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

Studies in Deuteronomy - In Honour of C.J. Labuschagne on the Occasion of his 65th Birthday (Hardcover): J.T.A.G.M.Van Ruiten Studies in Deuteronomy - In Honour of C.J. Labuschagne on the Occasion of his 65th Birthday (Hardcover)
J.T.A.G.M.Van Ruiten; Edited by A Hilhorst, Adam Woude, Florentino Garc ia Mart inez
R5,887 Discovery Miles 58 870 Special order

"Studies in Deuteronomy was compiled as a respectful tribute to Professor C.J. Labuschagne and was presented to him on the occasion of his 65th birthday. The choice of the book of Deuteronomy as a fitting topic for a collection of commemorative essays reflects the focus of Professor Labuschagne's own research on this part of the Bible in recent years.
The essays, which employ a variety of methodological approaches to the study of Deuteronomy, deal with such subjects as Masoretic, Septuagintal and Qumran variations in the text of Deuteronomy, Deuteronomic elements in other biblical books, and the reception history of Deuteronomy in the Jewish and Christian worlds. Included also is a first edition of some Deuteronomy manuscripts from Qumran, Masada and Nahal Hever.

Pseudepigraphic Perspectives: The Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha in Light of the Dead Sea Scrolls - Proceedings of the... Pseudepigraphic Perspectives: The Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha in Light of the Dead Sea Scrolls - Proceedings of the International Symposium of the Orion Center for the Study of the Dead Sea Scrolls and Associated Literature, 12-14 January, 1997 (Hardcover)
Esther G. Chazon, Michael Stone, Avital Pinnick
R4,630 Discovery Miles 46 300 Special order

This volume of symposium papers examines the attribution of books to great figures in antiquity: Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Levi, Moses, Ezekiel, Daniel and others.
The authors offer fine literary studies of these pseudepigraphical writings, assess the uses of pseudonymity and anonymity in the Dead Sea Scrolls and rabbinic literature, and explore the theological, social and historical implications of the different attributions and approaches.
The consequences of assigning the origins of evil to humans (Adam and Eve) or to demons (the generations of Enoch and Noah) and the significance of each author's choice of pseudepigrahical pseudonym for identifying his social context are among the important issues addressed.

The Greek Chronicles - Part 2. Textual Criticism (Hardcover): Leslie Allen The Greek Chronicles - Part 2. Textual Criticism (Hardcover)
Leslie Allen
R2,268 Discovery Miles 22 680 Special order
Congress Volume Vienne 1980 (Hardcover): John A. Emerton Congress Volume Vienne 1980 (Hardcover)
John A. Emerton
R4,267 Discovery Miles 42 670 Special order
The Age of Solomon - Scholarship at the Turn of the Millennium (Hardcover): Lowell K. Handy The Age of Solomon - Scholarship at the Turn of the Millennium (Hardcover)
Lowell K. Handy
R5,057 Discovery Miles 50 570 Special order

The figure of King Solomon is central to our understanding of the history of Israel and Judah. This volume of collected articles brings the reader up-to-date with the latest scholarship in the field. The work consists of twenty-four chapters and provides important studies in the historical approach to Solomon and to 10th century B.C.E. Judah and Israel with archaeological surveys of the neighboring regions, sociological surveys, and literary readings of the biblical texts. With suggestions for further research and indexes.

The Rhetoric of Revelation in the Hebrew Bible (Paperback): Dale Patrick The Rhetoric of Revelation in the Hebrew Bible (Paperback)
Dale Patrick
R381 R349 Discovery Miles 3 490 Save R32 (8%) Special order

A fresh approach to Israel's understanding of how God communicates.

