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

The Kalacakratantra - The Chapter on the Individual Together with the Vimalaprabha (Hardcover): Vesna A Wallace The Kalacakratantra - The Chapter on the Individual Together with the Vimalaprabha (Hardcover)
Vesna A Wallace; Introduction by Robert Thurman
R1,009 R889 Discovery Miles 8 890 Save R120 (12%) Special order

This is the first complete English translation of the second chapter of the esoteric Buddhist "Kalacakratantra" text, and its eleventh-century commentary, the "Stainless Light (Vimalaprabha) ," often accorded pride of place as the first volume of the Tibetan Tanjur. This chapter elaborates the human "individual" in terms of the cosmic human who embodies the cosmos within, showing the homology of macrocosm and microcosm, the outer and inner aspects of the person. The translation is supplemented with copious references to Tibetan commentaries, and includes the first critical edition of the Mongolian version of the second chapter.

Published by American Institute of Buddhist Studies (AIBS)

Discovering the Vedas - Origins, Mantras, Rituals, Insight (Paperback): Frits Staal Discovering the Vedas - Origins, Mantras, Rituals, Insight (Paperback)
Frits Staal
R373 Discovery Miles 3 730 Special order

The author puts Vedic civilization in a global perspective through a wide ranging comparaison with other Indic philosophies and religions, primarly Buddhism.

Revelation 19 in Historical and Mythological Context (Hardcover, New edition): David Andrew Thomas Revelation 19 in Historical and Mythological Context (Hardcover, New edition)
David Andrew Thomas
R1,161 Discovery Miles 11 610 Special order

Revelation 19: 11-21 is a passage rich in symbol and allusion, much of which proves elusive for interpreters restricting themselves to Old Testament references. However, when Greco-Roman history and mythology are examined, new possibilities are discovered. Revelation 19 in Historical and Mythological Context analyzes the Roman triumph and the Parthian threat as sources for the colorful imagery in Revelation 19, ultimately exploring the Nero redivivus myth as the nexus between the two and a key for unlocking the passage. Paradox and parody are important themes in this technical though theological study of the climax to the drama that is the Apocalypse.

The Priestly Code and Seven Other Studies (Hardcover): J. G. Vink The Priestly Code and Seven Other Studies (Hardcover)
J. G. Vink
R4,461 Discovery Miles 44 610 Special order
The Madrid Qumran Congress (2 vols.) - Proceedings of the International Congress on the Dead Sea Scrolls, Madrid 18-21 March,... The Madrid Qumran Congress (2 vols.) - Proceedings of the International Congress on the Dead Sea Scrolls, Madrid 18-21 March, 1991 Vol. I & II (Hardcover)
Julio Trebolle Barrera, L. Vegas Montanner
R9,681 Discovery Miles 96 810 Special order

The material presented in these two volumes may be divided into two main sections. The first section covers biblical texts and texts which fall between the categories biblical and non-biblical. It also includes articles on topics relating to the history of the Qumran community and to the study of the New Testament in the light of the Qumran discoveries. The second section covers non-biblical texts, such as the Temple Scroll. The two sections are synthesized in the article by Frank M. Cross, in which he reviews the advances made and the challenges for the future in the field of Qumran studies.
Several topics recur constantly in many of the articles, such as the origins of the history of the Qumran community, the problem of the distinction between what is biblical and non-biblical in the Qumran manuscripts, and the question of the authority of the texts in the Qumran community.

The Manual of Discipline - Translated and Annotated with an Introduction (Hardcover): Wouter G. Werner The Manual of Discipline - Translated and Annotated with an Introduction (Hardcover)
Wouter G. Werner
R2,040 Discovery Miles 20 400 Special order
The Old Testament in Syriac according to the Peshitta Version, Part V: Concordance, Vol. 1 Pentateuch - Edited on Behalf of the... The Old Testament in Syriac according to the Peshitta Version, Part V: Concordance, Vol. 1 Pentateuch - Edited on Behalf of the International Organization for the Study of the Old Testament by the Peshit ta Institute, Leiden (Hardcover)
P.G. Borbone, Konrad Jenner
R7,491 Discovery Miles 74 910 Special order

This is the first volume of a six-volume Concordance based on the critical text edition of the Peshi?ta (published by Brill from 1972 onwards). This first part focuses on the Pentateuch, while subsequent volumes will cover Historical Books, Prophets, Writings, Deutero-Canonical and Apocryphal Books. The final part will comprise a General Index.
Each volume will contain: 1) A General Concordance presenting the Syriac lemmata in alphabetical order, Hebrew and/or Greek correspondences (in accordance with the supposed original language of each book), a Latin and English translation, and variants (including those of the editions of Mossul, Urmia, Lee). 2) An Appendix, consisting of indexes on: Proper and Geographical Names, English, Latin, Hebrew, Greek and Syriac words (listed according to their roots), prepositions and characteristics of verb forms.
The concordance will serve as an important tool for scholars and students in the fields of biblical exegesis, philological and linguistic studies, translation technique and the study of the theology of the Syriac churches.

