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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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Ascetic Strains in Early Judaism

Series: Analecta Gorgiana 53
ISBN: 978-1-59333-868-8
Reviewing the relevant Jewish and Christian literature the author demonstrates that though there is no mandate for ascetic practice within early Judaism, there is a deep respect there for an ascetic way of life.
$24.60

Christian Writers on Judaism

Nineteen Centuries of Apologetics and Polemics
Series: Analecta Gorgiana 49
ISBN: 978-1-59333-864-0
Geroge Foot Moore’s Christian Writers on Judaism is a fundamental work which majestically traverses nineteen centuries of Christian literature regarding the Jews. This work is indispensable to the student of Jewish-Christian dialogue.
$27.00

The Testament of Solomon

Series: Analecta Gorgiana 56
ISBN: 978-1-59333-871-8
An excellent translation follows a critical essay, which argues that the Christian elements of the text do not point to a Christian author, but rather indicate that this work is a Christian recension of a Graeco-Jewish original.
$54.00

A Call to Covenant Love

Text Grammar and Literary Structure in Deuteronomy 5–11
ISBN: 978-1-59333-674-5
Profound in its conclusions and targeted toward the exegete, this volume offers a clear method for establishing flow of thought, text hierarchy, and literary macrostructure in biblical Hebrew prose. The study contributes both to hermeneutical theory and to the study of Deuteronomy by arguing for the application of discourse linguistics alongside stylistic and semantic analysis in the interpretation of OT texts. It includes a brief literary-structural and theological commentary on Deuteronomy 5–11 that models the text grammatical approach and shows its benefits for exegesis.
$113.40

A Reassessment of Asherah

With Further Considerations of the Goddess
ISBN: 978-1-59333-717-9
Asherah is one of the most popular goddesses known from the ancient world. In this second edition of the author’s 1993 monograph on the goddess, further articles and bibliography have been added to bring this expanding field of study more up-to-date. To date, this monograph contains the only full-length treatment of the Ugaritic material on Asherah in addition to a comprehensive examination of the textual sources from the Hebrew Bible, ancient Mesopotamia, Epigraphic South Arabian and Hittite sources, as well as the intriguing Hebrew inscriptions that perhaps mention the goddess.
$107.40

Early and Later Jewish Influence on Christianity

Essays on Hebrew Influence on Religion, Language and Literature
Series: Analecta Gorgiana 38
ISBN: 978-1-59333-692-9
Selected from the essays of the influential volume “The Legacy of Israel,” the three contributions in this volume explore early and later Jewish influence on Christianity. Written by F. C. Burkitt, A. Meillet, and L. Magnus, the articles consider the patristic period and modern European literary usage of Hebrew scripture and tradition.
$28.80

Exegesis in the Targum of Psalms

The Old, the New, and the Rewritten
ISBN: 978-1-59333-432-1
This volume illustrates how Targum Psalms creatively interprets selected psalms and how those interpretations relate to other Jewish and Christian traditions, including early translations of the psalms, rabbinic Midrashim, the New Testament and early Church Fathers. The study of these Psalms suggests viewing Targum Psalms as a creative partner in the world of biblical interpretation, as opposed to a compilation of already existing midrashic material. Edwards portrays the Targum as a link between the written and oral Torah that leads its readers on a path to tradition.
$94.20

Studies in Arabic and Hebrew Letters in Honor of Raymond P. Scheindlin

ISBN: 978-1-59333-701-8
This volume contains contributions, in English and Hebrew, on the following topics: Biblical criticism, Medieval Biblical lexicography, Classical and Post-Classical piyyut, Medieval Hebrew poetry and science, Judeo-Arabic poetry and epistolography, Classical Arabic poetry and prose, and the history of Jewish Studies in America.
$98.40

