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Jewish Studies is an interdisciplinary field studying Jews and Judaism in all of their geographical, cultural, social, economic, historical, political, religious, and linguistic contexts, from Late Antiquity through the modern period. The Judaism in Context series features monographs and edited collections that traverse the wide landscape of Jewish Studies.

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From Creation to Redemption: Progressive Approaches to Midrash

Proceedings of the Midrash Section, Society of Biblical Literature, Volume 7
Series: Judaism in Context 20
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0736-6
This volume contains selected proceedings of the Midrash Section sessions convened during the 2015-2016 meetings of the Society of Biblical Literature. It is comprised of contributions by both leading and emerging scholars of Midrash whose research shares a common focus on early and medieval rabbinic biblical interpretation. Additionally, the research on Midrash in this volume intersects with a range of related biblical texts, religious themes, and foundational and forward-thinking methodologies and interdisciplinary academic fields of study, including: Gender Studies; Classics; Jewish Studies; Religious Studies; Literary Studies; the Aqedah/Binding of Isaac; biblical parables; and, medieval rabbinic biblical commentary.
$57.00

Thesaurus of Mediaeval Hebrew Poetry (Volume 1)

By Israel Davidson; Introduction by Michael Rand
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0697-0
This multi-volume work is a reprint of Israel Davidson’s classic opus, with a new introduction by piyyut scholar Michael Rand.
$40.00

Thesaurus of Mediaeval Hebrew Poetry (Volume 2)

By Israel Davidson; Introduction by Michael Rand
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0698-7
This multi-volume work is a reprint of Israel Davidson’s classic opus, with a new introduction by piyyut scholar Michael Rand.
$40.00

Thesaurus of Mediaeval Hebrew Poetry (Volume 3)

By Israel Davidson; Introduction by Michael Rand
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0699-4
This multi-volume work is a reprint of Israel Davidson’s classic opus, with a new introduction by piyyut scholar Michael Rand.
$40.00

Thesaurus of Mediaeval Hebrew Poetry (Volume 4)

By Israel Davidson; Introduction by Michael Rand
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0700-7
This multi-volume work is a reprint of Israel Davidson’s classic opus, with a new introduction by piyyut scholar Michael Rand.
$40.00

The History of the ‘Slave of Christ’

From Jewish Child to Christian Martyr
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0573-7
The first critical editions and English translations of the two Syriac recensions of a fascinating text which narrates the story of a young Jewish child, Asher. After converting to Christianity and taking the name ʿAḇdā da-Mšiḥā (‘slave of Christ’), he is martyred by his father. In a detailed introduction, Butts and Gross challenge the use of this text by previous scholars as evidence for historical interactions between Jews and Christians, reevaluating its purpose and situating the story in its Late Antique Babylonian context.
$36.00

Perspectives on Hebrew Scriptures X

Comprising the Contents of Journal of Hebrew Scriptures, vol. 13
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0691-8
This volume incorporates all the articles and reviews published in volume 13 (2013) of the Journal of Hebrew Scriptures.
$230.00

Perspectives on Hebrew Scriptures XI

Comprising the Contents of Journal of Hebrew Scriptures, vol. 14
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0749-6
This volume incorporates all the articles and reviews published in volume 14 (2014) of the Journal of Hebrew Scriptures.
$210.00

A Unique Hebrew Glossary from India

An Analysis of Judeo-Urdu
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0613-0
This is the first-ever study of Judeo-Urdu, that is, the Hindi/Urdu language written in Hebrew script. It provides background and an introduction to the Judeo-Urdu corpus, presents nearly two hundred entries from one text — a Hebrew-Judeo-Urdu glossary — and analyzes the orthography, phonology, and morphology of Judeo-Urdu. Comparison is made to standard Hindi and Urdu, from which Judeo-Urdu diverges in many interesting ways.
$28.80

