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  • Biblical Narrative and the Formation of Rabbinic Lawby Jane L. Kanarek

    Cambridge University Press 2014; US$ 72.00

    This book presents a new framework for understanding the relationship between biblical narrative and rabbinic law. more...

  • Judaismby Norman Solomon

    Oxford University Press 2014; US$ 7.99

    Normon Solomon's succinct book is an ideal introduction to Judaism as a religion and way of life. Demonstrating the diverse nature and ethnic origin of those with the Jewish faith, Solomon explores how the Jewish religion has developed in the 2,000 years since the days of the Bible. This Very Short Introduction starts by outlining the basics of... more...

  • Scholastic Magicby Michael D. Swartz

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 34.95

    In exploring the social background of early Jewish mysticism, Scholastic Magic tells the story of how imagination and magic were made to serve memory and scholasticism. In the visionary literature that circulated between the fifth and ninth centuries, there are strange tales of ancient rabbis conjuring the angel known as Sar-Torah , the "Prince... more...

  • Keterby Arthur Green

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 30.00

    Keter is a close reading of fifty relatively brief Jewish texts, tracing the motif of divine coronation from Jewish esoteric writings of late antiquity to the Zohar, written in thirteenth-century Spain. In the course of this investigation Arthur Green draws a wide arc including Talmudic, Midrashic, liturgical, Merkavah, German Hasidic, and Kabbalistic... more...

  • The Jewish Alchemistsby Raphael Patai

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 79.00

    In this monumental work, Raphael Patai opens up an entirely new field of cultural history by tracing Jewish alchemy from antiquity to the nineteenth century. Until now there has been little attention given to the significant role that Jews played in the field of alchemy. Here, drawing on an enormous range of previously unexplored sources, Patai reveals... more...

  • Jewish Self-Government in Medieval Egyptby Mark R. Cohen

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 51.00

    Under three successive Islamic dynasties--the Fatimids, the Ayyubids, and the Mamluks--the Egyptian Office of the Head of the Jews (also known as the Nagid) became the most powerful representative of medieval Jewish autonomy in the Islamic world. To determine the origins of this institution, Mark Cohen concentrates on the complex web of internal and... more...

  • Sexual Abuse, Shonda and Concealment in Orthodox Jewish Communitiesby Michael Lesher

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2014; US$ 45.00

    This book--the first of its kind--analyzes how and why cases of child sexual abuse have been systematically concealed in Orthodox Jewish communities. The book examines many such cover-ups in detail, showing how denial, backlash against victims, and the manipulation of the secular justice system have placed Orthodox Jewish community leaders in the position... more...

  • On the Wings of Shekhinahby Leah Novick

    Quest Books 2014; US$ 17.95

    One effect of rising interest in the Kabbalah is a renewed focus on the Shekhinah, Judaism's divine feminine principle. Written with warmth and clarity, On the Wings of Shekhinah interweaves historical views of this concept with thoughtful quotes and guided meditations. Rabbi Leah Novick offers healing strategies for both Jews and non-Jews disaffected... more...

  • That Pride of Race and Characterby Caroline E. Light

    NYU Press 2014; US$ 67.50

    "It has ever been the boast of the Jewish people, that they support their own poor," declared Kentucky attorney Benjamin Franklin Jonas in 1856. "Their reasons are partly founded in religious necessity, and partly in that pride of race and character which has supported them through so many ages of trial and vicissitude." In That... more...

  • The Quest for Jewish Belief and Identity in the Graphic Novelby Stephen E. Tabachnick

    University of Alabama Press 2014; US$ 39.95

    Many Jewish artists and writers contributed to the creation of popular comics and graphic novels, and in The Quest for Jewish Belief and Identity in the Graphic Novel , Stephen E. Tabachnick takes readers on an engaging tour of graphic novels that explore themes of Jewish identity and belief. The creators of Superman (Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster),... more...