Midrash and Context

Proceedings of the 2004 and 2005 SBL Consultation on Midrash
Series: Judaism in Context 5
ISBN: 978-1-59333-582-3
A collection of seven groundbreaking essays on Rabbinic midrash and related texts by a new generation of erudite scholars combining the themes of the 2004 and 2005 SBL midrash sessions: “Jewish and Christian Hermeneutics” and “Midrash and Cultural Studies,” this book is a must have for clergy, students, scholars, and laypersons interested in deepening their understanding of Rabbinic and Patristic biblical interpretation.
$100.20

Perspectives on Hebrew Scriptures II

Comprising the contents of Journal of Hebrew Scriptures, vol. 5
ISBN: 978-1-59333-612-7
This volume incorporates all the articles and reviews published in Volume 5 (2004-2005) of the Journal of Hebrew Scriptures.
$160.80

The Cosmic Covenant (Paperback)

Biblical Themes of Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation
ISBN: 978-1-59333-747-6
Murray’s study of the covenant theme begins with a chronological survey of the concept, beginning at the creation itself. He traces this theme through the Bible, noting its key components of justice and peace. The concept is a shared one between Judaism and Christianity, and Murray suggests that it continues to have ecological as well as spiritual relevance to the world today.
$57.00

The Authorship and the Titles of the Psalms According to Early Jewish Authorities

Series: Analecta Gorgiana 17
ISBN: 978-1-59333-495-6
Neubauer addresses the related issues of the authorship of the Psalms and the individual psalm titles according to the early Jewish authorities. Beginning with a survey of what is known about music usage in Israelite worship, Neubauer launches into a thorough examination of what the Rabbinic material preserves regarding these issues.
$27.60

Perspectives on Hebrew Scriptures I

Comprising the contents of Journal of Hebrew Scriptures, volumes 1–4
ISBN: 978-1-59333-310-2
This volume incorporates all the articles and reviews published in Volumes 1-4 (1996-2003) of the Journal of Hebrew Scriptures.
$190.80

Literature of the Synagogue

Edited with introduction and notes by Joseph Heinemann, with Jakob J. Petuchowski. New Introduction by Richard S. Sarason
ISBN: 1-59333-364-1
Literature of the Synagogue is a three-part introduction to the textual heritage of Jewish devotion in the formative stages of its development. Part One presents a varied selection of prayers and liturgies expressive of rabbinic theology and religious feeling. Part Two is devoted to sermons from the classical rabbinic period. Part Three is an anthology of sacred poems and devotional hymns by the great literary masters of the Hebrew Middle Ages.
$99.00

Introduction to the Grammar of Hebrew Poetry in Byzantine Palestine

ISBN: 1-59333-348-X
This book investigates the interaction between grammatical norms and poetic technique on the basis of a corpus selected from the oeuvre of the payyetan Eleazar be-rabbi Qillir. As a basis for this investigation, a descriptive/comparative analysis of the Qillirian dialect is offered. The first portion of the work is a grammar devoted mainly to morphology and syntax. The second portion of the work is an investigation of the poetic norms, as well as rhetorical techniques employed by Qillir, together with an assessment of their impact on the grammar. The overall aim of the project is to design an analytical framework within which a self-conscious poetic dialect might be investigated.
$132.60

How Should Rabbinic Literature Be Read in the Modern World?

Edited by Matthew A. Kraus
Series: Judaism in Context 4
ISBN: 978-1-59333-214-3
Through literary, historical, archaeological, and engendered readings, this collection of essays presents a multidisciplinary analysis of rabbinic texts. Such a conversation between diverse scholars illuminates the hermeneutical issues generated by the contemporary study of the Talmud and Midrash.
$104.40

Man and the Theogony in the Lurianic Cabala

ISBN: 1-59333-200-9
Lurianic mythology represents an intensely personal view, in which earlier cabalistic symbolism is used to express new and original ideas. The lurianic corpus can be seen as a metaphor for a relation between man and the deity which is not yet fulfilled. The cabalistic myths of his sources express the reality of the relations of being in the lurianic corpus. The lurianic system seeks to reformulate the relation of man and god, concentrating on the way that the being of the deity is revealed in man.
$84.00

