Lamentations Through the Centuries by Paul M. Joyce, Diana Lipton

By Paul M. Joyce, Diana Lipton

Overlaying a wealthy panorama of literary, theological and cultural creativity, the authors discover the staggering number of interpretations encouraged by means of Lamentations, one of many shortest books within the Bible.

  • Features a wealth of reactions – protecting and a part millennia – to this historical text's influential and unflinching account of the devastation wreaked by way of war
  • Explores a kaleidoscope of examples starting from the useless Sea Scrolls; Yehudah Halevy; John Calvin; and composer, Thomas Tallis; via to the startling interpretations of Marc Chagall; modern novelist, Cynthia Ozick; and Zimbabwean junk sculpture
  • Deploys "reception exegesis", a brand new style of observation that creatively blends reception background and biblical exegesis
  • Offers delicate remedy of tough theological and mental responses to at least one of the main traumatic books of the Hebrew Bible
  • Widely correct, with nuanced reflections – either non secular and secular – on human pain and the mess ups of war

Chapter none creation (pages 1–25):
Chapter 1 Lamentations (pages 26–67):
Chapter 2 Lamentations (pages 68–100):
Chapter three Lamentations (pages 101–146):
Chapter four Lamentations (pages 147–174):
Chapter five Lamentations (pages 175–192):

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The Marzēaḥ in the Prophetic Literature: References and by Professor of Land Studies John McLaughlin

By Professor of Land Studies John McLaughlin

The marzēaḥ existed for 3000 years within the Semitic international, yet is simply pointed out within the First testomony at Amos 6:7 and Jer 16:5. different prophetic texts were proposed as allusions that don't use the time period, yet with no utilizing any constant standards. This learn analyzes these allusions in mild of the extra-biblical references. The extra-biblical marzēaḥ references point out 3 constant beneficial properties: upper-class ingesting inside a spiritual context. those parts give you the minimal standards for comparing attainable allusions within the books of Amos, Hosea, Isaiah and Ezekiel, plus the direct references at Amos 6:7 and Jeremiah 16:5. Combining all recognized references with the biblical allusions offers a unmarried aspect of reference for destiny paintings at the marzēaḥ. This quantity should be of unique price to these drawn to old Semitic faith.

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The Making of a Sage: A Study in Rabbinic Ethics by Jonathan Wyn Schofer

By Jonathan Wyn Schofer

Jonathan Schofer bargains the 1st theoretically framed exam of rabbinic ethics in different many years. Centering on one influential anthology, The Fathers in response to Rabbi Nathan, Jonathan Schofer situates that textual content inside a broader spectrum of rabbinic idea, whereas bringing rabbinic idea into discussion with present scholarship at the self, ethics, theology, and the heritage of religions.

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Die aramäischen Achikar-Sprüche aus Elephantine und die by Michael Weigl

By Michael Weigl

During this monograph the writer examines the literary and formal interconnections among the Aramaic proverbs of Achikar The clever, of their oldest, historical Aramaic types originating from Egypt, and the outdated testomony knowledge Literature. it really is therefore the 1st vast research of the positive factors those traditions have in universal, arriving at very important new conclusions approximately their literary ancient and shape severe relationships.

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The "Grammar" of Sacrifice: A Generativist Study of the by Naphtali S. Meshel

By Naphtali S. Meshel

The thought that rituals, like usual languages, are ruled by means of implicit, rigorous ideas led students within the final century, reminiscent of the early Indian grammarian Patanjali, to talk of a "grammar", or "syntax", of formality, fairly sacrificial ritual. regardless of insightful examples of formality complexes that stick to hierarchical principles comparable to syntactic buildings in ordinary languages, and bold makes an attempt to visualize a common Grammar of sacrificial ritual, no unmarried, entire "grammar" of any ritual method has but been composed.

