By Ishay Rosen-Zvi
In Demonic wants, Ishay Rosen-Zvi examines the idea that of yetzer hara, or evil inclination, and its evolution in biblical and rabbinic literature. opposite to present scholarship, which reads the time period less than the rubric of harmful sexual hope, Rosen-Zvi contends that during overdue antiquity the yetzer represents a common tendency towards evil. instead of the decrease physically a part of a human, the rabbinic yetzer is a depraved, subtle inciter, trying to snare people to sin. The rabbinic yetzer should still as a result no longer be learn within the culture of the Hellenistic quest for keep watch over over the decrease elements of the psyche, writes Rosen-Zvi, yet relatively within the culture of historical Jewish and Christian demonology.Rosen-Zvi conducts a scientific and finished research of the a few 100 and fifty appearances of the evil yetzer in classical rabbinic literature to discover the biblical and postbiblical look for the resources of human sinfulness. through analyzing the yetzer inside of a particular demonological culture, Demonic wishes locations the yetzer discourse within the greater context of a circulate towards psychologization in past due antiquity, during which evil—and even demons—became internalized in the human psyche. The e-book discusses quite a few manifestations of this circulation in patristic and monastic fabric, from Clement and foundation to Antony, Athanasius, and Evagrius. It concludes with a attention of the wider implications of the yetzer discourse in rabbinic anthropology.
By Yair Zakovitch
EPUB eISBN: 9780300188974
a robust hero of the Bible, Jacob can be one in all its most complicated figures. Bible tales recounting his existence frequently disclose his deception, lies, and greed—then, puzzlingly, try and justify them. during this e-book, eminent biblical student Yair Zakovitch provides an entire view of the patriarch, first interpreting Jacob and his lifestyles tale as awarded within the Bible, then additionally reconstructing the tales that the Bible writers suppressed—tales that have been famous, maybe, yet incompatible with a dead ringer for Jacob they desired to advertise. via a piece of striking "literary archaeology," Zakovitch explores the recesses of literary heritage, attaining again even to the degree of oral storytelling, to spot assets of Jacob's tale that preceded the paintings of the Genesis writers.
The biblical writers have been expert mosaic-makers, Zakovitch indicates, and their success used to be to reshape diversified pre-biblical representations of Jacob in help in their rising new faith and identification. because the writer follows Jacob in his wanderings and revelations, his successes, disgraces, and disappointments, he additionally considers the spiritual and political setting within which the Bible used to be written, providing a robust explication of early Judaism.
About the Author
Yair Zakovitch is Emeritus Father Takeji Otsuki Professor of Bible, The Hebrew college of Jerusalem, and Professor of Jewish Peoplehood, Interdisciplinary middle, Herzliya. he's writer of various commentaries and monographs at the Hebrew Bible, and co-author (with Avigdor Shinan) of 2 Israeli bestsellers. He lives in Israel.
By Matthew J. Goff
Discerning knowledge offers an summary of all of the Qumran knowledge texts. The lifeless Sea Scrolls provide the most important proof for figuring out the knowledge of the overdue moment Temple interval and the reception of conventional knowledge in Early Judaism.
By Amy-Jill Levine
Within the The Misunderstood Jew, pupil Amy-Jill Levine is helping Christians and Jews comprehend the "Jewishness" of Jesus in order that their appreciation of him deepens and a better interfaith discussion can ensue. Levine's humor and proficient truth-telling provokes sincere dialog and debate approximately how Christians and Jews may still comprehend Jesus, the hot testomony, and every different.
By Orna Kenan
Severe research of the Holocaust begun past due in Israel, rising progressively within the latter a part of the Sixties. This booklet examines the hyperlink among historical past and reminiscence in shaping Israel’s historiography of the Holocaust interval within the twenty years instantly following the Holocaust (1945–1961). in the course of that point, 3 teams developed in Israel a result of quick catastrophic earlier: the pro historians in Eretz Yisrael, the Jewish ghetto warring parties and partisans, and the "ordinary" survivors. those teams have been formed via varied reports and conceptions, and even if those teams differed substantially, their interplay inside of Israel contributed to shaping and build Israel’s attention of the Holocaust.
