Ancient Israel's History: An Introduction to Issues and Sources

By Bill T. Arnold

The historical past of Israel is a much-debated subject in previous testomony stories. On one aspect are minimalists who locate little of old worth within the Hebrew Bible. at the different aspect are those that suppose the biblical textual content is an exact ancient checklist. Many critical scholars of the Bible locate themselves among those positions and would receive advantages from a cautious exploration of matters in Israelite history.

This great heritage of Israel textbook values the Bible's historic contribution with no overlooking serious concerns and demanding situations. that includes the newest scholarship, the publication introduces scholars to the present nation of analysis on matters suitable to the research of historic Israel. The editors and members, all best biblical students and historians, speak about historic facts in a readable demeanour, utilizing either canonical and chronological lenses to discover Israelite history.

Illustrative goods, corresponding to maps and photographs, visually help the book's content material. Tables and sidebars also are integrated.

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Meditacion de un kabbalista

The Kabbalist prayer of Ana Becho’ach, or 42-Letter identify of God, might be the main strong prayer within the universe. Kabbalists think that utilizing this identify as a device actually faucets into the power of construction and allows the relationship to optimistic strength. during this booklet, popular Kabbalah student Yehuda Berg explains how an individual can use the prayer to begin over, heal psychic wounds, and fasten to the resource of pleasure and fulfillment.

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A Chosen Calling: Jews in Science in the Twentieth Century (Medicine, Science, and Religion in Historical Context)

By Noah J. Efron

Scholars have struggled for many years to provide an explanation for why Jews have succeeded extravagantly in glossy technology. quite a few debatable theories―from such intellects as C. P. Snow, Norbert Wiener, and Nathaniel Weyl―have been promoted. Snow hypothesized an developed genetic predisposition to clinical good fortune. Wiener advised that the breeding conduct of Jews sustained hereditary features conducive for studying. Economist and eugenicist Weyl attributed Jewish highbrow eminence to "seventeen centuries of breeding for scholars."

Rejecting the concept Jews have performed good in technology due to uniquely Jewish qualities, Jewish brains, and Jewish conduct of brain, historian of technology Noah J. Efron methods the Jewish affinity for technology in the course of the geographic and cultural situations of Jews who have been forced to settle in new worlds within the early 20th century.

Seeking aid from non secular persecution, thousands of Jews resettled within the usa, Palestine, and the Soviet Union, with huge concentrations of settlers in ny, Tel Aviv, and Moscow. technological know-how performed a wide function within the lives and livelihoods of those immigrants: it was once a common strength that transcended the arbitrary previous international orders that had lengthy ensured the exclusion of all yet a couple of Jews from the seats of energy, wealth, and public esteem. even if the 3 locations have been some distance aside geographically, the hyperlinks one of the groups have been enduring and lively. This shared experience―of dealing with the long run in new worlds, either actual and conceptual―provided a iteration of Jews with possibilities not like any their mom and dad and grandparents had known.

The tumultuous fresh century of Jewish background, which observed either a methodical crusade to blot out Europe's Jews and the inexorable absorption of Western Jews into the societies during which they now dwell, is illuminated via where of honor technology held in Jewish imaginations. technological know-how used to be relevant to their goals of making new worlds―welcoming worlds―for a persecuted people.

This provocative paintings will attract historians of technology in addition to students of faith, Jewish stories, and Zionism.

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My Words Are Lovely: Studies in the Rhetoric of the Psalms (The Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies)

By Robert L. Foster

This choice of essays advances psalms stories via a concerted specialise in the persuasive target of psalmic poetry, and it bargains precise views on rhetorical units in the psalms. those essays comprise discussions not just of constitution, literary units, and rhetorical thoughts, however the authors additionally discussion with classical rhetoric, smooth psalms examine, and present tendencies in rhetoric and cognitive science.
half One discusses numerous theoretical matters. numerous articles speak about lament in the psalms, together with the functionality of appeals to pathos, lament's repayment for monotheistic piety, and the necessity for extra realization to the laments' poetry and rhetoric to appreciate their which means. different essays deal with the psalmists' self-presentation, the ideological id of the depraved in the psalms, faunal imagery in regards to tenor and motor vehicle, the topoi regarding God in name to compliment psalms, the functionality of gaps in prayers for support, and the rhetoric of kingship psalms as makes an attempt to cajole readers of the legitimacy and efficacy of kingship.
half contains rhetorical analyses of a number of psalms or psalm pairs, each one with designated emphases. those contain a dialogue of Psalm eight from a physically viewpoint, the character and implication of nature language inside of Psalm 23, the constitution of Psalm 102 inside of booklet IV of the Psalter besides its theology and lament, the forensic case of Psalms a hundred and five and 106 emphasizing the position of narrative in forensic rhetoric and evaluating the implications with classical rhetoric, and an research of the rhetorical objective of Psalm 147, subjected to advancements inside of cognitive science.

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Devotion: A Memoir

By Dani Shapiro

Settling into the obligations and workouts of maturity, Dani Shapiro stumbled on herself with extra questions than solutions. used to be this all lifestyles was—a hodgepodge of errands, dinner dates, e-mails, conferences, to-do lists? What did all of it suggest? Having grown up in a deeply spiritual and conventional relatives, Shapiro had no own feel of religion, regardless of her repeated makes an attempt to create a connection to anything larger. Set adrift through loss—her father's early demise, the life-threatening affliction of her child son, her bothered dating together with her mother—she famous the problem on the center of her anxiousness: What did she think?

Devotion is a religious detective tale, a literary excavation to the center of a lifestyles. right away poignant, humorous, intensely own, and entirely common, it's the tale of a girl whose look for that means in a continuously altering international finally leads her domestic.

