of mass destruction where there was no specific divine commandment--the annihilation of the Hivites because one of them raped Dinah, the annihilation of the nations of Sihon and Og, the complete destruction of the inhabitants of Jericho, and the extermination of the priests of Nob--as well as the challening issue of why God justifies Phinehas's zealotry, which involved transgressing the law to kill a Jew and a non-Jew for their immorality.

All of these biblical passages raise difficult questions and provide no simple answers. Feldman shows us how ancient commentators received and struggled with Amalek and other genocide passages: Psuedo-Philo had the fewest problems and is most insistent on interpreting the divine command literally, while Philo turned to allegory to resolve the tensions these passages raised with the principle that the innocent should not suffer for the sins of the guilty, and Josephus was concerned to counter the impression that Jews hate non-Jews. Feldman's study exposes the deep roots of biblical reception in contemporary political and mo

Studies in Josephus' Rewritten Bible (Paperback): Louis H. Feldman Studies in Josephus' Rewritten Bible (Paperback)
Louis H. Feldman
R790 Discovery Miles 7 900 Out of stock
Josephus and Modern Scholarship (1937-1980) (Hardcover, Reprint 2015): Louis H. Feldman Josephus and Modern Scholarship (1937-1980) (Hardcover, Reprint 2015)
Louis H. Feldman; Edited by Wolfgang Haase
R12,822 Discovery Miles 128 220 Out of stock
Josephus's Interpretation of the Bible (Hardcover, New): Louis H. Feldman Josephus's Interpretation of the Bible (Hardcover, New)
Louis H. Feldman
R2,113 R1,885 Discovery Miles 18 850 Save R228 (11%) Out of stock

Josephus (AD 37-?100), a pro-Roman Jew closely associated with the emperor Titus, is one of the earliest systematic commentators on the Bible, as well as one of the foremost historians of the beginning of the Christian era. Politically, Josephus was pro-Roman, and although he had no sympathy for extreme Jewish nationalism, he was a zealous defender of Jewish religion and culture. This text examines the principles that guided Josephus in his understanding of the Bible, investigating his creative contribution in the writing of biblical accounts. The study evaluates Josephus as a historian and demonstrates the originality and consistency of his work as an author.

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