Jewish Wisdom

A dictionary of some 4,000 proverbs
ISBN: 1-59333-323-4
The Dictionary of Jewish Proverbs offers the reader a comprehensive insight into the world of Jewish wisdom. It comes in the form of an A-Z Dictionary and represents probably the biggest single collection ever published, with a total of over 4,000 proverbs coming from sources from every corner of the globe. A truly absorbing read, Jewish Wisdom will be an indispensable manual for all lovers of wisdom from whatever religious persuasion and an absolute goldmine of witty and wise things to say when the time is right.
$52.20

Samuel David Luzzatto: Prolegomena to a Grammar of the Hebrew Language

ISBN: 1-59333-334-X
Translated for the first time, with annotations and useful additions, this long under-appreciated work of S. D. Luzzatto is now available to modern scholars. A history of both Hebrew and Hebrew scholarship, it is replete with valuable information and insight.
$88.80

Syntax of the Hebrew Language of the Old Testament

ISBN: 1-59333-137-1
This two-volume set is still a standard reference used today on the subject. It is one of the most detailed studies on OT Hebrew syntax.
$99.60

All is in the Hands of Heaven

The Teachings of Rabbi Mordecai Joseph Leiner of Izbica (Revised edition)
Series: Judaism in Context 3
ISBN: 1-59333-337-4
Mordecai Joseph Leiner of Izbica was a unique thinker in the history of Hasidism with a highly personal vision of Judaism. His teachings, partially derived from the Przysucha-Kotsk school, adopted the concept of absolute divine providence as a cornerstone. He also reinterpreted the Lurianic concept of tiqqun, originally intended as a cosmological concept, to apply to the individual, creating a new path to spiritual self-perfection.
$74.40

Recent Developments in Midrash Research

Proceedings of the 2002 and 2003 SBL Consultation on Midrash
Series: Judaism in Context 2
ISBN: 1-59333-201-7
This work consists of a selection of papers from sessions during the first two years of SBL Consultation on Midrash. It demonstrates innovative approaches to midrashic texts and hermeneutic reflections on similarities and differences between interpretations of the Bible.
$66.60

Noble Soul: The Life & Legend of the Vilna Ger Tzedek Count Walenty Potocki

Series: Judaism in Context 1
ISBN: 1-59333-097-9
Walenty Potocki was a young Polish nobleman who abandoned wealth, power, and unlimited worldly prospects to convert to new religion - Judaism. Potocki was betrayed by a member of the religious community he embraced and burned at the stake by the Church he left behind in 1749. This book examines eleven versions of this remarkable man’s story and the heated, previously unpublished, correspondence between the Potocki clan and one of his early biographers. Noble Soul is the record of one man’s defining faith, and of the compelling human need for personal spiritual fulfillment.
$86.40

Unlocking the Garden: A Feminist Jewish Look at the Bible, Midrash, and God

A Feminist Jewish Look at the Bible, Midrash, and God
ISBN: 1-59333-058-8
A stirring collection of fifteen articles, many of which have been previously published by the author who is a feminist Jew. The author unabashedly confronts difficult biblical and midrashic texts, without taking an apologetic stance.
$81.60

Midrash and Legend: Historical Anecdotes in the Tannaitic Midrashim

Historical Anecdotes in the Tannaitic Midrashim
ISBN: 1-59333-127-4
This study applies form criticism to the stories of the earliest rabbinic midrashim. The results shed light on the literary personalities of the individual midrash collections and the relationships of transmission in the tradition. These stories are of particular interest from an inter-religious and comparative literary point of view because New Testament studies have often referred to certain narratives in the gospels as "midrashic." The author sets forth, in positive terms, an understanding of what functions historical anecdotes serve in the tannaitic midrashim, along with a catalogue of the rhetorical conventions used to fulfill those functions.
$86.40