Reshaping Identities in Late Antique Syria-Mesopotamia

Christian and Jewish Hermeneutics and Narrative Strategies
By Aryeh Kofsky & Serge Ruzer; In Collaboration With Reuven Kiperwasser
Series: Judaism in Context 19
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0590-4
This volume presents case studies of the phenomena that contributed to group identity in late antique Syria-Mesopotamia, in particular traditions reflecting interactions between Judaism and Christianity, among various Christian groups, and among other religious traditions of late antiquity (such as Zoroastrianism or 'paganism'). By studying Christian, Jewish and other sources that deal with the establishment, modification and deletion of boundaries, the authors seek to create a frame of reference that will in turn explain and contextualise the existing evidence concerning communication and interaction between highly diverse groups in Late Antiquity.
$59.40

The Sub-Loco Notes in the Former Prophets of Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia

Series: Texts and Studies 12
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0531-7
In BHS’s Masoretic apparatus, certain Masorah parva notes are marked “sub loco” in order to refer the reader to the corresponding commentary that was to be found in the third volume of Massorah Gedolah. Due to Weil’s passing, however, this commentary was never realized. This volume builds on Mynatt’s 1994 analysis and classification of the Pentateuch’s 297 sub loco notes by incorporating the Aleppo and Cairo Codices. Dost evaluates all 451 sub loco notes in the corpus of the Former Prophets, and evaluates Weil’s contribution by comparing Weil's revision of the Leningrad Codex’s Masorah against the Masorah of the Aleppo Codex.
$116.73

Jews, Christians and Zoroastrians

Religious Dynamics in a Sasanian Context
Edited by Geoffrey Herman
Series: Judaism in Context 17
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0250-7
The Sasanian Empire was home to many religious communities. It was also a place of meeting and transformation. The studies in this volume encompass a diverse array of topics concerning these religious communities inhabiting the Sasanian Empire. Some include the Roman East in their deliberations. Most, however, deal with the interaction of one or other religious community based in the Sasanian Empire with the dominant religion of the empire, Zoroastrianism.
$57.00

The Epistle of the Number by Ibn al-Aḥdab

The transmission of Arabic mathematics to Hebrew circles in medieval Sicily
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0417-4
The first edition of The Epistle of the Number, composed in Syracuse, Sicily, at the end of the 14th century. It is the first known Hebrew treatise to include extensive algebraic theories and procedures, exposing novel mathematical vocabulary, and enhancing our understanding of the linguistic mechanisms which helped create scientific vocabulary in medieval Hebrew.
$57.00

"It’s better to hear the rebuke of the wise than the song of fools" (Qoh 7:5)

Proceedings of the Midrash Section, Society of Biblical Literature, Volume 6
Series: Judaism in Context 18
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0560-7
This volume contains selected proceedings of the Midrash Section sessions convened during the 2012-2014 meetings of the Society of Biblical Literature. It is comprised of contributions by leading and emerging scholars that share a common focus on Rabbinic biblical interpretation as it intersects with a range of biblical texts and associated fields of study, including: Jewish legal literature; Hellenistic Judaism; post-biblical interpretation; biblical commentary; liturgical studies; and, cultural studies.
$101.40

Iraq After The Muslim Conquest

ISBN: 978-1-59333-315-7
Morony compares conditions in late Sasanian and early Islamic Iraq in the seventh century AD and depicts both the emergence of a local form of Islamic society, and the interaction of Muslim conquerors from Arabia with the native population.
$74.40

"As for me, I will dwell at Mizpah …": The Tell en-Nasbeh Excavations after 85 Years

ISBN: 978-1-4632-0416-7
Collected essays on aspects of daily life at the Israelite site of Tell en-Nasbeh (biblical Mizpah of Benjamin). These include: trade and economy, death and burial, metals, cooking, water management, curation of the site’s materials, and a site bibliography.
$57.00

Perspectives on Hebrew Scriptures IX

Comprising the Contents of Journal of Hebrew Scriptures, vol. 12
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0420-4
This volume incorporates all the articles and reviews published in volume 12 (2012) of the Journal of Hebrew Scriptures.
$172.07

Central Sanctuary and Centralization of Worship in Ancient Israel

From the Settlement to the Building of Solomon's Temple
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0368-9
This book provides the first major reinvestigation and reinterpretation of the history of centralization of worship in ancient Israel since de Wette and Wellhausen in the nineteenth century. Old Testament scholarship has thus far relied on the consensus that the book of Deuteronomy is the product of late monarchic Judah (7th century BC). Pitkänen places the biblical material in its archaeological and ancient Near Eastern context and pays special attention to rhetorical analysis. The author suggests that the book of Joshua, as well as its sources (such as Deuteronomy) may have originated as early as before the disaster of Aphek and the rejection of Shiloh.
$50.73

