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People and Land in the Holiness Code - An Exegetical Study of the Ideational Framework of the Law in Leviticus 17-26... People and Land in the Holiness Code - An Exegetical Study of the Ideational Framework of the Law in Leviticus 17-26 (Hardcover)
Jan Joosten
R3,798 Discovery Miles 37 980 Special order

This work proposes a reconstruction of the thought world underlying the Holiness Code (Leviticus 17-26). It focuses on the notions of people and land, which are central to the way the law is presented in this corpus. Important themes treated include the sons of Israel, the resident alien, the call to holiness, the camp in the desert and the land as the property of the Lord.
The conceptual universe of the Holiness Code is entirely dominated by the notion of the presence of the Lord in his sanctuary, in the midst of his people. It is this presence which requires the Israelites to observe holiness and confers upon the land its particular status.
The priestly conception of the relationship between God, people and land finds interesting parallels in the ideology of holy places evidenced in writings from the Ancient Near East.

A Traditional Mu'tazilite Qur'an Commentary - The <i>Kashshaf</i> of Jar Allah al-Zamakhshari (d.538/1144)... A Traditional Mu'tazilite Qur'an Commentary - The <i>Kashshaf</i> of Jar Allah al-Zamakhshari (d.538/1144) (Hardcover)
Andrew J. Lane
R4,696 Discovery Miles 46 960 Special order

This book deals with the life and work of J?r All?h al-Zamakhshar? (d. 538/144). The greater part of it, however, is devoted to an examination of his Qur n commentary, "al-Kashsh?f," The book is divided into five chapters, supplemented by nine appendices. After a chapter on the author's life and writings (an annotated list of which is given in an appendix), there follow four chapters that focus on the" Kashsh?f" itself. These deal with the history of the text, its structure and method, the traditions it contains and the sources the author relied on for it. Although both al-Zamakhshar?'s name and the title of his commentary are well known, very little is actually known about either the author or the work. This book presents a more complete and nuanced picture of each.

Studies in Josephus' Rewritten Bible (Hardcover): Louis H. Feldman Studies in Josephus' Rewritten Bible (Hardcover)
Louis H. Feldman
R6,920 Discovery Miles 69 200 Special order

The present volume, consisting of 35 studies of various portions of Josephus' "Jewish Antiquities," is an attempt to examine the oldest systematic commentary on the historical books of the Bible that has come down to us. It considers how Josephus resolves apparent contradictions, obscurities, and theological and other questions, as well as the historicity of biblical events, which have puzzled classical commentators on the Bible. It attempts to explain cases, notably Ahab, Hezekiah, Jehoiachin, and Zedekiah, where Josephus seems to change the biblical text radically. Included are Josephus' interpretations of several phrophets, women and non-Jewish leaders. All of these studies have previously appeared in print over a period of almost three decades in 34 different publications. However, they have been edited, corrected, and updated in many ways.

The Greek Manuscripts of the New Testament at Mount Sinai (St. Catharine) Facsim. and Descriptions (Paperback): Hatch The Greek Manuscripts of the New Testament at Mount Sinai (St. Catharine) Facsim. and Descriptions (Paperback)
Hatch
R1,258 Discovery Miles 12 580 Special order
Bilingual Concordance to the Targum of the Prophets, Volume 13 Jeremiah (II) (Hebrew, Aramaic, Bamenyam, Hardcover,... Bilingual Concordance to the Targum of the Prophets, Volume 13 Jeremiah (II) (Hebrew, Aramaic, Bamenyam, Hardcover, 1995-<1999)
Johannes C. De Moor, Floris Sepmeijer
R5,199 Discovery Miles 51 990 Special order

This Aramaic-Hebrew concordance to the Targum of the Prophets is the product of an international project based in the Theological University of the Reformed Churches in the Netherlands, Kampen and supported by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research. Quotations from the Targum and the Masoretic Hebrew text of the Bible are set out in parallel so that the user of the concordance can study the translation technique of the Targum in detail. For comparative purposes the concordance is published in separate volumes per book of the Prophets and a Hebrew-Aramaic index is included in each of these.

