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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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Lesser Deities in the Ugaritic Texts and the Hebrew Bible

A Comparative Study of Their Nature and Roles
ISBN: 978-1-59333-820-6
A comparative work on the nature and various roles of the lesser deities, the so-called angels, in the Ugaritic texts and the Hebrew Bible. Sang Youl Cho insists on the necessity for a comparative study between the two religious literatures from Ugarit and ancient Israel. The present study is interested in their membership in the heavenly council, their kinship among the deities, and their roles such as messengers, warriors, mediators, or servants, which have numerous similarities in the Ugaritic texts and the Old Testament.
$57.00

Studies on Magic and Divination in the Biblical World

ISBN: 978-1-61143-869-7
A selection of essays on magic and divination in relation to the biblical world, including Mesopotamian demonology, Akkadian literary influences, exorcism, healing, calendars, astrology, bibliomancy, dreams, ritual magic, priestly divination, prophecy, magic in the Christian Apocrypha and the New Testament, magic in rabbinic literature, and Jewish Aramaic magic bowls.
$90.00

In Search of the Seventy "Weeks" of Daniel 9

Series: Analecta Gorgiana 1077
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0124-1
Athas challenges the past assumptions by Book of Daniel scholars, especially with regard to the symbolism in Chapter 9. This exegesis provides a theory for chronological interpretation that includes dates for calculating the seventy weeks mentioned in Daniel's vision.
$18.52

English Grammar Guide for Language Students

Especially students of Biblical Hebrew, New Testament Greek, Latin, and related modern languages
Series: Gorgias Handbooks 27
ISBN: 978-1-61143-864-2
Too many incoming students are fluent in English but unable to discuss the language grammatically. Introductory language courses and textbooks often assume a proficiency and familiarity with grammatical terms that is not possessed by the students. This guide delivers an understanding of English grammar starting from simple concepts and presupposing no background or vocabulary. This book is designed as a textbook and a reference for students beginning a New Testament Greek, Biblical Hebrew, Aramaic or Latin course.
$39.00

Perspectives on Hebrew Scriptures VIII

Comprising the Contents of Journal of Hebrew Scriptures, Vol. 11
Edited by Ehud Ben Zvi
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0220-0
This volume incorporates all the articles and reviews published in Volume 11 (2011) of the Journal of Hebrew Scriptures.
$166.69

Pragmatic Studies in Judaism

Edited by Andrew Schumann
Series: Judaism in Context 14
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0222-4
This book is the first attempt to apply formal pragmatics to Judaic studies as a discipline under the auspices of cultural studies, reconstructing the pragmatic approach in Judaism and defining some of the pragmatic limits assumed in the Torah. It is a continuation of previous work considering Judaic reasoning from the standpoint of analytic philosophy and logic. The present volume aims to explicate the Judaic pragmatic point of view with an emphasis on logic, political studies, ethics, and speech act theory.
$111.46

Queen Esther’s Garden

An Anthology of Judeo-Persian Literature
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0161-6
This anthology brings to English-language readers the riches of the Judaeo-Persian literary tradition produced by the Jewish community of Iran between the eighth and nineteenth centuries. Most of the translations were prepared specifically for this anthology from unpublished manuscripts. Extensive notes accompany each selection to clarify its meaning in Jewish and Islamic history and legend.
$64.95

The Women of Israel by Grace Aguilar

Two Volumes in One with a New Introduction and Commentary
Series: Judaism in Context 15
ISBN: 978-1-61719-626-3
For almost a century after it was first published in 1845 Grace Aguilar's Women of Israel was presented as a high school graduation gift and even as a Christmas present to employees. More than 150 years before the current proliferation of books on women in biblical narrative and biblical law, Aguilar offered brilliant and innovative interpretations of abiding value. She took for granted that her readers could read Hebrew and that they, like herself, knew the King James Bible from memory. The extensive introduction and notes will make this new edition once again accessible to laypersons, students, and scholars.
$150.00

Eve: The Unbearable Flaming Fire

ISBN: 978-1-4632-0160-9
This anthology on Eve brings together an international group of scholars to discuss how this character has been interpreted by Judaism, Christianity and Islam. In a time when the history of women is being reassessed, it is natural that women look to the paradigmatic female figure. This treatment of Eve covers her wide range of roles as mother of our race, victim, stooge, wife, companion, independent thinker, and “helper”. A venerated figure by many modern feminists and a denigrated figure by those who blame her for original sin, no reader will leave these pages indifferent to the first woman.
$59.40

Biblical Text in Rabbinic Context

The Book of Chronicles in the Mishnah, Talmud and Midrash
Series: Analecta Gorgiana 1060
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0107-4
This study investigates how the Rabbis handled the Book of Chronicles, highlighting issues including intermarriage. While genealogical lists contain intermarriage in Chronicles, Ezra-Nehemiah is generally opposed. Ezra did compose some of the lists and intermarriage was acceptable only under certain conditions.
$18.29

Seeing the God

Ways of Envisioning the Divine in Ancient Mediterranean Religion
Edited by Jeffrey B. Pettis
ISBN: 978-1-61143-251-0
"When people prayed, they expected their gods to come," wrote Robin Lane Fox, providing the impetus for this volume of collected essays exploring the concept of how the ancients “envisioned” the deities within various ancient religious traditions. The perspectives of Judaism, Gnosticism, Syriac Christianity, Byzantium, and Classical Greco-Roman religion and philosophy are considered. Specific emphasis is given to phenomena such as dreams, visions, and initiatory rites mediating the divine encounter.
$72.00

