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Imagining the Jewish God

By Leonard Kaplan,Ken Koltun-Fromm
  • ISBN Code: : 1498517501
  • Publisher : Lexington Books
  • Pages : 574
  • Category : Religion
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Jewish art has always been with us, but so has a broader canvas of Jewish imaginings: in thought, in emotion, in text, and in ritual practice. Imagining the Jewish God was there in the beginning, as it were, engraved and embedded in the ways Jews lived and responded to their God.This book attempts to give voice to these diverse imaginings of the Jewish God, and offers these collected essays and poems as a living text meant to provoke a substantive and nourishing dialogue. A responsive, living covenant lies at the heart of this book—a covenantal reciprocity that actively engages the dynamics of Jewish thinking and acting in dialogue with God. The contributors to this volume are committed to this form of textual reasoning, even as they all move us beyond the “text” as foundational for the imagined “people of the book.” That people, we submit, lives and breathes in and beyond the texts of poetry, narrative, sacred literature, film, and graphic mediums. We imagine the Jewish people, and the covenant they respond to, as provocative intimations of the divine. The essays in this volume seek to draw these vocal intimations out so that we can all hear their resonant call.

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  • Publisher : U of Nebraska Press
  • Book Code : 0827611420
  • Total of Pages : 192
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 728
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The story of Abraham smashing his father’s idols might be the most important Jewish story ever told and the key to how Jews define themselves. In a work at once deeply erudite and wonderfully accessible, Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin conducts readers through the life and legacy of this powerful story and explains how it has shaped Jewish consciousness. Offering a radical view of Jewish existence, The Gods Are Broken! views the story of the young Abraham as the “primal trauma” of Jewish history, one critical to the development of a certain Jewish comfort with rebelliousness and one that, happening in every generation, has helped Jews develop a unique identity. Salkin shows how the story continues to reverberate through the ages, even in its connection to the phenomenon of anti-Semitism. Salkin’s work—combining biblical texts, archaeology, rabbinic insights, Hasidic texts (some never before translated), philosophy, history, poetry, contemporary Jewish thought, sociology, and popular culture—is nothing less than a journey through two thousand years of Jewish life and intellectual endeavor.

Economy of the Covenants Between God and Man

By Herman Witsius
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  • Publisher : Titus Books
  • Book Code : N.a
  • Total of Pages : 472
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 368
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Hermann Witsius (1636 – 1708) was a Dutch theologian whose massive, pioneering work on the covenants in Scripture remains a significant contribution to Reformed theology. This classic work is organized as follows: Preface The Life of the Author Book I Chapter I. Of the Divine Covenants in General Chapter II. Of the Contracting Parties in the Covenant of Works Chapter III. Of the Law or Condition of the Covenant of Works Chapter IV. Of the Promises of the Covenant of Works Chapter V. Of the Penal Sanction Chapter VI. Of the Sacraments of the Covenant of Works Chapter VII. Of the First Sabbath Chapter VIII. Of the Violation of the Covenant of Works on the Part of Man Chapter IX. Of the Abrogation of the Covenant of Works on the Part of God Book II Chapter I. Introduction to the Covenant of Grace Chapter II. Of the Covenant Between God the Father and the Son Chapter III. The Nature of the Covenant Between the Father and the Son More Fully Explained Chapter IV. Of the Person of the Surety Chapter V. Of the Suretiship and Satisfaction of Christ Chapter VI. What Sufferings of Christ Are Satisfactory Chapter VII. Of the Efficacy of Christ’s Satisfaction Chapter VIII. Of the Necessity of Christ’s Satisfaction Chapter IX. Of the Persons for Whom Christ Engaged and Satisfied Chapter X. After What Manner Christ Used the Sacraments Book III Chapter I. Of the Covenant of God With the Elect Chapter II. Of the Oneness of the Covenant of Grace, as to Its Substance Chapter III. Of the Different Economies or Dispensations of the Covenant of Grace Chapter IV. Of Election Chapter V. Of Effectual Calling Chapter VI. Of Regeneration Chapter VII. Of Faith Chapter VIII. Of Justification Chapter IX. Of Spiritual Peace Chapter X. Of Adoption Book III Chapter XI. Of the Spirit of Adoption Chapter XII. Of Sanctification Chapter XIII. Of Conservation Chapter XIV. Of Glorification Book IV Chapter I. Of the Doctrine of Salvation in the First Age of the World Chapter II. Of the Doctrine of Grace Under Noah Chapter III. Of the Doctrine of Grace From Abraham to Moses Chapter IV. Of the Decalogue Chapter V. Of the Doctrine of the Prophets Chapter VI. Of the Types Chapter VII. Of the Sacraments of Grace Down to Abraham Chapter VIII. Of Circumcision Chapter IX. Of the Passover Chapter X. Of the Extraordinary Sacraments in the Wilderness Chapter XI. Of the Blessings of the Old Testament Chapter XII. Of the Imperfections Falsely Ascribed to the Old Testament Chapter XIII. Of the Real Defects of the Old Testament Chapter XIV. Of the Abrogation of the Old Testament Chapter XV. Of the Benefits of the New Testament Chapter XVI. Of Baptism Chapter XVII. Of the Lord’s Supper