Manasseh Through the Eyes of the Deuteronomists - The Manasseh Account (2 Kings 21:1-18) and the Final Chapters of the... Manasseh Through the Eyes of the Deuteronomists - The Manasseh Account (2 Kings 21:1-18) and the Final Chapters of the Deuteronomistic History (Hardcover)
Percy S.F. Van Keulen
R4,384 Discovery Miles 43 840 Special order

This study deals with the intricate problem of the deuteronomistic composition of the book of Kings. Its particular aim is to reconstruct the compositional process underlying the final chapters of Kings. The literary-critical assessment of these chapters is a central issue in various theoretical models on the composition of the Deuteronomistic History.
The author draws attention to the - often crucial - importance assigned to the Manasseh pericope and related passages in this assessment. He notes that in many models the appraisal of these texts appears to result from general theoretical concerns rather than from an independent literary-critical analysis. This study fills the need for such an analysis. The results lead the author to advance a fresh view on the composition of the last section of the Deuteronomistic History.

Congress Volume Leuven 1989 (Hardcover): John A. Emerton Congress Volume Leuven 1989 (Hardcover)
John A. Emerton
R6,964 Discovery Miles 69 640 Special order

This volume publishes twenty-three papers given by invitation at the thirteenth Congress of the International Organization for the Study of the Old Testament, which was held at Leuven from 27 August until 1 September 1989 under the Presidency of C. Brekelmans. The articles cover a range of subjects relevant to the Old Testament: the Pentateuch (E.W. Nicholson, W.H. Schmidt, E. Blum, J. Van Seters, A. de Pury), the historical books (C. Brekelmans, Helga Weippert, R.D. Nelson, W. Thiel, Sara Japhet, K.-F. Pohlmann), the prophets (C. Hardmeier, D.L. Petersen, W.A.M. Beuken, R.P. Carroll, P.-M. Bogaert), the Psalms (J. Trublet, N. Fuglister), textual criticism (E. Tov), the Targums (L. Diez Merino), the development of Israelite religion (N.P. Lemche), the Babylonian New Year Festival and the Old Testament (K. van der Toorn), and the Apocryphon of Jannes and Jambres (A. Pietersma).

Bilingual Concordance to the Targum of the Prophets, Volume 14 Jeremiah (III) (Hebrew, Aramaic, Bamenyam, Hardcover,... Bilingual Concordance to the Targum of the Prophets, Volume 14 Jeremiah (III) (Hebrew, Aramaic, Bamenyam, Hardcover, 1995-<1999)
Floris Sepmeijer, Johannes C. De Moor
R5,206 Discovery Miles 52 060 Special order

This Aramaic-Hebrew concordance to the Targum of the Prophets is the product of an international project based in the Theological University of the Reformed Churches in the Netherlands, Kampen and supported by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research. Quotations from the Targum and the Masoretic Hebrew text of the Bible are set out in parallel so that the user of the concordance can study the translation technique of the Targum in detail. For comparative purposes the concordance is published in separate volumes per book of the Prophets and a Hebrew-Aramaic index is included in each of these.

The Curse of Cain - Violent Legacy of Monotheism (Hardcover, 2nd ed.): Regina M. Schwartz The Curse of Cain - Violent Legacy of Monotheism (Hardcover, 2nd ed.)
Regina M. Schwartz
R426 Discovery Miles 4 260 Special order

A murderer, an outcast, a man cursed by God and exiled from his people - Cain, the biblical killer of Abel, is a figure of utter disdain. But that disdain is curiously in evidence well before his brother's death, as God inexplicably refuses Cain's sacrifice while accepting Abel's. Cain kills in a rage of exclusion, yet it is God himself who has set the brothers apart. For Regina Schwartz, we ignore the dark side of the Bible to our peril. The perplexing story of Cain and Abel is emblematic of the tenacious influence of the Bible on secular notions of identity - notions that are all too often violently exclusionary, negatively defining "us" against "them" in ethnic, religious, racial, gender, and nationalistic terms. In this compelling work of cultural and biblical criticism, Schwartz contends that it is the very concept of monotheism and its jealous demand for exclusive allegiance - to one God, one Land, one Nation or one People - that informs the model of collective identity forged in violence, against the other. The Hebrew Bible is filled with narratives of division and exclusion, scarcity and competition, that erupt in violence. Once these narratives were appropriated and disseminated by western religious traditions, they came to pervade deep cultural assumptions about how collectives are imagined - with collective hatred, with collective degradation, and with collective abuse. Recovering the Bible's often misguided role as a handbook for politics and social thought, Schwartz demonstrates just how dangerous it can be.

