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Mystik im Johannesevangelium - Eine hermeneutische Untersuchung aufgrund der Auseinandersetzung mit Zen-Meister Hisamatsu... Mystik im Johannesevangelium - Eine hermeneutische Untersuchung aufgrund der Auseinandersetzung mit Zen-Meister Hisamatsu Shin'ichi (German, Hardcover)
Bernhard Neuenschwander
R4,842 Discovery Miles 48 420 Special order

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 mysticism.
The comparison is based on texts from John 13-16, their philological analysis and historical interpretations, but takes place in the hermeneutical reflections confronting systematically Hisamatsu's description of the process to Great Awakening with the Johannine path to the eschatological event of Easter-Pentecost.
The non-conventional approach is especially important to scholars of the New Testament and Systematical Theology. It is an example of an interreligious dialogue in process that touches and invites further reflections.

Rabbinic Narrative: A Documentary Perspective, Volume Two - Forms, Types and Distribution of Narratives in Sifra, Sifre to... Rabbinic Narrative: A Documentary Perspective, Volume Two - Forms, Types and Distribution of Narratives in Sifra, Sifre to Numbers, and Sifre to Deuteronomy (Hardcover)
Jacob Neusner
R3,480 Discovery Miles 34 800 Special order

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.

Studies in the Cult of Yahweh - Volume 2. New Testament, Early Christianity, Magica (Hardcover): Morton Smith Studies in the Cult of Yahweh - Volume 2. New Testament, Early Christianity, Magica (Hardcover)
Morton Smith; Contributions by Shaye J. D Cohen
R4,151 Discovery Miles 41 510 Special order

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.
The essays of Volume I center on the Hebrew Bible ("Old Testament"), Ancient Israel and Ancient Judaism, of Volume II on the Christian Bible ("New Testament"), Early Christianity and Ancient Magic. Volume II also contains an assessment of Smith's scholarly achievement and a complete list of his publications.

Establishment Violence in Philo and Luke - A Study of Non-Conformity to the Torah and Jewish Vigilante Reactions (Hardcover):... Establishment Violence in Philo and Luke - A Study of Non-Conformity to the Torah and Jewish Vigilante Reactions (Hardcover)
Torrey Seland
R5,573 Discovery Miles 55 730 Special order

"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, Volume 1 Part 2 - Between Israel and God. Part B. Transcendent Transactions: Where Heaven and Earth Intersect... The Halakhah, Volume 1 Part 2 - Between Israel and God. Part B. Transcendent Transactions: Where Heaven and Earth Intersect (Hardcover)
Jacob Neusner
R4,150 Discovery Miles 41 500 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.

Melchisedek - Formation, Histoire Et Symbolique d'Une Figure Biblique (French, Paperback): Lucien-Jean Bord Melchisedek - Formation, Histoire Et Symbolique d'Une Figure Biblique (French, Paperback)
Lucien-Jean Bord
R1,013 Discovery Miles 10 130 Special order
Religious Identity and the Problem of Historical Foundation - The Foundational Character of Authoritative Sources in the... Religious Identity and the Problem of Historical Foundation - The Foundational Character of Authoritative Sources in the History of Christianity and Judaism (Hardcover)
Judith Frishman, Willemien Otten, Gerard Rouwhorst
R5,138 Discovery Miles 51 380 Special order

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.
The book takes as its point of departure the fact that with the rise of modernity the former dependence of western church and society on authoritative sources was called into question. Ever since, appeal to such sources is no longer self-evident; at times it is even regarded as problematic. Based on this radical change brought about by modernity, the book is divided in two main parts. The first part deals with the question how Christian churches and confessions ( Roman-Catholic and Protestant) confronted modernity and which role was played by authoritative sources in the tradition to the modern era. Special attention will be paid to the way in which Judaism reacted to many of the same impulses, both societal and religious ones. The second part deals with the premodern period, from early Christianity to the post-Reformation era, and focuses on the role authoritative traditions, textual or otherwise, have played in providing various Christian communities with a relative stable identity.
The aim of the book is to elucidate processes resulting in the formation of authoritative traditions as well as the effects of these traditions on the identity of Christian and Jewish communities. In addition, the book attempts to clarify the various ways in which Christianand Jewish communities have reacted to the growing suspicion authoritative traditions aroused in the western world since the rise of modernity.

