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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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Normative Judaism? Jews, Judaism and Jewish Identity

Melilah Supplement 1: The Proceedings of the British Association for J.S. 2008
ISBN: 978-1-60724-161-4
This collection of short case studies considers the issue of normatively in Judaism and Jewish identity. The questions of how and why certain aspects of Jewish life and thought come to be regarded as authoritative or normative, rather than inauthentic or marginal, have been and continue to be contentious ones. Topics include the philosopher Moses Maimonides, the composer Felix Mendelssohn, the self-perception of communal leadership in Manchester during the nineteenth- and twentieth-centuries, sermons of Jewish Reform rabbis during the Second World War, Orthodox rabbinic debate about war in general, representations of Jews in photographic exhibitions, the idea of Jewish music, and the academic study of Judaism itself.
$33.62

Antitheodicy, Atheodicy and Jewish Mysticism in Holocaust Theology

Atheodic Theologies After Auschwitz
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0176-0
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.
$108.77

The Travels of Rabbi Petachia of Ratisbon

Who, in the Latter End of the Twelfth Century visited Poland, Russia, Little Tartary, the Crimea, Armenia, Assyria, Syria, the Holy Land, and Greece.
Edited and Translated by Abraham Benisch; In Collaboration With William F. Ainsworth; By Judah b. Samuel he-Hasid
ISBN: 978-1-61143-911-3
This text narrates the travels of Rabbi Petachia, a medieval rabbi from Regensburg, Germany, who set out to visit Baghdad, Susa, and Palestine.
$91.69

Covenant and Grace in the Old Testament

Assyrian Propaganda and Israelite Faith
ISBN: 978-1-60724-015-0
This book examines the Old Testament language about Israel’s relationship with God in the light of Assyrian royal propaganda. Unpacking this language’s meaning in both Assyrian and biblical contexts, it shows Israel borrowed language from Assyrian vassal treaties to describe its covenant with God, and this book reveals what “covenant” meant, and that it is not “covenant” at all, but “grace.” The broader theological implications of this discovery are explored in dialogue with contemporary theologians. The book takes seriously the study of text in its ancient context in order to highlight the theological content and its modern relevance.
$66.00

Chrestomathia Chaldaica, varios textos exhibens

Aramaic Chrestomathy
Series: Analecta Gorgiana 698
ISBN: 978-1-61719-674-4
In this early reading book for Aramaic (that is, not Syriac), J.J. Marcel provides a few texts from the Bible together with an Aramaic-Latin glossary.
$26.83

Palästina in der persischen und hellenistischen Zeit

Ein historisch-geographische Untersuchung
ISBN: 978-1-61719-512-9
This book offers a survey of Judea, Galilee, and Coele Syria from the satrapy under Darius to the Roman reorganization under Pompey.
$69.90

Gesenius' Hebrew and Chaldee Lexicon to the Old Testament Scriptures

By Wilhelm Gesenius; Translation and Introduction by Samuel Prideaux Tregelles
ISBN: 978-1-61143-312-8
This work is a revised and expanded English translation of Wilhelm Gesenius' classic Hebrew dictionary.
$187.16

Melilah: Manchester Journal of Jewish Studies (2008)

ISBN: 978-1-4632-0184-5
Melilah is an interdisciplinary peer-reviewed journal concerned with Jewish law, history, literature, religion, culture and thought in the ancient, medieval and modern eras. Contributors (2008) include Tobias Green, David Lincicum, Daniel R. Langton, Dan Garner, and Giula F. Miller.
$26.36

Perspectives on Hebrew Scriptures VII

Comprising the Contents of Journal of Hebrew Scriptures, Vol. 10
Edited by Ehud Ben Zvi
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0165-4
This volume incorporates all the articles and reviews published in Volume 10 (2010) of the Journal of Hebrew Scriptures.
$178.85

Jewish-Christian Conversation in Fourth-Century Persian Mesopotamia

A Reconstructed Conversation
Series: Judaism in Context 12
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0156-2
Was there an active Jewish-Christian polemic in fourth-century Persia? Aphrahat’s Demonstrations, a fourth-century adversus Judaeos text, clearly indicates that fourth-century Persian Christians were interested in the debate. Is there evidence of this polemic in the rabbinic literature? Despite the lack of a comparable Jewish or rabbinic adversus Christianos literature, there is evidence, both from Aphrahat and the Rabbis that this polemic was not one sided.
$101.17

The Reception and Remembrance of Abraham

Edited by Pernille Carstens & Niels Peter Lemche; Contribution by Beate Ego
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0054-1
This book explores the role of the biblical patriarch Abraham in the formation and use of authoritative texts in the Persian and Hellenistic periods. It reflects a conference session in 2009 focusing on Abraham as a figure of cultural memory in the literature of these periods. Cultural memory is the shared reproduction and recalling of what has been learned and retained. It also involves transformation and innovation. As a figure of memory, stories of Abraham served as guidelines for identity-formation and authoritative illustration of behaviour for the emerging Jewish communities.
$96.72

Second-Wave Jewish Feminism, 1971-1991: Foundational Theology and Sacral Discourse

ISBN: 978-1-4632-0084-8
This book is the definitive critical analysis of the Jewish feminist theological project in the United States, its principal theologians and its foundational, embryonic, and more elaborated sacral discursive. The monograph critically examines each of the diverse theologians, their varied perspectives, and individual contributions, and asks will a prescriptive Jewish feminist theology ever be a reality?
$88.08

