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Sacred Writings

  • Maimonides and the Book That Changed Judaismby Micah Goodman; Yedidya Sinclair

    The Jewish Publication Society 2015; US$ 34.95

    A publishing sensation long at the top of the best-seller lists in Israel, the original Hebrew edition of Maimonides and the Book That Changed Judaism has been called the most successful book ever published in Israel on the preeminent medieval Jewish thinker Moses Maimonides. The works of Maimonides, particularly The Guide for the Perplexed , are... more...

  • The Nowhere Bibleby Frauke Uhlenbruch

    De Gruyter 2015; US$ 140.00

    Can we locate the Bible or is it too strange to be found? This volume explores a biblical text as utopia - a ?no-place?. Case studies focus on a biblical passage about a place with the singular capacity to reflect the fears and hopes of those who encounter it: Believers hope to find a promised land in reality; scholars hope to find a place on a map;... more...

  • The Metaphorical Use of Language in Deuterocanonical and Cognate Literatureby Markus Witte; Sven Behnke

    De Gruyter 2015; US$ 168.00

    Metaphors are a vital linguistic component of religious speech and serve as a cultural indicator of how groups understand themselves and the world. The essays compiled in this volume analyze the use, function, and structure of metaphors in Jewish writings from the Hellenistic-Roman period (including the works of Philo and the texts of... more...

  • Scripture and Interpretationby Ariel Feldman; Liora Goldman; Devorah Dimant

    De Gruyter 2014; US$ 140.00

    Some of the Dead Sea Scrolls are texts which rewrite the Hebrew Bible. They differ from the literary products of the Qumran ascetic community by missing the sectarian particular style and terminology. These rewritten Bible texts may therefore shed light on the origins and sources of this community. Most of the scholarly attention has... more...

  • Maimonides and the Shaping of the Jewish Canonby James A. Diamond

    Cambridge University Press 2014; US$ 79.00

    Examines a wide range of theologians, philosophers, and exegetes who share a passionate engagement with Maimonides. more...

  • Gesellschaft und Religion in der spätbiblischen und deuterokanonischen Literaturby Friedrich V. Reiterer; Renate Egger-Wenzel; Thomas R. Elßner

    De Gruyter 2014; US$ 140.00

    The essays in this compendium examine Late-Biblical writings dating from the Hellenistic period that relate to religion and society. A focus is placed on threat scenarios and on the drawing of differences to the Hellenistic environment and the question of identity for believers during the pre-Christian centuries. more...

  • Von Priestern zum Patriarchenby Harald Samuel

    De Gruyter 2014; US$ 182.00

    Defining the relationship between Priests and Levites is a critical element in reconstructing the history of religious leadership in the Old Testament, and is regarded as a key element for understanding the literary history of the Hebrew Bible. The present study undertakes a critical literary comparison of the relevant passages from the... more...

  • Lament in Jewish Thoughtby Ilit Ferber; Paula Schwebel

    De Gruyter 2014; US$ 140.00

    This collection features essays by leading scholars on the philosophical, theological, poetic and cultural aspects of lament, touching on the textual traditions of lament in Judaism, from Biblical, rabbinic and medieval iterations to contemporary Yemenite oral lamentations. The volume also includes four texts on lament by Gershom Scholem,... more...

  • The Jewish Study Bibleby Adele Berlin; Marc Zvi Brettler

    Oxford University Press 2014; US$ 33.99

    First published in 2004, The Jewish Study Bible is a landmark, one-volume resource tailored especially for the needs of students of the Hebrew Bible. It has won acclaim from readers in all religious traditions. The Jewish Study Bible combines the entire Hebrew Bible--in the celebrated Jewish Publication Society TANAKH Translation--with explanatory... more...

  • The Lost Matriarchby Jerry Rabow

    The Jewish Publication Society 2014; US$ 22.95

    The Lost Matriarch offers a unique response to the sparse and puzzling biblical treatment of the matriarch Leah. Although Leah is a major figure in the book of Genesis, the biblical text allows her only a single word of physical description and two lines of direct dialogue. The Bible tells us little about the effects of her lifelong struggles in... more...