Category: Judaism

  • Download E-books Demonic Desires: "Yetzer Hara" and the Problem of Evil in Late Antiquity (Divinations: Rereading Late Ancient Religion) PDF

    By Ishay Rosen-Zvi

    In Demonic Desires, Ishay Rosen-Zvi examines the idea that of yetzer hara, or evil inclination, and its evolution in biblical and rabbinic literature. opposite to present scholarship, which reads the time period below the rubric of damaging sexual hope, Rosen-Zvi contends that during overdue antiquity the yetzer represents a normal tendency towards evil. instead of the reduce physically a part of a human, the rabbinic yetzer is a depraved, subtle inciter, trying to snare people to sin. The rabbinic yetzer may still hence no longer be learn within the culture of the Hellenistic quest for regulate over the decrease elements of the psyche, writes Rosen-Zvi, yet fairly within the culture of old Jewish and Christian demonology.

    Rosen-Zvi conducts a scientific and entire research of the a few 100 and fifty appearances of the evil yetzer in classical rabbinic literature to discover the biblical and postbiblical look for the resources of human sinfulness. by means of analyzing the yetzer inside a selected demonological culture, Demonic Desires locations the yetzer discourse within the better context of a movement towards psychologization in past due antiquity, within which evil—and even demons—became internalized in the human psyche. The booklet discusses a number of manifestations of this circulate in patristic and monastic fabric, from Clement and foundation to Antony, Athanasius, and Evagrius. It concludes with a attention of the wider implications of the yetzer discourse in rabbinic anthropology.

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  • Download E-books Reviewing the Covenant: Eugene B. Borowitz and the Postmodern Revival of Jewish Theology (S U N Y Series in Jewish Philosophy) PDF

    By Peter Ochs

    In Reviewing the Covenant, six Jewish philosophers--and one Christian colleague--respond to the paintings of the popular Jewish theologian Eugene B. Borowitz, one of many best figures within the stream of "postmodern" Jewish philosophy and theology. The identify remembers Borowitz's past booklet, Renewing the Covenant: A Theology for the Postmodern Jew, during which he lent this circulation a theological schedule, and the essays during this publication reply to Borowitz's name: to revitalize modern Judaism by means of renewing the covenant that binds smooth Jews to re-live and re-interpret the traditions of Judaism's prior.

    Together with the introductory and responsive essays by way of Peter Ochs and Borowitz himself, the essays provide a group of debate, an try to reason-out how Jewish religion is feasible after the Holocaust and the way cause itself is feasible after the issues of the good "-isms" of the fashionable global. This discussion is performed less than the banner of "postmodern Judaism," a frightening time period that via the tip of the ebook gets a shockingly direct that means, specifically, the situation of disillusionment and loss out of which Jews can and needs to discover a 3rd means out of the trendy deadlock among smug rationalism and conceited faith. Representing an immense highbrow reaction to the top theologian of liberal Judaism, the e-book offers an important indication of destiny instructions in Jewish non secular thought.

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  • Download E-books Settings of Silver: An Introduction to Judaism PDF

    By Stephen M. Wylen

    Initially released in 1989, this entire survey of Judaism has develop into a favored textual content in universities, non secular schools and seminaries, and grownup schooling sessions. Now, its writer, Stephen Wylen, plays a real carrier via updating his severely acclaimed textual content for the twenty first century. Settings of Silver, moment variation, displays the adjustments within the political constitution of japanese Europe and different contemporary occasions, whereas holding its accessibility, easy-to-understand language, and compactness.

    In 4 sections, the writer covers the heritage of Judaism. part One contains simple ideals, what it ability to be a Jew, the position of Torah, and the Jewish view of God. part covers religion, practices and customs, together with holydays, marriage and family members legislation and formality, nutritional legislation, and ideology surrounding loss of life and the afterlife. part 3 is a background of Judaism, from its foundations to the early a part of the 20 th century, with a glance to mysticism, literature, philosophy and lifestyle within the Jewish neighborhood. In part 4 the writer maintains the historical past of Judaism as much as the current day, together with the Holocaust, the kingdom of Israel, the results of modernism on Judaism, and the way forward for Judaism.

    Engaging, well timed, and applicable for people of all spiritual backgrounds, this enduring paintings belongs within the library of a person (Jews integrated) who desires to comprehend Judaism and the Jewish people.

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  • Download E-books Jewish Messianism and the History of Philosophy PDF

    By Martin Kavka

    Martin Kavka demanding situations the traditional competition among Athens and Jerusalem through retrieving the idea that of meontology (the doctrine of nonbeing) in a single strand of the Jewish philosophical and theological culture. Kavka's examine additionally deals new interpretations of vital members to modern Continental philosophy. They critique arguments concerning the position of lived faith within the considered Jacques Derrida, the position of Greek philosophy within the considered Emmanuel Levinas, and the moral significance of the idea of Franz Rosenzweig.
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  • Download E-books Judaism and Hellenism: Studies in their Encounter in Palestine during the Early Hellenistic Period PDF