By Sarah Hammerschlag
The rootless Jew, wandering disconnected from heritage, native land, and nature, used to be usually the objective of early twentieth-century nationalist rhetoric aimed opposed to sleek tradition. yet following global warfare II, a few famous French philosophers recast this maligned determine in confident phrases, and in so doing remodeled postwar conceptions of politics and identity.
Sarah Hammerschlag explores this determine of the Jew from its prewar utilization to its resuscitation through Jean-Paul Sartre, Emmanuel Levinas, Maurice Blanchot, and Jacques Derrida. Sartre and Levinas idealized the Jew’s rootlessness so that it will reconsider the rules of political id. Blanchot and Derrida, in flip, used the determine of the Jew to name into query the very nature of staff identity. by way of chronicling this evolution in pondering, Hammerschlag eventually finds how the figural Jew can functionality as a serious mechanism that exposes the political risks of mythic allegiance, even if couched in universalizing or particularizing terms.
Both an highbrow historical past and a philosophical argument, The Figural Jew will set the schedule for all extra attention of Jewish id, smooth Jewish proposal, and continental philosophy.
By Simon Schama
During this magnificently illustrated cultural history—the tie-in to the PBS and BBC sequence the tale of the Jews—Simon Schama info the tale of the Jewish event, tracing it throughout 3 millennia, from their beginnings as an historical tribal humans to the hole of the hot global in 1492 to the fashionable day.
It is a narrative like no different: an epic of patience opposed to destruction, of creativity in oppression, pleasure amidst grief, the confirmation of existence opposed to the steepest of odds.
It spans the millennia and the continents—from India to Andalusia and from the bazaars of Cairo to the streets of Oxford. It takes you to unimagined areas: to a Jewish state within the mountains of southern Arabia; a Syrian synagogue sparkling with radiant wall work; the palm groves of the Jewish lifeless within the Roman catacombs. And its voices ring loud and transparent, from the severities and ecstasies of the Bible writers to the affection poems of wine bibbers in a backyard in Muslim Spain.
In the tale of the Jews, the Talmud burns within the streets of Paris, massed gibbets grasp over the streets of medieval London, a Majorcan illuminator redraws the area; candles are lit, chants are sung, mules are packed, ships loaded with spice and gem stones founder at sea.
And an excellent tale unfolds. Not—as frequently imagined—of a tradition aside, yet of a Jewish global immersed in and imprinted via the peoples between whom they've got dwelled, from the Egyptians to the Greeks, from the Arabs to the Christians.
Which makes the tale of the Jews everyone's tale, too.
By Cameron Boyd-Taylor, Julia Krivoruchko, Nicholas de Lange
The authors of the essays gathered during this quantity are all desirous about the Jewish transmission and use of Greek translations of the biblical books from overdue Antiquity to the early glossy interval. it's only in recent times that the assumption of this type of Jewish transmission has received popularity, and the current quantity represents the 1st try to assemble contributions from experts in a couple of parts, together with not just biblical and Jewish reports but additionally such disciplines as epigraphy and Byzantine heritage and literature, to enquire quite a lot of elements of the topic. The authors not just discover many of the ways that Greek-speaking Jews saved alive a convention of Greek biblical scholarship going again to precedent days, but additionally how this practice impinged on Christian biblical studies. They open a window on a forgotten bankruptcy in biblical scholarship, and whilst shed very important mild on points of Jewish lifestyles within the center a while.
By Benjamin D. Sommer
What do Jews imagine scripture is? How do the folks of the booklet conceive of the e-book of Books? In what methods is it authoritative? Who has the appropriate to interpret it? Is it divinely or humanly written? and feature Jews regularly considered the Bible within the similar manner? In seventeen cohesive and carefully researched essays, this quantity strains the best way probably the most very important Jewish thinkers all through heritage have addressed those questions from the rabbinic period during the medieval Islamic global to fashionable Jewish scholarship. They deal with why various Jewish thinkers, writers, and groups have grew to become to the Bible—and what they count on to get from it. eventually, argues editor Benjamin D. Sommer, in realizing the methods Jews build scripture, we start to appreciate the methods Jews build themselves.