This e-book deals the 1st such "grammar." Centering on *S-the idealized sacrificial method represented within the Priestly legislation within the Pentateuch--it demonstrates ritual procedure is describable when it comes to a collection of concise, unconsciously internalized, generative principles, analogous to the grammar of a common language. regardless of far-reaching diachronic advancements, mirrored in moment Temple and rabbinic literature, the traditional Israelite sacrificial approach retained a hugely unchangeable "grammar," that is abstracted and analysed in a formulaic manner.

The limits of the analogy to linguistics are under pressure: instead of different types borrowed from linguistics, akin to syntax and morphology, the operative different types of *S are abstracted inductively from the ritual texts: zoemics--the learn of the periods of animals utilized in ritual sacrifice; jugation-the principles governing the becoming a member of of animal and non-animal fabrics; hierarchics-the tiered structuring of sacrificial sequences; and praxemics--the research of the actual task comprising sacrificial strategies. ultimately, the matter of meaning in non-linguistic ritual structures is addressed.

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Pledges of Jewish Allegiance: Conversion, Law, and by David Ellenson, Daniel Gordis

By David Ellenson, Daniel Gordis

Since the overdue 1700s, whilst the Jewish group ceased to be a semiautonomous political unit in Western Europe and the us and person Jews grew to become integrated—culturally, socially, and politically—into broader society, questions surrounding Jewish prestige and identification have occupied a well-known and contentious position in Jewish felony discourse. This ebook examines a wide range of felony evaluations written by way of 19th- and twentieth-century orthodox rabbis in Europe, the U.S., and Israel. It argues that those rabbis' divergent positions—based at the comparable felony precedents—demonstrate that they have been doing greater than offering felony critiques. as a substitute, they have been crafting public coverage for Jewish society in line with Jews' social and political interactions as equals with the non-Jewish individuals in whose midst they dwelled.

Pledges of Jewish Allegiance prefaces its research of contemporary critiques with a dialogue of the classical Jewish assets upon which they draw.

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Between Heaven and Earth: Divine Presence and Absence in the by John F. Kutsko

By John F. Kutsko

With the destruction of the Jerusalem Temple and the exile of contributors of the Israelite neighborhood to the land of its enemies, whose gods have been represented as divine statues, the prophet Ezekiel confronted a problem: how you can reply to the enemies' name callings that Israel's God was once absent, while the foreigners' gods self-evidently have been current. hence, to invite the query, "Where is God" used to be to stand numerous advanced and tangled difficulties. How is God to be represented? How is Yahweh to be differentiated from different deities? what's Yahweh's dating to Israel in exile?

Kutsko units out to respond to those questions in the subject matter of divine presence and lack, relatively because it pertains to the kabod theology in Ezekiel. He indicates that God's absence turns into, for Ezekiel, a controversy for his presence and gear, whereas the presence of idols indicated their absence and impotence. Ezekiel extends this proposition right into a corollary: God's presence isn't really consigned to sanctuary, for God is a sanctuary. during this regard, absence from the Temple is a message of judgment and the precursor to a message of recovery. If God can develop into a sanctuary, his presence in exile turns into a message of victory even over imperial powers. This conceptualization of Yahweh, then, finally ends up defining the ability and place of Israel's God in distinctively common phrases. during this contribution, the e-book of Ezekiel performs a valuable and formerly unappreciated function within the improvement of Israelite theology, and monotheism particularly.

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Justice in the City: An Argument from the Sources of by Aryeh Cohen

By Aryeh Cohen

Justice within the urban argues, according to the rabbinic textual culture, specifically the Babylonian Talmud, and using French Jewish thinker Emmanuel Levinas’ framework of interpersonal ethics, simply urban can be a neighborhood of legal responsibility. that's, in a group hence conceived, the privilege of citizenship is the belief of the tasks of town in the direction of Others who're now not regularly in view—workers, the negative, the homeless. those Others shape a constitutive a part of town. the second one a part of the publication is an in depth research of homelessness, exertions, and restorative justice from in the concept that was once built. This name should be priceless for students and scholars in Jewish experiences, particularly rabbinic literature and Jewish notion, but additionally for these drawn to modern city matters.

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