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Books > Humanities > Religion & beliefs > Non-Christian sacred works & liturgy > Sacred texts > Criticism & exegesis of sacred texts

Biblical Interpretation (Hardcover, annotated edition): Robert Morgan, John Barton Biblical Interpretation (Hardcover, annotated edition)
Robert Morgan, John Barton
R1,921 Discovery Miles 19 210 Special order

"Biblical Interpretation" explains what interpretation is and what special issues arise in biblical interpretation. It analyzes the development of literary and historical criticism and more recent social, scientific and literary approaches by focusing on figures from Reimarus to Gerd Theissen, and exposes underlying theological issues.;What emerges is a pattern in the relationship between religious interests in these texts and the rational methods used to interpret them. This aims to provide guidance for a theologically sensitive use of the Bible today. An annotated index provides detailed information on some 250 biblical scholars and other interpreters.

The Development of Exegesis in Early Islam - The Authenticity of Muslim Literature from the Formative Period (Paperback):... The Development of Exegesis in Early Islam - The Authenticity of Muslim Literature from the Formative Period (Paperback)
Herbert Berg
R934 Discovery Miles 9 340 Special order

The most important debate in Islamic origins is that of the reliability of the lists of transmitters (isnads) that are said to guarantee the authenticity of the materials to which they are attached. Many scholars have come to the conclusion that most traditions (hadiths), which claim to preserve the words and deeds of Muhammad and early Muslim scholars, are spurious. Other scholars defend hadiths and their isnads, arguing for an early continuous written transmission of these materials. The first purpose of this study is to summarize and critique the major positions on the issue of the authenticity of hadiths in general and exegetical hadiths in particular. The second purpose is to devise a means of evaluating isnads that does not rely on circular arguments and to use it to determine if the hadiths in the Tafsir of al-Tabari, attributed to Ibn 'Abbas, are genuine.

The Qur'an and its Readers Worldwide - Contemporary Commentaries and Translations (Hardcover): Suha Taji-Farouki The Qur'an and its Readers Worldwide - Contemporary Commentaries and Translations (Hardcover)
Suha Taji-Farouki
R1,557 Discovery Miles 15 570 Special order

Some eighty per cent of Muslims in the contemporary world speak languages other than Arabic, the language of the Qur'an. To respond to the needs of their communities, Muslim scholars and laypersons must increasingly explain and communicate the meanings of the Qur'an in their own languages - including through the medium of Qur'an commentary and translation. The Qur'an and its Readers Worldwide provides an introduction to this rich and expanding field of endeavour. It brings together a selection of Qur'an commentaries and translations produced across the twentieth century to the present day, and ranging in provenance from the regions of the traditional Islamic heartlands to the new loci of global Islam. Individual chapters examine works in Arabic, Bosnian, Chinese, English, German, Malay, Persian, Swahili, Turkish and Urdu, each viewed in terms of the impact of modernity on the encounter with the Qur'an, providing an English readership with an exceptionally broad overview. Situating these

Nations Mightier & More Numerous - The Biblical View of Palestine's Pre-Israelite Peoples (Paperback): Edwin C. Hostetter Nations Mightier & More Numerous - The Biblical View of Palestine's Pre-Israelite Peoples (Paperback)
Edwin C. Hostetter
R298 R269 Discovery Miles 2 690 Save R29 (10%) Special order

A dissertation which examines the biblical view of the peoples mentioned in some 25 different biblical lists. It shows how these lists assisted in defining Israel's own ethnic identity, aiming to demonstrate that the lists are incompatible with the revolt theory of the emergence of Israel.

The Message and Ministry of Jesus - An Introductory Textbook (Paperback): David A. Fiensy The Message and Ministry of Jesus - An Introductory Textbook (Paperback)
David A. Fiensy
R1,109 Discovery Miles 11 090 Special order

This book presents an introduction to the ministry and message of Jesus by combining topical and chronological approaches. Topics discussed include: highlights of the words and teachings of Jesus and the main events of his ministry; background information on Judaism to aid in understanding the context of Jesus' words and actions; main issues and debates in the research of the historical Jesus; the most important ancient documents that help in understanding the Gospels (the Dead Sea Scrolls, Nag Hammadi Scrolls, Talmud, and Josephus).