The Context of Scripture, Volume 1 Canonical Compositions from the Biblical World (Hardcover, 2nd Revised edition): William W.... The Context of Scripture, Volume 1 Canonical Compositions from the Biblical World (Hardcover, 2nd Revised edition)
William W. Hallo, K.Lawson Younger
R4,564 Discovery Miles 45 640 Special order

The "first half of history" covers the interval between the invention of writing in Sumer and the floruit of classical Greece. During these two and a half millennia (ca. 3000-500 BCE), the Near East is the primary locus of written documentation, and thus the place where the emergence of humanity's achievements can be followed in detail. Two centuries of persistent exploration of the Near East have led to the recovery of much of this documentation, and the recovery continues at an unabated pace. The discoveries made in the field, and their interpretation in the scholarly literature, are brought to the attention of a wide public in three volumes, prepared by leading scholars in all the principal language areas of the ancient Near East.
The first volume to be published, "Canonical Compositions from the Biblical World, is devoted to "literary" texts - those responses to the world about them by which the creative minds of antiquity sought to come to terms with their environment, real or imaginary. The second volume, "Monumental Inscriptions from the Biblical World, emphasizes "historical" texts: the monuments in which the rulers attempted to memorialize their achievements and lesser mortals expressed their loyalty or piety. The third volume, "Archival Documents from the Biblical World, incorporates "economic" texts - the unassuming records of daily life which nonetheless go far toward permitting the reconstruction of social, legal and commercial institutions that concerned the majority of humanity.
All these canons, monuments and documents provide the context in which Biblical literature flowered. They have therefore been selected in part to illuminate the comparisons or contrasts withspecific Biblical passages that have been identified in the scholarly literature. These passages are identified in each selection, and in the extensive bibliography provided. Other selections have been made to illustrate the range of the ancient documentation, or to highlight new discoveries. Elaborate indices are designed to call attention, not only to Biblical parallels, but to those among the ancient sources themselves.
This authoritative three-volume reference work is an invaluable research tool and essential reading for all those engaged in the study of the Hebrew Bible in its ancient Near Eastern context.

Cosmology and Eschatology in Jewish and Christian Apocalypticism (Hardcover): Adela Yarbro Collins Cosmology and Eschatology in Jewish and Christian Apocalypticism (Hardcover)
Adela Yarbro Collins
R4,636 Discovery Miles 46 360 Special order

This volume deals with Jewish and Christian apocalyptic texts and movements from the second century BCE through the fourth century CE. It focuses on two major themes, cosmology and eschatology; that is, views of structure of the universe including its religious function and interpretations of history and the future.
The detailed historical and literary analysis of these themes are introduced by an essay on the cultural gap between the original contexts of these texts and those of readers today and how that gap may be bridged.
The book deals with the interrelations between post-biblical Judaism and early Christianity. The relevant Jewish texts and history are discussed thoroughly in their own right. The Christian material is approached in a way which shows both its continuity with Jewish tradition and its distinctiveness.

Studies on the Second Part of the Book of Isaiah - The So-Called 'Servant of the Lord' and 'Suffering... Studies on the Second Part of the Book of Isaiah - The So-Called 'Servant of the Lord' and 'Suffering Servant' in Second Isaiah; Isaiah 40-66. A Study of the Teaching of the Second Isaiah and its Consequences (Hardcover, New edition)
Harry M. Orlinsky, Norman H. Snaith
R1,547 Discovery Miles 15 470 Special order
The Religious Polemics of Amos - Studies in the Preaching of Amos ii 7B-8, iv 1-13, v 1-27, vi 4-7, viii 14 (Hardcover): Hans... The Religious Polemics of Amos - Studies in the Preaching of Amos ii 7B-8, iv 1-13, v 1-27, vi 4-7, viii 14 (Hardcover)
Hans M. Barstad
R1,435 Discovery Miles 14 350 Special order
Muslim Writers on Judaism and the Hebrew Bible - From Ibn Rabban to Ibn Hazm (Hardcover): Camilla Adang Muslim Writers on Judaism and the Hebrew Bible - From Ibn Rabban to Ibn Hazm (Hardcover)
Camilla Adang
R4,116 Discovery Miles 41 160 Special order

"Muslim Writers on Judaism and the Hebrew Bible" deals with the way in which Judaism and its holy scriptures were viewed by nine medieval Muslim writers representing different genres of Arabic literature: Ibn Rabban al-?abar?, Ibn Qutayba, al-Ya'q?b?, Ab? Ja'far al-?abar?, al-Mas'?d?, al-Maqdis?, al-B?qill?n?, al-B?r?n? and Ibn ?azm. After an introductory chapter on the reception of Biblical materials in early Islam and a presentation of the authors under review, the book focuses on their knowledge of Judaism and the text of the Hebrew Bible, and subsequently discusses issues frequently debated between Muslims and Jews, namely, the claim that the Torah contains references to Mu?ammad, and the assertion that the Torah has been both abrogated and falsified. In the appendix, texts by Ibn Qutayba and al-Maqdis? are offered for the first time in an English translation.

