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  • The Essential Talmudby Adin Steinsaltz

    Basic Books 2009; US$ 17.95

    This expanded version of the classic text on Jewish theology--by the scholar Newsweek called "a genius of the highest order"--demonstrates the contemporary relevance of this proud legacy of the Jewish people more...

  • Uniting the Dual Torahby Jacob Neusner

    Cambridge University Press 1990; US$ 82.00

    In this book Jacob Neusner analyzes the text of Sifra, a commentary on the book of Leviticus, arguing that Sifra should be understood as successfully relating the Mishnah, the authoritative writing down of the Oral Torah, to Jewish Scripture, or the written Torah. Neusner shows how Sifra's authors adopted a mediating position between the written Torah... more...

  • The Sabbathby Abraham Joshua Heschel; Ilya Schor

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2005; US$ 14.99

    Elegant, passionate, and filled with the love of God's creation, Abraham Joshua Heschel's The Sabbath has been hailed as a classic of Jewish spirituality ever since its original publication--and has been read by thousands of people seeking meaning in modern life. In this brief yet profound meditation on the meaning of the Seventh Day, Heschel, one... more...

  • The Talmudby Norman Solomon

    Penguin Books Ltd 2009; Not Available

    The Talmud is one of the most significant religious texts in the world, second only to the Bible in its importance to Judaism. As the Bible is the word of God, The Talmud applies that word to the lives of its followers. In a range of styles including commentary, parables, proverbs and anecdotes, it provides guidance on all aspects of everyday... more...

  • Rabbi Davidby Jacob Neusner

    University Press of America 2012; US$ 32.99

    Rabbinic documents about David, progenitor of the Messiah, relay the scriptural narrative of David the king. But, he is also transformed into a sage by Rabbinic writings of late antiquity: the Mishnah, the Yerushalmi, and the Bavli. Consequently, the Rabbis? Messiah becomes a rabbi. Neusner explores this transformation in depth. more...

  • The Documentary History of Judaism and Its Recent Interpretersby Jacob Neusner

    University Press of America 2012; US$ 38.99

    Neuser has collected some of the more ambitious ventures into the documentary hypothesis of the Rabbinic canon and its current recapitulations. Neusner begins with the article written by Professor William Scott Free for Encyclopaedia Judaica second edition, as Green places the documentary hypothesis into the context of Neusner's entire oeuvre. more...

  • First Steps in the Talmudby Jacob Neusner

    University Press of America 2012; US$ 35.99

    This study of the inclusion of biographical narratives examines sage-stories, anecdotes about the life and deeds of Rabbinic sages, in components of the unfolding canon of Rabbinic Judaism during the formative age. These documents, from the first six centuries C.E., are exclusive of the two Talmuds. more...

  • Chapters in the Formative History of Judaismby Jacob Neusner

    University Press of America 2010; US$ 29.99

    This collection of eight essays draws on a half-year of work, the second six months of 2009. Neusner takes up three problems in the history of Religions, four essays on fundamental issues in form-history and the documentary hypothesis of the Rabbinic canon, and one theological essay. more...

  • Lost Documents of Rabbinic Judaismby Jacob Neusner

    University Press of America 2010; US$ 35.99

    Neusner assembles anomalous compositions that occur in the Mishnah, Tosefta, four Tannaite Midrashim, and Genesis Rabbah, and he further tests the uniformity of the forms that govern in a familiar chapter of the Bavli, showing that some documents do not conform to the indicative rules of rhetoric, topic, and logic. more...

  • The Rabbis and the Prophetsby Jacob Neusner

    University Press of America 2010; US$ 34.99

    This book shows how the Rabbis of late antiquity took over writings from what they recognized as ancient times and of divine origin and they re-presented selections of those writings in accord with their own project_s requirements, glossing clauses of the prophetic Scriptures but not whole, propositional discourses. more...