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