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Jewish Studies

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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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.

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.

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.

Melilah: Manchester Journal of Jewish Studies (2010)

ISBN: 978-1-4632-0055-8
Melilah is an interdisciplinary peer-review journal concerned with Jewish law, history, literature, religion, culture and thought in the ancient, medieval and modern eras. Contributors (2010) include Simon Mayers, Z. Yaakov Wise, Ed Kessler, Hyam Maccoby, and Glenda Abramson.

Speaking on the Brink of Sheol

Form and Message of Old Testament Death Stories
ISBN: 978-1-60724-671-8
Since its inception at the beginning of the twentieth century, form criticism has diminished in popularity and use in recent years. Bryan H. Cribb’s studies demonstrates that, if appropriately modified, form criticism still has much to add to Old Testament studies. Using a synchronic and inductive approach to the text, Cribb engages in a form critical study of nine “death stories” in the Old Testament. In so doing, he not only provides substantial support for the existence of this genre, but he also shows how remarkably fruitful such a study can be in revealing the messages of these accounts.

Judaism Without God?

Judaism as Culture, Bible as Literature
ISBN: 978-1-60724-341-0
The humanistic, non-religious approach of this book presents Judaism as the Culture of the Jewish People and God as a literary figure created by the authors of the Bible. This book defines key concepts in the discourse of Judaism as Culture. It offers a concise version of the history of pluralism in Judaism during the biblical era, the Hellenistic period, the influence of the Talmudic "culture of dispute" and the asking of new questions, the influence of the secularization process on Judaism, the assimilation of Jews in foreign cultures, and the formation of Israeli culture.

Epicurus & Apikorsim

The Influence of The Greek Epicurus and Jewish Apikorsim on Judaism
ISBN: 978-1-60724-344-1
This book describes the influence of Epicurus on Judaism. Judaism is the only national culture which has adopted the name of this Greek philosopher, using it as a term designating Jews who believe in freedom to choose their way of life, without obligation to obey religious precepts. Today, most Jews live as "Apikorsim". The heresy implicit in the denial of the existence of a personal God includes a denial of belief in life after death. Apikorsim believe that the purpose of life and of morality is found in striving for happiness.

Perspectives on Hebrew Scriptures V

Comprising the Contents of Journal of Hebrew Scriptures, Vol. 8
Edited by Ehud Ben Zvi
ISBN: 978-1-60724-326-7
This volume incorporates all the articles and reviews published in Volume 8 (2008) of the Journal of Hebrew Scriptures.

On the Judaeo-German Spoken by the Russian Jews

Series: Analecta Gorgiana 340
ISBN: 978-1-60724-594-0
Leo Wiener presents an overview of the history, culture, and language of the Jews who emigrated from Germany to Slavic countries and continued to speak a dialect of German.

Further Biblical Hebrew (hardback)

Explanations and Exercises
Series: Gorgias Handbooks 11
ISBN: 978-1-59333-948-7
This coursebook is designed for students who have completed at least one year of college study in Biblical Hebrew. It helps students make the transition from the basic grammar books to use of the comprehensive reference grammars and to more advanced analysis of Biblical Hebrew. Constant reference is made to recent works of grammar, and also to the grammatical comments of the medieval Jewish exegetes. A central theme is that medieval and modern Biblical Hebrew scholars have reached essentially similar conclusions, even if the medievals lacked modern terminology

Hieronymi Quaestiones Hebraicae in Libro Geneseos

Series: Analecta Gorgiana 72
ISBN: 978-1-59333-964-7
Written in the scholarly Latin of his day, Lagarde considers in this brief study the questions Jerome raises on the Hebrew of the book of Genesis. In an abridged commentary form, Lagarde follows the questions in the order in which the book of Genesis presents the material. Beginning with the creation, Lagarde skips along to the phrases of Jerome’s text that raise questions and provides his insights about them. Presuming that the reader of the Vulgate will understand the Latin of the original, the comments on the material are likewise written in Latin.

Materialien zur Kritik und Geschichte des Pentateuchs

ISBN: 978-1-59333-962-3
Originally published in two volumes, this edition of the Arabic translation of the Pentateuch stands as one of Lagarde’s lasting contributions to biblical scholarship. Critical editions make frequent reference to this work. Included are two translations of Genesis into Arabic, along with a single version of the remaining pentateuchal books, also in Arabic. The first translation of Genesis represents the tradition of the Paris Polyglot, translated directly from the Hebrew, while the second is a cantena text from the Syriac tradition, representing two-thirds of Genesis. Lagarde’s study provides a valuable text-critical tool and easy access to the Arabic versions of the material.

Spinoza as Educator

Series: Analecta Gorgiana 26
ISBN: 978-1-59333-589-2
When educator William Rabenort looked at Spinoza he saw an educator. This little book on educational theory is built on the thought of Spinoza.

Aphraates and the Jews

A Study of the Controversial Homilies of the Persian Sage in their Relation to Jewish Thought
Series: Analecta Gorgiana 29
ISBN: 978-1-59333-620-2
In the first English attempt to address the Syriac homilies of Aphraates, Gavin sets a context for the material by considering the church and the sermons themselves. The topic of how the Jews are treated in the homilies is given special attention.

Idea and Essence in the Philosophies of Hobbes and Spinoza

Series: Analecta Gorgiana 36
ISBN: 978-1-59333-670-7
Noted American philosopher Albert Balz offers his observations on the concepts of idea and essence as reflected in the philosophers Hobbes and Spinoza.