The Transmission of the Text in the Peshit ta Manuscripts of the Book of Judges (Hardcover): P. B Dirksen The Transmission of the Text in the Peshit ta Manuscripts of the Book of Judges (Hardcover)
P. B Dirksen
R1,380 Discovery Miles 13 800 Special order
The Genesis and Exodus Citations of Aphrahat the Persian Sage (English, Syriac, Hardcover): R.J. Owens The Genesis and Exodus Citations of Aphrahat the Persian Sage (English, Syriac, Hardcover)
R.J. Owens
R2,788 Discovery Miles 27 880 Special order
Bilingual Concordance to the Targum of the Prophets, Volume 6 Kings (I) (Hebrew, Aramaic, Bamenyam, Hardcover): Eveline Van... Bilingual Concordance to the Targum of the Prophets, Volume 6 Kings (I) (Hebrew, Aramaic, Bamenyam, Hardcover)
Eveline Van Staalduine-Sulman; Edited by Johannes C. De Moor
R5,202 Discovery Miles 52 020 Special order

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.

Congress Volume Rome 1968 (Hardcover): G.W. Anderson, P.A.H.de Boer, G R Castellino, Henry Cazelles, E Hammershaimb, H G May,... Congress Volume Rome 1968 (Hardcover)
G.W. Anderson, P.A.H.de Boer, G R Castellino, Henry Cazelles, E Hammershaimb, …
R2,031 Discovery Miles 20 310 Special order
Joel and the Temple Cult of Jerusalem (Hardcover): G.W. Ahlstrom Joel and the Temple Cult of Jerusalem (Hardcover)
G.W. Ahlstrom
R2,002 Discovery Miles 20 020 Special order
Making Gender in the Intersection of the Human and the Divine (Hardcover, Unabridged edition): Muhammad Shafiq, Thomas... Making Gender in the Intersection of the Human and the Divine (Hardcover, Unabridged edition)
Muhammad Shafiq, Thomas Donlin-Smith
R2,200 Discovery Miles 22 000 Special order

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.

Sapiential, Liturgical and Poetical Texts from Qumran - Proceedings of the Third Meeting of the International Organization for... Sapiential, Liturgical and Poetical Texts from Qumran - Proceedings of the Third Meeting of the International Organization for Qumran Studies, Oslo 1998. Published in Memory of Maurice Baillet (English, French, Hardcover)
Daniel K. Falk, Florentino Garc ia Mart inez, Eileen M. Schuller
R4,640 Discovery Miles 46 400 Special order

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 Testament.
The volume is published in memory of Maurice Baillet, who passed away shortly before the meeting. It contains a biographical sketch and his complete bibliography provided by Emile Puech.

Arabic Grammar and Qur'anic Exegesis in Early Islam (Hardcover): C. H. M Versteegh Arabic Grammar and Qur'anic Exegesis in Early Islam (Hardcover)
C. H. M Versteegh
R2,970 Discovery Miles 29 700 Special order

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.
Various chapters analyze the exegetical methods of the early commentators (such as Muq?til and Mu?ammad al-Kalb?) and their use of grammatical terminology. These data are compared with the earliest grammatical treatises (Such as S?bawayhi and Farr?').
The material presented here constitutes an important source of evidence for the development of linguistic thinking in Islam and the origin of the grammatical schools of Basra and Kufa.