Von der Wurzel getragen - Christlich-feministische Exegese in Auseinandersetzung mit Antijudaismus (German, Hardcover): Luise... Von der Wurzel getragen - Christlich-feministische Exegese in Auseinandersetzung mit Antijudaismus (German, Hardcover)
Luise Schottroff, Marie-Therese Wacker
R4,157 Discovery Miles 41 570 Special order

Since 1986 feminist theologians in Germany have been engaged in public discussion of anti-Judaism. The feminist approach to the Bible is right at the centre of this discussion. The analysis of "anti-Jewish" tendencies in both Testaments is notoriously difficult. In the case of texts which are particularly uncomfortable for women, it is even more difficult to make progress.
Thirteen leading feminist Christian exegetes writing in German take up various themes for discussion (law, violence, impurity etc.), define the problem of anti-Judaism particular to each of these themes, situate it in the history of investigation and examine a particular text, looking for ways of overcoming an anti-Jewish interpretation without underplaying the genuine problems of the text.
The book is for all those interested in feminism, both women and men, and those engaged in Jewish/Christian dialogue, and is suitable for use as a textbook.

Proceedings of the Third International Symposium on Medicine in Bible and Talmud, Jerusalem, December 7-9, 1987 (=Koroth 9,... Proceedings of the Third International Symposium on Medicine in Bible and Talmud, Jerusalem, December 7-9, 1987 (=Koroth 9, 1985, special issue). (Paperback)
R3,208 Discovery Miles 32 080 Special order
Let the Daughters Live! - The Literary Architecture of Exodus 1-2 as a Key for Interpretation (Hardcover): Jopie Siebert-Hommes Let the Daughters Live! - The Literary Architecture of Exodus 1-2 as a Key for Interpretation (Hardcover)
Jopie Siebert-Hommes
R2,061 Discovery Miles 20 610 Special order

This study deals with the structure, coherence and composition of the stories of Exodus 1 and 2 with a view to contributing to the interpretation of biblical narrative in general.
In the first chapter the author introduces the method and analytical procedures employed. In the subsequent chapters the method is applied to the literary architecture of the stories in Exodus 1 and 2. The last chapter presents a sample of the exegesis as a practical demonstration of how the method described can be integrated into the interpretative procedure.
The approach presented in this volume provides an instructive introduction to newer techniques in interpretation. Though of special interest to feminist interpreters, it also speaks to a broad range of those who are engaged in modern types of exegesis.

Das Buch Hiob - Eingeleitet, ubersetzt und erlautert (German, Hardcover): Autumn De Wilde Das Buch Hiob - Eingeleitet, ubersetzt und erlautert (German, Hardcover)
Autumn De Wilde
R4,922 Discovery Miles 49 220 Special order
A Concordance to the Peshit ta Version of Ben Sira (English, Syriac, Hardcover): Michael M. Winter A Concordance to the Peshit ta Version of Ben Sira (English, Syriac, Hardcover)
Michael M. Winter
R4,184 Discovery Miles 41 840 Special order
Buddhavacana and Dei Verbum - A Phenomenological and Theological Comparison of Scriptural Inspiration in the Saddharmapun d... Buddhavacana and Dei Verbum - A Phenomenological and Theological Comparison of Scriptural Inspiration in the Saddharmapun d arika Sutra and in the Christian Tradition (Hardcover)
Michael Fuss
R4,875 Discovery Miles 48 750 Special order

Challenged by the teaching of Vatican II about the "seeds of the Word" in non-Christian religions, this book investigates the sacred character of the "Saddharmapu arika S?tra" and its relation to the fundamental theological category of scriptural inspiration. In applying the methods of modern exegesis, the "S?tra" in its ingenious composition is disclosed as a religious drama about the inspirational experience of the Buddha. The draft of a theology of inspiration along the guide lines of the Dogmatic Constitution Dei Verbum of Vatican II elaborates a 'christology of the Word' as its core, which allows an extension of inspiration in analogical manner to non-Biblical scriptures. The contrast of Christ, the "Word incarnate," and Buddha, the "Inspired One," offers a new contribution to an inter- religious dialogue.

