Category: Judaism

  • Download E-books Outlawed Pigs: Law, Religion, and Culture in Israel PDF

    By Daphne Barak-Erez

         The prohibition opposed to pigs is among the strongest symbols of Jewish tradition and collective reminiscence. Outlawed Pigs explores how the historic sensitivity of Jews to the pig prohibition was once included into Israeli legislation and culture. 
         Daphne Barak-Erez particularly lines the process legislation, one who licensed municipalities to prohibit the ownership and buying and selling in red meat inside their jurisdiction and one other legislation that forbids pig breeding all through Israel, apart from parts populated regularly via Christians. Her research bargains a finished, decade-by-decade dialogue of the general dating among legislations and tradition because the inception of the Israeli nation-state. 
         by means of studying ever-fluctuating Israeli renowned opinion on Israel's legislation outlawing the alternate and ownership of pigs, Barak-Erez reveals a fascinating and obtainable approach to discover the advanced interaction of legislations, faith, and tradition in smooth Israel, and extra in particular a microcosm for the bigger query of which lies extra on the origin of Israeli country legislations: faith or cultural tradition.
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  • Download E-books Flores Florentino: Dead Sea Scrolls and Other Early Jewish Studies in Honour of Florentino Garcia Martfnez (Supplements to the Journal for the Study of Judaism) PDF

    This quantity includes forty-eight essays, offered by way of associates, colleagues and scholars from many nations, in honour of Florentino Garcia Martinez, director of the Groningen Qumran Institute, editor-in-chief of the magazine for the research of Judaism, and professor in Leuven. the vast majority of the essays are within the components of the honoree s personal scholarship and pursuits, together with essentially Qumranica, but additionally many different fields of moment Temple Judaism, from past due biblical texts and Septuagint as much as early rabbinic writings. Florentino s personal polyglottism, obtrusive from his bibliography, and his shut relatives with many students from Southern Europe, is mirrored within the inclusion of some French, Spanish and Italian articles during this volume."
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  • Download E-books Jewish Faith and Modern Science: On the Death and Rebirth of Jewish Philosophy PDF

    In Jewish religion and smooth Science, well known Jewish thinker and rabbi Norbert Samuelson argues that glossy Jewish philosophy has died―that it has did not handle the demanding situations to standard ideals posed by means of medical advances, and is as a result not suitable to Jews this day. Samuelson confronts those demanding situations head-on, severely reflecting on how the entire sorts of modern Judaism, from orthodox to liberal to secular to new age, can handle questions raised through the newest clinical advances. contemplating questions starting from the life of the soul, to the connection among God and particle physics, to the controversy over whilst existence starts off and ends, Samuelson paves the way in which for a rebirth of Jewish philosophy appropriate to lifestyles within the sleek international.
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  • Download E-books Alternative Targum Traditions: The Use of Variant Readings for the Study in Origin and History of Targum Jonathan (Studies in the Aramaic Interpretation of Scripture) PDF

    By Alberdina Houtman

    This examine explores the potential of utilizing version readings of the Targum of the Prophets to recover perception into the beginning and heritage of Targum Jonathan. The e-book comes in handy for the learn of the genesis of Targum Jonathan and its later advancements.
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  • Download E-books Sparks Amidst the Ashes: The Spiritual Legacy of Polish Jewry PDF

    By Byron L. Sherwin

    For centuries, Poland served because the epicenter of Jewish existence. end result of the Holocaust, even though, Poland has turn into a "Jewish Atlantis." but, the vast majority of Jews on the planet this day have their genealogical roots within the historic lands of Poland. during this e-book, Sherwin demonstrates how the remarkable works of mind and spirit produced throughout the Jewish "Golden Age" in Poland grants modern Jews with the religious and highbrow assets required to make sure Jewish continuity within the current and destiny. Sherwin introduces us to the enormous diversity of mystical hypothesis, evocative tales, talmudic dialectics, theological rules, and social realities that have been muted via the destruction of Polish Jewry in the course of the Holocaust. Sherwin reviews the tendency between modern Jews to ignore the dear legacy bequeathed by means of Polish Jewry, and offers a plan for re-creating Jewish lifestyles after the Holocaust that attracts from the knowledge of the religious magnates and from the communal adventure that characterised Jewish existence in Poland. Sherwin concludes with a arguable notion for the way forward for Polish-Jewish relations.
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  • Download E-books Josephus: The Jewish War, Books I-II (Loeb Classical Library No. 203) PDF

