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Judaism in Context

Judaism in Context provides a platform for scholarly research focusing on the relations between Jews, Judaism, and Jewish culture and other peoples, religions, and cultures among whom Jews have lived and flourished, from ancient times through the 21st century. The series includes monographs as well as edited collections. 

 

Series Editorial Board:

Rivka Ulmer, Bucknell University  (Chair)

Phillip Ackerman-Lieberman, Vanderbilt University   

Elisheva Carlebach, Columbia University            

Jonathan Jacobs, Bar Ilan University

Naomi Koltun-Fromm, Haverford University 

W. David Nelson, Groton School  

Lieve Teugels, Protestant Theological University of Amsterdam  

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From Creation to Redemption: Progressive Approaches to Midrash

Proceedings of the Midrash Section, Society of Biblical Literature, Volume 7
Series: Judaism in Context 20
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0736-6
This volume contains selected proceedings of the Midrash Section sessions convened during the 2015-2016 meetings of the Society of Biblical Literature. It is comprised of contributions by both leading and emerging scholars of Midrash whose research shares a common focus on early and medieval rabbinic biblical interpretation. Additionally, the research on Midrash in this volume intersects with a range of related biblical texts, religious themes, and foundational and forward-thinking methodologies and interdisciplinary academic fields of study, including: Gender Studies; Classics; Jewish Studies; Religious Studies; Literary Studies; the Aqedah/Binding of Isaac; biblical parables; and, medieval rabbinic biblical commentary.
$57.00

Reshaping Identities in Late Antique Syria-Mesopotamia

Christian and Jewish Hermeneutics and Narrative Strategies
By Aryeh Kofsky & Serge Ruzer; In Collaboration With Reuven Kiperwasser
Series: Judaism in Context 19
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0590-4
This volume presents case studies of the phenomena that contributed to group identity in late antique Syria-Mesopotamia, in particular traditions reflecting interactions between Judaism and Christianity, among various Christian groups, and among other religious traditions of late antiquity (such as Zoroastrianism or 'paganism'). By studying Christian, Jewish and other sources that deal with the establishment, modification and deletion of boundaries, the authors seek to create a frame of reference that will in turn explain and contextualise the existing evidence concerning communication and interaction between highly diverse groups in Late Antiquity.
$59.40

Jews, Christians and Zoroastrians

Religious Dynamics in a Sasanian Context
Edited by Geoffrey Herman
Series: Judaism in Context 17
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0250-7
The Sasanian Empire was home to many religious communities. It was also a place of meeting and transformation. The studies in this volume encompass a diverse array of topics concerning these religious communities inhabiting the Sasanian Empire. Some include the Roman East in their deliberations. Most, however, deal with the interaction of one or other religious community based in the Sasanian Empire with the dominant religion of the empire, Zoroastrianism.
$57.00

"It’s better to hear the rebuke of the wise than the song of fools" (Qoh 7:5)

Proceedings of the Midrash Section, Society of Biblical Literature, Volume 6
Series: Judaism in Context 18
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0560-7
This volume contains selected proceedings of the Midrash Section sessions convened during the 2012-2014 meetings of the Society of Biblical Literature. It is comprised of contributions by leading and emerging scholars that share a common focus on Rabbinic biblical interpretation as it intersects with a range of biblical texts and associated fields of study, including: Jewish legal literature; Hellenistic Judaism; post-biblical interpretation; biblical commentary; liturgical studies; and, cultural studies.
$101.40

From Anglo-First-Wave towards American Second-Wave Jewish Feminism

Negotiating with Jewish Feminist Theology and its Communities in the Writing of Amy Levy
Series: Judaism in Context 9
ISBN: 978-1-61719-915-8
This book completely redefines our understanding of fin de siècle Anglo-Jewish author Amy Levy and her writing. Demonstrating that Levy’s writing is less anti-Judaic and more profoundly influenced by the religious concerns of classical German Reformism, Luke Devine's innovative approach reveals that Levy's writing constitutes a genre whose female subjectivity evinces a concern for justice and authority that prefigures numerous aspects of Second-Wave Jewish feminist theory and its spiritual and theological underpinnings.
$110.99

Re-Presenting Texts

Jewish and Black Biblical Interpretation
Series: Judaism in Context 16
ISBN: 978-1-61143-924-3
This is the fifth issue of Proceedings of the Midrash Section at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature published in this series, and contains six papers on Jewish and Black biblical hermeneutics with regard to Rabbinic Midrash.
$95.32

