By Burton Visotzky
From Mesopotamia to Modernity is a one quantity advent to either Jewish historical past and literature from its earliest occasions as much as the current. major specialists in every one box of Jewish heritage and literature give a contribution unique and entire essays introducing their topics. starting readers will research the rudiments for extra examine, and students could be refreshed by means of the balanced, but tough remedies came across here.These introductory essays conceal so much significant elements of Jewish reviews from the Bible and its time as much as smooth Judaism. The paintings is designed to serve undergraduate and graduate classes in Judaism in addition to Church and Synagogue grownup examine classes. perfect for examining teams, this paintings will lead readers to additional examine of the various matters thought of. each one essay covers the elemental box, be it in a given period of Jewish heritage or in an outlined quarter of Jewish literature. feedback for extra interpreting will help the reader in relocating past this quantity to discover a given zone in additional aspect. The introductions variety from encyclopedic element via elegiac essay and enthusiastic appreciation of the sector thought of. The authors carry positions in significant educational associations through the usa and Israel.
By Sarah Hammerschlag
The rootless Jew, wandering disconnected from background, place of birth, and nature, used to be usually the objective of early twentieth-century nationalist rhetoric aimed opposed to sleek tradition. yet following international struggle II, a couple of well-known French philosophers recast this maligned determine in confident phrases, and in so doing reworked postwar conceptions of politics and identity.
Sarah Hammerschlag explores this determine of the Jew from its prewar utilization to its resuscitation by way of Jean-Paul Sartre, Emmanuel Levinas, Maurice Blanchot, and Jacques Derrida. Sartre and Levinas idealized the Jew’s rootlessness to be able to reconsider the rules of political identification. Blanchot and Derrida, in flip, used the determine of the Jew to name into query the very nature of staff identity. by means of chronicling this evolution in pondering, Hammerschlag finally finds how the figural Jew can functionality as a severe mechanism that exposes the political risks of mythic allegiance, even if couched in universalizing or particularizing terms.
Both an highbrow heritage and a philosophical argument, The Figural Jew will set the time table for all extra attention of Jewish identification, smooth Jewish suggestion, and continental philosophy.
By David Ellenson
The tale of contemporary Orthodox Judaism is generally informed merely from the viewpoint of Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch. Ellenson’s paintings, an intensive exam of the lifestyles and paintings of 1 of Hirsch’s contemporaries, Rabbi Esriel Hildesheimer, finds one other vital contributor to the production of a contemporary Jewish Orthodoxy in the course of the overdue 1800s. like Hirsch, Hildesheirmer felt the necessity to proceed convinced traditions whereas while introducing sure suggestions to fulfill the calls for of a contemporary society. This unique examine of an Orthodox rabbinic chief indicates how Hildesheirmer’s versatile and pragmatic method of those difficulties is still appropriate to trendy Judaism. the best way this e-book attracts upon reaction literature for its comprehension of Hildesheimer makes it a particular paintings in glossy Jewish historiography and sociology.
By Flavius Josephus
You haven't accomplished your biblical realizing until eventually you've traveled again to the lands the place all of it came about. you can now listen the sounds and spot the attractions, meet the folks who have been there while it occurred. This entire account from the mythical Jewish historian takes you correct into the motion, establishing the historic relevance of first-century occasions, taking you the entire approach from production to Roman career. within the approach, Josephus offers enormous first-hand corroboration of the biblical checklist. most significantly, you'll meet the historic Jesus in Josephus' writings, in addition to John the Baptist and different normal faces. You'll be ready to comprehend the historical past of the Bible like by no means earlier than.
By Catherine Hezser
Written via a global and interdisciplinary staff of extraordinary students, The Oxford guide of Jewish way of life in Roman Palestine is an crucial reference compendium at the day by day lives of Jews within the land of Israel in Roman occasions. starting from matters comparable to garments and household structure to nutrients and nutrition, labour and exchange, and rest time actions, the quantity covers all of the significant subject matters in an encompassing but simply obtainable approach. person chapters introduce the reader to the present country of analysis on specific elements of old Jewish daily life - examine which has been significantly enriched through severe methodological ways to rabbinic texts, and through the turning out to be curiosity of archaeologists in investigating the lives of normal humans. certain bibliographies motivate extra engagement via permitting readers to pursue their very own traces of enquiry.The Handbook will turn out to be a useful reference paintings and instrument for all scholars and students of old Judaism, rabbinic literature, Roman provincial background and tradition, and of historical Christianity.
By Dan Cohn-Sherbok
Exploration of the origins and improvement of Zionism, illustrating the speculation and heritage of the Zionist move and the construction of the country of Israel.
By Bonnie J. Morris
Lubavitcher girls in the United States bargains an extraordinary examine the realm of Hasidic ladies activists seeing that international battle II. The revival of ultra-Orthodox Judaism within the moment 1/2 the 20th century has baffled many assimilated American Jews, specially these Jewish feminists antagonistic to Orthodox interpretations of women's roles. this article offers voice to the lives of these Hasidic girls who served the past due Lubavitcher Rebbe as educators and outreach activists, and examines their usually winning efforts to recruit different Jewish ladies to the Lubavitcher group in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. significant to this e-book is how Lubavitcher ladies have "talked again" to American feminist notion. Arguing that American feminism can't free up Jewish women--that a particularly Jewish spirituality is extra acceptable and fulfilling--Lubavitcher ladies have helped to swell the ranks in their Rebbe's fans by way of aggressively selling the allure of conventional, established Jewish observance. The publication hence deals a distinct examine girl anti-feminist non secular rhetoric, articulately awarded through Jewish "fundamentalists.
By Peter J. Tomson, Shmuel Safrai, Zeev Safrai, Joshua Schwartz
This long-awaited significant other quantity to The Literature of the Sages, First half (Fortress Press, 1987) brings to final touch part II of the popular Compendia sequence, released cooperatively with Van Gorcum of Amsterdam.
The Literature of the Sages, moment half, explores the literary construction of hundreds of thousands of historic Jewish academics, the usually- nameless Sages of overdue antiquity and the center a while. Essays by way of preferable students offer a cautious and succinct research of the content material and personality of assorted files, their textual and literary types, with specific consciousness to the continued discovery and ebook of latest textual material.
Incorporating groundbreaking advancements in learn, those essays supply a entire presentation released right here for the 1st time. This quantity will end up a major reference paintings for all scholars of historic Judaism, the origins of Jewish culture, and the Jewish history of Christianity.
By James M. Scott (editor)
The exiles of Israel and Judah forged an extended shadow over the biblical textual content and the entire next historical past of Judaism. Many students have famous the significance of the topic of exile for the Hebrew Bible. Given the significance hooked up to the improvement of Judaism and Christianity, this quantity seeks to delve into the conceptions of exile which contributed to that improvement in the course of the formative interval.