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  • The Scandal of Kabbalahby Yaacob Dweck

    Princeton University Press 2011; US$ 26.95 US$ 24.52

    The Scandal of Kabbalah is the first book about the origins of a culture war that began in early modern Europe and continues to this day: the debate between kabbalists and their critics on the nature of Judaism and the meaning of religious tradition. From its medieval beginnings as an esoteric form of Jewish mysticism, Kabbalah spread throughout... more...

  • The Making of the Modern Jewish Bibleby Alan T. Levenson

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2011; US$ 26.50

    The Making of the Modern Jewish Bible explains how Jewish translators, commentators, and scholars made the Bible a keystone of Jewish life in Germany, Israel and America. In each site, a particular need- religion, nationalism, ethnicity- drove the enterprise of Bible study as scholars wrestled with the demands of the non-Jewish environment and their... more...

  • The Story of the Scrollsby Geza Vermes

    Penguin Books Ltd 2010; US$ 14.09

    The discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls in Qumran, Palestine, in 1947 was one of the greatest archaeological finds of all time. Written in Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek, and hidden in caves by an ancient Jewish sect, these mysterious manuscripts revolutionized our understanding of the Bible, of Judaism and the early Christian world. Geza Vermes is the... more...

  • The Essential Zoharby Rav P.S. Berg

    Potter/TenSpeed/Harmony 2011; US$ 14.95

    For thousands of years, no book has been more shrouded in mystery than the Zohar, yet no book offers us greater wisdom. The central text of Kabbalah, the Zohar is a commentary on the Bible’s narratives, laws, and genealogies and a map of the spiritual landscape. In The Essential Zohar , the eminent kabbalist Rav P. S. Berg decodes its teachings on... more...

  • Reading Jewish Religious Textsby Eliezer Segal

    Taylor and Francis 2012; US$ 44.95

    Reading Jewish Religious Texts introduces students to a range of significant post-biblical Jewish writing. It covers diverse genres such as prayer and liturgical poetry, biblical interpretation, religious law, philosophy, mysticism and works of ethical instruction. Each text is newly translated into English and accompanied by a detailed explanation... more...

  • Halakhah in the Makingby Aharon Shemesh

    University of California Press 2009; US$ 85.00

    Halakhah in the Making offers the first comprehensive study of the legal material found in the Dead Sea Scrolls and its significance in the greater history of Jewish religious law ( halakhah ). Aharon Shemesh's pioneering study revives an issue long dormant in religious scholarship: namely, the relationship between rabbinic law, as written more than... more...

  • Sinning in the Hebrew Bibleby Alan F Segal

    Columbia University Press 2012; US$ 31.99

    Stories of rape, murder, adultery, and conquest raise crucial ethical issues in the Hebrew Bible, and their interpretation guides many societies in forming their religious and moral convictions. From the sacrifice of Isaac to the adultery of David, narratives of sin engender vivid analysis and debate, powering the myths that form the basis of the... more...

  • Parables and Fables As Distinctive Jewish Literary Genresby Mishael M. Caspi; John T. Greene

    The Edwin Mellen Press 2011; US$ 169.95

    A book that concerns itself with the historical development of the fable or parable as a way of communicating knowledge and truth, in both Judaism and Christianity. more...

  • Sacred Fireby Kalonymus Kalmish Shapira; Hershy J. Worch

    Jason Aronson, Inc. 2002; US$ 48.99

    Sacred Fire: Torah from the Years of Fury (1939-1942) consists of commentaries on each weekly Torah portion. It also includes a number of lengthy sermons delivered on the major Jewish Festivals as well as a few discourses alluding to people loved and lost. Because writing is not permitted on the Sabbath, these "words of Torah" were transcribed from... more...

  • Ein Yaakovby Rabbi Yaakov ibn Chaviv; Avraham Yaakov Finkel

    Jason Aronson, Inc. 1999; US$ 123.50

    This is the only complete English translation of the classic Jewish text known as Ein Yaakov . Ein Yaakov is a collection of all the agaddah (the non-legal) material of the Talmud, compiled by Rabbi Yaakov ibn Chaviv, the fifteenth century talmudist. Scattered among the more than 2,700 pages of the Talmud, aggadah focuses on the ethical and inspirational... more...