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Josephus: The Complete Works

By Flavius Josephus

You haven't accomplished your biblical knowing till you've traveled again to the lands the place all of it happened. you can now pay attention the sounds and notice the attractions, meet the folk who have been there while it occurred. This accomplished account from the mythical Jewish historian takes you correct into the motion, developing the ancient relevance of first-century occasions, taking you all of the means from construction to Roman profession. within the approach, Josephus offers immense first-hand corroboration of the biblical list. most significantly, you'll meet the old Jesus in Josephus' writings, in addition to John the Baptist and different widely used faces. You'll be ready to comprehend the history of the Bible like by no means ahead of.

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A Hen for Izzy Pippik

By Aubrey Davis

Whilst Shaina reveals a powerful rooster, she understands that Izzy Pippik, the hen's proprietor, is certain to come back for her. meanwhile, Shaina comes to a decision she is going to deal with the animal. but if dozens of eggs hatch and rowdy chickens scatter in the course of the village, Shaina needs to struggle the total city if she has any wish of defending the birds. encouraged by way of Jewish and Islamic conventional texts, this can be a attractive story approximately doing the perfect factor, even within the face of adversity.

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The David Story: A Translation with Commentary of 1 and 2 Samuel

"A masterpiece of up to date Bible translation and commentary."―Los Angeles Times publication evaluation, top Books of 1999

Acclaimed for its masterful new translation and insightful observation, The David Story is a clean, vibrant rendition of 1 of the good works in Western literature. Robert Alter's extraordinary translation offers us David, the gorgeous, musical hero who slays Goliath and, via his struggles with Saul, advances to the kingship of Israel. yet this David can be absolutely human: an formidable, calculating guy who navigates his life's direction with a fallacious ethical imaginative and prescient. the implications for him, his relatives, and his country are tragic and bloody. old personage and full-blooded imagining, David is the production of a literary artist such as the Shakespeare of the background performs. One map

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Hebrew-English Tanakh: the Jewish Bible

By Varda Books

Nice version of the Jewish Bible (or TaNaKh, or outdated testomony) in accordance with the oldest entire extant version, the Leningrad Codex (the Aleppo Codex is famously lacking lots of the Pentateuch) that dynamically hyperlinks to this publisher's types of the Brown-Driver-Briggs Lexicon and several other classical Jewish commentators.
The lexicon are available the following:

Please observe that the interpretation is the generally on hand 1917 JPS translation, now not the fashionable one. this isn't a electronic model of the JPS Tanakh, with its extra sleek translation and no matter what textual idiosyncracies it could actually have, regardless of the similarities in typesetting.

Publisher's Description
Multi-platform, digital variation of masoretic textual content of the Holy Scriptures position subsequent to vintage Jewish translation. It combines the main authoritative digital version of Hebrew Bible -- in accordance with the Leningrad Codex and entire with cantillation marks, vocalization and verse numbers, -- including the Jewish translation which has a lot to suggest to either scholars and students of Hebrew Bible. Tanakh is ready in Adobe PDF layout so it may be used on-line in addition to offline on any computer aiding PDF files.

About Hebrew text

Using Michigan-Claremont ASCII textual content, the preliminary Hebrew model of this Tanakh was once created through Varda snap shots in 1998 to compare the first textual witness, the so-called Leningrad Codex, and ultimately Biblia Hebraica Stutgartensia (BHS) which bases itself on it.

Since then the textual content has considerably developed via incorporating hundreds of thousands of corrections recommended to Varda Graphics' by means of its personal staff, editors of the United Bible Society, David Stein--during Varda Graphics' typesetting of the JPS Hebrew-English Tanakh,--and, extra lately, by way of computer-comparison performed by way of the past due Rabbi Mordechai Breuer in the course of his paintings on Keter Yerushalaim (these effects were in simple terms in part integrated as far as the paintings on them continues). in the course of its practise, the Hebrew textual content was once reformatted according to standards of the Jewish law.

About English translation
Originally released in 1917 by means of the Jewish e-book Society of Philadelphia, this translation is used right here because:

  • it is a smart translation which that's delicate to Jewish tradition
  • it has been utilized in many vital Chumashim, Sidurim, and different Jewish-interest books
  • it follows the authorized between Jews series of Biblical books
  • it is in public area and therefore is obtainable for use in a superb number of ways
  • it is particularly literal in its procedure and is hence can frequently be extra helpful than idiomatic translations which frequently cover greater than display the multiplicity of attainable meanings embedded within the unique text
  • it is utilizing a sort of English which, whereas a section archaic, truly presents extra grammatical kinds to mirror Hebrew
  • From translators: ". . . A translation destined for the folk can stick with just one textual content, and that has to be the normal. however a translator isn't a transcriber of the textual content. His primary functionality is to make the Hebrew intelligible. devoted even though he needs to be to the Hebrew idiom, he'll however be pressured by way of the genius of the English language to take advantage of circumlocution, so as to add a observe or , to change the series of phrases, and so on. as a rule, our rule has been that, the place the observe or phrases additional are implied within the Hebrew building, no gadget is used to mark the addition; the place, nonetheless, the addition isn't really immediately to be inferred from the unique wording and but turns out precious for the certainty, it's been enclosed in brackets. obviously opinion will vary as to what might be deemed an addition warranted through the Hebrew building and what won't, yet as intelligibility used to be the relevant target, the Editors have felt justified in making their additions, sparingly it's precise, yet however as usually because the party required.