The Influence of Gesenius on Hebrew Lexicography

Series: Analecta Gorgiana 24
ISBN: 978-1-59333-565-6
The perennial source in English on the work of Wilhelm Gesenius, Miller’s monograph was one of the first to attempt such a study. In the years since its publication, Miller’s book has yet to be superseded. He also provides information on the editors of Gesenius’s material, Franz Dietrich, F. Muehlau, W. Volck, and Frants Buhl.

The Commentary of David Kimhi on Isaiah

Edited, with his Unpublished Allegorical Commentary on Genesis
ISBN: 978-1-59333-675-2
The commentary of Rabbi David Kimhi (1160-1235) on the prophet Isaiah, chapters 1-39, in a Hebrew critical edition, makes up the main portion of this study. Presented with an English introduction by Louis Finkelstein, the commentary also includes a useful biography of Kimhi in English, an introduction to his commentary, and a presentation of a previously unknown treatise on Genesis in Hebrew.

In the Wake of Tikva Frymer-Kensky

ISBN: 978-1-59333-977-7
This volume consists of 14 papers delivered by Assyriologists and biblical specialists at the 2007 Society of Biblical Literature congress in sessions devoted to the scholarly legacy of the late Tikva Frymer-Kensky, Professor of the Hebrew Bible at the Divinity School of the University of Chicago.

The Five Post-Kleisthenean Tribes

Series: Analecta Gorgiana 34
ISBN: 978-1-59333-629-5
Exploring the important but complex historical period following the rule of Cleisthenes in Athens, Bates provides a handy reference for the tribes that emerged from this early experiment in democracy. The tribes of Antigonis, Demetrias, Ptolemais, Attalis, and Hadrianis are all considered, along with the families (demes) that made up each tribe.

Root-Determinatives in Semitic Speech

A Contribution to Semitic Philology
Series: Analecta Gorgiana 33
ISBN: 978-1-59333-627-1
Suggesting that the Semitic root may be, at least subconsciously, biliteral, Hurwitz launches into a study of this phenomenon. Discussing linguistic phenomena such as pluriliteral forms, root-differentiation, and folk-etymologies, this little study covers significant ground for understanding the underlying structure of biblical Hebrew.

The Bustan al-Ukul by Nathanael ibn al-Fayyumi

Edited and Translated from an Unique Manuscript in the Library of Columbia University
ISBN: 978-1-59333-584-7
The Garden of Wisdom is a rare Jewish systematic theology, here presented in English translation as well as in the Arabic (in Hebrew script) original. It is a treatise of the theology of the Jews living in Southern Arabia written by Nathanael Ibn al-Fayyumi in the twelfth century when the Jews of Yemen were undergoing persecution.

“I Sat Alone”

Jeremiah Among the Prophets
ISBN: 978-1-59333-854-1
The prophet Jeremiah is among the most complex and intriguing characters in the Bible. This study of the prophet focuses on the major biographical episodes in the prophet’s book and their interpretation. After setting the historical background of the prophet, Avioz then explores Jeremiah’s prophetic call. All major events of his life are parsed for a deeper insight into the prophet's life. Those with whom Jeremiah interacts, the kings of Judah and the false prophets, are assessed in contrast with the prophet. Avioz concludes his study with a consideration of Jeremiah’s legacy down to the present day.

Les Dialectes Néo-Araméens de Salamas

Textes sur l’état actuel de la Perse et contes populaires
ISBN: 978-1-59333-787-2
This specialized study by renowned linguist Rubens Duval brings together several grammatical studies between its covers. For the most part this intriguing volume is an exploration of the dialects of Neo-Aramaic of Salmas in the area of Azerbaijan and northwest Iran. Duval transcribed in handwritten, Roman characters, the aural information he received in the region from Syrian Christians and Jews. These are translated into French, making access to the linguistic information available to non-Semitic specialists. Duval concludes the book with an article on Syriac inscriptions of Salmas. This book is very rare in the used book market.

Semitica: Writings on Semitic Ephemera

Series: Analecta Gorgiana 82
ISBN: 978-1-59333-894-7
Originally published in two small volumes of Semitic ephemera written in German, this collection of observations of Paul de Lagarde still contains his cogent insights into the world of Semitic linguistics. Critical remarks on the book of Isaiah introduce his characteristic detail on a number of verses in the prophetic book. The second selection concerns the clarification of Akkadian (Chaldean) words occurring in the Hebrew Bible. In the second major section of the work, de Lagarde presents the leaves of the Septuagint of Codex Sarravianus found in Paris. This annotated Greek material comes from the books of Exodus, Leviticus, and Numbers.

Jewish Contributions to Civilization: An Estimate

ISBN: 978-1-59333-954-8
Concerned with the continuing, and growing, anti-Semitism of his day, Jacobs laid out a statement of the Jewish contribution to civilization. Beginning with the convention of Jewish self-recognition as the people of the book, he sketches the relationship between the church and the Jews. He notes that Jews in the Middle Ages were intellectual intermediaries and their works had a profound impact on Medieval thought. Their roles in commerce and capitalism are explored. Noting the contribution throughout history of Jews to the cause of liberality, Jacob makes a profound case for seeing the deep impact Judaism has made on the modern world.