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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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Central Sanctuary and Centralization of Worship in Ancient Israel

From the Settlement to the Building of Solomon's Temple
ISBN: 1-59333-157-6
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). Pitkanen 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.
$74.40

Sun and Shield: A Book of Devout Thoughts for Every-day Use

A book of Devout Thoughts for Every-day use based on Jewish, Pagan, Christian, Islamic and modern literary texts (New Introduction by Allen Darnov)
ISBN: 1-59333-063-4
Sun and Shield is a collection of devotional texts, featuring a unique combination of biblical, Jewish, pagan, Christian, Islamic and modern literary texts. Quotes from a diverse range of authors can be found, such as Goethe, Plutarch and Mohamed.
$35.40

Die gottesdienstlichen Vortrage der Juden, Historisch entwickelt

New Introduction by Rivka Kern-Ulmer
ISBN: 1-59333-034-0
Leopold Zunz was the founding father of the "Wissenschaft des Judentums." This book deals with biblical interpretation and homiletics from the Bible up to his own time. It is still a standard work.
$134.40

S/He Created Them

Feminist Retellings of Biblical Tales
ISBN: 1-59333-057-X
A contemporaneous and religiously meaningful retelling of biblical stories by a feminist who looks at intimate lives of people inhabiting the Bible. She rediscovers a past in which biblical women actively participated and suggests women’s leadership might lead to a better world.
$36.60

The Tanhuma-Yelammedenu Literature

Studies in the Evolution of the Versions
ISBN: 1-59333-095-2
This study of Tanhuma-Yelammedenu midrash includes: a survey of previous research, a catalogue of textual witnesses and general conclusions about the multifaceted evolution of this important genre of midrashic literature.
$66.60

To Jerusalem through the Lands of Islam, Among Jews, Christians & Moslems

ISBN: 1-931956-92-8
This book stresses the need for unity among the believers of God: Jews, Muslims, and Christians. "We must read it – or rather we must travel with her, for truth guides her pen, as charity has guided her steps."--Prince de Polignac, Colonel of the French Army in Algiers (1897)
$73.80

The Book of Calendars

Conversion Tables for Ancient, African, Near Eastern, Indian, Asian, Central American and Western Calendars
ISBN: 1-931956-76-6
The book provides easy-to-use tables that translate the calendars of over sixty civilizations into the Julian and Gregorian calendars. An indispensable tool for scholars.
$75.60

Land of Israel. A Journey of Travel in Palestine

ISBN: 1-931956-57-X
Tristram says "In the belief that this field was not yet exhausted, I spent, accompanied by a small party of friends, in 1863-4, a period of nearly ten months in the examination chiefly of the geology and natural history of the country."
$120.00

The Hidden Pearl: The Aramaic Heritage

ISBN: 1-931956-99-5
An unprecedented book and album set on the Aramaic heritage, including three one-hour documentary video tapes. Vol. I covers the ancient Aramaic heritage, vol. II is on the heirs of the heritage, and vol. III covers one of the witness communities today.
$120.00

History of the Jewish Nation

ISBN: 1-931956-69-3
A history of the Jewish people covering Old Testament history from Abraham to the captivity of Babylon; post-Biblical history from the captivity of Babylon to the taking of the city by Titus; and modern history from the fall of the Roman Empire to the present.
$66.60

Traces, Memory and the Holocaust in the Writings of W.G. Sebald

Melilah Supplement 2
ISBN: 978-1-61143-223-7
A multidisciplinary study of W.G. Sebald's concerns in German-Jewish history, traces, displacement, and memory of an evocative past, as can be found in his writings on the city of Manchester.
$39.00

Melilah: Manchester Journal of Jewish Studies (2011)

ISBN: 978-1-4632-0221-7
Melilah is an interdisciplinary electronic journal concerned with Jewish law, history, literature, religion, culture and thought in the ancient, medieval and modern eras.
$34.80

Melilah: Manchester Journal of Jewish Studies (2013)

ISBN: 978-1-4632-0282-8
Melilah is an interdisciplinary electronic journal concerned with Jewish law, history, literature, religion, culture and thought in the ancient, medieval and modern eras.
$31.20

Melilah: Manchester Journal of Jewish Studies (2012)

ISBN: 978-1-4632-0240-8
Melilah is an interdisciplinary electronic journal concerned with Jewish law, history, literature, religion, culture and thought in the ancient, medieval and modern eras.
$35.40

The Hidden Pearl (vol. 1)

Vol. 1: The Ancient Aramaic Heritage
ISBN: 1-931956-99-5-1
Aramaic, the language of Jesus of Nazareth, was the lingua franca of the Middle East for over a thousand years before Arabic became widespread. During the time of the Achaemenid Persian Empire it became the official language of the state, and was in use from Afghanistan to western Iran to the Mediterranean and down to the south of Egypt. This volume tells the story of the transition of Aramaic from its humble beginnings in the first millennium B.C. to its height as a truly international language. Includes both color and black and white illustrations.
$50.00

Melilah: Manchester Journal of Jewish Studies (2014)

Jewish Studies and the New Testament
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0422-8
Melilah is an interdisciplinary electronic journal concerned with Jewish law, history, literature, religion, culture and thought in the ancient, medieval and modern eras.
$30.00

Through the Prism of Wisdom

Elijah the Prophet as a Bearer of Wisdom in Rabbinic Literature
Series: Judaism in Context 23
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0742-7
This monograph explores the nature of the Elijah traditions in rabbinic literature and their connection to the wisdom tradition. By examining the diverse Elijah traditions in connection to the wisdom and apocalyptic traditions, Alouf-Aboody sheds new light on the manner in which Elijah’s role developed in rabbinic literature.
$94.80

Jewish Cultural Elements in the Ethiopian Orthodox Täwaḥədo Church

ISBN: 978-1-4632-0717-5
This monograph traces how ‘Jewish’ elements were introduced into and disseminated throughout the Ethiopian Orthodox Täwaḥədo Church through a series of multi-layered, socio-politico-cultural processes. Drawing on historical and literary evidence, Afework tracks the incorporation of Jewish features into the Ethiopian Orthodox Church from pre-Aksumite Christianity, before the fourth century, through the sixteenth century.
$59.40

Death and Afterlife in Ancient Jewish and Christian Literature

ISBN: 978-1-4632-3919-0
This handbook explores beliefs of ancient Jews and Christians surrounding death and the afterlife through the lens of texts ranging from the Old Testament and New Testament, to Second Temple period and rabbinic literature, to early Christian writings. Figueras further brings together eschatological texts from Iran, Egypt, Greece, and Rome as comparanda, and provides context and bibliography to guide readers in their study of ancient Jewish and Christian views of death and the afterlife.
$39.00

The Hidden Pearl (vol. 2)

Vol. 2:
ISBN: 1-931956-99-5-2
Aramaic, the language of Jesus of Nazareth, was the lingua franca of the Middle East for over a thousand years before Arabic became widespread. This volume focuses on the Late Antiquity period and how Syriac Christianity emerges from Jewish Aramaic and the course of these two Aramaic traditions. The second part of this volume focuses on the Syriac tradition and its cultural role, the importance of Syriac scholars, and the spread of Syriac Christianity eastward in the first millennium AD. Includes both color and black and white illustrations.
$50.00