Download E-books Scholastic Magic: Ritual and Revelation in Early Jewish Mysticism (Princeton Legacy Library) PDF

By Michael D. Swartz

In exploring the social heritage of early Jewish mysticism, Scholastic Magic tells the tale of the way mind's eye and magic have been made to serve reminiscence and scholasticism. within the visionary literature that circulated among the 5th and 9th centuries, there are unusual stories of old rabbis conjuring the angel referred to as Sar-Torah, the "Prince of the Torah." This angel endowed the rabbis themselves with marvelous reminiscence and talent in studying, after which taught them the formulation for giving others those presents. This literature, in line with Michael Swartz, supplies us infrequent glimpses of the way old and medieval Jews who stood outdoors the mainstream of rabbinic management considered Torah and formality. via shut readings of the texts, he uncovers surprising dimensions of the classical Judaic concept of Torah and the rabbinic civilization that cast them.

Swartz units the degree for his research with a dialogue of where of reminiscence and orality in historical and medieval Judaism and the way early academic and physiological theories have been marshaled for the cultivation of reminiscence. He then examines the weird magical rituals for conjuring angels and ascending to heaven in addition to the authors' attitudes to authority and culture, displaying them to have subverted crucial rabbinic values whilst they remained beholden to them. the result's a ground-breaking research of the social and conceptual history of rabbinic Judaism and historic Mediterranean religions. supplying whole translations of the imperative Sar-Torah texts, Scholastic Magic becomes crucial examining for these drawn to religions within the historic and medieval international, ritual experiences, and renowned religion.

Originally released in 1996.

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Download E-books The Status of Women in Jewish Tradition PDF

So much historical societies have been patriarchal in outlook, yet now not all patriarchies are both condescending towards girls. Impelled through the gnawing query of even if the inferiority of ladies is fundamental to the Torah's imaginative and prescient, Sassoon units out to figure out the place the Bible, the Talmud, and comparable literature, particularly the useless Sea Scrolls, take a seat in this continuum of patriarchal condescension. in fact, there are a number of voices in either Biblical and Talmudic literature, yet extra spectacular is how divergent those voices are. a few issues of view appear cause at the disenfranchisement and domestication of ladies, while others turn out to be no longer a ways in need of egalitarian. evaluations that downplay the applicability of the Biblical commandments to girls and that strongly deprecate Torah learn through girls emerge from this research as arguably not more than the perspectives of a particularly vocal minority.

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Download E-books Prophecy in the Book of Jeremiah (Beihefte Zur Zeitschrift Fur die Alttestamentliche Wissenschaft) PDF

This quantity comprises the complaints of a Symposium ""Prophecy within the publication of Jeremiah"", prepared by way of the Edinburgh Prophecy community within the institution of Divinity on the collage of Edinburgh, 11-12 may perhaps 2007. Prophetic reviews are present process radical alterations in the intervening time. while it was once previously believed that the ""historical Jeremiah"" used to be hidden less than numerous additions and reinterpretations, and therefore replaced past acceptance, it was once nonetheless assumed that it'd be attainable to get better the true prophet with the instruments of historic severe tools. even though, in response to a majority of students at the present time, the restoration of the old Jeremiah is not any longer attainable. therefore, the assembly in Edinburgh accumulated experts from Denmark, Finland, Germany, the Netherlands, uk and the united states, with the intention to locate new and assorted techniques to the learn of prophecy.

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Download E-books History, Literature and Theology in the Book of Chronicles (BibleWorld) PDF

By Ehud Ben Zvi

History, Literature and Theology within the e-book of Chronicles offers a brand new method of imminent this key biblical textual content, arguing that the booklet employs either a number of viewpoints and the information of the earlier held by means of its meant readership to reshape social reminiscence and make stronger the authority of God. The ebook of Chronicles communicates to its meant readership a theological worldview equipped round a number of, partial views which tell and stability one another. it is a worldview which emphasizes the restrictions of all human wisdom, even of theologically "proper" wisdom. while Chronicles offers the earlier as explainable it additionally affirms that those that inhabited it may no longer expect the long run. And, regardless of increasing an "explainable" previous, the e-book intentionally frames a few of YHWH's activities - the most important occasions in Israel's social reminiscence - as unexplainable in human phrases. The e-book serves to rationalise divinely ordained, prescriptive behaviour via its emphasis at the impossibility of sufficient human knowing of a previous, current and destiny ruled by way of YHWH.

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Download E-books The Library of Qumran: On the Essenes, Qumran, John the Baptist, and Jesus PDF

By Hartmut Stegemann

The significant discoveries at Qumran are unveiled during this compelling quantity through one of many world's ideal specialists on biblical archaeology and the traditional Qumran group. Drawing at the better of present examine and a radical wisdom of the entire useless Sea Scrolls, Hartmut Stegemann analyzes the aim of the Qumran cost, paints an image of the way lifestyle used to be carried on there, explores the relation of the Qumran group to John the Baptist, to Jesus, and to early Christianity, and uncovers the genuine nature of the Qumran writings, which proceed to have a profound effect on bible study today

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Download E-books Chumash: The Gutnick Edition - Book of Deuteronomy - Kol Menachem (Full Size) PDF

By Rabbi Chaim Miller

The Gutnick Chumash has won broad acclaim as one of many most sensible Chumashim on hand this day. It has a contemporary English translation of the Torah which includes and continues to be devoted to Rashi. The 'Classic questions' are drawn from a number of commentators, Midrash and Talmud. it's the first Chumash to incorporate a remark anthologized from the works of the Lubavitcher Rebbe. fantastically sure in a hand-tooled leather-based type disguise, either inside and external are guaranteed to galvanize.

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Download E-books Studies in the Book of Ben Sira: Papers of the Third International Conference on the Deuterocanonical Books, Shime'on Centre, Papa, Hungary, 18-20 ... to the Journal for the Study of Judaism) PDF

This quantity comprises the complaints of the 3rd overseas convention at the deuterocanonical literature organised by way of the Shime on Centre in Papa, Hungary. well known foreign students of the sphere deal with questions of textual content within the ebook of Ben Sira, the underlying traditions and theological questions. within the first half, the authors take care of introductory difficulties of the advanced oeuvre of Ben Sira; the second one major a part of the quantity focuses totally on the knowledge a part of ebook; ultimately, the reader will locate papers facing specific pericopae of the compliment of the Fathers part of Ben Sira."

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Download E-books David: Biblical Portraits of Power (Studies on Personalities of the Old Testament) PDF

In David, Marti J. Steussy offers a severe exam of the guy who gets extra cognizance from the outdated Testament's writers than the other human personality. This quantity, written for the nonspecialist, explores the Hebrew Bible's 3 significant images of David - present in 1 and a couple of Samuel, I Chronicles, and Psalms - and what each one implies concerning the relation among divine and worldly energy.

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