The Religion of the Patriarchs (Hardcover): Augustine Pagolu The Religion of the Patriarchs (Hardcover)
Augustine Pagolu
R3,338 Discovery Miles 33 380 Special order

Patriarchal religion was distinct from both ancient Near Eastern and Israelite religions, and compatible only with the patriarchal lifestyle portrayed in Genesis. Since Wellhausen, the study of patriarchal religion has been chiefly confined either to the divine names or to the social and legal practices attested in Genesis and has neglected the patriarchal cultic practices-altars, pillars, tithes, vows and purifications-frequently attested there. In this study, Pagolu investigates such aspects in the light of second-millennium ancient Near Eastern and Israelite parallels, concluding that the patriarchal practices bore no comparison to those of the ancient Near East or of Israel, in that the patriarchs themselves offered sacrifices, conducted prayer, raised pillars and offered worship, all without the aid of an established cult. Thus patriarchal religion was distinct both from ancient Near Eastern religions and from the religion of Israel itself. It is peculiar to the world of Genesis.

Texts Reading Texts, Sacred and Secular - Two Postmodern Perspectives (Hardcover): Alison M. Jack Texts Reading Texts, Sacred and Secular - Two Postmodern Perspectives (Hardcover)
Alison M. Jack
R2,459 Discovery Miles 24 590 Special order

The language, themes and imagery of the Bible have been rewritten into texts across time. In the Revelation of John, the Hebrew Bible echoes and is reinvented, just as in James Hogg's The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner (1824) many explicit and implicit readings and interpretations of the Bible are offered. In Texts Reading Texts, these readings of the Bible, and the ways in which Revelation and Hogg's Confessions have themselves been read, are considered from the two postmodern perspectives of marginalization and deconstruction. By reading the two seemingly unrelated texts side by side from these perspectives, traditional readings of them both are disturbed and challenged.

The Dead Sea Scrolls Bible - the Oldest Known Bible (Hardcover): Martin Abegg, Peter W. Flint, Eugene C. Ulrich The Dead Sea Scrolls Bible - the Oldest Known Bible (Hardcover)
Martin Abegg, Peter W. Flint, Eugene C. Ulrich
R4,372 Discovery Miles 43 720 Special order

All 220 biblical scrolls are presented and translated into English with a full commentary. The work reveals important differences between the scrolls and the Old Testament, restores lost psalms, reveals previously unknown details about the lives of biblical figures and provides new information on how the Hebrew Bible was created.

History and Torah - Essays on Jewish Learning (Paperback): Jacob Neusner History and Torah - Essays on Jewish Learning (Paperback)
Jacob Neusner
R249 Discovery Miles 2 490 Special order
Habakkuk, Jonah, Nahum, and Obadiah in Talmud and Midrash - A Source Book (Paperback): Jacob Neusner Habakkuk, Jonah, Nahum, and Obadiah in Talmud and Midrash - A Source Book (Paperback)
Jacob Neusner
R676 Discovery Miles 6 760 Special order

The Rabbis of classical Judaism, in the first six centuries of the Common Era, commented on the teachings of ancient Israel's prophets and shaped, as much as they were shaped by, prophecy. They commented on much of the Scriptural heritage and they made it their own. This collection of the Rabbinic comments on biblical books makes easily accessible the Rabbinic reading of the prophetic heritage and opens the way to the study of how normative Judaism responded to the challenge of the prophetic writings.

God, Muhammad and the Unbelievers (Paperback): David Marshall God, Muhammad and the Unbelievers (Paperback)
David Marshall
R831 Discovery Miles 8 310 Special order

This study of the Qur'an arises from an interest in a pressing contemporary issue, the relationship between Muslims and non-Muslims ('the Ummah and the Other'). This text explores how the Qur'an comments on this relationship as it changed in the course of Muhammad's ministry. Particular attention is paid to the portrayal in the Meccan 'punishment-narratives' of a fascinating and complex triangular relationship between God, the powerless and persecuted believing community with Muhammad at its centre, and the unbelieving Meccans who rejected Muhammad's preaching.

