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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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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.
$97.20

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.
$20.40

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.
$96.00

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.
$119.40

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.
$109.20

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.
$97.80

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.
$100.20

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.
$34.80

Beiträge zur Semitischen Metrik

Series: Analecta Gorgiana 193
ISBN: 978-1-60724-289-5
This brief contribution to the discussion of Semitic metrics was written by a renowned scholar of biblical languages. Concentrating on the partial acrostic poem in Nahum 1.2-2.3, Bickell addresses the metrics of the piece. Laying out the text in Hebrew and in transliteration, Bickell gives his own translation along with his metrical observations. For anyone interested in the poetic structures of Semitic languages, particularly biblical Hebrew, this booklet will provide considerable insight.
$19.80

Die Religion des Alten Testaments

Unter den Religionen des Vorderen Orients
Series: Analecta Gorgiana 192
ISBN: 978-1-60724-288-8
The aim of this booklet is to given an account of the nature of the religion of the Old Testament, especially those aspects that differentiate it from other ancient religions. Fitting with the emerging historical-critical Zeitgeist, Marti follows the usual division of Israelite religion into nomadic, peasant, prophetic, and legal religions. Various accoutrements and components of the religious life of antiquity are considered throughout this somewhat contrived course of Israel’s religious development. Written when Assyriology was just beginning to come into its own, Marti still finds the Graf-Wellhausen hypothesis a compelling explanation for the form of the biblical material.
$31.20

Die Metrischen Stücke des Buches Jeremia

Series: Analecta Gorgiana 191
ISBN: 978-1-60724-287-1
This brief study entails a reconstruction of the metrical pieces of the book of the prophet Jeremiah. Laid out in poetic stanzas, various sections of this noteworthy prophetic book are presented in a form intended to facilitate analysis. Segments of several chapters are included, scanned according to the analytical parameters of Cornill. Noting that Jeremiah differs from the other major prophets Isaiah and Ezekiel in the reduced amount of poetry, Cornill nevertheless seeks a metrical pattern in the work of the prophet and lays it out in the original Hebrew. An informative foreword explains the method and layout choices used. Students of Hebrew metrics or ancient poetry in general will find these insights useful.
$25.80

The Creation-Story of Genesis I

Sumerian Theogony and Cosmogony
Series: Analecta Gorgiana 174
ISBN: 978-1-60724-245-1
In this brief study of the creation account in Genesis 1, Radau makes full use of the Sumerian materials available in his day. Summarizing the sea monster versus deity scenario known from the Enuma Elish’s account of Marduk against Tiamat, he shows how Yahweh fits this role in Genesis 1. Going into linguistic detail of the Hebrew and Sumerian sources, he draws a set of correlations between the two.
$28.20

The Three Great Prophets of the World

Moses, Jesus and Muhammad
Series: Analecta Gorgiana 190
ISBN: 978-1-60724-286-4
Written by a well-known convert to Islam, this little study traces the connections between the major prophets of each of the monotheistic faiths. Moses, Jesus, and Muhammad. He discusses the moral influences of these founders on their followers and the impact they had on their world. Headley next considers the way that these founders died or left the world and also what they had taught about the next world. Special attention is given, naturally, to the advent of Islam and what happened after the founding of the faith. Headley ends with a brief sketch of the life of Muhammad. A compact study written from the Islamic point of view, this book will be of interest to anyone concerned with the relations between the three monotheistic religions.
$34.20

Le Logos d'apres Philon d'Alexandrie

Series: Analecta Gorgiana 184
ISBN: 978-1-60724-280-2
In this theological exposition on the concept of the Logos in the writings of Philo of Alexandria, Réville offers a probing piece of research. Beginning with the historical milieu of Philo’s time, he moves on to his main focus, playing out what the doctrine of the Logos is. Theologians who wish to know turn-of-the-century ideas concerning the Logos will find this irresistible reading.
$31.80

Die Höllenfahrt der Istar, ein altbabylonisches Epos

Nebst Proben assyrischer Lyrik
Series: Analecta Gorgiana 175
ISBN: 978-1-60724-246-8
This volume contains Schrader’s study of the underworld journey of Ishtar. He examines this Old Babylonian epic together with samples from Assyrian poems. The text is given, along with a translation, commentary and glossary.
$40.80