    By Martin Hengel

    Judaism and Hellenism is a accomplished research of the effect of Hellenism on Judaism within the intertestamental interval through Martin Hengel, overdue professor of recent testomony Theology and Early Judaism on the college of Tubingen. Judaism and Hellenism is extremely credible by way of its quantity of fabric and exhaustive survey of the Hellenistic civilization regarding the improvement of moment temple Judaism. Hengel's thesis is that every one Judaism from in regards to the mid-third century B.C.E. has to be considered as Hellenistic within the strict feel in mild of the pervasive Hellenistic effect over either the Hellenized and the anti-Hellenization teams within the Diaspora and within the Palestine, throughout the Hellenistic political, societal, cultural, and financial structures. Hengel warned the harmful contrast among "the Greek-speaking Judaism of the western diaspora and the Aramaic/Hebrew conversing Judaism of Palestine or of Babylonia" (p. 193), a warning that has been steadily spotted via modern NT scholarship. Hengel believed that the Hellenistic reform move and the persecution by way of Antiochus IV propelled the post-exilic Jewish group to place even better emphasis at the legislations as critical to Judaism, getting ready the theological heritage of the post-Hellenistic Judaism and the increase of the prophetic Christianity.
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  • Download E-books Cynthia Ozick's Fiction: Tradition and Invention (Jewish Literature and Culture) PDF

    "Superb novelists deserve exceptional literary research. Cynthia Ozick has came upon such critics... so much lately in Elaine Kauvar, whose current paintings is at the same time a profound contribution to Ozick interpretation and an astonishingly readable account of the novelist’s rules and creative manner.... hugely recommended." —Choice

    "... finished and fantastically written... " —Studies within the Novel

    "... an indispensible paintings of scholarship.... Cynthia Ozick’s Fiction, in sum, demonstrates an astute and entire seize of either Ozick’s writings and the great shop of writings that impact her... a definitive and indispensible study... " —American Literature

    "... a unprecedented mixture of painstaking scholarship with surprising severe intelligence and inventiveness." —Edward Alexander

    "... Elaine Kauvar’s entire and fantastically written research of Cynthia Ozick’s fiction will be welcomed as a heroic counter-cultural manifesto, either in what she says and within the attractiveness with which she says it." —Congress Monthly

    Looking past the stereotype of Ozick’s paintings as American-Jewish literature, Kauvar illuminates the intricacies of Ozick’s texts and explores the dynamics of her creativity. Kauvar presents readings of all of Ozick’s fiction from her first released novel, Trust, via The Messiah of Stockholm.

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  • Download E-books The Jewish Political Tradition, Vol.1: Authority PDF

    By Michael Walzer et al.

    This e-book launches a landmark four-volume collaborative paintings exploring the political considered the Jewish humans from biblical instances to the current. every one quantity features a choice of texts from the Bible and Talmud, midrashic literature, criminal responsa, treatises, and pamphlets annotated for contemporary readers and observed via new commentaries written via eminent philosophers, attorneys, political theorists, and different students operating in several fields of Jewish reports. those participants sign up for the arguments of the texts, agreeing or disagreeing, elaborating, refining, qualifying, and occasionally repudiating the political opinions of the unique authors. The sequence brings the little-known and unexplored Jewish culture of political pondering and writing into the sunshine, displaying the place and the way it resonates within the nation of Israel, the executive diaspora settlements, and, extra generally, sleek political adventure. the 1st quantity, Authority, addresses the elemental query of who should rule the neighborhood: what claims to rule were recommend from the time of the exodus from Egypt to the institution of the country of Israel? How are such claims disputed and defended? What constitutes valid authority? The authors talk about the authority of God, then the claims of kings, clergymen, prophets, rabbis, lay leaders, gentile rulers (during the years of exile), and the Israeli country. the amount concludes with a number of views at the factor of no matter if a contemporary kingdom should be either Jewish and democratic. approaching volumes will deal with the subjects of club, neighborhood, and political imaginative and prescient. one of the members to this quantity are: Amy Gutmann, Moshe Halbertal, David Hartman, Moshe Idel, Sanford Levinson, Susuan Neiman, Hilary Putnam, Joseph Raz, Michael Sandel, Allan Silver, Yael Tamir.
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  • Download E-books The Significance of Yavneh and Other Essays in Jewish Hellenism (Texts & Studies in Ancient Judaism) PDF

    This quantity collects thirty essays by means of Shaye J.D. Cohen. First released among 1980 and 2006, those essays take care of a large choice of subject matters and texts: Jewish Hellenism; Josephus; the Synagogue; Conversion to Judaism; Blood and Impurity; the boundary among Judaism and Christianity. What unites them is their philological orientation. a lot of those essays are shut stories of vague passages in Jewish and Christian texts. The essays are united too through their universal assumption that the traditional global was once a unmarried cultural continuum; that old Judaism, in all its expressions and types, was once a Hellenism; and that texts written in Hebrew percentage an international of discourse with these written in Greek. a lot of those essays are recognized and feature been a lot mentioned in modern scholarship. between those are: the importance of Yavneh (the name essay), Patriarchs and Scholarchs, Masada: Literary culture, Archaeological continues to be, and the Credibility of Josephus, Epigraphical Rabbis, The Conversion of Antoninus, Menstruants and the Sacred in Judaism and Christianity, and a quick background of Jewish Circumcision Blood.
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  • Download E-books Great Jewish Quotes: Five Thousand Years of Truth and Humor from the Bible to George Burns PDF

    By Noah benShea

    "A verbal contract isn't really well worth the paper it really is published on," stated motion picture tycoon Sam Goldwyn. yet this clever and humorous e-book is worthy its weight in gold. It grants 100 glowing nuggets of wit, knowledge, and residential fact, mined from a wealth of other resources via poet-philosopher-writer Noah benShea.
    GREAT JEWISH fees imparts the knowledge of people sayings, the Talmud, and the previous testomony, facet via part with the sagacity and smarts of well-known women and men from our personal century -- Albert Einstein, Golda Meir, Woody Allen, and dozens extra. those insightful and quotable brief takes may ensure that you to mend what is fixable on your lifestyles . . . and provides you an opportunity to chuckle in regards to the leisure.
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