Fur Israel und die Voelker - Studien zum alttestamentlich-judischen Hintergrund der Paulinischen Theologie (German, Hardcover):... Fur Israel und die Voelker - Studien zum alttestamentlich-judischen Hintergrund der Paulinischen Theologie (German, Hardcover)
Gerben S. Oegema
R4,913 Discovery Miles 49 130 Special order

In this work, the author investigates Gal 1: 13-14, Gal 3: 6-14, 1 Thess 4: 13-17, 2 Cor 12: 1-10 and Rom 10: 4 and then expounds how Paul, although originating from Judaism and having been educated in Jewish Biblical interpretation, reaches a new hermeneutic only after his experience of Christ. The apostle proves to be dependent neither on apocalyptic views nor on the methods of Greek Rhetoric nor on Rabbinic Midrash, although he is well versed in them. Instead, he develops a Christological interpretation the Torah, and this interpretation becomes the centre of his mission to the non-Jews. The Torah finds its eschatological fulfillment in Christ and receives its ethical validity for the nations in the form of the love command.

Biblical Prophets in Byzantine Palestine - Reassessing the <i>Lives of the Prophets</i> (Hardcover): David Satran Biblical Prophets in Byzantine Palestine - Reassessing the <i>Lives of the Prophets</i> (Hardcover)
David Satran
R3,044 Discovery Miles 30 440 Special order

The "Lives of the Prophets," a series of brief biographical sketches of the major and minor prophets of the Hebrew Bible, is a unique composition. Generally held to be a Jewish document from the end of the period of the Second Temple, the "Lives" offers an abundance of geographical, genealogical, and narrative detail which is not readily paralleled. This study provides the first thorough assessment of the work in nearly a century. A survey of the textual state of the composition and its reception is followed by a detailed examination of the literary structures which underlie the individual "vitae," It is argued that the "Lives" is an evolved, heavily redacted document whose present form cannot predate the fourth century C.E. Only within the context of early Byzantine Christian concerns - holy men, sacred sites, and the veneration of the saints - does the "Lives of the Prophets" become a comprehensible and vital text.

The Peshit ta of Leviticus (Hardcover): D.J. Lane The Peshit ta of Leviticus (Hardcover)
D.J. Lane
R4,143 Discovery Miles 41 430 Special order

"The Peshi?ta of Leviticus deals with the Syriac (Peshi?ta) text of Leviticus, discussing presuppositions of the manuscripts' scribes as well as the intentions of the translator.
Its starting point is the critical edition of the Leiden Peshi?ta (Brill, 1991).
The first part of the book examines the variant readings of the manuscripts, assessing their use in the Leiden Peshi?ta, and evaluating their interpretative significance. The second part considers causes of resemblance and difference in Peshi?ta, Targum, and LXX interpretation, ending with comments on other printed Leviticus editions, and the origins of the version.
This volume is of particular interest as a study of translation, and the relating of a text to its church origin and context.

The Peshit ta as a Translation - Papers Read at the II Peshit ta Symposium Held at Leiden 19-21 August 1993 (Hardcover,... The Peshit ta as a Translation - Papers Read at the II Peshit ta Symposium Held at Leiden 19-21 August 1993 (Hardcover, annotated edition)
P. B Dirksen, A. Kooij
R4,188 Discovery Miles 41 880 Special order

The Peshit ta as a Translation contains the eleven papers which were read at the Second Peshit ta Symposium, held in Leiden 19-21 August 1993, as well as two reports on the ongoing work on the Peshit ta in Stellenbosch and Leiden, and as, an Appendix, an update of the Annotated Bibliography of the Peshit ta of the Old Testament (MPI 5, 1989). The papers discuss various aspects of the Peshit ta as a Translation: its translation technique(s), its relation to Septuagint and Targum, its language, and its use for text-critical purposes. This new addition to the MPI-series will be important for scholars who are engaged in research of the Peshit ta, and in the history of the Old Testament text, as well as for Syriacists.

Qumran and Apocalyptic - Studies on the Aramaic Texts from Qumran (Hardcover): Florentino Garc ia Mart inez Qumran and Apocalyptic - Studies on the Aramaic Texts from Qumran (Hardcover)
Florentino Garc ia Mart inez
R3,804 Discovery Miles 38 040 Special order

The present volume contains a selection of studies on the Aramaic texts from Qumran, originally published in Spanish but thoroughly revised here, which investigate the contributions made by the Qumran manuscripts to the study of the Apocalyptic Tradition. The first three papers collected here are concerned with apocalyptic texts belonging to the Enochic Tradition ("Book of Noah, Books of Enoch, Book of Giants") and show how the fragmentary copies found at Qumran have radically altered the way in which we understand them. The next two studies deal with two texts which were previously unknown and which stem from the Danielic Tradition ("4QPrNab, 4QpsDan Ar"); they both notably enrich our knowledge of the traditions of Daniel. The last two studies discuss two Qumranic apocalypses ("4Q246, 11QNJ") which reveal the richness and the diversity of the theological conceptions circulating within the Apocalyptic Tradition. The book offers a most up-to-date survey of research on these manuscripts and makes a fresh contribution to the understanding of Qumran and of the Apocalyptic Tradition.

