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Category: Sacred Writings

The Vanishing Hebrew Harlot: The Adventures of the Hebrew by Irene E. Riegner

By Irene E. Riegner

The Vanishing Hebrew Harlot is written with targets: First, to recuperate the middle that means of the Hebrew stem ZNH as a posh of non-Yahwist rituals, deities, associations and ideology typical in old Israel and Judah. With this knowing, the writer assigns the interpretation worth «participate in non-Yahwist spiritual praxis» to ZNH. the second one goal is to appreciate how this center that means got here to be encrusted with promiscuity, prostitution, and detestable issues, and, notably, with adultery, a capital offense, in addition to with non secular infection and its damaging results. within the biblical texts, the stem ZNH, which contains a advanced of non-Yahwist spiritual practices, operates in a strong, adverse dating to the Yahwist complicated of non secular practices. due to the fact non-Yahwist sacrifices characterize the repudiation of Yahweh, non-Yahwist sacrifices arouse fierce competition. The prophets Hosea and Jeremiah seize this hostile dating and of their advocacy for Yahweh infuse non-Yahwist praxis with photos of illicit sexual encounters and with the creation of non secular illness that may result in the devastation of Israel and Judah and to the exile in their population. the recent constitution of ZNH that emerges with Hosea and Jeremiah is person who re-visions ZNH actions by way of incorporating repugnant sexual imagery and devastating theological illness into the center of non-Yahwist praxis. even if, ZNH additionally has a sexual signification in contexts which are self sufficient of and specified from cultic contexts. The stem ZNH is tested in its old close to jap setting, however the thrust of this study is the research of ZNH in its Hebrew textual setting utilizing recommendations from cognitive linguistics: community of institutions, linked commonplaces, and mixing.

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Buddhist Sutras: Origin, Development, Transmission by Rebecca Davis, Kogen Mizuno, Morio Takanashi, Koichiro

By Rebecca Davis, Kogen Mizuno, Morio Takanashi, Koichiro Yoshida, Takahiro Matsumura, Kazumasa Osaka

This e-book bargains an engrossing account either one of the foundation and improvement of the sutras and of the priests who braved perilous trips and mastered surprising languages with the intention to hold the sutras to new lands.

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Passing Through the Gateless Barrier: Kōan Practice for Real by Guo Gu

By Guo Gu

The vintage thirteenth-century selection of Zen koans with probably the most available commentaries up to now, from a chinese language Zen teacher.

Gateways to awakening encompass us at each second of our lives. the full function of kōan (gong’an, in chinese language) perform is to maintain us from lacking those myriad possibilities via prime us to convinced gates that experience characteristically been potent for individuals to entry that amazing awakening. The forty-eight kōans of the Gateless Barrier (Chinese: Wumenguan; jap: Mumonkan) were waking humans up for good over 8 hundred years. Chan instructor Guo Gu offers right here a clean translation of the vintage textual content, besides the 1st English statement via a instructor of the chinese language culture from which it originated. He indicates that the kōans during this textual content aren't mere tales from prior, yet are relatively tips that could the locations in our lives the place we get stuck—and that every sticking element, whilst tested, can develop into a gateless barrier by which we will be able to input into profound knowledge.

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The Trickster Revisited: Deception as a Motif in the by Dean Andrew Nicholas

By Dean Andrew Nicholas

The Trickster Revisited: Deception as a Motif within the Pentateuch explores using deception within the Pentateuch and uncovers a brand new realizing of the trickster’s functionality within the Hebrew Bible. whereas conventional readings usually «whitewash» the biblical characters, exonerating them of any wrongdoing, sleek students usually clarify those stories as major at a few prior element in Israelite culture. yet this learn asks the query: what position does the trickster have within the later pentateuchal atmosphere? contemplating the paintings of Victor Turner and the mythic functionality of the trickster, The Trickster Revisited explores the connections among tricksters, the rite de passage development, marginalization, and liminality. Marginalized contributors and groups usually locate trickster stories major, for that reason trickster tales frequently persist with an analogous literary trend. After tracing this development through the Pentateuch, particularly the patriarchal narratives and Moses’ interplay with Pharaoh within the Exodus, the booklet discusses the that means those tales had for the canonizers of the Pentateuch. the writer argues that during the Exile and post-exilic interval, because the canon was once forming, the trickster used to be the appropriate manifestation of Israel’s self-perception. The cognitive dissonance of prophetic phrases of wish and grandeur, in mild of a meager socio-economic and political truth, prompted the kingdom to spot itself because the trickster. during this method, Israel might clarify its lowly country as a brief (but nonetheless major) «betwixt and between», at the threshold of an increase in prestige, i.e. the nice coming near near nation envisioned by means of the prophets.

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Dead Sea Scrolls Handbook by Professor of Bible and Ancient Jewish Literature Devorah

By Professor of Bible and Ancient Jewish Literature Devorah Dimant, Donald Parry

Dead Sea Scrolls Handbook offers Hebrew and Aramaic transcriptions of roughly 450 non-biblical texts from Qumran, prepared in line with the sequential variety of the composition and the Qumran Cave. therefore, the texts are prepared as follows: 1Q14, 1QpHab, 1Q15, 1Q16, 1Q17, and so on. This association presents ordinary entry to the texts in one quantity and allows utilization of the Handbook. The Handbook's texts, derived from the works of efficient and entire Qumran students, characterize major contributions to Qumran reports.

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The Wars of The Lord by Levi Ben Gershom, Seymour Feldman

By Levi Ben Gershom, Seymour Feldman

The Wars of the Lord is the main treatise of Levi ben Gershom of Provence (1288-1344), probably the most inventive and bold minds of the medieval global. The paintings, an remarkable fulfillment of Jewish inspiration, is dedicated to an illustration that the Torah, effectively understood, is similar to actual philosophy.

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The Hasidic Parable: An Anthology with Commentary by Rabbi Aryeh Wineman

By Rabbi Aryeh Wineman

The academics of Hasidism gave new lifestyles to the literary culture of parable, a narrative that teaches a religious or ethical fact. In The Hasidic Parable, acclaimed writer Aryeh Wineman takes readers during the nice works of the hasidic storytellers. Telling parables, explains Rabbi Wineman, used to be a technique that the hasidic masters used to foster a thorough shift in considering God, the area, and the values and norms of non secular existence. even though those parables date again two hundred years or extra, they take care of ethical and spiritual topics and matters nonetheless appropriate at the present time. every one is observed via notes and statement by way of the writer that remove darkness from their ideological value and their historic roots and historical past. those parables were culled from classical hasidic homiletic texts, selected due to their literary features, their rationalization of key options within the hasidic world-view, and likewise as a result of what they are saying to us concerning the conflicts and tensions accompanying Hasidism's emergence and development.

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Methods for Exodus (Methods in Biblical Interpretation) by Thomas B. Dozeman PhD

By Thomas B. Dozeman PhD

Tools for Exodus is a textbook on biblical method. The booklet introduces readers to 6 certain methodologies that relief within the interpretation of the publication of Exodus: literary and rhetorical, style, resource and redaction, liberation, feminist, and postcolonial criticisms. Describing every one method, the amount additionally explores how different tools relate to and supplement each other. every one bankruptcy incorporates a precis of the hermeneutical presuppositions of a specific process with a precis of the impression of the strategy at the interpretation of the booklet of Exodus. additionally, Exodus 1-2 and 19-20 are used to demonstrate the applying of every way to particular texts. The publication is exclusive in providing a large methodological dialogue with all illustrations established at the publication of Exodus.

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