First Came Marriage

The Rabbinic Appropriation of Early Jewish Wedding Ritual
Series: Judaism in Context 13
ISBN: 978-1-59333-585-4
Ritual and historical perspectives each provide only a partial view of early Jewish weddings. Combining these approaches allows for a new look at practices rejected or highlighted by early rabbis and their successors, and First Came Marriage: The Rabbinic Appropriation of Early Jewish Wedding Ritual investigates the process by which early Jews married and the various moves they used to minimize, elaborate or codify these practices.
$57.00

Narratology and the Pentateuch Targums

A Methodological Experiment
ISBN: 978-1-61143-489-7
In this innovative book Simon Lasair explores some of the potentials of applying narratology to the Pentateuch Targums. Lasair argues that when the targums present coherent narratives, they largely carry the major structures of the Pentateuch over into an Aramaic context. This book calls for a wide ranging rethink of the methodologies used to study targumic literature, as well as how to place the targums within their original historical contexts.
$59.40

Cultural Memory in Biblical Exegesis

ISBN: 978-1-61719-165-7
Cultural memory is the shared reproduction and recollection of what has been learned and retained, normally treated as “the cultural heritage”. The purpose of this book, the first product of the research program Cultural Memory in Biblical Exegesis, is to study how memory is inscribed and embodied in biblical culture and its surrounding area. The essays in this volume seek to open new investigations into cultural memory in biblical and cognate studies, and to include a plethora of methods and perspectives such as the relationship between cultural memory approach and post-colonialism, globalism and epistemology.
$124.80

Rhapsody in Blue

The Origin of God's Footstool in the Aramaic Targumim and Midrashic Tradition
Series: Analecta Gorgiana 1059
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0106-7
Three interpretative trends address the vision at the ratification of the Sinai covenant in Exod. 24:10. Traditions relate whether God or a throne was seen, as well as the consequences for this vision for the leaders and history of the Israelites.
$18.41

A Dictionary of the Targumim

The Talmud Babli and Yerushalmi and the Midrashic Literature
Compiled by Marcus Jastrow
ISBN: 978-1-61143-498-9
A splendid dictionary intended for the early Rabbinic commentaries and exegesis of the Hebrew Testament: the Gemara, the Mishnah, and the Talmud.
$283.57

Dialoghi d’Amore

ISBN: 978-1-61719-006-3
This work contains three dialogues on love, desire, and the love of God, by a Jewish physician and philosopher.
$142.00

Fortschritt und Vollendung bei Philo von Alexandrien

Eine Studie zur Geschichte der Frömmigkeit
ISBN: 978-1-61143-520-7
This work details the life of Alexandrian Jewish philosopher Philo and his guidance on the conduct of the spiritual life, with an introduction surveying the life and works of Philo and the critical writing on his philosophy.
$58.66

Grammatica Hebraica

By Elijah Levita; Translated by Sebastian Münster
ISBN: 978-1-61143-295-4
Presented here is a complete Hebrew grammar compiled by the learned Venetian rabbi Elijah Levita.
$125.03

Job of Uz

Suffering of the Righteous and the Justice of God
ISBN: 978-1-61143-420-0
Job finds himself in a situation similar to one experienced by everyone at some point in his or her life. He wants answers to questions concerning what has happened to him, since he lived his life according to the traditional wisdom and rules of conduct, asking what has gone wrong and why. The Book of Job raises fundamental questions of both the actions and expectations of humans and deities, and asks whether a clear understanding can be reached between them. The contributing essays to this anthology help advance and sharpen both the questions and the responses to that question.
$59.40

The Bible Student's Guide to the More Correct Understanding of the Old Testament by Reference to the original Hebrew

By an Alphabetical Arrangement of every English Word in the Authorized Version, the Corresponding Hebrew may at once be Ascertained, with its Peculiar Signification and Construction
ISBN: ISBN Released
This work combines the purpose of a concordance and a Hebrew dictionary.
$112.20

Portraits of a King Favored by God

David the King: God's Poet, Warrior, and Statesman
ISBN: 978-1-61143-405-7
David the king, when studied against the backdrop of existing material cultural remains from the ancient Middle East, scarcely seems to have been there. Excavations in Jerusalem have turned up nothing concrete about his existence. The literature concerning him is fraught with problems and generally takes on a legendary-mythological character. Even the meaning of his name is unclear. If he is mentioned at all by his contemporary monarchs against whom he would have fought it is only obliquely or only intimated by omissions or partial spellings in context. This volume attempts to advance scholarship addressing these concerns.
$59.40

The Massoreth ha-Massoreth of Elias Levita

Being an Exposition of the Massoretic Notes on the Hebrew Bible, or the Ancient Critical Apparatus of the Hebrew Testament
By Elias Levita; Translation and Introduction by Christian D. Ginsburg
ISBN: 978-1-61143-315-9
This comprehensive text provides a guide to the traditional marginalia to the Hebrew text of the Old Testament.
$115.32

Melamed leshon 'Ever

Nouvelle méthode pour apprendre la langue Hébraïque
ISBN: 978-1-61143-301-2
This work introduces a new method of learning Hebrew: through conversation.
$102.80

A Treatise on the Use of the Tenses in Hebrew

And Some Other Syntactical Questions
ISBN: 978-1-61143-286-2
This is an exhaustive work on the nature and force of the tenses in Hebrew, with a plenitude of examples, digressions and appendices on other topics.
$116.14