The text raising questions about the possible contemporary relevance of this analysis, focusing firstly on discussions about the appropriate models for Islamic society today, and secondly on dialogue between Christians and Muslims. This book presents a detailed and illuminating analysis of many important Qur'anic themes and passages, and offers a coherent and original account of significant developments within the thought of the Qur'an as a whole.

Ezekiel in Talmud and Midrash (Paperback): Jacob Neusner Ezekiel in Talmud and Midrash (Paperback)
Jacob Neusner
R1,076 Discovery Miles 10 760 Special order

The Rabbis of classical Judaism, in the first six centuries of the Common Era, commented on the teachings of ancient Israel's prophets and shaped, as much as they were shaped by, prophecy. They commented on much of the Scriptural heritage and they made it their own. This collection of the Rabbinic comments on biblical books makes easily accessible the Rabbinic reading of the prophetic heritage and opens the way to the study of how normative Judaism responded to the challenge of the prophetic writings.

CUSAS 02 - Sumerian Proverbs in the Schoyen Collection (Hardcover, illustrated edition): Bendt Alster CUSAS 02 - Sumerian Proverbs in the Schoyen Collection (Hardcover, illustrated edition)
Bendt Alster
R1,390 Discovery Miles 13 900 Special order
The Book of Hiding - Gender, Ethnicity, Annihilation, and Esther (Hardcover): Timothy K Beal The Book of Hiding - Gender, Ethnicity, Annihilation, and Esther (Hardcover)
Timothy K Beal
R2,098 Discovery Miles 20 980 Special order

The Book of Hiding offers a fluent and erudite analysis of the parallels between the Bible and contemporary discussions of gender, ethnicity and social ambiguity. Beal focuses particularly on the traditionally marginalised book of Esther, in order to examine closely the categories of self and other in relation to religion, sexism, nationalism, and the ever-looming legacies and future possibilities of annihilation. Beal applies the critical tools of contemporary theorists, such as Cixous, Irigaray and Levinas, challenging widely held assumptions about the moral and life-affirming message of Scripture and even about the presence of God in the book of Esther. The Book of Hiding draws together a variety of different perspectives and disciplines, creating a unique space for dialogue raising new questions and reconsidering old assumptions, which is profoundly interesting and well-articulated.

The Midrash - An Introduction (Paperback): Jacob Neusner The Midrash - An Introduction (Paperback)
Jacob Neusner
R744 Discovery Miles 7 440 Special order

The Midrash: An Introduction sets forth the way in which Judaism reads the Hebrew Bible. In this masterful presentation, the reader is introduced to the classics of Jewish Bible interpretation, with special attention to the way in which the ribbis of Talmudic times read the Pentateuch, the Book of Ruth, and Song of Songs. The seven Midrash compilations are introduced with a lucid account of their main points, accompanied by selections that give the reader a direct encounter, in English, with the Bible as Judaism understands it. The word midrash, based on the Hebrew root DaRaSH ("search"), means "interpretation" or "exegesis." Midrash also more formally refers to the compilations of such interpretations of Scripture. As Dr. Jacob Neusner explains, these compilations "reached closure and conclusion in the formative stage of Judaism, that is, the first seven centuries of the Common Era, the time in which the Mishnah (ca. 200), Talmud of the Land of Israel (ca. 400), and Talmud of Babylonia (ca. 600) were written." Midrash is not so much about Scripture as it is a subordinate part of Scripture: "They did not write about Scripture," Dr. Neusner says. "They wrote with Scripture ... much as painters paint with a palette of colors." The Midrash: An Introduction is the second volume in Dr. Jacob Neusner's series of introductory volumes on classical rabbinic literature. As with the first volume - The Mishnah: An Introduction - this book offers the layperson a concise description of the religious literature and, drawing on Dr. Neusner's own translations of the texts, walks readers through the selections, providing them with firsthand experience with the document itself. As Dr. Neusner says in his preface to The Midrash: An Introduction, "In these pages I mean to make it possible for readers to know one such compilation from the other and so to begin studying their own."