    Josephus, soldier, statesman, historian, used to be a Jew born at Jerusalem approximately 37 CE. a guy of excessive descent, he early turned discovered in Jewish legislation and Greek literature and used to be a Pharisee. After pleading in Rome the reason for a few Jewish clergymen he lower back to Jerusalem and in sixty six attempted to avoid insurrection opposed to Rome, handling for the Jews the affairs of Galilee. within the problems which he made his peace with Vespasian. current on the siege of Jerusalem through Titus, he got favours from those as emperors and from Domitian and assumed their relations identify Flavius. He died after 97.

    As a historic resource Josephus is valuable. His significant works are: History of the Jewish War, in seven books, from a hundred and seventy BCE to his personal time, first written in Aramaic yet translated via himself into the Greek we have; and Jewish Antiquities, in twenty books, from the construction of the area to sixty six CE. The Loeb Classical Library variation of the works of Josephus additionally contains the autobiographical Life and his treatise Against Apion.

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  • Download E-books The Stabilization of Rabbinic Culture, 100 C.E. -350 C.E.: Texts on Education and Their Late Antique Context PDF

    Drawing at the nice development in Talmudic scholarship over the past century, The Stabilization of Rabbinic tradition is either an creation to an in depth examining of rabbinic literature and an indication of the improvement of rabbinic inspiration on schooling within the first centuries of the typical period. In Roman Palestine and Sasanid Persia, a small team of roughly thousand Jewish students and rabbis sustained a thriving nationwide and academic tradition. They procured loyalty to the nationwide language and oversaw the retention of a countrywide id. This accomplishment was once detailed within the Roman close to East, and few actual artifacts stay. The scope of oral educating, in spite of the fact that, used to be enormous and used to be devoted to writing merely within the excessive heart a long time. The content material of this oral culture continues to be the staple of Jewish studying via sleek instances.

    Though oral studying used to be universal in lots of historic cultures, the Jewish process has a special theoretical foundation and diversified goals. Marc Hirshman explores the evolution and institutionalization of Jewish tradition in either Babylonian and Palestinian resources. At its center, he argues, the Jewish cultural thrust within the first centuries of the typical period was once a sustained attempt to maintain the language of its tradition in its such a lot pristine shape. Hirshman strains and descriptions the beliefs and practices of rabbinic studying as awarded within the quite few vast discussions of the topic in past due vintage rabbinic assets. The Stabilization of Rabbinic Culture is a pioneering try and symbolize the original method of studying constructed by way of the rabbinic management in past due antiquity.
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  • Download E-books God is King: Understanding an Israelite Metaphor (JSOT Supplement) PDF

    By Marc Zvi Brettler

    This is the 1st try out in religious study to use the instruments built by means of theoreticians of metaphor to the typical biblical metaphor of God as king. the level to which parts of human kingship are projected onto God is investigated, and several other major conclusions emerge: 1. Royal features that experience a diminutive connotation are ordinarily no longer projected onto God. 2. God's nature as maximum king is emphasised via use of superlatives. for instance, his clothing is gigantic and he has a great number of royal attendants. God isn't really constrained through the metaphor. three. whilst the entailments of the metaphor could have conflicted with Israelite proscriptions, similar to the long-lasting prohibition, the metaphor is shunned. four. The metaphor is primary sufficient to steer Israel's depiction of human kingship. for instance, the time period gadol ('great', 'majestic') is appropriated by way of God the king and isn't used of the Israelite king. five. there's no unmarried metaphor 'God is king'; as Israelite kingship adjustments, the metaphor undergoes parallel alterations. additionally, biblical authors emphasize various points of God's kingship in particular contexts. the inability of a whole healthy among human kingship (the car) and God as king (the tenor) is in keeping with the tensive view of metaphor, which predominates in modern scholarship. The literary examine has different advantages. via enumerating the parallels among human and heavenly messengers, it reveals that 'angels' might be construed as projections of royal officers. The research of human enthronement rituals as they're projected onto God means that there has been no annual 'enthronement pageant' which celebrated God changing into king. The systematic examine of the metaphor additionally opens new avenues for exploring a few concerns within the research of Israelite religion.

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