• Download E-books Leo Strauss and the Rediscovery of Maimonides PDF

    By Kenneth Hart Green

    In Leo Strauss and the Rediscovery of Maimonides, Kenneth Hart eco-friendly explores the serious function performed via Maimonides in shaping Leo Strauss’s idea. In uncovering the esoteric culture hired in Maimonides’s Guide of the Perplexed, Strauss made the novel awareness that different old and medieval philosophers could be concealing their precise recommendations via literary artifice. Maimonides and al-Farabi, he observed, allowed their message to be altered by means of dogmatic issues simply to the level required by way of ethical and political imperatives and have been in truth avid advocates for enlightenment. Strauss additionally printed Maimonides’s strength relevance to modern issues, specially his paradoxical conviction that one needs to confront the clash among cause and revelation instead of get to the bottom of it.
    An helpful significant other to Green’s entire selection of Strauss’s writings on Maimonides, this quantity indicates how Strauss faced the generally authorised ways to the medieval thinker, leading to either a brand new realizing of Maimonides and a brand new intensity and course for his personal suggestion. will probably be welcomed by way of a person engaged with the paintings of both philosopher.

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  • Download E-books Angel Veneration and Christology: A Study in Early Judaism and in the Christology of the Apocalypse of John (Library of Early Christianity) PDF

    By Loren T. Stuckenbruck

    The general public worship of the risen Christ as depicted in John's Apocalypse without delay contradicts the guiding angel's emphasis that in basic terms God can be worshiped (Revelation 19:10; 22:8-9). In Angel Veneration and Christology, Loren Stuckenbruck explores this contradiction in gentle of angel veneration in Early Judaism.
    Stuckenbruck surveys a large choice of Jewish traditions with regards to angelic worship and discovers proscriptions opposed to sacrificing to angels; prohibitions opposed to making photographs of angels; rejections of the "two powers"; second-century Christian apologetic accusations particularly directed opposed to Jews; and, most significantly, the refusal culture, common in Jewish and Jewish-Christian writings, in which angelic messengers refuse the veneration of the seer and exhort the worship of God alone.
    While proof for the perform of angel veneration among Jews of antiquity (Qumran, pseudepigraphal literature, and inscriptions from Asia Minor) doesn't provide the rapid historical past for the worship of Christ, Stuckenbruck demonstrates that the actual fact that safeguards to a monotheistic framework have been issued in any respect throws mild at the Christian perform of worshiping Jesus. the best way the Apocalypse adapts the refusal culture illuminates Revelation's declarations approximately and depictions of Jesus. notwithstanding the refusal culture itself basically safeguards the worship of God, Stuckenbruck strains how the culture has been cut up in order that the angelophanic components have been absorbed into the christophany. As Stuckenbruck exhibits, an angelomorphic Christology, shared through the writer of Revelation and its readers, features to maintain the author's monotheistic emphasis in addition to to stress Christ's superiority over the angels―setting the degree for the worship of the Lamb in a monotheistic framework that doesn't contradict the angelic directive to worship God by myself.

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  • Download E-books The Septuagint and Homeric Scholarship in Alexandria: A Study in the Narrative of the 'Letter of Aristeas' PDF

    By Sylvie Honigman

    The Letter of Aristeas tells the tale of ways Ptolemy Philadelphus of Egypt commissioned seventy students to translate the Hebrew Bible into Greek.
    Long authorised as a simple historic account of a cultural firm in Ptolemaic Alexandria, the Letter however poses critical interpretative difficulties. Sylvie Honigman argues that the Letter should now not be considered as background, yet as a constitution fantasy for diaspora Judaism. She expounds its ordinary affinities with different works on Jewish historical past from Ptolemaic Alexandria, and argues that the method of translation was once at the same time a means of setting up an authoritative textual content, such as the paintings at the textual content of Homer being conducted by way of modern Greek scholars.
    The Letter of Aristeas is without doubt one of the so much exciting literary productions of Ptolemaic Alexandria, and this is often the 1st book-length examine to be dedicated to it.

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  • Download E-books Cynthia Ozick's Comic Art: From Levity to Liturgy (Jewish Literature and Culture) PDF

    By Sarah Blacher Cohen

    "Cohen has succeeded in displaying a fusion of Ozick’s writing as sacred and comedian. Defining humor greatly, Cohen persuasively argues that levity and liturgy are typical partners, enriching one another, specifically within the inventive mind's eye of Cynthia Ozick." ―Midstream

    "... a considerate creation to a huge even though underrated writer." ―SHOFAR

    "This research is a great addition to the transforming into physique of scholarly feedback of Ozick and specializes in her comedic style." ―Choice

