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Qumranica Minora II - Thematic Studies on the Dead Sea Scrolls (Hardcover): Florentino Garc ia Mart inez Qumranica Minora II - Thematic Studies on the Dead Sea Scrolls (Hardcover)
Florentino Garc ia Mart inez; Edited by Eibert J. C Tigchelaar
R4,335 Discovery Miles 43 350 Special order

"Qumranica Minora II: Thematic Studies on the Dead Sea Scrolls" brings together fourteen previously published studies of Florentino Garcia Martinez on a variety of thematic topics from the Dead Sea Scrolls, including English translations of essays that were hitherto only available in French or Spanish. The studies range from essays on the interpretation of the biblical texts in the Scrolls, to more general studies on topics such as priestly functions in a community without temple, Messianism, magic, wisdom, sonship between the Old and the New Testament, and the "other" in the Dead Sea Scrolls or at Qumran.

The Mishnah, Religious Perspectives Volume 1 (Paperback): Jacob Neusner The Mishnah, Religious Perspectives Volume 1 (Paperback)
Jacob Neusner
R1,689 Discovery Miles 16 890 Special order

Understanding the religious perspectives of the Mishnah starts with asking three questions. First, what is the relationship of the Mishnah to Scripture, or "oral torah" to "written torah," for understanding the religion of Judaism? Second, what is the relationship between religious ideas and the world in which those ideas emerged? Third, what is the formal religious significance of the language of the Mishnah? These questions are posed with regard to a Judaism that existed from just prior to the destruction of the Temple in 70 C.E. until around 200 C.E. and assumes as well the groundwork of Neusner's earlier volume "The Mishnah: Social Perspectives. In the present volume, Neusner condenses years of research on these questions and offers a clear and thorough analysis through a single lens. He looks closely at how the Halakhah of the Mishnah relates to the events prior to the Mishnah's writing (e.g., the destruction of the Temple, ca. 70 C.E., and the Bar Kokhba War, ca. 135 C.E.), through the reconstruction following Bar Kokhba until the close of the Mishnah (ca. 200 C.E.). Readers also profit from a thorough sociolinguistic explication of the rhetorical forms of the Mishnah in the light of the social context of that time. The religious perspectives of the Mishnah do not simply record the rules and regulations of bygone times; rather, they mirror the way of life and the social and religious history of Judaism.
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The Mishnah, Religious Perspectives Volume 1 (Hardcover): Jacob Neusner The Mishnah, Religious Perspectives Volume 1 (Hardcover)
Jacob Neusner
R3,441 Discovery Miles 34 410 Special order

Condensing research concerning questions of religion which encompass the social history of ideas and the religious uses of language, this book deals with three questions: the relationship of the Mishnah to Scripture, the relationship of the religious ideas people hold to the world in which they live, and the religious meaning of the formalization of language that characterizes the Mishnah in particular. In discussing how the Mishnah relates to Scripture - in the (later) mythic language of Rabbinic Judaism: "the oral Torah" to "the written Torah" - a complete analysis is presented, based on a systematic application of a single taxonomic program. Then an examination is made of how the stages in the unfolding of the Halakhah of the Mishnah relate to the principal events of the times, which delineate those stages. Here focus is given to those pre-70 C.E. components of the Halakhah that later come to the surface in the Mishnah, but discussion extends to the periods from the destruction of the Temple in 70 C.E. to the Bar Kokhba War, concluded in ca. 135 C.E., then from the reconstruction, 135 C.E., to the closure of the Mishnah, 200 C.E. Finally attention is given to methods of interpreting the rhetorical forms of the Mishnah in the context of the social culture laid bare by the socio-linguistics of the documents concerned. This publication has also been published in paperback, please click here for details.

Midrash and Theory - Ancient Jewish Exegesis and Contemporary Literary Studies (Paperback): David Stern Midrash and Theory - Ancient Jewish Exegesis and Contemporary Literary Studies (Paperback)
David Stern
R788 Discovery Miles 7 880 Special order

In Midrash and Theory, David Stern presents an approach to midrashic literature that is responsible and responsive to the principles of Contemporary theory.

