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Aware of the fundamental criticism against mysticism in theological
literature of this century, this volume radicalizes the tradition
of Negative Theology and defines mysticism as the "realization of
non-duality. Interpreting the term by the religio-philosophy of the
modern Japanese Zen-master Hisamatsu Shin'ichi, an outstanding
point of comparison is found to test the Gospel of John for
Each Rabbinic document, from the Mishnah through the Bavli, defines itself by a unique combination of indicative traits of rhetoric, topic, and particular logic that governs its coherent discourse. But narratives in the same canonical compilations do not conform to the documentary indicators that govern in these compilations, respectively. They form an anomaly for the documentary reading of the Rabbinic canon of the formative age. To remove that anomaly, this project classifies the types and forms of narratives and shows that particular documents exhibit distinctive preferences among those types. This detailed, systematic classification of Rabbinic narrative supplies these facts concerning the classification of narratives and their regularities: 1] what are the types and forms of narrative in a given document? 2] how are these distinctive types and forms of narrative distributed across the canonical documents of the formative age, the first six centuries C.E.? The answers for the documentary preferences are in Volumes One through Three, for the Mishnah-Tosefta, the Tannaite Midrash-compilations, and Rabbah-Midrash-compilations, respectively. Volume Four then sets forth the documentary history of each of the types of Rabbinic narrative, including the authentic narrative, the ma'aseh and the mashal. How the traits of the several types of narratives shift as the respective types move from document to document is spelled out in complete detail. This project opens an entirely new road toward the documentary analysis of Rabbinic narrative. It fills out an important chapter in the documentary hypothesis of the Rabbinic canon in the formative age.
These two volumes collect some of the most influential and
important scholarly essays by the late Morton Smith (1915-1991),
for many years Professor of Ancient History at Columbia University
in New York City. Smith was admired and feared for his
extraordinary ability to look at familiar texts in unfamiliar ways,
to re-open old questions, to pose new questions, and to demolish
received truths. He practiced the "hermeneutics of suspicion" to
devastating effect. His answers are not always convincing but his
questions cannot be ignored.
"Establishment Violence in Philo and Luke" deals with nonconformity to the Jewish Torah and violent counter reactions as discussed in the works of Philo of Alexandria and narrated in the Lukan Acts of the Apostles. The author works with several social science models in vogue in recent research, but especially applies a model of establishment violence (or vigilantism) as worked out by H.J. Rosenbaum and P.C. Sederberg (1976). The study contains five chapters, focusing on three often neglected texts from Philo, and the texts of the Lukan Acts concerning Stephen and Paul in Jerusalem.
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
The essays collected in this book deal with the question how,
throughout the history of Christianity, Christian communities have
tried to construct their identity by anchoring their views in
authoritative and normative sources. The main focus is upon the
problem of historical foundation through textual traditions but
other authoritative sources ( role of religious leaders; ritual
traditions) are taken into consideration as well.
This work, part of a 21-volume set that provides a bilingual concordance to the "Targum of the Prophets", covers "1 & 2 Samuel". The bilingual (Aramaic-Hebrew) concordance is the product of an international project based in the Theological University, Kampen and supported by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO). The aim was to provide a research tool for those engaged in research in Biblical and Jewish studies. Quotations from the Targum and the Masoretic Hebrew text of the Bible are set out in parallel so that the user can study the translation technique of the Targum in detail. For comparative purposes the concordance is published per book of the Prophets. Eventually a complete concordance will become available in electronic form. The concordance makes a wealth of largely unknown material accessible to researchers. The discovery of the presumed-lost "Song of the Lamb" (referred to in Revelations 15:3) by members of the editorial team illustrates the importance of such a concordance to both Judaic and New Testament studies. It should also be of use in the textual criticism and the history of interpretation. To facilitate consultation on the basis of the Hebrew, every concordance per book contains a Hebrew-Aramaic index. The final volume will contain a cumulative Hebrew-Aramaic index.