Le Profete Isaie (French, Paperback): Armand Kaminka Le Profete Isaie (French, Paperback)
Armand Kaminka
R593 Discovery Miles 5 930 Special order
Nag Hammadi Codex VII (Hardcover): Birger A. Pearson Nag Hammadi Codex VII (Hardcover)
Birger A. Pearson
R6,659 Discovery Miles 66 590 Special order

This volume contains the critical edition of the five tractates in Nag Hammadi Codex VII, with codex introduction (by Frederik Wisse), introductions, Coptic text, and English translations and notes, of "The Paraphrase of Shem" (Wisse). "Second Treatise of the Great Seth" (Gregory Riley), "Apocalypse of Peter" (M. Desjardins and James Brashler), "The Teachings of Silvanus" (Malcolm Peel and Jan Sandee) and "The Three Steles of Seth" (James Goehring and James M. Robinson).

La Phenomenologie de l'Exegese. Essai d'Une Hermeneutique Existentielle a Partir Du Nouveau Testament. (French,... La Phenomenologie de l'Exegese. Essai d'Une Hermeneutique Existentielle a Partir Du Nouveau Testament. (French, Paperback)
Hassan Hanafi
R771 Discovery Miles 7 710 Special order
The Composition of the Sayings Source - Genre, Synchrony, and Wisdom Redaction in Q (Hardcover): Alan Kirk The Composition of the Sayings Source - Genre, Synchrony, and Wisdom Redaction in Q (Hardcover)
Alan Kirk
R6,568 Discovery Miles 65 680 Special order

This volume analyzes the "Q materials" in the light of compositional conventions of ancient instructional genres. The author begins by assessing literary-critical approaches to Q which began with Harnack and have culminated in the work of Kloppenborg, Sato, and others. Next he articulates a theory of genre analysis drawn from text-linguistics, literary criticism, and rhetorical criticism. An array of ancient paraenetic texts is used to generate genre-critical models, in turn applied comprehensively to the double tradition materials. The results are used to critically assess recent redaction-history theories of Q's formation and to locate Q more securely among ancient paraenetic genres.
The book will be of interest to synoptic gospels scholarship, historians of Christian origins, literary critics, and those investigating the production, social function, and performance of texts in early Christianity.

Studies in the Religion of Ancient Israel (Hardcover): G.W. Anderson, P.A.H.de Boer, G R Castellino, Henry Cazelles, John A.... Studies in the Religion of Ancient Israel (Hardcover)
G.W. Anderson, P.A.H.de Boer, G R Castellino, Henry Cazelles, John A. Emerton, …
R1,347 Discovery Miles 13 470 Special order
Abraham Kuenen (1828-1891). His Major Contributions to the Study of the Old Testament - A Collection of Old Testament Studies... Abraham Kuenen (1828-1891). His Major Contributions to the Study of the Old Testament - A Collection of Old Testament Studies Published on the Occasion of the Centenary of Abraham Kuenen's Death (10 December 1991). (Hardcover)
P. B Dirksen, A. Kooij
R3,215 Discovery Miles 32 150 Special order

This volume contains the five papers read at a Symposium held in Leiden on 10 December 1991, on the occasion of the centenary of Abraham Kuenen's death, together with four other articles.
The introductory article gives a short biography of Kuenen, one article deals with his method, two concern his approach to the religion of ancient Israel, and the other six discuss the reception of his work on the Pentateuch and later developments in various countries.
Together these articles highlight the significance of this great Old Testament scholar, and at the same time identify issues which continue to confront Old Testament research. Though the wide variety of new approaches to the Old Testament has contributed greatly to our understanding of it, it is clear that historical research has not been rendered obsolete or superfluous by it.

The Origins and Evolution of the Moses Nativity Story (Hardcover): J. Cohen, Cohen The Origins and Evolution of the Moses Nativity Story (Hardcover)
J. Cohen, Cohen
R3,435 Discovery Miles 34 350 Special order

This book traces the development of the Moses nativity story from pre-Biblical sources through its Biblical formulation, and continues to trace its evolution in post-Biblical literature, from the Apocrypha, Pseudepigrapha, and Jewish Hellenistic writings, through Rabbinic literature, and up to Medieval Jewish exegesis. Influence of the Moses nativity story is also detected in Christian writings: hence this book also traces the evolution of the story in the New Testament and early Christian works.
This study uses a literary-typological approach, similar to that of the Gunkel-Gressmann school and the method used by Loewenstamm. However, unlike these scholars and their disciples, who focused primarily on the biblical stage, this book gives equal attention to all stages of the evolution of the birth story pattern; and, while providing a detailed analysis of each work, also focuses on continuity, tracing the path along which the literary pattern of the Moses nativity story developed.

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