Midrash and Legend

Historical Anecdotes in the Tannaitic Midrashim
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0396-2
This study applies form criticism to the stories of the earliest rabbinic midrashim. The results shed light on the literary personalities of the individual midrash collections and the relationships of transmission in the tradition. These stories are of particular interest from an inter-religious and comparative literary point of view because New Testament studies have often referred to certain narratives in the gospels as "midrashic." The author sets forth, in positive terms, an understanding of what functions historical anecdotes serve in the tannaitic midrashim, along with a catalogue of the rhetorical conventions used to fulfill those functions.
$72.67

Introduction to the Grammar of Hebrew Poetry in Byzantine Palestine

ISBN: 978-1-4632-0402-0
This book investigates the interaction between grammatical norms and poetic technique on the basis of a corpus selected from the oeuvre of the payyetan Eleazar be-rabbi Qillir. As a basis for this investigation, a descriptive/comparative analysis of the Qillirian dialect is offered. The first portion of the work is a grammar devoted mainly to morphology and syntax. The second portion of the work is an investigation of the poetic norms, as well as rhetorical techniques employed by Qillir, together with an assessment of their impact on the grammar. The overall aim of the project is to design an analytical framework within which a self-conscious poetic dialect might be investigated.
$36.64

Man and the Theogony in the Lurianic Cabala

ISBN: 978-1-4632-0395-5
Lurianic mythology represents an intensely personal view, in which earlier cabalistic symbolism is used to express new and original ideas. The lurianic corpus can be seen as a metaphor for a relation between man and the deity which is not yet fulfilled. The cabalistic myths of his sources express the reality of the relations of being in the lurianic corpus. The lurianic system seeks to reformulate the relation of man and god, concentrating on the way that the being of the deity is revealed in man.
$36.98

Antitheodicy, Atheodicy and Jewish Mysticism in Holocaust Theology

Atheodic Theologies After Auschwitz
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0394-8
The Holocaust has provoked many different Jewish theological responses, yet upon closer inspection interesting commonalities can be observed between even seemingly antithetical thinkers. One of these common trends within Holocaust theology has been the rejection and replacement of traditional theodicies which explain and justify suffering, with responses centred on ideas of recovery, consolation and divine mystery. Another widespread, though largely unrecognized trend is use of Jewish mystical themes by Holocaust theologians. This study shows how the presence of Jewish mysticism can be explained, at least in part, by this post-Holocaust collapse of theodicy.
$41.30

Haredi Male Bodies in the Public Sphere

Negotiating with the Religious Text and Secular Israeli Men
Series: Analecta Gorgiana 1074
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0121-0
This paper explores the Israeli Haredi community’s social construction of the male body.
$20.05

The Mark of Cain and the Jews

Augustine’s Theology of Jews and Judaism
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0385-6
This book examines the development of Augustine of Hippo’s theology of the Jewish people and Judaism. Formulating a typological association between the biblical figure of Cain and the Jews, he crafts a highly intricate theology that justifies and even demands the continuing presence of Jews and their religious practices in a Christian society. Such a theology emerges out of his highly original interpretation of Genesis 4:1–15 and yet mirrors and theologically justifies the reality of Jews and Judaism in the late Roman Empire.
$36.00

Scepticism and Ironic Correlations in the Joy Statements of Qoheleth?

ISBN: 978-1-4632-0372-6
This book is a response to the popular counter-reading of Ecclesiastes in the 1980s and 90s as a book of “joy” (rather than a pessimistic book). It examines the seven “joy statements” of Qoheleth in the light of analogies with scepticism and the literary form of irony. Irony, like scepticism, has the function to induce doubt and questions. The joy statements of Qoheleth are likely analogous to expressions of complex irony—whereby what is said is both meant and not meant. This examination highlights the complexity of the biblical book—while demonstrating how unlikely the “joy reading” may be.
$35.68