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- Oxford University Press 1997; US$ 124.99
This work addresses the the genesis of halakhic (legal) divergence between the Talmuds produced by the Palestinian rabbinic community (c. AD 370) and the Babylonian rabbinic community (c. AD 650). It analyzes selected divergences between parallel passages of the two Talmuds. more...
- Oxford University Press 2001; US$ 134.99
Comprising over a thousand pages of densely written Aramaic, the compilation of texts known as the Zohar represents the collective wisdom of various strands of Jewish mysticism up to the thirteenth century. In this book, Pinchas Giller examines certain sections of the Zohar, and the ways in which the doctrines of kabbalah took shape around them. more...
- Oxford University Press 1998; US$ 49.99
This work explores how each successive phase of Jewish literature has drawn upon and reimagined the previous ones. Arguing that there is a continuity in Jewish literature which extends from the biblical era to our own times, this serves as a guide to the history of that literature and its genres. more...
- Oxford University Press 2006; US$ 7.99
Showcases the relationship between Kabbalah and Christianity on the one hand and New Age religion on the other. This work provides historical background, ranging from the mystical groups that flourished in ancient Judaism in the East, to the use of kabbalistic ideas in the influential modern Jewish religious movement, Hasidism. more...
- Oxford University Press 2004; US$ 69.99
The existence of ascetic elements within rabbinic Judaism have been either overlooked or denied. Showing that rabbinic asceticism do exist, this book also notes that this asceticism dovetails with the rabbinic theology of sin and punishment, which encourages delaying gratification in this world in the hopes of a greater reward in the next. more...
- Infobase Publishing 2005; US$ 75.00
Since the demise of the Israelite religion, Jewish people have spread around the world, adapted to their host cultures, and produced cultural variances within Judaism. In doing so, they have experienced prosperity and tragedy, all of which is reflected in this comprehensive reference, along with biographical data on notable Jewish individuals. In a... more...
Inner-Midrashic Introductions and Their Influence on Introductions to Medieval Rabbinic Bible CommentariesDe Gruyter 2009; US$ 119.00
The opening sections of some Midrashim deal with the same type of material that is found in the introductions to medieval rabbinic Bible commentaries. These are designated as ?Inner-Midrashic Introductions? (IMIs). Further analysis of Bible commentary introductions reveals a high degree of continuity between them and the IMIs, including the... more...
- Oxford University Press, USA 1990; US$ 124.99
This critical study traces the development of the literary forms and conventions of the Babylonian Talmud, or Bavli, analyzing those forms as expressions of emergent rabbinic ideology. The Bavli, which evolved between the third and sixth centuries in Sasanian Iran (Babylonia), is the most comprehensive of all documents produced by rabbinic Jews in... more...
- Oxford University Press, USA 1996; US$ 109.99
Traditionally, the Talmud was read as law, that is, as the authoritative source for Jewish practice and obligations. To this end, it was studied at the level of its most minute details, with readers often ignoring the composite whole and attending only to final decisions. Methods of reading have shifted as more readers and students have turned to the... more...
- BRILL 2007; US$ 108.00
"Deviancy in Early Rabbinic Literature" deals with the status of those groups and individuals who, for various reasons, appear to have no place in mainstream Rabbinic Jewish society, or may be perceived by that society as posing a threat to its norms and to its very existence. The book examines the thoughts and attitudes of the Rabbis set... more...