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Download E-books Women's Divination in Biblical Literature: Prophecy, Necromancy, and Other Arts of Knowledge (The Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library) PDF

By Esther J. Hamori

Divination, using particular abilities and methods to achieve divine wisdom, was once practiced in lots of diverse varieties in historical Israel and during the old international. The Hebrew Bible finds numerous traditions of girls linked to divination. This delicate and incisive booklet through revered student Esther J. Hamori examines the extensive scope of women’s divinatory actions as portrayed within the Hebrew texts, delivering readers a brand new appreciation of the incredible breadth of women’s “arts of information” in biblical instances. not like prior ways to the topic that experience considered prophecy individually from other kinds of divination, Hamori’s research encompasses the total diversity of divinatory practices and the personages who played them, from the feminine prophets and the medium of En-dor to the matriarch who translates a delivery omen and the “wise ladies” of Tekoa and Abel and extra. In doing so, the writer brings into clearer concentration the advanced, wealthy, and various international of historic Israelite divination.

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Download E-books Monotheism and Tolerance: Recovering a Religion of Reason (Indiana Series in the Philosophy of Religion) PDF

By Robert Erlewine

Why are non secular tolerance and pluralism so tough to accomplish? Why is the customarily violent fundamentalist backlash opposed to them so powerful? Robert Erlewine seems to be to a brand new faith of reason behind solutions to those questions. Drawing on Enlightenment writers Moses Mendelssohn, Immanuel Kant, and Hermann Cohen, who put Christianity and Judaism in stress with tolerance and pluralism, Erlewine unearths the way to holiday the deadlock, melt hostilities, and identify equivalent relationships with the opposite. Erlewine’s restoration of a faith of cause stands against this either to secularist critics of faith who reject faith for the sake of cause and to modern non secular conservatives who eschew explanation for the sake of faith. Monotheism and Tolerance indicates how to take care of the intractable challenge of religiously prompted and justified violence.

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Download E-books A Social History of Hebrew: Its Origins Through the Rabbinic Period (The Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library) PDF

By William M. Schniedewind

More than just a style of verbal exchange shared via a standard humans, the Hebrew language used to be continuously a vital part of the Jewish cultural process and, as such, tightly interwoven into the lives of the prophets, poets, scribes, and clergymen who used it. during this exact social heritage, William Schniedewind examines classical Hebrew from its origins within the moment millennium BCE until eventually the Rabbinic interval, whilst the foundations of Judaism as we all know it at the present time have been formulated, to view the tale of the Israelites during the lens in their language.
 
Considering classical Hebrew from the viewpoint of a writing method in place of vernacular speech, Schniedewind demonstrates how the Israelites’ lengthy heritage of migration, battle, exile, and different momentous occasions is mirrored in Hebrew’s linguistic evolution. an exceptional addition to the fields of biblical and center japanese experiences, this attention-grabbing paintings brings linguistics and social background jointly for the 1st time to discover an historical culture.

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Download E-books Praise Israel for Wisdom and Instruction: Essays on Ben Sira and Wisdom, the Letter of Aristeas and the Septuagint (Supplements to the Journal for the Study of Judaism) PDF

This choice of articles is consultant of my paintings during the last decade. It facilities at the interrelated issues of translation, social position, and transmission of culture in a variety of early Jewish texts.

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Download E-books The Jews of Beirut: The Rise of a Levantine Community, 1860s-1930s (Studies in Judaism) PDF

By Tomer Levi

The Jews of Beirut: the increase of a Levantine group, 1860s-1930s is the 1st learn to enquire the emergence of an geared up and colourful Jewish neighborhood in Beirut within the past due Ottoman and French interval. considered within the context of port urban revival, the writer explores how and why the Jewish group replaced in this time in its social unity, organizational constitution, and ideological affiliations. Tomer Levi defines the Jewish group as a «Levantine» production of late-nineteenth-century port urban revival, characterised by way of cultural and social range, centralized management, effective association, and a service provider classification engaged in trade and philanthropy. additionally, the writer indicates how the placement of the Jewish neighborhood within the exact multi-community constitution of Lebanese society affected inner advancements in the Jewish group.

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Download E-books Jewish Funerary Customs, Practices, and Rites in the Second Temple Period (Supplements to the Journal for the Study of Judaism) PDF

By Rachel Hachlili

Learn of burials constitutes one of many major trustworthy assets of knowledge on the topic of quite a few facets of funerary practices and rituals, and provides a conception of historical social lifestyles and group association. the fabric continues to be of mortuary rituals is valuable in reconstructing the historical past of a society, its spiritual ideals and its social outlook. Tombs supply considerable info at the creative style evinced via funerary structure and the ornamentation of receptacles and gadgets. alterations in Jewish funerary practices didn't regulate the plan and structure of the tombs. even though the funerary rites replaced from inhumation in coffins and loculi to secondary burial by way of accumulating bones in ossuaries the artifacts linked to those graves didn't alter a lot and point out that those have been culturally and socially exact humans. The research outlines the fabric preserved within the historic Jewish cemeteries of the second one Temple interval (first century BCE to first century CE) at Jerusalem, Jericho, En Gedi, Qumran and a few different tomb sites."

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Download E-books The Book of Jubilees: Or the Little Genesis; Translated From the Editor's Ethiopic Text and Edited, With Introduction, Notes and Indices (Classic Reprint) PDF

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I had was hoping to factor this observation at the booklet of Jubilees really six years in the past, as a sequel to my variation of the Ethiopic and different fragmentary types of this paintings; yet after writing a wide component of it, i used to be obliged to desert the duty, as I felt that in some way I had did not provide a passable interpretation of the textual content, notwithstanding on the time i couldn't comprehend in which my incapacity lay. A 12 months or later whilst creating a targeted learn of the Testaments of the XII. Patriarchs, I got here to find that the resource of my failure lay in my reputation of the normal view that Jubilees was once written within the first century of the Christian period. as long as I wrote from this point of view, my notes turned progressively more a laboured apologetic for the composition of this paintings within the first century. The earliest approximation to the appropriate date seemed in my article at the "Testaments of the XII. Patriarchs" within the Encyclopædia Biblica, i. 241, 1899, the place, after giving grounds for the view that the most bulk of that paintings used to be written sooner than a hundred B.C., I concluded that we should always "regard either works (i.e. the Testaments and Jubilees) as virtually modern, and as emanating from an identical university of thought."

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