By Laurel Lanner
By Lesley Hazleton
There is not any lady with a worse acceptance than Jezebel, the traditional queen who corrupted a country and met some of the most grotesque fates within the Bible. Her identify on my own speaks of sexual decadence and promiscuity. yet what if this model of her tale, passed right down to us during the a while, is simply the single her enemies sought after us to think? What if Jezebel, faraway from being a conniving harlot, was once, in truth, framed?
In this striking new biography, Lesley Hazleton indicates precisely how the proud and brave queen of Israel used to be vilified and made into the very embodiment of wanton wickedness by way of her political and spiritual enemies. Jezebel brings readers again to the resource of the biblical tale, a wealthy and dramatic saga that includes evil schemes and underhanded plots, struggle and treason, fake gods and falser people, and all with the destiny of whole international locations at stake. At its heart are only one girl and one man—the refined Queen Jezebel and the stark prophet Elijah. Their epic and eventually tragic war of words pits tolerance opposed to righteousness, pragmatism opposed to divine dictates, and liberalism opposed to conservatism. it really is, in different phrases, the unique tale of the unholy marriage of intercourse, politics, and faith, and it leads to probably the most chillingly brutal scenes within the whole Bible.
Here eventually is the true tale of the increase and fall of this mythical woman—a greatly diverse portrait with startling modern resonance in a global mired once more in spiritual wars.
By Zoe Fishman
A superb coming-of-age novel from Zoe Fishman, writer of Balancing Acts, Saving Ruth tells the tale of a fish-out-of-water younger Jewish girl, returning to her Alabama place of origin after a semester at a “Yankee college,” in basic terms to find that life—and she, herself—haven’t particularly replaced within the methods she’d was hoping. Southern fiction with a stinky twist, Saving Ruth is a perfectly evocative, delightfully enticing story that, still, heavily addresses provocative matters like anorexia, relations dynamics, and the racial and ethnic tensions of the Deep South.
By Benjamin Lazier
Could the easiest factor approximately faith be the heresies it spawns? prime intellectuals in interwar Europe concept so. They believed that they lived in an international made derelict by way of God's absence and the interruption of his name. In reaction, they helped resurrect gnosticism and pantheism, the 2 such a lot effective demanding situations to the monotheistic culture. In God Interrupted, Benjamin Lazier tracks the resultant debates in regards to the divine throughout confessions and disciplines. He additionally lines the dazzling afterlives of those debates in postwar arguments concerning the surroundings, neoconservative politics, and heretical types of Jewish identification. In full of life, dependent prose, the ebook reorients the highbrow background of the era.
God Interrupted additionally presents novel money owed of 3 German-Jewish thinkers whose principles, seminal to fields in general considered as wildly unrelated, had universal origins in debates approximately heresy among the wars. Hans Jonas constructed a philosophy of biology that encouraged eu vegetables and bioethicists across the world. Leo Strauss turned some of the most vital and arguable political theorists of the 20 th century. Gershom Scholem, the eminent student of faith, considerably recast what it potential to be a Jew. jointly they assist us see how speak about God was once tailored for speak about nature, politics, expertise, and artwork. They alert us to the abiding salience of the divine to Europeans among the wars and beyond--even between these for whom God used to be lengthy lacking or dead.
By Arthur Kurzweil
An easy-to-understand creation to Judaism's so much sacred text
The beginning of Hebrew and Jewish faith, proposal, legislations, and society is the Torah-the parchment scroll containing the textual content of the 5 Books of Moses that's situated in each synagogue. This available consultant explains the Torah in transparent language, even to those that weren't raised within the Jewish spiritual culture. Christians who need to know extra concerning the Jewish roots of Christianity have to comprehend the Torah, as do fans of Islamic culture and people drawn to the roots of Abrahamic faiths. The Torah For Dummies explains the background of the Torah, its constitution and significant ideas, and the way the Torah impacts the day-by-day lives of people that keep on with the Jewish means of life.
