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Creating Judaism - History, Tradition, Practice (Paperback): Michael L. Satlow Creating Judaism - History, Tradition, Practice (Paperback)
Michael L. Satlow
R831 R688 Discovery Miles 6 880 Save R143 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

How can we define "Judaism," and what are the common threads uniting ancient rabbis, Maimonides, the authors of the Zohar, and modern secular Jews in Israel? Michael L. Satlow offers a fresh perspective on Judaism that recognizes both its similarities and its immense diversity. Presenting snapshots of Judaism from around the globe and throughout history, Satlow explores the links between vastly different communities and their Jewish traditions. He studies the geonim, rabbinical scholars who lived in Iraq from the ninth to twelfth centuries; the intellectual flourishing of Jews in medieval Spain; how the Hasidim of nineteenth-century Eastern Europe confronted modernity; and the post-World War II development of distinct American and Israeli Jewish identities. Satlow pays close attention to how communities define themselves, their relationship to biblical and rabbinic texts, and their ritual practices. His fascinating portraits reveal the amazingly creative ways Jews have adapted over time to social and political challenges and continue to remain a "Jewish family."

How the Bible Became Holy (Hardcover): Michael L. Satlow How the Bible Became Holy (Hardcover)
Michael L. Satlow
R709 R673 Discovery Miles 6 730 Save R36 (5%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In this startling reinterpretation of biblical history, a leading scholar shows how the Bible became the sacred text it is today In this sweeping narrative, Michael Satlow tells the fascinating story of how an ancient collection of obscure Israelite writings became the founding texts of both Judaism and Christianity, considered holy by followers of each faith. Drawing on cutting-edge historical and archeological research, he traces the story of how, when, and why Jews and Christians gradually granted authority to texts that had long lay dormant in a dusty temple archive. The Bible, Satlow maintains, was not the consecrated book it is now until quite late in its history. He describes how elite scribes in the eighth and seventh centuries B.C.E. began the process that led to the creation of several of our biblical texts. It was not until these were translated into Greek in Egypt in the second century B.C.E., however, that some Jews began to see them as culturally authoritative, comparable to Homer's works in contemporary Greek society. Then, in the first century B.C.E. in Israel, political machinations resulted in the Sadducees assigning legal power to the writings. We see how the world Jesus was born into was largely biblically illiterate and how he knew very little about the texts upon which his apostles would base his spiritual leadership. Synthesizing an enormous body of scholarly work, Satlow's groundbreaking study offers provocative new assertions about commonly accepted interpretations of biblical history as well as a unique window into how two of the world's great faiths came into being.

Judaism and the Economy - A Sourcebook (Paperback): Michael L. Satlow Judaism and the Economy - A Sourcebook (Paperback)
Michael L. Satlow
R892 Discovery Miles 8 920 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Judaism and the Economy is an edited collection of sixty-nine Jewish texts relating to economic issues such as wealth, poverty, inequality, charity, and the charging of interest. The passages cover the period from antiquity to the present, and represent many different genres. Primarily fresh translations, from their original languages, many appear here in English for the first time. Each is prefaced by an introduction and the volume as a whole is introduced by a synthetic essay. These texts, read together and in different combinations, provide a new lens for thinking about the economy and make the case that religion and religious values have a place in our own economic thinking. Judaism and the Economy is a useful new resource for educators, students, and clergy alike.

Jewish Marriage in Antiquity (Hardcover): Michael L. Satlow Jewish Marriage in Antiquity (Hardcover)
Michael L. Satlow
R2,808 R2,072 Discovery Miles 20 720 Save R736 (26%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Marriage today might be a highly contested topic, but certainly no more than it was in antiquity. Ancient Jews, like their non-Jewish neighbors, grappled with what have become perennial issues of marriage, from its idealistic definitions to its many practical forms to questions of who should or should not wed. In this book, Michael Satlow offers the first in-depth synthetic study of Jewish marriage in antiquity, from ca. 500 B.C.E. to 614 C.E. Placing Jewish marriage in its cultural milieu, Satlow investigates whether there was anything essentially "Jewish" about the institution as it was discussed and practiced. Moreover, he considers the social and economic aspects of marriage as both a personal relationship and a religious bond, and explores how the Jews of antiquity negotiated the gap between marital realities and their ideals.

Focusing on the various experiences of Jews throughout the Mediterranean basin and in Babylonia, Satlow argues that different communities, even rabbinic ones, constructed their own "Jewish" marriage: they read their received traditions and rituals through the lens of a basic understanding of marriage that they shared with their non-Jewish neighbors. He also maintains that Jews idealized marriage in a way that responded to the ideals of their respective societies, mediating between such values as honor and the far messier realities of marital life. Employing Jewish and non-Jewish literary texts, papyri, inscriptions, and material artifacts, Satlow paints a vibrant portrait of ancient Judaism while sharpening and clarifying present discussions on modern marriage for Jews and non-Jews alike.