    We have proposal it right to restrict the margin to the shortest compass, confining it to such elucidation of and references to the literal which means as are completely worthwhile for making the interpretation intelligible. The Rabbis enumerate eighteen circumstances during which the scribes consciously altered the textual content. we've referred to as realization to a transformation of this nature in Judges xviii. 30.

    Personal pronouns concerning the Deity were capitalized. As an relief to clearness direct discourse has been indicated by means of citation marks. within the prophetical writings, the place the speech of the prophet imperceptibly glides into the phrases of the Deity, and within the felony parts of the Pentateuch, it's been proposal top to exploit citation marks sparingly. even if the spelling of right names within the English Bible generally deviates a bit of from a correct illustration of the Hebrew, it has however been deemed clever, as a result of the familiarity of Hebrew names of their ordinary English shape, usually to keep the present spelling."

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    Levinas and the Ancients (Studies in Continental Thought)

    The relation among the Greek and Judeo-Christian traditions is "the nice challenge" of Western philosophy, in accordance with Emmanuel Levinas. during this ebook Brian Schroeder, Silvia Benso, and a world team of philosophers deal with the connection among Levinas and the area of historical notion. as well as philosophy, subject matters relating faith, mythology, metaphysics, ontology, epistemology, ethics, and politics also are explored. the quantity as a complete presents a unified and prolonged dialogue of the way an engagement among Levinas and thinkers from the traditional culture works to complement understandings of either. This booklet opens new pathways in old and smooth philosophical stories because it illuminates new interpretations of Levinas' ethics and his social and political philosophy.

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    It's Easier to Reach Heaven Than the End of the Street: A Jerusalem Memoir

    By Emma Williams

    In August, 2000, Emma Williams arrived along with her 3 young children in Jerusalem to hitch her husband and to paintings as a physician. A month later, the Palestinian intifada erupted. For the subsequent 3 years, she was once to witness an surprising sequence of occasions within which millions of lives, together with her personal, have been grew to become the other way up. Williams lived at the very border of East and West Jerusalem, operating with Palestinians in Ramallah through the day and spending evenings with Israelis in Tel Aviv. Weaving own tales and conversations with buddies and co-workers into the lengthy and fraught political historical past, Williams' strong memoir brings to existence the realities of the Palestinian-Israeli clash. She vividly recollects giving start to her fourth baby in the course of the siege of Bethlehem, and her horror whilst a suicide bomber blew his personal head into the schoolyard the place her young children performed on a daily basis. figuring out in her judgement, but unsparing in her honesty, Williams exposes the humanity, in addition to the hypocrisy on the middle of each side' reports. a person desirous to comprehend this intractable and intricate dispute will locate this distinctive account a fresh and an illuminating learn.

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    Number the Stars

    By Lois Lowry

    As the German troops commence their crusade to "relocate" all of the Jews of Denmark, Annemarie Johansen’s relatives takes in Annemarie’s ally, Ellen Rosen, and conceals her as a part of the family.

    Through the eyes of ten-year-old Annemarie, we watch because the Danish Resistance smuggles virtually the full Jewish inhabitants of Denmark, approximately seven thousand humans, around the sea to Sweden. The heroism of a whole country reminds us that there has been satisfaction and human decency on this planet even in the course of a time of terror and war.

    With a brand new creation via the author.

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    Searching for a Distant God: The Legacy of Maimonides

    By Kenneth Seeskin

    Monotheism is mostly thought of Judaism's maximum contribution to global tradition, however it is way from transparent what monotheism is. This paintings examines the suggestion that monotheism isn't really loads a declare concerning the variety of God as a declare concerning the nature of God. Seeskin argues that the assumption of a God who's break free his construction and detailed is not only an abstraction yet an appropriate foundation for worship. He examines this end within the contexts of prayer, production, sabbath observance, repentance, non secular freedom, and love of God. Maimonides performs a principal function within the argument either due to his value to Jewish self-understanding and since he offers with the query of the way philosophic principles are embodied in spiritual ritual.

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    The Scandal of Kabbalah: Leon Modena, Jewish Mysticism, Early Modern Venice (Jews, Christians, and Muslims from the Ancient to the Modern World)

    By Yaacob Dweck

    The Scandal of Kabbalah is the 1st booklet in regards to the origins of a tradition battle that all started in early glossy Europe and maintains to today: the controversy among kabbalists and their critics at the nature of Judaism and the which means of non secular culture. From its medieval beginnings as an esoteric kind of Jewish mysticism, Kabbalah unfold in the course of the early smooth global and have become a vital characteristic of Jewish lifestyles. students have lengthy studied the progressive influence of Kabbalah, yet, as Yaacob Dweck argues, they've got misunderstood the nature and timing of competition to it.

    Drawing on various formerly unexamined resources, this e-book tells the tale of the 1st feedback of Kabbalah, Ari Nohem, written by way of Leon Modena in Venice in 1639. during this scathing indictment of Venetian Jews who had embraced Kabbalah as an actual type of old esotericism, Modena proved the new origins of Kabbalah and sought to persuade his readers to come back to the spiritualized rationalism of Maimonides.

    The Scandal of Kabbalah examines the hallmarks of Jewish modernity displayed by way of Modena's attack--a severe research of sacred texts, skepticism approximately non secular truths, and self-consciousness in regards to the past--and exhibits how those traits and the later historical past of his polemic problem traditional understandings of the connection among Kabbalah and modernity. Dweck argues that Kabbalah used to be the topic of serious inquiry within the very interval it got here to dominate Jewish existence instead of centuries later as so much students have thought.

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