In The Formation of the Hebrew Bible David Carr rethinks either the tools and old orientation issues for study into the expansion of the Hebrew Bible into its current shape. construction on his previous paintings, Writing at the capsule of the center (Oxford, 2005), he explores either the chances and boundaries of reconstruction of pre-stages of the Bible. the tactic he advocates is a ''methodologically modest'' research of these pre-stages, using standards and types derived from his survey of documented examples of textual revision within the historical close to East. the result's a brand new photo of the formation of the Hebrew Bible, with insights at the preliminary emergence of Hebrew literary textuality, the advance of the 1st Hexateuch, and the ultimate formation of the Hebrew Bible.
the place a few have encouraged relationship the majority of the Hebrew Bible in one interval, even if particularly early (Neo-Assyrian) or past due (Persian or Hellenistic), Carr uncovers particular facts that the Hebrew Bible includes texts courting throughout Israelite historical past, even the early pre-exilic interval (10th-9th centuries). He lines the effect of Neo-Assyrian imperialism on 8th and 7th century Israelite textuality. He makes use of stories of collective trauma to spot marks of the reshaping and selection of traditions in line with the destruction of Jerusalem and Babylonian exile. He develops an image of various Priestly reshaping of narrative and prophetic traditions within the moment Temple interval, together with the flow towards eschatological and apocalyptic topics and genres. And he makes use of manuscript facts from Qumran and the Septuagint to discover clues to the ultimate literary shaping of the proto-Masoretic textual content, most probably below the Hasmonean monarchy.
By Beatrice Weinreich
Jam-packed with princesses and witches, dybbuks and wonder-working rebbes, the 2 hundred superb stories that make up this pleasant compendium have been accrued throughout the Twenties and Nineteen Thirties through ethnographers within the small cities and villages of japanese Europe. accrued from humans of all walks of existence, they comprise parables and allegories approximately lifestyles, success, and knowledge; stories of magic and sweetness; tales approximately rebbes and their disciples; and stories whose simply goal is to entertain. lengthy after the tradition that produced them has disappeared, those captivating Yiddish folktales proceed to paintings their magic today.
Part of the Pantheon Fairy story and Folklore Library
The patience of kabbalistic teams within the 20th century has principally been missed or underestimated through students of faith. just recently have students started to flip their recognition to the many-facetted roles that kabbalistic doctrines and colleges have performed in 19th- and twentieth-century tradition. frequently, and inevitably, this new curiosity and openness went in addition to a contextualization and re-valuation of prior scholarly ways to kabbalah. This quantity brings jointly prime representatives of this ongoing debate as a way to holiday new floor for a greater realizing and conceptualization of the position of kabbalah in smooth non secular, highbrow, and political discourse.
By Jonathan Sacks
Impassioned, erudite, completely researched, and fantastically reasoned, The nice Partnership argues not just that technological know-how and faith fit, yet that they supplement each one other—and that the area wishes either.
“Atheism merits higher than the hot atheists,” states Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, “whose method includes criticizing faith with out realizing it, quoting texts with out contexts, taking exceptions because the rule, complicated people trust with reflective theology, abusing, ridiculing, and demonizing non secular religion and maintaining it accountable for the nice crimes opposed to humanity. faith has performed damage; I recognize that. however the treatment for undesirable faith is nice faith, now not no faith, simply because the treatment for undesirable technological know-how is nice technological know-how, now not the abandonment of science.” Rabbi Sacks’s counterargument is that faith and technological know-how are the 2 crucial views that permit us to work out the universe in its three-d intensity. technological know-how teaches us the place we come from. faith explains to us why we're right here. technology is the quest for rationalization. faith is the quest for which means. there were occasions while faith attempted to dominate technology. And there were occasions, together with our personal, whilst it's believed that we will examine all we have to find out about which means and relationships via biochemistry, neuroscience, and evolutionary psychology. during this attention-grabbing examine the interdependence of faith and technological know-how, Rabbi Sacks explains why either perspectives are tragically wrong.
***National Jewish e-book Awards 2012, Finalist***
Dorot beginning Award for Modern Jewish proposal and Experience
Wonderful reproduction within the unique color-printed, stiff-card wrappers. fairly and unusually well-preserved; tight, shiny, fresh and particularly sharp-cornered.; eightvo eight - nine tall; 106 pages; Description: xxix, 106 p. ; 24 cm. matters: Heidegger, Martin (1889-1976) --Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) --Deconstruction -- Marginality, Social.