Mouth of the Donkey

By Laura Duhan-Kaplan
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  • Publisher : Wipf and Stock Publishers
  • Book Code : 1725259052
  • Total of Pages : 94
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 181
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The Hebrew Bible is filled with animals. Snakes and ravens share meals with people; donkeys and sheep work alongside us; eagles and lions inspire us; locusts warn us. How should we read their stories? What can they teach us about ecology, spirituality, and ethics? Author Laura Duhan-Kaplan explores these questions, weaving together biology, Kabbalah, rabbinic midrash, Indigenous wisdom, modern literary methods, and personal experiences. She re-imagines Jacob’s sheep as family, Balaam’s donkey as a spiritual director, Eve’s snake as a misguided helper. Finally, Rabbi Laura invites metaphorical eagles, locusts, and mother bears to help us see anew, confront human violence, and raise children who live peacefully on the land.

'Imagining' Biblical Worlds

By David M. Gunn,Paula McNutt
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  • Publisher : A&C Black
  • Book Code : 0567189902
  • Total of Pages : 354
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 664
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The essays in this volume address the interface between biblical studies, archaeology, sociology and cultural anthropology, celebrating the pioneering work of James Flanagan. In particular, this collection explores various ways in which the real ancient world is constructed by the modern critical reader with the aid of various theoretical and practical tools.The contributors to this volume have all been involved with Flanagan and his projects during his academic career and the essays carry forward the important interdisciplinary agendas he has encouraged. Part One deals with his recent interest in spatiality and Part Two with social and historical constructs.This book in James Flanagan's honour represents a significant statement of research in an area of biblical and historical research that is increasingly important yet surprisingly under-represented.