The Halakhah, Volume 1 Part 3 - Within Israel's Social Order (Hardcover): Jacob Neusner The Halakhah, Volume 1 Part 3 - Within Israel's Social Order (Hardcover)
Jacob Neusner
R4,136 Discovery Miles 41 360 Special order

The Halakhah embodies the complete Jewish Law, and contains commandments and guidelines for day-to-day living. The original commandments given by God to the Jewish people were enhanced by rabbis to offer a detailed framework to guide the lives of all Jews.
In this complete, all-encompassing encyclopaedia of the Halakhah, the various laws are classified in such a way that a systematic and coherent structure is obtained. Each entry of the Halakhah is presented in a logical fashion. Where applicable, the original biblical wording is given, extended with literal abstracts from the Torah. Next, problems and questions that may arise from that law are stated and any additional information given. Finally, each entry gives comprehensive explanations and recommendations as to how these laws are to be observed in daily life where to be and where not to be, what to do and what not to do, what to say and what not to say.
The Halakhah, or standard Jewish Law, combines the Mishnah (about 200 CE), the Tosefta (about 300 CE), and the two Talmuds (about 400, 600 CE for the Land of Israel and Babylon, respectively). Volumes I and II contain entries pertaining to the Jewish people in relationship to God. Volume III explains how the Jewish people can restore and maintain their society in accordance with the Torah as it is explained by the rabbis. In Volumes IV and V of this study, we take up the life of the Jewish household in their encounter with God. The Encyclopaedic account therefore moves from regulating relationships between Israel and God to establishing stable and equitable relationships among Israelites and finally to actually living the Halakhah.

The Faces of God (Paperback): Jacob Rabinowitz The Faces of God (Paperback)
Jacob Rabinowitz
R326 R301 Discovery Miles 3 010 Save R25 (8%) Special order

It is now well known that the Hebrew prophets, even as they denounced Canaanite idolatry, borrowed freely from its mythic imagery and poetry. The Faces of God is the first book to analyze the Canaanite content in Hebrew scripture for its inner coherence, to examine what these myths might mean and how they were used.

The Descent of Christ - Ephesians 4:7-11 and Traditional Hebrew Imagery (Hardcover): Walker Hall Harris The Descent of Christ - Ephesians 4:7-11 and Traditional Hebrew Imagery (Hardcover)
Walker Hall Harris
R3,650 Discovery Miles 36 500 Special order

This volume examines early Jewish and Christian imagery to demonstrate that the most probable interpretation of Christ's descent in Ephesians 4: 9-10 refers to the descent of the Spirit at Pentecost subsequent to the ascent mentioned in Ephesians 4: 8. The central portion of the book deals with the ascent-descent imagery associating Ps. 68: 19 with Moses as found in Targum Psalms, the rabbinic literature, and other early sources. The section dealing with rabbinic interpretations of Ps. 68: 19 is of particul importance, demonstrating an approach for dating elements found in the later rabbinic tradition. The theological innovation of the author of Ephesians in identifying the ascended Christ as the Spirit who descended at Pentecost is highlighted as the best explanation of this difficult passage.

Biblical Ambiguities - Metaphor, Semantics and Divine Imagery (Paperback): David H. Aaron Biblical Ambiguities - Metaphor, Semantics and Divine Imagery (Paperback)
David H. Aaron
R1,340 Discovery Miles 13 400 Special order

Aaron systematically examines God-related idioms in the Hebrew Bible to determine whether a particular idiom is meant to be understood metaphorically. Aaron challenges current methodologies that dominate biblical scholarship regarding metaphor and offers original, viable alternatives to the standard approaches. Please note that "Biblical Ambiguities" was previously published by Brill in hardback (ISBN 90 04 12032 7), still available)

Congress Volume Cambridge 1995 (Hardcover): John A. Emerton Congress Volume Cambridge 1995 (Hardcover)
John A. Emerton
R6,957 Discovery Miles 69 570 Special order

This volume publishes the papers given by invitation at the fifteenth Congress of the International Organization for the Study of the Old Testament, which was held at Cambridge in July 1995, under the Presidency of J.A. Emerton. The articles cover a wide range of subjects relevant to the study of the Old Testament, and reflect the ongoing debate on a variety of themes among the world's leading contemporary Old Testament scholars.