Neo-Assyrian Prophecy and the Hebrew Bible: Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah

ISBN: 978-1-4632-0077-0
Previous generations of scholars believed that prophecy was unique to ancient Israel. However, recent archaeological discoveries reveal that numerous societies in the ancient Near East practiced prophecy. This study examines the similarities and differences between Neo-Assyrian and biblical prophecy, particularly focusing on the 7th c. BCE prophets Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah, and discusses what implications these differences may have for our understanding of these prophets.
$57.00

Catalogus codicum Hebraeorum

Bibliothecae Academiae Lugduno-Bataviae
ISBN: 978-1-61143-468-2
A complete and detailed description of the Hebrew manuscript collection of the University of Leyden, primarily the collections of the distinguished Levin Warner, Dutch ambassador to the Ottoman Empire.
$102.66

Lily Montagu’s Shekhinah

Series: Judaism in Context 11
ISBN: 978-1-61143-684-6
Lily Montagu’s Shekhinah outlines Lily Montagu’s theological writing, particularly her appropriation of the feminine aspect of the divine presence, Shekhinah, and provides a much needed corrective to the androcentric Anglo-Jewish historiography that has ignored, marginalized, and completely erased the founder of the Liberal Jewish movement in England. Luke Devine’s book is vital reading for students of Anglo-Jewry, First-Wave feminism, Jewish feminism, Liberal Judaism, and Jewish mysticism.
$101.40

Verbs of Leading in the Hebrew Bible

ISBN: 978-1-61143-925-0
Authors of the Hebrew Bible had at least 17 different verbs which they could use to represent “leading” or “guiding” in the Hebrew Bible. What are these “verbs of leading” and how are they related to one another? Why did an author choose the particular “leading” verb he chose in a particular context? Every occurrence of a verb of leading in the Hebrew Bible is examined through the lens of semantic-role theory by assigning roles to each of the phrases typically used with the verbs. This study resolves some problem passages and supplements traditional lexicographical research.
$115.91

The Concept of Intention in the Old Testament, Philo of Alexandria and the Early Rabbinic Literature

A study in human intentionality in the area of criminal, cultic and religious and ethical law.
ISBN: 978-1-59333-653-0
Does God take into account only the physical act, or does He also consider intention? Does inward motivation truly matter in the areas of criminal or cultic law? Were there differences between the biblical, hellenistic and rabbinic views on intention? This book explores what the Old Testament, Philo, and the early Rabbis thought about human intentionality in a legal context.
$138.02

Dating Archaic Biblical Hebrew Poetry

A Critique of the Linguistic Arguments
ISBN: 978-1-61143-921-2
The dating of some Archaic Biblical Hebrew poems to the late second millennium – early first millennium BCE on the basis of a handful of linguistic forms in common with second millennium Ugaritic and Amarna-Canaanite texts is brought into question. This critique highlights the problems with the arguments and hypotheses presented in the literature, and concludes that there is no compelling evidence to support the use of linguistic data for dating purposes.
$57.00

Melilah: Manchester Journal of Jewish Studies (2009)

ISBN: 978-1-4632-0154-8
Melilah is an interdisciplinary peer-reviewed journal concerned with Jewish law, history, literature, religion, culture and thought in the ancient, medieval and modern eras. Contributors (2009) include Cynthia Crewe (abstract only), Dvir Abramovich, Phillip Mendes, and Elliot Cohen.
$15.87

Hebrew Studies in the Reformation Period and After

Their Place and Influence
Series: Analecta Gorgiana 37
ISBN: 978-1-59333-691-2
This essay on the history of how the Hebrew Bible was considered during the Reformation period takes the reader into areas largely unexplored. In addition to the Bible, the Kabala is brought into the discussion. Box traces the development up to the advent of the critical study of the Bible which continued to be controversial when his study was published.
$19.11

Viajeros hispánicos en Estambul, de la cuestión de Oriente al reencuentro con los sefardíes (1784-1918)

ISBN: 978-1-61719-935-6
A collection of papers on the discovery of Istanbul and the Sephardic Jews by Spanish travellers in the 19th century.
$86.91

Ayer y hoy de la prensa en judeoespañol

Actas del simposio organizado por el Instituto Cervantes de Estambul en colaboración con el Sentro de Investigasiones Sovre la Cultura Sefardi Otomana Turka los días 29 y 30 de abril de 2006
ISBN: 978-1-61719-932-5
The proceedings of a conference on Jewish publishing and printing in the Ottoman Empire.
$71.70

The Jewish Community of Istanbul in the Nineteenth Century

Social, Legal and Administrative Transformations
ISBN: 978-1-61719-939-4
A study of the Jewish community in Istanbul and how it was transformed by the Ottoman reform movement of the nineteenth century.
$75.12

Mis Memorias

una vida yena de drama i perikolos
By Rafael Chikurel; Edited and Introduction by Henri Nahum
ISBN: 978-1-61719-928-8
French-language memoirs of Rafael Chikurel, a Sephardic Jew from Izmir, who served in the Ottoman administration.
$69.45

Folklor de Los Judios de Turkiya

ISBN: 978-1-61719-905-9
A book about the cultural heritage of the Sephardic Jewish population of Turkey written in the Ladino language. Historical accounts detail the Jewish expulsion from Spain and subsequent migration to the Ottoman lands in 1492.
$74.58