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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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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.
$75.03

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.
$103.39

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.
$191.96

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.
$57.00

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.
$81.75

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.
$17.40

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.
$89.25

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.
$23.88

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.
$103.65

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.
$57.90

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
$112.02

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.
$73.41

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.
$19.47

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.
$72.78

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.
$71.25

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.
$75.30

Once upon a Time Jews Lived in Kirklareli

The Story of the Adato Family, 1800-1934
ISBN: 978-1-61719-091-9
Erol Haker recounts the history of the Sephardic Jewish Adoto family, which originally hails from the town of Kirklareli. This is one of the few books to describe the Jewish population of Turkish Thrace.
$88.89

Blood Test as Proof of Kinship in Jewish Folklore

Series: Analecta Gorgiana 720
ISBN: 978-1-61143-014-1
Blood, among the Jews, possibly because it was held to be symbolic of the soul, was an object of sacred awe. The ancient practice of covenanting by means of blood is widely-practiced as a result of ethnic superstitions.
$13.80

Das sogenannte Religionsgespräch am Hof der Sasaniden

Edited by Eduard Bratke
ISBN: 978-1-61719-282-1
At the court of a fictitious King of Persia, first the Christians debate the pagans, with a rabbi as referee, and then the Christians debate the Jews, with a pagan referee. Standard edition, long unavaiable, with commentary and indices.
$87.99

The Rabbis’ King-Parables

Midrash From the Third-Century Roman Empire
Series: Judaism in Context 7
ISBN: 978-1-61719-159-6
The Rabbis’ King-Parables: Midrash From the Third-Century Roman Empire examines the ancient Rabbis at work using parables about kings; parables that reflect the Rabbis' ideas about the role of the ruler in society, and the relationship of humanity to God. It considers the parables as resistance literature in light of the work of theorists of dominated groups. It is the first systematic attempt to read the parables as sources for Roman history in over 100 years.
$119.18

Judaic Logic

Edited by Andrew Schumann
Series: Judaism in Context 8
ISBN: 978-1-61719-194-7
Judaic reasoning is discussed from the standpoint of modern logic. Andrew Schumann defines Judaic logic, traces Aristotelian influence on developing Jewish studies in Judaic reasoning, and shows the non-Aristotelian core of fundamentals of Judaic logic. Further, Schumann proposes some modern approaches to understanding and formalizing Judaic reasoning, including Judaic semantics and (non-Aristotelian) syllogistics.
$109.36

The Treatise of Dionysius bar Salibi Against the Jews

Edited by J de Zwaan
ISBN: 978-1-60724-828-6
This volume contains the Syriac text of one of Dionysius bar Salibi’s polemical writings, that against the Jews, based on a manuscript now located at the Harvard Semitic Museum. An English translation was promised by the editor, but never appeared.
$82.20

Theophany and Chaoskampf

The Interpretation of Theophanic Imagery in the Baal Epic, Isaiah, and the Twelve
ISBN: 978-1-61719-160-2
The imagery of thunder and lightning, fire and earthquake which attends YHWH's theophany in Old Testament poetic texts has most often been interpreted as a series of metaphors in biblical scholarship. This work applies insights from recent work in metaphor theory and myth theory to argue that this traditional interpretation of poetic theophanic imagery is mistaken, and that these texts make better exegetical sense when understood against the background of the ANE myth of the defeat of chaos.
$54.00

Was hat Mohammed aus dem Judenthume Aufgenommen?

ISBN: 978-1-60724-308-3
Undertaking the classic question of the relationship of Islam to Judaism, Geiger begins his treatment with the intertwined questions of what Islam wishes to do, is able to do, and is permitted to do with Judaism. Concepts and opinions such as faith beliefs, moral and legal regulations, and concepts of life are all considered as they moved from Judaism to Islam. A well-regarded early work in the field of comparative religions, Geiger’s work is not to be missed by anyone with an interest in Judaism and its relationship to Islam.
$100.09

Die Aramaismen im Alten Testament

Series: Analecta Gorgiana 194
ISBN: 978-1-60724-290-1
In this essential contribution to the study of Aramaisms in the Bible, noted linguist E. Kautzsch provides a thorough introduction to the subject. Since Aramaisms are not overly abundant in the Bible, Kautzsch has the space to dedicate a significant analysis. For linguists interested in how Aramaic influenced biblical Hebrew, as understood at the turn of the twentieth century, this little book will be of great value.
$22.71