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Sacred Writings

  • Bewildermentsby Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2015; US$ 28.95

    The newest book in Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg?s award-winning series of commentaries on the hebrew bible.   The book of Numbers is the narrative of a great failure. What should have been for the Israelites a brief journey from Mount Sinai to the Holy Land becomes a forty-year death march. Both before and after the devastating report of the Spies, the... 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...

  • The Early Prophets: Joshua, Judges, Samuel, and Kingsby Everett Dr Fox

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2014; US$ 50.00

    The story of ancient Israel, from the arrival in Canaan to the destruction of the Kingdom of Judah and the Babylonian exile some six centuries later, here is the highly anticipated second volume in Everett Fox?s landmark translation of the Hebrew Bible. The personalities who appear in the pages of The Early Prophets, and the political and moral... 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

    JPS 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...