Pragmatic Studies in Judaism

Edited by Andrew Schumann
Series: Judaism in Context 14
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0222-4
This book is the first attempt to apply formal pragmatics to Judaic studies as a discipline under the auspices of cultural studies, reconstructing the pragmatic approach in Judaism and defining some of the pragmatic limits assumed in the Torah. It is a continuation of previous work considering Judaic reasoning from the standpoint of analytic philosophy and logic. The present volume aims to explicate the Judaic pragmatic point of view with an emphasis on logic, political studies, ethics, and speech act theory.
$111.46

The Women of Israel by Grace Aguilar

Two Volumes in One with a New Introduction and Commentary
Series: Judaism in Context 15
ISBN: 978-1-61719-626-3
For almost a century after it was first published in 1845 Grace Aguilar's Women of Israel was presented as a high school graduation gift and even as a Christmas present to employees. More than 150 years before the current proliferation of books on women in biblical narrative and biblical law, Aguilar offered brilliant and innovative interpretations of abiding value. She took for granted that her readers could read Hebrew and that they, like herself, knew the King James Bible from memory. The extensive introduction and notes will make this new edition once again accessible to laypersons, students, and scholars.
$150.00

First Came Marriage

The Rabbinic Appropriation of Early Jewish Wedding Ritual
Series: Judaism in Context 13
ISBN: 978-1-59333-585-4
Ritual and historical perspectives each provide only a partial view of early Jewish weddings. Combining these approaches allows for a new look at practices rejected or highlighted by early rabbis and their successors, and First Came Marriage: The Rabbinic Appropriation of Early Jewish Wedding Ritual investigates the process by which early Jews married and the various moves they used to minimize, elaborate or codify these practices.
$57.00

Jewish-Christian Conversation in Fourth-Century Persian Mesopotamia

A Reconstructed Conversation
Series: Judaism in Context 12
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0156-2
Was there an active Jewish-Christian polemic in fourth-century Persia? Aphrahat’s Demonstrations, a fourth-century adversus Judaeos text, clearly indicates that fourth-century Persian Christians were interested in the debate. Is there evidence of this polemic in the rabbinic literature? Despite the lack of a comparable Jewish or rabbinic adversus Christianos literature, there is evidence, both from Aphrahat and the Rabbis that this polemic was not one sided.
$101.17

Lily Montagu’s Shekhinah

Series: Judaism in Context 11
ISBN: 978-1-61143-684-6
Lily Montagu’s Shekhinah outlines Lily Montagu’s theological writing, particularly her appropriation of the feminine aspect of the divine presence, Shekhinah, and provides a much needed corrective to the androcentric Anglo-Jewish historiography that has ignored, marginalized, and completely erased the founder of the Liberal Jewish movement in England. Luke Devine’s book is vital reading for students of Anglo-Jewry, First-Wave feminism, Jewish feminism, Liberal Judaism, and Jewish mysticism.
$101.40

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

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

Interpretation, Religion and Culture in Midrash and Beyond

Proceedings of the 2006 and 2007 SBL Midrash Sessions
Series: Judaism in Context 6
ISBN: 978-1-59333-619-6
The third issue of Proceedings of the Midrash session at the SBL Annual meeting published in this series. This volume contains papers on religion in midrash (2006) and modes of biblical interpretation in rabbinic, Syriac and Islamic traditions (2007).
$96.37

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.
$100.00

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.
$104.44

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.
$53.40

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.
$66.75

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.
$63.75

Divorce in the Torah and in Early Judaism

An Exegetical History of Deuteronomy 24:1-4 from Pre-Rabbinic Literature to the Talmud
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0621-5
This monograph traces the historical development of the process of scriptural exegesis of the Pentateuchal law of divorce (Deuteronomy 24:1-4), from pre- and non-rabbinic texts through talmudic literature. It identifies two approaches to understanding the biblical divorce law throughout its early history of interpretation: one which considers divorce a punishment resulting from unacceptable (usually sexual) behavior, and a second view of divorce as a non-punitive phenomenon that may occur in the life of a couple.
$57.00

The Scholastic Culture of the Babylonian Talmud

ISBN: 978-1-4632-0657-4
The Scholastic Culture of the Babylonian Talmud studies how and in what cultural context the Talmud began to take shape in the scholastic centers of rabbinic Babylonia. Bickart tracks the use of the term tistayem ("let it be promulgated") and its analogs, in contexts ranging from Amoraic disciple circles to Geonic texts, and in comparison with literatures of Syriac-speaking Christians. The study demonstrates increasing academization during the talmudic period, and supports a gradual model of the Talmud's redaction.
$57.00