Download E-books Dhammapada: Buddhist classics series PDF

The Dhammapada is among the most well-liked and influential of Buddhist scriptures. The universality of its message, the intensity of its instructing, and the subtle simplicity of its language have earned it an honoured position in global literature. it may be taken as an easy and useful precis of the fundamental teachings of the Buddha, yet even more than that, the Dhammapada is a poetic illustration of an elegant non secular excellent. This new translation seeks to motivate and inspire the characteristics of kindness, gentleness and strength of mind, of simplicity, contentment and serenity, recommended by way of the Buddha himself. those characteristics lead, in time, to the joy of that imaginative and prescient of the fact that can fulfill the private longings of the human middle.

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Download E-books The View of Women Found in the Deuteronomic Family Laws (Beihefte Zur Zeitschrift Fur die Alttestamentliche Wissenschaft) PDF

By Carolyn Pressler

In der Reihe Beihefte zur Zeitschrift fur die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft (BZAW) erscheinen Arbeiten zu samtlichen Gebieten der alttestamentlichen Wissenschaft. Im Zentrum steht die Hebraische Bibel, ihr Vor- und Nachleben im antiken Judentum sowie ihre vielfache Verzweigung in die benachbarten Kulturen der altorientalischen und hellenistisch-romischen Welt."

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Download E-books Arabic Versions of the Pentateuch: A Comparative Study of Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Sources (Biblia Arabica) PDF

This paintings deals a seminal learn into Arabic translations of the Pentateuch. it's no exaggeration to talk of this box as a terra incognita. Biblical models in Arabic have been produced over many centuries, at the foundation of a variety of resource languages (Hebrew, Syriac, Greek, or Coptic), and in various contexts. The textual proof for this examine is completely in line with a corpus of approximately one hundred fifty manuscripts, containing the Pentateuch in Arabic or components thereof.

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Download E-books Head, Eyes, Flesh, Blood: Head, Eyes, Flesh, and Blood: Giving Away the Body in Indian Buddhist Literature PDF

By Reiko Ohnuma

Head, Eyes, Flesh, and Blood is the 1st entire examine of a important narrative subject matter in premodern South Asian Buddhist literature: the Buddha's physically self-sacrifice in the course of his earlier lives as a bodhisattva. accomplishing shut readings of news from Sanskrit, Pali, chinese language, and Tibetan literature written among the 3rd century BCE and the past due medieval interval, Reiko Ohnuma argues that this topic has had an immense impression at the improvement of Buddhist philosophy and culture.

Whether he's taking the shape of king, prince, ascetic, elephant, hare, serpent, or god, the bodhisattva again and again supplies his physique or elements of his flesh to others. He leaps into fires, drowns himself within the ocean, rips out his tusks, gouges out his eyes, and shall we mosquitoes drink from his blood, continually out of selflessness and compassion and to accomplish the top nation of Buddhahood.

Ohnuma locations those tales right into a discrete subgenre of South Asian Buddhist literature and methods them like case reports, interpreting their plots, characterizations, and rhetoric. She then relates the topic of the Buddha's physically self-sacrifice to significant conceptual discourses within the background of Buddhism and South Asian religions, resembling the kinds of the reward, the physique (both traditional and extraordinary), kingship, sacrifice, ritual providing, and demise.

Head, Eyes, Flesh, and Blood finds a really refined and influential notion of the physique in South Asian Buddhist literature and highlights the best way those tales have supplied a massive cultural source for Buddhists. mixed along with her wealthy and cautious translations of vintage texts, Ohnuma introduces a complete new knowing of a necessary suggestion in Buddhists studies.

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Download E-books Execution and Invention: Death Penalty Discourse in Early Rabbinic and Christian Cultures PDF

By Beth A. Berkowitz

The loss of life penalty in classical Judaism has been a hugely politicized topic in sleek scholarship. Enlightenment assaults at the Talmud's legitimacy led students to exploit the Talmud's legal legislations as facts for its increased morals. yet much more urgent used to be the necessity to turn out Jews' innocence of the cost of killing Christ. The reconstruction of a simply Jewish dying penalty used to be a safeguard opposed to the accusation corrupt Jewish courtroom used to be answerable for the demise of Christ.

In Execution and Invention, Beth A. Berkowitz tells the tale of recent scholarship at the historic rabbinic dying penalty and gives a clean viewpoint utilizing the techniques of formality reviews, cultural feedback, and talmudic resource feedback. opposed to the scholarly consensus, Berkowitz argues that the early Rabbis used the rabbinic legislation of the loss of life penalty to set up their energy within the wake of the destruction of the Temple. Following contemporary currents in historiography, Berkowitz sees the Rabbis as an embattled, nearly invisible sect inside second-century Judaism. The functionality in their loss of life penalty legislation, Berkowitz contends, was once to create a fancy ritual of execution less than rabbinic keep watch over, hence bolstering rabbinic claims to authority within the context of Roman political and cultural domination.

Understanding rabbinic literature to be in discussion with the Bible, with the range of old Jews, and with Roman imperialism, Berkowitz indicates how the Rabbis attempted to create an beautiful substitute to the Roman, paganized tradition of Palestine's Jews. of their loss of life penalty, the Rabbis substituted Rome's energy with their very own. Early Christians, nevertheless, used demise penalty discourse to critique judicial energy. yet Berkowitz argues that the Christian critique of execution produced new claims to authority up to the rabbinic include. by way of evaluating rabbinic conversations in regards to the dying penalty with Christian ones, Berkowitz finds loss of life penalty discourse as an important technique of growing authority in second-century western non secular cultures. Advancing the dying penalty discourse as a discourse of energy, Berkowitz sheds mild at the significant courting among spiritual and political authority and the severest kind of punishment.

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Download E-books Can These Bones Live? The Problem of the Moral Self in the Book of Ezekiel (Beihefte Zur Zeitschrift Fur Die Alttestamentliche Wissenschaft, 301.) PDF

By Jacqueline E. Lapsley

In der Reihe Beihefte zur Zeitschrift fur die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft (BZAW) erscheinen Arbeiten zu samtlichen Gebieten der alttestamentlichen Wissenschaft. Im Zentrum steht die Hebraische Bibel, ihr Vor- und Nachleben im antiken Judentum sowie ihre vielfache Verzweigung in die benachbarten Kulturen der altorientalischen und hellenistisch-romischen Welt."

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