The Early History of Syria and Palestine

ISBN: 978-1-60724-244-4
Although written before the modern discoveries that define Ancient Near Eastern studies today, Paton’s historic foray into the history of Syria and Palestine served to start a continuing discussion that remains active today. Covering the Babylonian, Aramaean, Egyptian, Hittite, and Assyrian empires, Paton demonstrates what was known of the history of the region with the limited resources of nineteenth-century explorations.
$113.40

Die Hellenisierung des Semitischen Monotheismus

Series: Analecta Gorgiana 179
ISBN: 978-1-60724-272-7
Deissmann was a scholar well known for his work with the Greek of the New Testament. In this little volume he considers the Hellenization of Semitic monotheism. Primarily concerned with the changes after Alexander’s conquest, the book is a brief exploration of Greek religion in the aftermath of conquest. Semitic monotheism was, according to Deissmann, a new concept for the Greek world. Hellenistic outlooks had long been influenced by classical viewpoints. Into this cultural milieu the Judaic concept of monotheism made immediate inroads. This influence is explored primarily in linguistic form, including considerations of the Septuagint. Both Hellenists and Semitic scholars will find material of interest here. Observations made by Deissmann influenced later thought in this field. Stretching across disciplines, this study will interest cultural historians as well. Share the sense of discovery with this useful booklet.
$21.00

Re-Reading the Prophets Through Corporate Globalization

A Cultural-Evolutionary Approach to Economic Injustice in the Hebrew Bible
ISBN: 978-1-60724-978-8
Using societal patterns of exploitation that are evidenced in agrarian societies from the Bronze Age to modern-day corporate globalization, Re-Reading the Prophets offers a new approach to understanding the hidden contexts behind prophetic complaints against economic injustice in eighth-century Judah.
$100.80

Die Haggadischen Elemente in den Homilien des Aphraates, des persischen Weisen

Series: Analecta Gorgiana 489
ISBN: 978-1-60724-967-2
In this volume, Funk addresses questions concerning Aphrahat’s possible relationship to Jewish sources. His method in the main part is to go through biblical passages that Aphrahat comments on and show parallels with rabbinic literature.
$28.20

Early Jewish Liturgy

A Sourcebook for use by students of Early Christian Liturgy
ISBN: 978-1-60724-400-4
Whereas many studies suggest or presuppose some link between Christian liturgical origins and the practices of Judaism the Jewish sources are hard to find and understand for Christian students without any background in early Judaism and its literature. This book presents some of the relevant sources in clear English, with accompanying material which sets the sources in their context and introduces the student to the debate about the relationship between Jewish and early Christian liturgy.
$66.00

Hebrew Studies Miscellany

Series: Analecta Gorgiana 89
ISBN: 978-1-60724-008-2
In this set of articles originally published together in his booklet Orientalia, Lagarde addresses several issues concerning Hebrew studies. The first article, Explanation of Hebrew Words, addresses the use of twelve significant lexemes. Added to this essay is a contribution of Lagarde to the Hebrew reflected in Ephraim the Syrian’s work on Genesis, extant in Armenian. Select passages from Genesis 2 through 38 are given consideration in the light of philological investigation. Together these pieces represent a useful collection of insights into the Hebrew language both through classic philology and through the ecclesiastical interpretation of a scholar in the tradition of Syriac Christianity.
$27.00

Daily and Weekly Worship: From Jewish to Christian

ISBN: 978-1-60724-346-5
An examination of the centres, patterns and elements of Jewish worship and the transition from Jewish worship to Christian. The study also considers the origin of several aspects of Christian worship.
$82.80

I Deal Death and Give Life

Biblical Perspectives on Death
ISBN: 978-1-60724-328-1
Is death the end of the human journey, or is there continuity after death? What happens to body and soul after death? Were Israelites worshiping the dead? What is the source of mourning practices? This book explores this multifaceted topic as related in the Bible.
$99.60

Science and Hebrew Tradition

ISBN: 978-1-59333-836-7
The issue of science versus religion is as old as the Renaissance. A new bombshell was brought to this issue when Charles Darwin discovered natural selection as the mechanism of evolution. Known as “Darwin’s bulldog”, Thomas Huxley anticipated modern-day discussions on the issue of science and religion. Among the topics included here are evolution versus Genesis, the authorship of the Pentateuch, and a history of paleontology. Huxley’s final offering is an anthropological study of the evolution of theology. For the student who wishes to trace the history of this debate, Huxley is essential reading.
$106.80