Krsna Dvaipayana Vyasa and the "Mahabharata" - A New Interpretation (Paperback): Bruce M. Sullivan Krsna Dvaipayana Vyasa and the "Mahabharata" - A New Interpretation (Paperback)
Bruce M. Sullivan
R1,220 Discovery Miles 12 200 Special order
Ethnicity and the Bible (Hardcover): Mark G. Brett Ethnicity and the Bible (Hardcover)
Mark G. Brett; Contributions by Pablo Richard, Daniel L. Smith-Christopher, Jon Douglas Levenson, Diana Vikander Edelman, …
R6,244 Discovery Miles 62 440 Special order

Contemporary social theory has been much concerned with the re-assertion of ethnic identities in both Western and non-Western politics. This international collection of twenty-one essays contributes to the wider conversation by examining the construction and contestation of ethnic identities both within the Bible itself and in biblical interpretation. An introductory essay brings into focus the main themes of the book - ethnocentrism, indigenity, concepts of culture and the politics of identity - and highlights the ethical issues arising. Part One explores selected texts from the Hebrew Bible and from the New Testament, making use of methodological perspectives drawn from a range of disciplines. Part Two, "Culture and Interpretation," looks at examples of how ethnicity figures both in the popular use of the Bible and in professional biblical interpretation. This publication has also been published in paperback, please click here for details.

Synopse des lois du Pentateuque (French, Hebrew, Hardcover): Guy Lasserre Synopse des lois du Pentateuque (French, Hebrew, Hardcover)
Guy Lasserre
R4,938 Discovery Miles 49 380 Special order

"Synopse des lois du Pentateuque contains synopses in Hebrew of the different laws of the Pentateuch arranged thematically. The main collections and lists are followed in succession and in their entirety.
The main part of the work consists of the synopses. The laws figure in them according to the collections and lists to which they belong. Secondary parallels indicate allusions to or quotations from the Old Testament. The introduction gives the methodological principles of the work and explains how to use it. Tables enable the student to visualise all the parallels quickly. Notes explain the choices that have been made.
In order to study the laws, it is essential to compare them. This book facilitates research into the pentateuchal collections and lists, as it does into special prescriptions, rites or institutes.

Les offrandes vegetales dans l'Ancien Testament - Du tribut d'hommage au repas eschatologique (French, Hardcover):... Les offrandes vegetales dans l'Ancien Testament - Du tribut d'hommage au repas eschatologique (French, Hardcover)
Alfred Marx
R4,627 Discovery Miles 46 270 Special order

The present monograph is the first, since 1848, to be entirely devoted to the study of the cereal offerings. Its purpose is to attract attention to a form of sacrifice which was largely neglected and solely considered as an appendix to the animal sacrifice.
The study of their substance, ritual and the circumstances in which the cereal offerings are brought to God demonstrates their great complexity as well as their specific function.
His vegetarian utopia has led P to give the cereal offerings a prominent place among the sacrifices. A similar appreciation of the cereal offerings is also found among the Essenes, and, finally, in the Christian Last Supper.

Les Dires Prophetiques d'Edras (Iveme Esdras) (French, Paperback): Gry Les Dires Prophetiques d'Edras (Iveme Esdras) (French, Paperback)
Gry
R2,248 Discovery Miles 22 480 Special order
Representation in Old Testament Narrative Texts (English, Hebrew, Hardcover): Jacobus Marias Representation in Old Testament Narrative Texts (English, Hebrew, Hardcover)
Jacobus Marias
R3,435 Discovery Miles 34 350 Special order

This work focuses on the literary conventions of narrative texts in the Hebrew Bible, in particular the mode of representation in the book of Judges. The theory of integrational semantics, developed by Benjamin Hrushovski, is systematized to form a theoretical framework within which representation is conceptualized.
The author suggests a novel reading of the Judges-narratives to demonstrate particular conventions of representation. The notions of paradoxality, perspectivity and juxtaposition are used to demonstrate the potential value of types of logic, alternative to modernist logic, in reading ancient Hebrew narratives.
A hypothetical representeme is constructed for the book of Judges to make it clear that the mode of representation is neither mimesis nor historiography, but narrative, representing by convention and not by correspondence to history.

In the Shade of the Qur'an Vol. 8 (Fi Zilal al-Qur'an) (Paperback): Sayyid Qutb, Ashur Shamis, Adil Salahi In the Shade of the Qur'an Vol. 8 (Fi Zilal al-Qur'an) (Paperback)
Sayyid Qutb, Ashur Shamis, Adil Salahi
R584 R460 Discovery Miles 4 600 Save R124 (21%) Special order

This volume of Sayyid Qutb's tafsir, commentary on the Qur'an, covers Surah 4 Al-Nisa (Women).