Why the Jews Rejected Jesus

By David Klinghoffer
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  • Publisher : Harmony
  • Book Code : 0307424219
  • Total of Pages : 256
  • Category : Social Science
  • Members : 235
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Why did the Jews reject Jesus? Was he really the son of God? Were the Jews culpable in his death? These ancient questions have been debated for almost two thousand years, most recently with the release of Mel Gibson’s explosive The Passion of the Christ. The controversy was never merely academic. The legal status and security of Jews—often their very lives—depended on the answer. In WHY THE JEWS REJECTED JESUS, David Klinghoffer reveals that the Jews since ancient times accepted not only the historical existence of Jesus but the role of certain Jews in bringing about his crucifixion and death. But he also argues that they had every reason to be skeptical of claims for his divinity. For one thing, Palestine under Roman occupation had numerous charismatic would-be messiahs, so Jesus would not have been unique, nor was his following the largest of its kind. For another, the biblical prophecies about the coming of the Messiah were never fulfilled by Jesus, including an ingathering of exiles, the rise of a Davidic king who would defeat Israel’s enemies, the building of a new Temple, and recognition of God by the gentiles. Above all, the Jews understood their biblically commanded way of life, from which Jesus’s followers sought to “free” them, as precious, immutable, and eternal. Jews have long been blamed for Jesus’s death and stigmatized for rejecting him. But Jesus lived and died a relatively obscure figure at the margins of Jewish society. Indeed, it is difficult to argue that “the Jews” of his day rejected Jesus at all, since most Jews had never heard of him. The figure they really rejected, often violently, was Paul, who convinced the Jerusalem church led by Jesus’s brother to jettison the observance of Jewish law. Paul thus founded a new religion. If not for him, Christianity would likely have remained a Jewish movement, and the course of history itself would have been changed. Had the Jews accepted Jesus, Klinghoffer speculates, Christianity would not have conquered Europe, and there would be no Western civilization as we know it. WHY THE JEWS REJECTED JESUS tells the story of this long, acrimonious, and occasionally deadly debate between Christians and Jews. It is thoroughly engaging, lucidly written, and in many ways highly original. Though written from a Jewish point of view, it is also profoundly respectful of Christian sensibilities. Coming at a time when Christians and Jews are in some ways moving closer than ever before, this thoughtful and provocative book represents a genuine effort to heal the ancient rift between these two great faith traditions.

Studies in Bible and Feminist Criticism (JPS Scholar of Distinction Series)

By Tikva Frymer-Kensky
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  • Publisher : Jewish Publication Society
  • Book Code : 0827609973
  • Total of Pages : 463
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 290
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Each of the 30 essays here delves into a topic that gives us much food for thought: the Bible as interpreted through ancient Near-Eastern creation myths, flood myths, and goddess myths; gender in the Bible; the feminist approach to Jewish law; comparative Jewish and Christian perspectives on the Hebrew Bible; biblical perspectives on ecology; creating a theology of healing; feminine God-talk. The volume concludes with the author's own original prayers in the form of poetic meditations on pregnancy and birthing. This book is unique, not only because it is the only volume in the JPS Scholar of Distinction series written by a woman, but also because Frymer-Kensky's personal and forthright voice resonates so clearly throughout each piece. Scholars and students of Bible, Jewish studies, and women's studies will surely find this to be a one-of-a kind collection.

I and Thou

By Martin Buber
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  • Publisher : eBookIt.com
  • Book Code : 1456610821
  • Total of Pages : 126
  • Category : Philosophy
  • Members : 711
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I AND THOU is one of the most important books of Western Theology. In it, Martin Buber, heavily influenced by the writings of Nietzsche, unites the proto-Existentialist currents of modern German thought with the Judeo-Christian tradition, powerfully updating faith for modern times. Since its first appearance in Germany in 1923, this slender volume has become one of the epoch-making works of our time.This work is the centerpiece of Buber's philosophy. It lays out a view of the world in which human beings can enter into relationships usung their innermost and whole beings to form true partnerships. This is the original English translation, and it was prepared in the author;'s presence.

Christianity In Jewish Terms

By Tikva Frymer-kensky,David Novak,Peter Ochs,David Sandmel,Michael Singer
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  • Publisher : Basic Books
  • Book Code : 0786722894
  • Total of Pages : 464
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 764
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Over the past few decades, there has been a dramatic and unprecedented shift in Jewish -- Christian relations, including signs of a new, improved Christian attitude towards Jews. Christianity in Jewish Terms is a Jewish theological response to the profound changes that have taken place in Christian thought. The book is divided into ten chapters, each of which features a main essay, written by a Jewish scholar, that explores the meaning of a set of Christian beliefs. Following the essay are responses from a second Jewish scholar and a Christian scholar. Designed to generate new conversations within the American Jewish community and between the Jewish and Christian communities, Christianity in Jewish Terms lays the foundation for better understanding. It was named a Choice Outstanding Academic Book of 2001.