Friend or Foe? The Figure of Babylon in the Book of Jeremiah MT (Hardcover): John Hill Friend or Foe? The Figure of Babylon in the Book of Jeremiah MT (Hardcover)
John Hill
R3,438 Discovery Miles 34 380 Special order

This work presents a literary interpretation of Babylon in the book of Jeremiah MT. It moves beyond historical-critical approaches, which have long dominated Jeremiah research, and shows that metaphor is central to a synchronic reading of the book.
The study shows that Babylon is a multi-layered metaphor: at one level it is the archetypal enemy of both Judah and its God; at another level it is metaphorically identified with Judah. The study also explores the idea of the unended exile, and shows how this idea, so central to post-exilic Judaism, is also found in the book of Jeremiah MT.

Scribes and Translators - Septuagint and Old Latin in the Books of Kings (Hardcover): Natalio Fernandez Marcos Scribes and Translators - Septuagint and Old Latin in the Books of Kings (Hardcover)
Natalio Fernandez Marcos
R3,153 Discovery Miles 31 530 Special order

"Scribes and Translators is a critical reflection on the textual pluralism as reflected in the book of Kings.
The first part of the book examines the diverse texts transmitted by the manuscripts. Special attention is paid to the Antiochene text of the Septuagint that is being edited in Madrid. The second part is devoted to the analysis of Old Latin readings, transmitted by a Spanish family of Vulgate Bibles, with no support in any of the known manuscripts. Finally, the whole evidence is discussed in the frame of the plurality of texts confirmed by the Qumran documents for those books.
Based on Old Latin material recently published it sheds light on the text transmission of Kings and on the translation techniques and the history of the Biblical texts in general.

The Peshit ta of Daniel (Hardcover): Richard A. Taylor The Peshit ta of Daniel (Hardcover)
Richard A. Taylor
R5,839 Discovery Miles 58 390 Special order

"The Peshi?ta of Daniel" sets forth an analysis of the Syriac text of the Book of Daniel. It discusses the relationship of the Peshi?ta text of Daniel to the Hebrew/Aramaic text of this portion of Scripture, and its relationship to the Old Greek and Theodotionic versions as well. Making use of the Leiden edition of the Syriac text, it seeks to evaluate the text-critical value of the Peshi?ta of Daniel. It also describes various translation techniques employed in the Peshi?ta of Daniel and evaluates its qualities as a translation.

Narrative Syntax and the Hebrew Bible - Papers of the Tilburg Conference 1996 (Hardcover): Ellen Van Wolde Narrative Syntax and the Hebrew Bible - Papers of the Tilburg Conference 1996 (Hardcover)
Ellen Van Wolde; Contributions by Christo H.J.Van Der Merwe, Jan Joosten, E Talstra, Alviero Niccacci, …
R3,442 Discovery Miles 34 420 Special order

Biblical Hebrew grammar was until recently concentrated on the morpho-syntax within sentence boundaries. In the past few decades text-syntactic theories have been developed. At the conference "Narrative Syntax and the Hebrew Bible" (Tilburg 1996) six eminent scholars presented both a paper on Hebrew syntax and a workshop in which Exodus 19-24 or 1 Samuel 1 was studied. Both kinds of contributions are collected in this volume. They tend to lead towards one conclusion: traditional sentence-grammar and text-syntactic studies should not exclude, but include each other. The verb forms, word-order and other syntactic features need to be studied as functioning at more than one level. A combination of a morpho-syntactic study at the sentence level and a text-syntactic approach is thus defended. This publication has also been published in paperback, please click here for details.