This collection of essays challenges the traditional patriarchal approach to sacred literature by highlighting gender parity in sacred texts and envisioning the rise of the matriarchy in the future. The authors redefine Biblical Greek words like malakoi and arsenokoitai used in condemnation of homosexuality, and Qur'anic words like darajah and qawwamun, used for establishing patriarchy. One author reexamines the role of the Nepalese Teej festival of fasting and worship of the god Shiva in promoting male hegemony in Hinduism. Other papers examine passages like Proverbs 31:1-31, the stories of Sarah and Rahab in the Bible, the role of Mary in the Qur'an, and the Dharmic conversion in chapter 27 of the Lotus Sutra. This book makes it clear that sacred literature is subject to human understanding as it evolves through space and time. Today, as more women are educated and actively engaged in political, economic, and social life, religions are challenged to redefine gender roles and norms.
At the third meeting of the International Organisation for Qumran
Studies, held in Oslo in 1998, a variety of papers were presented
concerning the study of the Sapiential, Liturgical and Poetical
Texts from Qumran. The fourteen papers selected for this volume are
arranged in three sections. 'Sapiential Texts' contains four
studies on different wisdom texts from Cave 4; 'Liturgical and
Poetical Texts' is formed by seven papers dealing with independent
poetic or liturgical compositions; while 'Qumran Wisdom and the New
Testament' presents three papers that explore the relationship of
wisdom materials found at Qumran and some passages of the New
In this volume the author examines the origins of Arabic
linguistics on the basis of the earliest Qur'?nic commentaries (1st
half of the 8th century A.D.). The material used includes both
edited texts and manuscript commentaries.
The accelerated publication of the Dead Sea Scrolls makes it essential for scholars working with these texts to have reliable and up-to-date information over the nature of Qumran Hebrew and Aramaic. This volume presents results of current investigations in this field presented at a third, four-day symposium on the Hebrew of the Scrolls and Ben Sira held in October 1999 at the Ben-Gurion University in Beer-Sheva with as many as 27 papers presented, some of which deal with questions of general and fundamental importance such as the nature of Qumran Hebrew, the linguistic symbiosis in Qumran, the position of Qumran Hebrew in the history of Hebrew, the future directions of philological and linguistic investigation of Qumran Hebrew and the Scrolls. Participants, many of whom are reputed specialists in the field, came from not only Israel, but also the U.S.A. , U.K., Sweden, the Netherlands, and France.
The Koran: It may be the most controversial book in the world. Some
see it as a paean to peace, others call it a violent mandate for
worldwide Islamic supremacy.
Ray Beeley's guide to the Prophecy of Amos is an expression both of his personal love for Scripture and of the gifts he exercised prior to his retirement as Head of Religious Knowledge in a large comprehensive school and minister in Yorkshire.
"The Ugaritic Baal Cycle" offers a translation and the first commentary on the Ugaritic Baal Cycle. The longest and most important religious text from ancient Ugarit, the Baal Cycle witnesses to both the religious worldview of Ugarit and the larger background to many of the formative religious concepts and images in the Bible. The volume treats introductory matters such as date, order and continuity of the tablets, the history of interpretation, and finally a new proposal for the interpretation of text drawing on the insights of previous views as well as newer evidence. The commentary proper provides bibliography, text, textual notes, literary structure and detailed commentary for each column in the first two tablets.
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.
With this publication a major research tool becomes available to those engaged in research in Biblical and Jewish studies. 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 much greater detail than was hitherto possible. For comparative purposes the concordance is published per book of the Prophets. Eventually a complete concordance will become available in electronic form. The concordance makes a wealth of largely unknown material accessible to researchers. It will be an indispensable tool for the textual criticism and the history of interpretation of the Hebrew Bible. To facilitate consultation on the basis of the Hebrew, every concordance per book contains a Hebrew-Aramaic index. The final volume will contain a cumulative Hebrew-Aramaic index.
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