Women Remaking American Judaism

By Riv-Ellen Prell
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  • Publisher : Wayne State University Press
  • Book Code : 0814335683
  • Total of Pages : 344
  • Category : Social Science
  • Members : 324
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The rise of Jewish feminism, a branch of both second-wave feminism and the American counterculture, in the late 1960s had an extraordinary impact on the leadership, practice, and beliefs of American Jews. Women Remaking American Judaism is the first book to fully examine the changes in American Judaism as women fought to practice their religion fully and to ensure that its rituals, texts, and liturgies reflected their lives. In addition to identifying the changes that took place, this volume aims to understand the process of change in ritual, theology, and clergy across the denominations. The essays in Women Remaking American Judaism offer a paradoxical understanding of Jewish feminism as both radical, in the transformational sense, and accomodationist, in the sense that it was thoroughly compatible with liberal Judaism. Essays in the first section, Reenvisioning Judaism, investigate the feminist challenges to traditional understanding of Jewish law, texts, and theology. In Redefining Judaism, the second section, contributors recognize that the changes in American Judaism were ultimately put into place by each denomination, their law committees, seminaries, rabbinic courts, rabbis, and synagogues, and examine the distinct evolution of women’s issues in the Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, and Reconstructionist movements. Finally, in the third section, Re-Framing Judaism, essays address feminist innovations that, in some cases, took place outside of the synagogue. An introduction by Riv-Ellen Prell situates the essays in both American and modern Jewish history and offers an analysis of why Jewish feminism was revolutionary. Women Remaking American Judaism raises provocative questions about the changes to Judaism following the feminist movement, at every turn asking what change means in Judaism and other American religions and how the fight for equality between men and women parallels and differs from other changes in Judaism. Women Remaking American Judaism will be of interest to both scholars of Jewish history and women’s studies.

The Last Passage

By Donald Heinz
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  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Book Code : 9780198027607
  • Total of Pages : 320
  • Category : Social Science
  • Members : 591
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Is death merely the cessation of life? Are our final years simply a wearing out of the body? Are hospitals and funeral homes--the bureaucratic machinery of death--capable of handling the profound spiritual dimension of dying? In The Last Passage, Donald Heinz offers wise answers to these questions in a book that urges us to "recover a death of our own" and to view our final years as a fulfillment, a "last career." Despite the recent spate of books on death and dying, death remains a fact our culture tries desperately to ignore. In other times and in other cultures, preparing for death was seen as an important spiritual task--perhaps the most important task of our lives. Heinz argues that we can reconceive of death, reinvest it with meaning, and save it from becoming a meaningless biological event. Seeking appropriate models for such a reconstruction, Heinz offers a fascinating overview of the many ways death has been envisioned and ritualized throughout human history, from the Tibetan Book of the Dead to 15th century Christian ars moriendi--manuals on the art of dying--and from Jean Paul Sartre to Elizabeth Kubler-Ross. He also surveys the more recent contributions of psychologists, anthropologists, cultural critics, and death awareness advocates, whose efforts have largely failed to integrate death into a larger human story and the larger human community. Finally, Heinz shows us how we might create rituals through the use of music, visual arts, dance, drama, and language that would enable us to approach death with reverence, as the spiritual consummation of our lives.

Imagination and Fantasy in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Time

By Albrecht Classen
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  • Publisher : Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
  • Book Code : 311069378X
  • Total of Pages : 820
  • Category : History
  • Members : 335
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The notions of other peoples, cultures, and natural conditions have always been determined by the epistemology of imagination and fantasy, providing much freedom and creativity, and yet have also created much fear, anxiety, and horror. In this regard, the pre-modern world demonstrates striking parallels with our own insofar as the projections of alterity might be different by degrees, but they are fundamentally the same by content. Dreams, illusions, projections, concepts, hopes, utopias/dystopias, desires, and emotional attachments are as specific and impactful as the physical environment. This volume thus sheds important light on the various lenses used by people in the Middle Ages and the early modern age as to how they came to terms with their perceptions, images, and notions. Previous scholarship focused heavily on the history of mentality and history of emotions, whereas here the history of pre-modern imagination, and fantasy assumes center position. Imaginary things are taken seriously because medieval and early modern writers and artists clearly reveal their great significance in their works and their daily lives. This approach facilitates a new deep-structure analysis of pre-modern culture.