Judaism and the Economy - A Sourcebook (Hardcover): Michael L. Satlow Judaism and the Economy - A Sourcebook (Hardcover)
Michael L. Satlow
R3,083 Discovery Miles 30 830 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Judaism and the Economy is an edited collection of sixty-nine Jewish texts relating to economic issues such as wealth, poverty, inequality, charity, and the charging of interest. The passages cover the period from antiquity to the present, and represent many different genres. Primarily fresh translations, from their original languages, many appear here in English for the first time. Each is prefaced by an introduction and the volume as a whole is introduced by a synthetic essay. These texts, read together and in different combinations, provide a new lens for thinking about the economy and make the case that religion and religious values have a place in our own economic thinking. Judaism and the Economy is a useful new resource for educators, students, and clergy alike.

How the Bible Became Holy (Paperback): Michael L. Satlow How the Bible Became Holy (Paperback)
Michael L. Satlow
R667 Discovery Miles 6 670 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In this startling reinterpretation of biblical history, a leading scholar shows how the Bible became the sacred text it is today In this sweeping narrative, Michael Satlow tells the fascinating story of how an ancient collection of obscure Israelite writings became the founding texts of both Judaism and Christianity, considered holy by followers of each faith. Drawing on cutting-edge historical and archeological research, he traces the story of how, when, and why Jews and Christians gradually granted authority to texts that had long lay dormant in a dusty temple archive. The Bible, Satlow maintains, was not the consecrated book it is now until quite late in its history. He describes how elite scribes in the eighth and seventh centuries B.C.E. began the process that led to the creation of several of our biblical texts. It was not until these were translated into Greek in Egypt in the second century B.C.E., however, that some Jews began to see them as culturally authoritative, comparable to Homer's works in contemporary Greek society. Then, in the first century B.C.E. in Israel, political machinations resulted in the Sadducees assigning legal power to the writings. We see how the world Jesus was born into was largely biblically illiterate and how he knew very little about the texts upon which his apostles would base his spiritual leadership. Synthesizing an enormous body of scholarly work, Satlow's groundbreaking study offers provocative new assertions about commonly accepted interpretations of biblical history as well as a unique window into how two of the world's great faiths came into being.

The Gift in Antiquity (Hardcover): Michael L. Satlow The Gift in Antiquity (Hardcover)
Michael L. Satlow
R2,598 R2,400 Discovery Miles 24 000 Save R198 (8%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

"The Gift in Antiquity" presents a collection of 14 original essays that apply French sociologist Marcel Mauss's notion of gift-giving to the study of antiquity.- Features a collection of original essays that cover such wide-ranging topics as vows in the Hebrew Bible; ancient Greek wedding gifts; Hellenistic civic practices; Latin literature; Roman and Jewish burial practices; and Jewish and Christian religious gifts - Organizes essays around theoretical concerns rather than chronologically - Generates unique insights into gift-giving and reciprocity in antiquity - Takes an explicitly cross-cultural approach to the study of ancient history

Religion and the Self in Antiquity (Paperback): David Brakke, Michael L. Satlow, Steven P. Weitzman Religion and the Self in Antiquity (Paperback)
David Brakke, Michael L. Satlow, Steven P. Weitzman
R695 Discovery Miles 6 950 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Many recent studies have argued that the self is a modern invention, a concept developed in the last three centuries. Religion and the Self in Antiquity challenges that idea by presenting a series of studies that explore the origins, formation, and limits of the self within the religions of the ancient Mediterranean world. Drawing on recent work on the body, gender, sexuality, the anthropology of the senses, and power, contributors make a strong case that the history of the self does indeed begin in antiquity, developing as Western religion itself developed.

Strength to Strength - Essays in Honor of Shaye J. D. Cohen (Hardcover): Michael L. Satlow Strength to Strength - Essays in Honor of Shaye J. D. Cohen (Hardcover)
Michael L. Satlow
R2,149 Discovery Miles 21 490 Out of stock
Strength to Strength - Essays in Honor of Shaye J. D. Cohen (Paperback): Michael L. Satlow Strength to Strength - Essays in Honor of Shaye J. D. Cohen (Paperback)
Michael L. Satlow
R1,728 Discovery Miles 17 280 Out of stock
Tasting the Dish - Rabbinic Rhetorics of Sexuality (Paperback): Michael L. Satlow Tasting the Dish - Rabbinic Rhetorics of Sexuality (Paperback)
Michael L. Satlow
R971 Discovery Miles 9 710 Out of stock
Creating Judaism - History, Tradition, Practice (Hardcover): Michael L. Satlow Creating Judaism - History, Tradition, Practice (Hardcover)
Michael L. Satlow
R2,212 R1,921 Discovery Miles 19 210 Save R291 (13%) Out of stock

How can we define "Judaism," and what are the common threads uniting ancient rabbis, Maimonides, the authors of the Zohar, and modern secular Jews in Israel? Michael L. Satlow offers a fresh perspective on Judaism that recognizes both its similarities and its immense diversity. Presenting snapshots of Judaism from around the globe and throughout history, Satlow explores the links between vastly different communities and their Jewish traditions. He studies the geonim, rabbinical scholars who lived in Iraq from the ninth to twelfth centuries; the intellectual flourishing of Jews in medieval Spain; how the Hasidim of nineteenth-century Eastern Europe confronted modernity; and the post-World War II development of distinct American and Israeli Jewish identities. Satlow pays close attention to how communities define themselves, their relationship to biblical and rabbinic texts, and their ritual practices. His fascinating portraits reveal the amazingly creative ways Jews have adapted over time to social and political challenges and continue to remain a "Jewish family."

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