Paradise Interpreted - Representations of Biblical Paradise in Judaism and Christianity (Hardcover): Gerard P Luttikhuizen Paradise Interpreted - Representations of Biblical Paradise in Judaism and Christianity (Hardcover)
Gerard P Luttikhuizen
R2,565 Discovery Miles 25 650 Special order

This study on the representations of Paradise in the Hebrew Bible (Genesis 2-3 and Ezekiel 28) also deals with the reception of the biblical accounts in early Jewish writings (Enochic texts, the Book of Jubilees, Qumran texts) in Rabbinics and Kabbalah, early mainstream Christianity and in early Christian apocryphal and Gnostic literature. Two further chapters are devoted to views of Paradise in the Christian Middle Ages. The volume concludes with the interpretation of Paradise in John Milton's epic poem "Paradise Lost,"

The Making of a Forefather - Abraham in Islamic and Jewish Exegetical Narratives (Hardcover): Shari L. Lowin The Making of a Forefather - Abraham in Islamic and Jewish Exegetical Narratives (Hardcover)
Shari L. Lowin
R3,217 Discovery Miles 32 170 Special order

This comparative analysis examines the Islamic and Jewish exegetical narratives ?ad?th/qi?a? al-anbiy?' and midrash aggadah] on the early life of the forefather Abraham. It reveals how the traditions utilized one another's materials in creating and re-creating the patriarch in their own image. Each chapter examines a particular motif in Abraham's development, from the prophecy surrounding his birth to his discovery of God and polemics with pagans to his salvation in the fiery furnace of Chaldea. Indexes of the more salient rabbinic or Islamic texts follow at the end of each chapter. The work is particularly valuable for scholars of rabbinics and Islamicists alike; it challenges earlier scholarship by revealing that the Islamic and Jewish exegetical traditions were not entirely distinct traditions but were intertextually related, mutually giving and receiving ideas.

The Qur'an as Text (Hardcover): Stefan Wild The Qur'an as Text (Hardcover)
Stefan Wild
R3,985 Discovery Miles 39 850 Special order

This book contains the updated papers of an international symposium "The Qur'an as Text" which was held at the University of Bonn in November 1993. This collection intends to break away from the 19th-century paradigm of "influences," which seems largely exhausted but still dominates Qur'anic studies. Instead, this collection focuses on the literary, the intertextual and the receptional aspects of the Qur'anic text. A new approach to the holy book of Islam in the light of modern hermeneutics which is based on modern methods of literary history, text-linguistics, and aesthetics can open the door for a new and more adequate understanding of the Qur'an, its role for Islamic religion, and its unique place in the history of world religions today.

The Formation of the Classical Tafsir Tradition - The Qur'an Commentary of al-Tha'labi (d. 427/1035) (Hardcover):... The Formation of the Classical Tafsir Tradition - The Qur'an Commentary of al-Tha'labi (d. 427/1035) (Hardcover)
Walid Saleh
R3,055 Discovery Miles 30 550 Special order

This work is both an introduction to the genre of classical "tafs?r and a detailed study of one of its major architects, al-Tha?lab? (d. 427/1035).The book offers a detailed study of the hermeneutical principles that governed al-Tha?lab?'s approach to the Qur??n, principles whichbecame the norm in later exegetical works.It is divided into three main sections; the first outlines the life and times of the author; the second is a detailed study of his major exegetical work, "al-Kashf; the third charts a brief history of the genre of "tafs?rthrough documenting the reactions of later exegetes to "al-Kashf.This work brings together material never examined before and tries to offer a new way of understanding the history of classical Qur??n exegesis.