(Sacrifices) Left at the Altar - Reading Tractate Zevachim of the Babylonian Talmud (Paperback): Joshua A. Fogel (Sacrifices) Left at the Altar - Reading Tractate Zevachim of the Babylonian Talmud (Paperback)
Joshua A. Fogel
R730 Discovery Miles 7 300 Special order

Following the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 C.E., Judaism faced a serious crossroads. The rabbis of late antiquity spent the next few centuries in extensive debates in an effort to create an ethical and practical basis for a Torah-based faith. Their extensive discussions constitute the bulk of what we now know as the Talmud. This collection is not only massive; it is forbiddingly difficult and has accumulated numerous commentaries over the centuries since it first appeared. Recent translations have made it somewhat more accessible to English-language readers, but textual difficulties remain. This volume looks at tractate Zevachim (Sacrifices), which is mostly concerned with meat offerings slaughtered and presented at the Temple (when it stood). Joshua A. Fogel approaches the text, page by page, commenting with doses of humor and comparisons in a manner meant to explain and humanize the text for contemporary readers.

Sacred Enigmas - Literary Religion in the Hebrew Bible (Hardcover, New): Stephen Geller Sacred Enigmas - Literary Religion in the Hebrew Bible (Hardcover, New)
Stephen Geller
R2,107 Discovery Miles 21 070 Special order

This volume assesses the religious and intellectual significance of the Hebrew bible both as a document of its time and as an important step in the development of thought. It presents the major aspects of biblical religion through detailed literary analyses of key texts, presented in English translation to make them accessible to the general reader as well as scholars. Each of the central traditions of biblical religion is examined, as well as a number of important themes, like the roles of mystery and sexuality. At the same time, the cultural and social background is explained and described, placing the ideas uncovered in a specific temporal and cultural setting.

Tracing the Evidence - Dinah in Post-Hebrew Bible Literature (Hardcover, New edition): Mary Anna Bader Tracing the Evidence - Dinah in Post-Hebrew Bible Literature (Hardcover, New edition)
Mary Anna Bader
R1,204 Discovery Miles 12 040 Special order

Tracing the Evidence: Dinah in Post-Hebrew Bible Literature examines the post-biblical literary developments of Dinah, the daughter of Leah and Jacob. According to Genesis 34, Dinah was sexually violated by Shechem; however, there are gaps in the biblical narrative and little written about what happened to her after the fateful time. Tracing the Evidence considers how post-Hebrew Bible traditions have filled in some of those gaps. Some traditions give more information about her day-to-day life, how old she was when Shechem met her, and various details about her subsequent marriage(s) and children.

Sacred Scriptures of the World Religions - An Introduction (Hardcover): Joan Price Sacred Scriptures of the World Religions - An Introduction (Hardcover)
Joan Price
R2,438 R2,312 Discovery Miles 23 120 Save R126 (5%) Special order

This book examines religions across the world, offering an insight into each tradition's views of the world, through their scriptural texts and spiritual practices. As we increasingly move toward a global world view, it is important that we understand the traditions of other members of the global community. "Sacred Scriptures of the World Religions" examines religions across the world, offering an insight into each tradition's views of the world, through their scriptural texts and spiritual practices. By taking this perspective, the author has produced an indispensable introductory textbook which provides students with an overview of the meaning and guidance that people find in their religion through these sacred wisdoms. Each chapter provides introductory explanations of key issues to provide undergraduate religion students with a unique sense of each faith, followed by illustrative scriptural passages. "Sacred Scriptures of the World Religions" is essential reading for those studying religion, honoring both the richness and universality of religious truths contained in the world's great scriptures.

Tractate Yebamot (Hardcover): Heinrich W. Guggenheimer Tractate Yebamot (Hardcover)
Heinrich W. Guggenheimer
R4,981 Discovery Miles 49 810 Special order

This, the first volume of a five-volume edition of the third order of the Jerusalem Talmud, deals with Jewish marital law and related topics. The volume is concerned with levirate marriage, considering other Jewish sects at the same time, with forbidden marriages and the judicial treatment of missing husbands, with the incapability to marry, and with the status of married juveniles.The publication of one volume per year is planned. Key feature A- Continuation of the well-received English-Aramaic edition

Religion and Ethnicity in Canada (Paperback): Paul A. Bramadat, David Seljak Religion and Ethnicity in Canada (Paperback)
Paul A. Bramadat, David Seljak
R969 R912 Discovery Miles 9 120 Save R57 (6%) Special order

As the leading book in its field, Religion and Ethnicity in Canada has been embraced by scholars, teachers, students, and policy makers as a breakthrough study of Canadian religio-ethnic diversity and its impact on multiculturalism. A team of established scholars looks at the relationships between religious and ethnic identity in Canada's six largest minority religious communities: Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs, Jews, Muslims and practitioners of Chinese religion. The chapters also highlight the ethnic diversity extant within these traditions in order to offer a more nuanced appreciation of the variety of lived experiences of members of these communities.