The Copper Scroll - 3Q15: A Reevaluation - A New Reading, Translation, and Commentary (Hardcover): Judah K. Lefkovits The Copper Scroll - 3Q15: A Reevaluation - A New Reading, Translation, and Commentary (Hardcover)
Judah K. Lefkovits
R5,873 Discovery Miles 58 730 Special order

This volume deals with the Copper Scroll, an almost two thousand year old cryptic proto-Mishnaic Hebrew Dead Sea document. It is the largest known ancient text to have ever been recorded on metal. The Introduction covers the nature and site of the discovery, opening of the two brittle oxidized copper rolls, deciphering the text, controversy about genuineness of the content, etc. The in-depth study presents the primary major studies, and offers a new reading, translation, and interpretation, including alternatives, as well as detailed studies of some unique aspects. The analysis is based on Rabbinical Jewish sources originating largely in the same historical era. This results into a more reliable interpretation of the Copper Scroll which probably originates from the Priestly leaders of Jerusalem, and contains a list of the hidden treasures of the Second Temple before its destruction by the Romans.

Heralds of That Good Realm - Syro-Mesopotamian Gnosis and Jewish Traditions (Hardcover): John C. Reeves Heralds of That Good Realm - Syro-Mesopotamian Gnosis and Jewish Traditions (Hardcover)
John C. Reeves
R4,731 Discovery Miles 47 310 Special order

This volume examines the transmission of biblical pseudepigraphic literature and motifs from their largely Jewish cultural contexts in Palestine to developing gnostic milieux of Syria and Mesopotamia, particularly that one lying behind the birth and growth of Manichaeism. It surveys biblical pseudepigraphic literary activity in the late antique Near East, devoting special attention to revelatory works attributed to the five biblical forefathers who are cited in the "Cologne Mani Codex: Adam, Seth, Enosh, Shem, and Enoch.
The author provides a philological, literary, and religio-historical analysis of each of the five pseudepigraphic citations contained in the "Codex, and offers hypotheses regarding the original provenance of each citation and the means by which these traditions have been adapted to their present context.
This study is an important contribution to the scholarly reassessment of the roles played by Second Temple Judaism, Jewish Christian sectarianism, and classical gnosis in the formulation and development of Syro-Mesopotamian religious currents.

Exile: Old Testament, Jewish, and Christian Conceptions (Hardcover): Bruce D. Chilton, Louis H. Feldman Exile: Old Testament, Jewish, and Christian Conceptions (Hardcover)
Bruce D. Chilton, Louis H. Feldman; Contributions by James C. VanderKam, Robert Carroll, Daniel L. Smith-Christopher, …
R5,838 Discovery Miles 58 380 Special order

The exiles of Israel and Judah cast a long shadow over the biblical text and the whole subsequent history of Judaism. Scholars have long recognized the importance of the theme of exile for the Hebrew Bible. Indeed, critical study of the Old Testament has, at least since Wellhausen, been dominated by the Babylonian exile of Judah. In 586 BC, several factors, including the destruction of Jerusalem, the cessation of the sacrificial cult and of the monarchy, and the experience of the exile, began to cause a transformation of Israelite religion which supplied the contours of the larger Judaic framework within which the various forms of Judaism, including the early Christian movement, developed.
Given the importance of the exile to the development of Judaism and Christianity even to the present day, this volume delves into the conceptions of exile which contributed to that development during the formative period.

Portrait of a Villain - Laban the Aramean in Rabbinic Literature (Paperback): Karin Hedner Zetterholm Portrait of a Villain - Laban the Aramean in Rabbinic Literature (Paperback)
Karin Hedner Zetterholm
R825 Discovery Miles 8 250 Special order

This book attempts to answer the question of why Laban the Aramean, a rather harmless character as presented in the biblical text, is generally portrayed in rabbinic literature as a major enemy of Jacob and Israel. It is argued that the portrait of Laban as a villain developed as a result of rabbinic hermeneutics, and that the characteristics which are attributed to him in rabbinic literature were not arbitrarily chosen due to a particular interest in his person or a wish to endow him with a certain set of negative characteristics. It rather derives from interaction between the rabbis and the biblical text in a process where the rabbis filled in gaps that they perceived in the biblical text and explained inconsistencies with material provided by the Bible itself and by material taken from their ideological code. The book draws attention to the role that exegesis of the Bible played in the formation of the opinions and world view of the rabbis as well as the inseparability of exegesis and ideology.

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