Printing the Talmud - Complete Editions, Tractates, and Other Works and the Associated Presses from the Mid-17th Century... Printing the Talmud - Complete Editions, Tractates, and Other Works and the Associated Presses from the Mid-17th Century through the 18th Century (Hardcover)
Marvin J. Heller
R9,067 Discovery Miles 90 670 Special order

Printing the Talmud: Complete Editions, Tractates and Other Works, and the Associated Presses from the Mid-17th Century through the 18th Century is a profusely illustrated major work describing the complete editions of the Talmud printed from about 1650 to slightly after 1800. Apart from the intrinsic value of those editions, their publication was often contentious due to disputes, often bitter, between rival publishers, embroiling rabbis and communities throughout Europe. The cities and editions encompassed include Amsterdam, Frankfort am Main, Frankfurt on the Oder, Prague, and Sulzbach. This edition of Printing the Talmud addresses these editions as an opening to discuss the history of the subject presses, their other titles and their general context in Jewish history.

The Foreign Vocabulary of the Qur'an (Hardcover): Arthur Jeffery The Foreign Vocabulary of the Qur'an (Hardcover)
Arthur Jeffery
R3,894 Discovery Miles 38 940 Special order

Republication of Arthur Jeffery's important study, "The Foreign Vocabulary of the Qur'?n," offers a new generation of scholars and students access to this foundational text. Arranged in Arabic alphabetical order, Jeffery's compendium of philological scholarship remains an indispensable tool for any serious study of Qur'?nic semantics. Drawing upon etymological examination of languages such as Greek, Persian, Syriac, Ethiopic, Coptic and Nabataean, Jeffery's work illuminates the rich linguistic texture of Islam's holy book. His lengthy introductory essay explores the exegetical analysis offered by medieval Muslim commentators as well as the insights provided by more recent research.

Poetry in the Hebrew Bible - Selected Studies from <i>Vetus Testamentum</i> (Paperback): David E Orton Poetry in the Hebrew Bible - Selected Studies from <i>Vetus Testamentum</i> (Paperback)
David E Orton
R1,350 Discovery Miles 13 500 Special order

An appreciation of the form and artistry of texts is essential to the understanding of their content, and nowhere is this more evident than in the case of biblical poetry. But poetic form is also worthy of appreciation in its own right, and as the studies in this collection show, Hebrew poetry can be seen as a monument to the literary-artistic achievement of the ancients. Great strides have been made in the investigation of the form and structure of the biblical texts, and no new study of the Hebrew Bible can afford to ignore the fruitful work that has been done in this field. This useful collection presents in a handy format an ample harvest of research by many of the world's leading Hebrew Bible scholars who have published their work in the pages of "Vetus Testamentum" in recent decades. It provides a fascinating reflection of the continuing new discoveries of the richness of the biblical text, which informs the lively present-day study of the Hebrew Bible as world literature.

Bilingual Concordance to the Targum of the Prophets, Volume 18 Twelve (aleph - zayin) (Hardcover): Alberdina Houtman Bilingual Concordance to the Targum of the Prophets, Volume 18 Twelve (aleph - zayin) (Hardcover)
Alberdina Houtman
R4,872 Discovery Miles 48 720 Special order

The bilingual (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 (ThUK) and supported by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO). With this publication a major research tool becomes available to those engaged in Biblical and Jewish Studies.
For the first time meaningful 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.
The concordance opens up Targum Jonathan to scholars in various fields. It is an indispensable tool not only for research in the fields of textual criticism and the history of interpretation of the Hebrew Bible, but also for the study of early Judaism, the New Testament and patristics.
To facilitate consultation on the basis of the Hebrew, every concordance per book contains a Hebrew-Aramaic index. The final volume will contain additions and corrections, a cumulative Aramaic-Hebrew index, as well as an English-Aramaic index.

Exegese Et Critique Des Textes Sacres - Judaisme, Christianisme, Islam Hier Et Aujourd'hui (French, Paperback): Danielle... Exegese Et Critique Des Textes Sacres - Judaisme, Christianisme, Islam Hier Et Aujourd'hui (French, Paperback)
Danielle Delmaire, Genevieve Sous Gobillot
R1,515 Discovery Miles 15 150 Special order
The Complete Infidel's Guide to the Koran (Standard format, CD, Unabridged edition): Robert Spencer The Complete Infidel's Guide to the Koran (Standard format, CD, Unabridged edition)
Robert Spencer; Narrated by Lloyd James
R553 R428 Discovery Miles 4 280 Save R125 (23%) 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.

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