L'Hygiene Et La Medecine a Travers La Bible - Preface Du Pr. Achard (French, Paperback): Amin Gemayel L'Hygiene Et La Medecine a Travers La Bible - Preface Du Pr. Achard (French, Paperback)
Amin Gemayel
R1,412 Discovery Miles 14 120 Special order
Die Schia Und Die Koranfalschung (German, Paperback): Rainer Brunner Die Schia Und Die Koranfalschung (German, Paperback)
Rainer Brunner
R1,167 Discovery Miles 11 670 Special order
Diggers at the Well - Proceedings of a Third International Symposium on the Hebrew of the Dead Sea Scrolls and Ben Sira... Diggers at the Well - Proceedings of a Third International Symposium on the Hebrew of the Dead Sea Scrolls and Ben Sira (Hardcover)
Takamitsu Muraoka, John Elwolde
R4,335 Discovery Miles 43 350 Special order

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 Complete Infidel's Guide to the Koran (MP3 format, CD, Unabridged edition): Robert Spencer The Complete Infidel's Guide to the Koran (MP3 format, CD, Unabridged edition)
Robert Spencer; Narrated by Lloyd James
R368 R293 Discovery Miles 2 930 Save R75 (20%) Special order

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.
How can one book lead to such dramatically different conclusions? "New York Times" bestselling author Robert Spencer reveals the truth in "The Complete Infidel's Guide to the Koran" not many Westerners know what's in the Koran because few have actually read it--even among the legions of politicians, diplomats, analysts, and editorial writers who vehemently insist that the Koran preaches tolerance.
Now Spencer unveils the mysteries lying behind this powerful book, guiding listeners through the controversies surrounding the Koran's origins and its most contentious passages. Stripping out the obsolete debates, Spencer focuses on the Koran's decrees toward Jews, Christians, and other infidels, explaining how they were viewed in Muhammad's time, what they've supposedly done wrong, and, most important, what the Koran has in store for them.

The Roaring of the Lion - Commentary on Amos (Paperback, New edition): Ray Beeley The Roaring of the Lion - Commentary on Amos (Paperback, New edition)
Ray Beeley
R170 R159 Discovery Miles 1 590 Save R11 (6%) Special order

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 - Volume I. Introduction with Text, Translation and Commentary of KTU 1.1-1.2 (Hardcover): Mark S. Smith The Ugaritic Baal Cycle - Volume I. Introduction with Text, Translation and Commentary of KTU 1.1-1.2 (Hardcover)
Mark S. Smith
R6,295 Discovery Miles 62 950 Special order

"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.

Bilingual Concordance to the Targum of the Prophets, Volume 17 Ezekiel (III) (Hebrew, Aramaic, Bamenyam, Hardcover): Thomas... Bilingual Concordance to the Targum of the Prophets, Volume 17 Ezekiel (III) (Hebrew, Aramaic, Bamenyam, Hardcover)
Thomas Finley
R5,205 Discovery Miles 52 050 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.

Das Problem der alt-orientalischen Koenigsideologie im Alten Testament - Unter besonderer Berucksichtigung der Geschichte der... Das Problem der alt-orientalischen Koenigsideologie im Alten Testament - Unter besonderer Berucksichtigung der Geschichte der Psalmenexegese dargestellt und kritisch gewurdigt (German, Hardcover)
Bernhardt
R2,040 Discovery Miles 20 400 Special order
Bilingual Concordance to the Targum of the Prophets, Volume 5 Samuel (III) (Hebrew, Aramaic, Bamenyam, Hardcover): Eveline Van... Bilingual Concordance to the Targum of the Prophets, Volume 5 Samuel (III) (Hebrew, Aramaic, Bamenyam, Hardcover)
Eveline Van Staalduine-Sulman, Johannes C. De Moor
R5,205 Discovery Miles 52 050 Special order

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.

The Witness of Tradition - Papers Read at the Joint British-Dutch Old Testament Conference Held at Woudschoten (Holland),... The Witness of Tradition - Papers Read at the Joint British-Dutch Old Testament Conference Held at Woudschoten (Holland), September 1970 (Hardcover)
A S Woude
R1,990 Discovery Miles 19 900 Special order
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