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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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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.
$138.00

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.
$94.80

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.
$23.40

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.
$28.80

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.
$94.20

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.
$72.00

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.
$75.00

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.
$69.60

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.
$74.40

Jewish Journalism and Printing Houses in the Ottoman Empire and Modern Turkey

Edited by Gad Nassi
ISBN: 978-1-61719-909-7
A series of essays about Jewish printing and publishing in the Ottoman and Empire.
$75.00

Midrash and the Exegetical Mind

Proceedings of the 2008 and 2009 SBL Midrash Sessions
Series: Judaism in Context 10
ISBN: 978-1-61143-683-9
Contained in this volume are the Proceedings of the Midrash session of the SBL's annual conferences in 2008 and 2009. This volume contains eight essays dealing with various aspects of rabbinic interpretation.
$103.20

Perspectives on Hebrew Scriptures VI

Comprising the Contents of Journal of Hebrew Scriptures, Vol. 9
Edited by Ehud Ben Zvi
ISBN: 978-1-61143-004-2
This volume incorporates all the articles and reviews published in Volume 9 (2009) of the Journal of Hebrew Scriptures.
$192.60

The Book of Lamentations and the Social World of Judah in the Neo-Babylonian Era

ISBN: 978-1-60724-112-6
Using a form of social-historical criticism this book provides a counter-reading of Lamentations that elucidates the impact and aftermath of siege warfare on Judah's peasants. The rhetoric of Lamentations, ancient Near Eastern writings, and archaeological evidence are considered, along with social models from other agrarian societies. Together these shed light on the changing social dynamics, religious customs, and political and economic structures of rural and urban Judah in the sixth century BCE. This study brings to life voices long silent, and suggests that Judah's peasants played a significant role in the survival of peasant and city-dweller alike, when Jerusalem fell.
$91.20

A Comparison of the Egyptian Execration Ritual to Exodus 32:19 and Jeremiah 19

ISBN: 978-1-61143-546-7
Ancient Egyptian leaders sought to preserve the status quo by using not only their military might, but also enlisting magical rituals to help control any perceived threats to their way of life. Biblical leaders also sought to control their respective peoples by means of divine authority, brute force, and/or ritual actions. Examples of ritual actions by Moses and Jeremiah mimic those used by the ancient Egyptians in order to preserve or restore order to their given societies.
$87.00

Purim

Address Delivered at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature and Exegesis
Series: Analecta Gorgiana 107
ISBN: 978-1-60724-033-4
Approaching the question of Purim historically, Haupt notes that the book of Esther was composed during the reign of Judas Maccabeus, and he correlates the festival to the Babylonian New Year. He discusses the origin of the title “purim” from various languages, ultimately deciding on the Old Persian explanation. Moving forward, Haupt brings the festival into the more modern period, showing how the ancient tradition continues to exist. A useful resource for anyone interested in turn-of-the-century thought on the origins of an enigmatic biblical festival, this contribution is both readable to the layperson and scholarly as well.
$26.40

A Redaction History of the Pentateuch Targums

Genesis 1:26–27 in the Exegetical Context of Formative Judaism
ISBN: 978-1-61719-181-7
This volume combines Targum studies with Judaic studies. The author assigns different Targums each to a respective particular “Sitz im Leben”, stressing the close connection between Targum and Midrash literature. She challenges the assumption that all extant Targums were compiled for the Synagogue. Instead, she suggests that Targum Onqelos might have fulfilled a function in the context of the early beth din and demonstrates that Pseudo-Jonathan can be linked with the rhetorical practices which abounded in later amoraic, educational circles.
$96.00

Die Babylonisch-Assyrischen Vorstellungen vom Leben nach dem Tode

Series: Analecta Gorgiana 176
ISBN: 978-1-60724-247-5
In this brief study, Jeremias examines the representations of life after death in the Babylonian and Assyrian sources. The descent of Ishtar, basic concepts of the grave, descriptions of the afterlife and the realm of the blessed are all examined. The possibility of return from death and the biblical outlook on the subject are also part of the exploration.
$36.60

Le Mouvement Baptiste

en Palestine et Syrie (150 av. J.-C. - 300 ap. J.-C.)
ISBN: 978-1-61719-678-2
This book explores baptism in the ancient world, the sects which practiced it, their history, origins, characters, diversity, and influences.
$121.20

Folk-lore in the Old Testament

Studies in Comparative Religion, Legend, and Law
ISBN: 978-1-61719-818-2
This volume includes myths, stories, priestly speculations, ritual magic, and legal provisions from many lands that parallel to the Old Testament.
$91.80

Code of Jewish Law (Kitzur Schulchan Aruch)

A compilation of Jewish Laws and Customs
ISBN: 978-1-61719-817-5
A guide to, and abbreviation of, the standard code of Jewish law, the Shulhan Aruch
$135.00

Studies in Jewish Liturgy

Based on a Unique Manuscript entitled Seder Hibbur Berakot
Edited with an Introduction by Abraham I. Schechter
ISBN: 978-1-61719-187-9
A unique copy of the Seder Hibbur Berakot , this edition includes 22 prayers, characteristic of the Italian Jewish liturgical tradition.
$73.20

Die Zeugnisse vom Christentum in slavischen "De bello judaico" des Josephus

Series: Analecta Gorgiana 554
ISBN: 978-1-61719-278-4
The genuineness of the Slavonic text of Josephus; a massive compilation of evidence.
$29.40

Die Altercatio Simonis Judaei et Theophili Christiani

nebst Untersuchungen über der antijüdische Polemik in der alten Kirche
Edited with an Introduction by Adolf Harnack
ISBN: 978-1-61719-264-7
A quarrelsome disputation between a Jew and a Christian over the Old Testament prophecies, with introduction, notes, and essays on the character and compostion of the work.
$72.60

The Jews and Prostitution in Constantinople, 1854-1922

ISBN: 978-1-61719-156-5
This volume contains Rifat Bali’s study of the Jewish place in Istanbul’s nineteenth-century sex trade as well as three contemporary accounts of the practice.
$71.40

Jewish Historiography on the Ottoman Empire and its Jewry from the Late Fifteenth Century to the Early Decades of the Twentieth Century

ISBN: 978-1-61719-154-1
This work is a study of Jewish history writing in the Ottoman Empire through various periods, including the Sabbatian movement, and how these writings have affected our understanding of Ottoman Jewish history today.
$75.60