    "Cohen has written an important... ebook, one who celebrates Ozick’s ‘liturgical laughter,’ emphasizing every time the relationship among the comedian and the sacred. it's a connection we should always be reminded of often." ―Belles Lettres

    "Cohen’s readings of those tales display their many degrees and meanings in a language as acute and perceptive as that of Ozick herself."―St. Louis Post-Dispatch Magazine

    "In offering Ozick as a ‘comedian of ideas,’ Sarah Blacher Cohen has raised the learn of Ozick to a brand new level." ―Alan L. Berger

    "[Cohen] knows Ozick’s hybrid perception of human nature, her recognition that the key resource of humor isn't pleasure yet sorrow and that the ironic mode... is the way of telling the truth." ―Daniel Walden

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  • Download E-books The A to Z of Zionism (The A to Z Guide Series) PDF

    By Chaim I. Waxman

    The Jewish attachment to Zion is many centuries previous. whereas the trendy Zionist circulation used to be prepared a bit greater than a century in the past, the roots of the Zionist notion succeed in again as regards to 4,000 years in the past, to the day that the biblical patriarch Abraham left his domestic in Ur of the Chaldees to settle within the Promised Land, the place the Jewish kingdom thus arose. From that day to the setting up of the kingdom of Israel in 1948, the Jewish humans were in a relentless fight to both regain or preserve their homeland.

    Although 60 years have now handed because the institution of Israel, some of the political and spiritual factions that made up the Zionist stream within the pre-state period stay energetic. The A to Z of Zionism―through its chronology, maps, introductory essay, bibliography, and over 2 hundred cross-referenced dictionary entries on the most important people, businesses, and events―is a worthy contribution to the appreciation for either the variety and consensus that signify the Zionist adventure.

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  • Download E-books Beyond the Walls: Abraham Joshua Heschel and Edith Stein on the Significance of Empathy for Jewish-Christian Dialogue (AAR ACADEMY SER) PDF

    By Joseph Palmisano

    Joseph Palmisano deals an in-depth exam of the importance of empathy for Jewish-Christian realizing. Drawing at the writings of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel (1907-1972) and Edith Stein (1891-1942), he develops a phenomenological class of empathy outlined as a manner of "re-membering" oneself with the spiritual other.

    Palmisano follows Heschel's and Stein's philosophical concept and praxis during the extraordinary horrors of the Shoah, exhibiting that Heschel's name to Christians for a go back to God is an ecumenical name to humanity to embody perceived others: a decision to stay existence as a reaction to God's pathos. This name unearths a prophetic resolution in Edith Stein's witness of empathy whilst confronted with the Shoah. Stein, a Catholic, creates a dialectical bridge with the Jewish "other," neither distancing herself nor denying her Jewish roots. Stein's at the same time Jewish and Christian constancy is a version for interreligious family members. it's also a problem to Catholics to recollect their religion's Jewish background via new different types of witnessing and belonging with others.

    Beyond the Walls is a severe contribution to the fostering of interreligious figuring out, providing either a version of the right Jewish-Christian dating in Heschel and Stein and standards through which to judge modern projects and controversies touching on interreligious dialogue.

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  • Download E-books A New Physiognomy of Jewish Thinking: Critical Theory After Adorno as Applied to Jewish Thought (Bloomsbury Studies in Jewish Thought) PDF

    By Aubrey L. Glazer

    A New Physiognomy of Jewish Thinking is a look for authenticity that mixes serious considering with a longing for heartfelt poetics. A physiognomy of considering addresses the determine of a existence lived the place idea and praxis are unified. This research explores how the severe essays on song of German-Jewish philosopher, Theodor Wiesengrund Adorno (1903-1969) inevitably accompany the downfall of metaphysics. through scrutinizing a severe juncture in glossy highbrow background, marked in 1931 via Adorno's founding of the Frankfurt Institute for Social study, ignored purposes of severe conception to Jewish concept turn into attainable. This research proffers a confident justification of a serious viewpoint, reconstructively proven how such beliefs are visible less than the genealogical proviso of re/cognizing their unique which means. Re/cognition of A New Physiognomy of Jewish Thinking redresses missed purposes of damaging Dialectics, the poetics of God, the metaphysics of musical pondering, reification in Zionism, the transpoetics of Physics and Metaphysics, in addition to correlating Aesthetic conception to Jewish legislation (halakhah).

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  • Download E-books Hebrew Life and Times PDF

    The Bible's leader heroes weren't kings nor nobles. Its best Hero used to be a peasant workingman. yet we haven't regularly studied the Bible from this standpoint. during this path we will attempt to reconstruct for ourselves the tale of the Hebrew humans as an account of Hebrew shepherds, farmers, and such like: what oppressions they persisted; how they have been added; and peculiarly what beliefs of righteousness and fact and mercy they adored, and the way they got here to imagine and consider approximately God.

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