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Sources of Jewish religion. Rabbinical literature

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  • As Light Before Dawnby Eitan Fishbane

    Stanford University Press 2009; US$ 46.00

    This book explores a prominent medieval kabbalist's approach to prayer, meditative contemplation, and the transmission of mystical wisdom. more...

  • Tradition vs. Traditionalismby Avi Sagi; Stein Batya

    Editions Rodopi 2008; US$ 64.40

    This book is a first attempt to examine the thought of key contemporary Jewish thinkers on the meaning of tradition in the context of two models. The classic model assumes that tradition reflects lack of dynamism and reflectiveness, and the present’s unqualified submission to the past. This view, however, is an image that the modernist ethos has... more...

  • Past Renewalsby Hindy Najman

    BRILL 2010; US$ 154.00

    Through close readings of texts such as Ezra-Nehemiah. Philo of Alexandria, and 4Ezra, Hindy Najman develops the idea of a discourse tied to a founder, illuminating the nexus between revelation, interpretive authority, and the quest for perfection in ancient Judaism. more...

  • A River Flows from Edenby Melila Hellner-Eshed; Nathan Wolski

    Stanford University Press 2009; US$ 29.95

    This book inquires into the wondrous and complex world of mystical experience in the Zohar, the jewel in the crown of Jewish mystical literature. more...

  • The Return of the Repressedby Rachel Adelman

    BRILL 2009; US$ 179.00

    Drawing on the shared mythic narratives of the Pseudepigrapha, Pirqe de-Rabbi Eliezer is understood as a revolutionary midrashic text, both in form and content, taking motifs from cosmogony and recapitulating them in a vision of the End of Days. more...

  • Kabbalah and Modernityby Boaz Huss; Marco Pasi; Kocku von Stuckrad

    BRILL 2010; US$ 185.00

    This volume brings together leading representatives of the recent debate about the persistence of kabbalah in the modern world. It breaks new ground for a better understanding of the role of kabbalah in modern religious, intellectual, and political discourse. more...

  • The Point in the Heartby Michael Laitman

    Bnei Baruch, Laitman Kabbalah 2010; US$ 9.99

    The Point in the Heart offers heartwarming yet thought provoking excerpts from Dr. Michael Laitman, whose wisdom has earned him devoted students worldwide. A scientist and a Kabbalist, Laitman presents ancient wisdom in a compelling style. His popular site, www.kabbalah.info, offers valid answers to life?s most troubling questions. more...

  • The Rhetoric of the Babylonian Talmud, Its Social Meaning and Contextby Jack N. Lightstone

    Wilfrid Laurier University Press 2006; US$ 42.95

    Virtually from its redaction about the sixth century A.D., the Babylonian Talmud became the rabbinic document par excellence. Through its lens almost all previous canonical rabbinic tradition was refracted. Study and mastery of the Talmud marked one as a rabbi, a "master." This book examines the character, use and social meaning of the formalized... more...

  • Mishnah and the Social Formation of the Early Rabbinic Guildby Jack N. Lightstone; Vernon K. Robbins

    Wilfrid Laurier University Press 2006; US$ 42.95

    Where do the origins of the rabbinic movement lie, and how might evidence from the early rabbinic literature be made to reveal those origins? In order to shed light on the early social formation of the rabbinic guild of masters, Lightstone brings the theoretical and methodological insights of socio-rhetorical analysis to examine Mishnah, the... more...

  • Shamanic Trance in Modern Kabbalahby Jonathan Garb

    University of Chicago Press 2011; US$ 40.00

    Bringing to light a hidden chapter in the history of modern Judaism, Shamanic Trance in Modern Kabbalah explores the shamanic dimensions of Jewish mysticism. Jonathan Garb integrates methods and models from the social sciences, comparative religion, and Jewish studies to offer a fresh view of the early modern kabbalists and their social and psychological... more...