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The Lonely Man of Faith

By Joseph B. Soloveitchik

Joseph B. Soloveitchik, the rabbi often called “The Rav” via his fans around the world, was once a number one authority at the that means of Jewish legislations and favourite strength in development bridges among conventional Orthodox Judaism and the fashionable international. In The Lonely guy of Faith, a hovering, eloquent essay first released in Tradition journal in 1965, Soloveitchik investigates the fundamental loneliness of the individual of religion in our narcissistic, materially orientated, utilitarian society.

In this contemporary vintage, Soloveitchik makes use of the tale of Adam and Eve as a springboard, interweaving insights from such vital Western philosophers as Kierkegaard and Kant with leading edge readings of Genesis to supply suggestions for the devoted in today’s international. He explains prayer as “the harbinger of ethical reformation,” and discusses with empathy and figuring out the depression and exasperation of people who search own redemption via direct wisdom of a God who turns out distant and unapproachable. He indicates that whereas the devoted may possibly turn into participants of a non secular group, their real house is “the dwelling house of loneliness.” In a relocating own testimony, Soloveitchik demonstrates a deep-seated dedication, highbrow braveness, and integrity to which individuals of all religions will reply.

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Dora Bruder

In 1988 Patrick Modiano stumbles throughout an advert within the own columns of the hot Year's Eve 1941 variation of Paris Soir: “Missing, a tender lady, Dora Bruder, age 15, top 1 m fifty five, oval-shaped face, gray-brown eyes, grey activities jacket, maroon pullover, army blue skirt and hat, brown health club shoes.”

positioned by way of the oldsters of Dora, who had run clear of her Catholic boarding tuition, the advert units Modiano off on a quest to determine every little thing he can approximately her and why, on the peak of German reprisals, she ran clear of the folk hiding her. there's just one different respectable point out of her identify: on a listing of Jews deported from Paris to Auschwitz in September 1942.

What little Modiano discovers approximately Dora in reputable documents and during closing kin turns into a meditation at the colossal losses of the period—lost humans, misplaced tales, and misplaced heritage. Modiano supplies a relocating account of the ten-year research that took him again to the attractions and sounds of Paris less than the Nazi profession and the paranoia of the Pétain regime. In his efforts to exhume her from the prior, Modiano realizes that he needs to come to phrases with the specters of his personal bothered formative years. the outcome, a montage of artistic and historic fabric, is Modiano's own rumination on loss, either memoir and memorial.

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Kabbalah and the Power of Dreaming: Awakening the Visionary Life

By Catherine Shainberg

A dynamic exposition of the robust, historical Sephardic culture of dreaming handed down from the well known 13th-century kabbalist Isaac the Blind

• contains workouts and practices to entry the dream country at will so one can interact with existence in a country of stronger wisdom

• Written by way of the shut pupil of respected kabbalist Colette Aboulker-Muscat

In Kabbalah and the ability of Dreaming Catherine Shainberg unveils the esoteric practices that permit us to liberate the dreaming mind's transformative and intuitive powers. those are the practices utilized by historical prophets, seers, and sages to manage goals and visions. Shainberg attracts upon the traditional Sephardic Kabbalah culture, in addition to illustrative tales and myths from round the Mediterranean, to coach readers how you can harness the intuitive strength in their dreaming. whereas the Hebrew Bible and our Western esoteric culture provide us plentiful proof of dream teachings, infrequently has the trail to changing into a wakeful dreamer been articulated. Shainberg exhibits that dreaming isn't really whatever that simply happens whereas sleeping--we are dreaming at each second. by means of educating the wide awake brain to be conscious in our snoozing goals and the dreaming brain to be occur in sunlight hours expertise, we will in attaining innovative realization. Her inner-vision routines start up artistic and transformative photos that generate the pathways to self-realization.

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The Invention of the Jewish People

By Shlomo Sand

A historic journey de strength, The Invention of the Jewish People deals a groundbreaking account of Jewish and Israeli heritage. Exploding the parable that there has been a pressured Jewish exile within the first century by the hands of the Romans, Israeli historian Shlomo Sand argues that almost all glossy Jews descend from converts, whose local lands have been scattered around the heart East and japanese Europe.

In this iconoclastic paintings, which spent nineteen weeks at the Israeli bestseller checklist and gained the coveted Aujourd’hui Award in France, Sand presents the highbrow foundations for a brand new imaginative and prescient of Israel’s destiny.

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Encyclopedia of Jewish American Popular Culture

This precise encyclopedia chronicles American Jewish pop culture, previous and found in track, artwork, foodstuff, faith, literature, and extra. Over a hundred and fifty entries, written by means of students within the box, spotlight themes starting from animation and comics to Hollywood and dad psychology.

Without the profound contributions of yank Jews, the preferred tradition we all know this present day wouldn't exist. the place may song be with no the track of Bob Dylan and Barbra Streisand, humor with no Judd Apatow and Jerry Seinfeld, movie with out Steven Spielberg, literature with no Phillip Roth, Broadway with out Rodgers and Hammerstein? those are only many of the artists who broke new flooring and adjusted the face of yank pop culture without end. This particular encyclopedia chronicles American Jewish pop culture, previous and found in track, paintings, foodstuff, faith, literature, and extra. Over one hundred fifty entries, written by way of students within the box, spotlight subject matters starting from animation and comics to Hollywood and dad psychology.

Up-to-date assurance and large awareness to political and social contexts make this encyclopedia is a wonderful source for prime institution and school scholars attracted to the whole variety of Jewish pop culture within the usa. educational and public libraries also will treasure this paintings as an incomparable advisor to our nation's background. Illustrations supplement the textual content all through, and plenty of entries cite works for extra studying. the quantity closes with a particular, basic bibliography of print and digital assets to inspire additional research.

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