Together, the contributors develop consistent themes throughout the volume, among them the changing nature of religious practice and ideas, current demographics, racism, and the role of women. Chapters related to the public policy issues of healthcare, education and multiculturalism show how new ethnic and religious diversity are challenging and changing Canadian institutions and society. Comprehensive and insightful, Religion and Ethnicity in Canada makes a unique contribution to the study of world religions in Canada.

The Transference of the Three Mediating Institutions of Salvation from Caiaphas to Jesus - A Study of Jn 11: 45-54 in the light... The Transference of the Three Mediating Institutions of Salvation from Caiaphas to Jesus - A Study of Jn 11: 45-54 in the light of the Akan Myth of the Crossing of a River (Paperback, New edition)
Raymond Ahoua
R1,128 Discovery Miles 11 280 Special order

ĢIt is better one man dies than the whole nation perishes (In 11: 50). Caiaphas' sentence goes beyond ethical principles and religious expectations. It appears as the saying of a cynic politician. Besides, it is seen as the perfidious advice of a corrupted high priest to the members of the Sanhedrin. Who is this man on whose saying a school is formed? Who is this man who played the most important role in the death of Jesus? Indeed Caiaphas' sentence gives rise to the following relevant question: is the prohibition of killing (Dt. 5: 17), even the killing of a single individual in order to save a whole nation, legitimate? Thus, many issues that are associated with this high priest are associated with Jesus. The book is mainly an exegetical and comparative analysis of Jn 11: 45-54 and the Akan myth of the crossing of the river. By providing new theological insights into Caiaphas link to Jesus' death, it gives pertinent answers to the above questions.

Tobit (Hardcover, Reprint 2013): Joseph A. Fitzmyer Tobit (Hardcover, Reprint 2013)
Joseph A. Fitzmyer
R3,421 Discovery Miles 34 210 Special order

Commentaries on Early Jewish Literature is a new series in English dealing with early Jewish literature between the third century BC and the middle of the second century AD; it is scheduled to encompass a total of 58 volumes. The texts are intended to be interpreted as a textual unity against the background of their particular Jewish and historico-political contexts, with text-based, historical, literary and theological analyses being undertaken. The first volume, by Joseph A. Fitzmyer, is devoted to a commentary on the Book of Tobit (Tobias).

New Perspectives on Ancient Judaism - Society and Literature in Analysis (Hardcover, 5th edition): Paul V.M. Flesher New Perspectives on Ancient Judaism - Society and Literature in Analysis (Hardcover, 5th edition)
Paul V.M. Flesher
R1,323 Discovery Miles 13 230 Special order

The studies in this volume address the issue of what a text reveals about its context. Chapter one, a study by Harold Van Broekhoven, focuses on two wisdom texts, Ben Sira and the Wisdom of Solomon, with the goal of discovering a fuller and more accurate portrayal of the writers behind them. Chapter two, by Vernon K. Robbins, analyzes the gospel of Mark to discover the extent to which its forms derive from both Jewish and Greek forms of rhetoric. In Chapter three, Jacob Neusner discusses text and context with respect to the Mishnah. In these chapters and in those that follow, the changing nature of the study of ancient Judaism is revealed. Co-published with Studies in Judaism.

Exegesis and Grammar in Medieval Karaite Texts (Hardcover, New): Geoffrey Khan Exegesis and Grammar in Medieval Karaite Texts (Hardcover, New)
Geoffrey Khan
R1,049 Discovery Miles 10 490 Special order

This volume contains a collection of articles that present studies of medieval Karaite texts. The articles in the volume concern primary manuscript sources, the majority of which have not been published so far. They examine various topics in Biblical exegesis and grammar.

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