Searching for a Distant God: The Legacy of Maimonides by Kenneth Seeskin

By Kenneth Seeskin

Monotheism is mostly thought of Judaism's maximum contribution to global tradition, however it is way from transparent what monotheism is. This paintings examines the concept that monotheism isn't lots a declare concerning the variety of God as a declare in regards to the nature of God. Seeskin argues that the belief of a God who's break away his production and special isn't just an abstraction yet an appropriate foundation for worship.

He examines this end within the contexts of prayer, construction, sabbath observance, repentance, spiritual freedom, and love of God. Maimonides performs a primary position within the argument either as a result of his value to Jewish self-understanding and since he bargains with the query of the way philosophic rules are embodied in spiritual ritual.

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Who's Who in Jewish History (Who's Who (Routledge)) by Ne Cohn-Sherbok

By Ne Cohn-Sherbok

From Karl Marx to the Marx brothers, the Routledge who is Who in Jewish historical past offers a whole reference consultant to over 1000 well-liked women and men who've formed Jewish tradition. protecting twenty centuries of Jewish heritage it provides:* targeted biographical info on every one top determine* research in their position and importance either in Jewish lifestyles and the broader tradition* a entire chronological desk exhibiting the historical past of the Jewish race* an invaluable thesaurus giving detailed definitions of Jewish phrases.

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Jewish Reception of Greek Bible Versions: Studies in Their by Cameron Boyd-Taylor, Julia Krivoruchko, Nicholas de Lange

By Cameron Boyd-Taylor, Julia Krivoruchko, Nicholas de Lange

The authors of the essays accumulated during this quantity are all thinking about the Jewish transmission and use of Greek translations of the biblical books from past due Antiquity to the early sleek interval. it is just lately that the belief of this type of Jewish transmission has received attractiveness, and the current quantity represents the 1st try and compile contributions from experts in a couple of parts, together with not just biblical and Jewish stories but in addition such disciplines as epigraphy and Byzantine historical past and literature, to enquire a variety of points of the topic. The authors not just discover many of the ways that Greek-speaking Jews saved alive a practice of Greek biblical scholarship going again to precedent days, but in addition how this practice impinged on Christian religious study. They open a window on a forgotten bankruptcy in biblical scholarship, and even as shed very important mild on facets of Jewish lifestyles within the center a while.

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Chaos Uncreated: A Reassessment of the Theme of "Chaos" in by Rebecca S. Watson

By Rebecca S. Watson

This monograph provides a problem to the view that the Hebrew Bible comprises allusions to Yahweh’s conflict with chaos, exhibiting how the time period has been inappropriately utilized in quite a number contexts the place way more various spheres of images may still as an alternative be regarded. throughout the development of a cautious diachronic version (developed with specific connection with the Psalter), the writer offers a persuasive case for reversing universal assumptions concerning the improvement of Israelite faith, discovering in its place that the wrestle motif was once absent within the earliest interval, while the slaying of a dragon used to be attributed to Yahweh in simple terms in a particular monotheistic model, which arose from round 587 B.C.

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The Essential Talmud (30th Anniversary Edition) by Adin Even-Israel Steinsaltz

By Adin Even-Israel Steinsaltz

The fundamental Talmud is a masterful advent to the ideals, attitudes, and techniques of the sacred textual content wherein the Jewish humans have lived and survived in the course of the ages-by the well known Israeli rabbi, pupil, and instructor. Rabbi Steinsaltz is the 1st to catch the flavour and spirit of the Talmud as a human rfile and to summarize its major rules as an expression of divine legislation. This accelerated version incorporates a new preface by means of the rabbi, a historic review of lifestyles within the occasions of the Talmud, and an in-depth examine the content material and visual appeal of the unique Talmudic web page. This seminal quantity makes abundantly transparent the significance of the Talmud within the lives of contemporary Jews. "This e-book is crucial to these, Jews and Christians alike, who wish to achieve an perception into what it really is that strikes the modern Jew." (Rabbi Solomon S. Bernards, B'Nai B'rith Anti-Defamation League)REVIEW: "Offers a desirable advent to the codified oral tradition." (Christianity Today)

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History of Jewish Philosophy (Routledge History of World

Consciously writing from a Jewish history, thirty-five esteemed authors, from Britain, Canada, Israel, and the U.S. disguise the entire breadth of Jewish philosophy, concentrating upon the philosophical curiosity of the guidelines themselves.

The individuals to this paintings discover a number of matters raised within the textual content of the Bible and within the heritage of the Jewish humans, and speak about the key colleges of proposal and such a lot critical controversies of historical and sleek Jewish philosophy. subject matters contain postmodern innovations, the idea of Moses Maimonides, and philosophic experiences of the Holocaust. all through this paintings, the authors insist at the value of knowing the social and cultural context during which Jewish philosophy exists. The wide diversity of rules during this quantity makes it a useful sourcebook at the nature of Jewish philosophy.

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The Formation of the Babylonian Talmud by David Weiss Halivni

By David Weiss Halivni

David Weiss Halivni's The Formation of the Babylonian Talmud, initially released in Hebrew and right here translated through Jeffrey L. Rubenstein, is commonly considered as the main entire scholarly exam of the strategies of composition and enhancing of the Babylonian Talmud.

Halivni provides the summation of a life of scholarship and the conclusions of his multivolume Talmudic observation, assets and Traditions (Meqorot umesorot). Arguing opposed to the conventional view that the Talmud was once composed c. 450 CE by way of the final of the named sages within the Talmud, the Amoraim, Halivni proposes that its formation came about over a far longer time period, no longer achieving its ultimate shape until eventually approximately 750 CE. The Talmud involves many literary strata or layers, with later layers commenting upon and reinterpreting previous layers. The later layers range qualitatively from the sooner layers, and have been composed via nameless sages whom Halivni calls Stammaim. those sages have been the real author-editors of the Talmud. They reconstructed the explanations underpinning previous rulings, created the dialectical argumentation attribute of the Talmud, and formulated the literary devices that make up the Talmudic textual content.

Halivni additionally discusses the heritage and improvement of rabbinic culture from the Mishnah during the post-Talmudic criminal codes, the kinds of dialectical research present in different rabbinic works, and the jobs of reciters, transmitters, compilers, and editors within the composition of the Talmud. This quantity comprises an creation and annotations by way of Jeffrey L. Rubenstein.

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Divine Command Ethics: Jewish and Christian Perspectives by Michael J. Harris

By Michael J. Harris

The vital target of this booklet is to try to figure out the reaction of the vintage texts of Jewish traditions to the well-known hindrance posed in Plato's Euthyphro: Does God freely confirm morality, or is morality self sufficient of God? the writer argues that the image that emerges from Jewish texts is considerably extra advanced and nuanced than lots of the modern Jewish philosophical literature is ready to concede. whereas offering an intensive dialogue of the viewpoint of Jewish culture on divine command ethics, this ebook develops a place that's designated from and important of different perspectives that experience lately been complex in Jewish scholarship. whilst, the ebook presents a considerable research of a few Christian views on divine command ethics. proper biblical, rabbinic and later Jewish texts are mentioned, in addition to many of the suitable perspectives which were taken in philosophical literature and in Christian and Jewish concept.

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