As midrash -- the literature of classical Jewish Scriptural interpretation -- has undergone a revival in the larger Jewish community, the midrashic imagination has shown itself capable of exercising a powerful influence and hold on a new type of contemporary Jewish writing. Stern examines this phenomenon from the perspective of the cultural relevance of midrash and its connection to its original historical and literary contexts. Stern also explores the impact of modern literary theory on midrashic studies, and the resultant changes on the focus, the methods, and the intellectual assumptions of this field. By exploring this linkage, Stern provides not only an introduction to the midrashic tradition, but a fascinating insight into the impact of contemporary theory on an entire field of study.

The Promise of Immortality - The True Teachings of the Bible and the Bhagavad Gita (Paperback): J. Donald Walters The Promise of Immortality - The True Teachings of the Bible and the Bhagavad Gita (Paperback)
J. Donald Walters
R498 R452 Discovery Miles 4 520 Save R46 (9%) Special order

The Promise of Immortality is the most complete commentary available on the parallel passagesin the Bible and the Bhagavad Gita, Indias ancient scripture. This groundbreaking book illuminatesthe similarities between these two great scriptures in a way that vibrantly brings them tolife. The Promise of Immortality makes a convincing argument for the potential unity of allreligious belief. An unprecedented era of cooperation and harmony among the worlds differentreligions seems possible as Walters clarifies apparent differences in religious teachings to reveal atimeless, underlying truth.

Interpreting the Hebrew Bible - Essays in Honour of E. I. J. Rosenthal (Hardcover): John A. Emerton, Stefan C. Reif Interpreting the Hebrew Bible - Essays in Honour of E. I. J. Rosenthal (Hardcover)
John A. Emerton, Stefan C. Reif
R1,563 Discovery Miles 15 630 Special order
Encyclopaedia of the Qur'an - Volume Three (J-O) (Hardcover): Jane Dammen McAuliffe Encyclopaedia of the Qur'an - Volume Three (J-O) (Hardcover)
Jane Dammen McAuliffe
R8,134 Discovery Miles 81 340 Special order

The Qur'an is the primary religious text for one-sixth of the world's population. Understood by Muslims to contain God's own words, it has been an object of reverence and of intense study for centuries. The thousands of volumes that Muslim scholars have devoted to qur'anic interpretation and to the linguistic, rhetorical and narrative analysis of the text are sufficient to create entire libraries of qur'anic studies. Drawing upon a rich scholarly heritage, Brill's "Encyclopaedia of the Qur'an" combines alphabetically arranged articles about the contents of the Qur'an. It is an encyclopaedic dictionary of qur'anic terms, concepts, personalities, place names, cultural history and exegesis extended with essays on the most important themes and subjects within qur'anic studies. The five volumes contain nearly 1000 entries. The projected publication date for Volume Four is autumn 2004, and autumn 2005 for Volume Five.

The Reconciliation of the Fundamentals of Islamic Law, v. 1 - Al-Muwafaqat Fi Usul Al-Sharai'a (Hardcover, New): Ibrahim... The Reconciliation of the Fundamentals of Islamic Law, v. 1 - Al-Muwafaqat Fi Usul Al-Sharai'a (Hardcover, New)
Ibrahim Ibn Al-Shatibi; Translated by Imran Ahsan Khan Nyazee
R1,389 R1,040 Discovery Miles 10 400 Save R349 (25%) Special order

The Reconciliation of the Fundamentals of Islamic Law, or al-Muwafaqat fi Usul Al-Sharai'a, written by Ibrahim ibn Musa Abu Ishaq al-Shatibi is an innovation in Islamic jurisprudence for it was for the first time that the objectives of shari'a were addressed, as they are in this book. The book is an authority in understanding the objectives of the shari'a. The difficulty that some may find in comprehending some of its parts may be attributed to the fact that it was the first time that the codification of the maqasid or objectives of the shari'a was undertaken. It was first published in 1884 in Tunis, and since then it has been a source of inspiration, moderation and renewal in fiqh. The book, however, deals with much more than the maqasid, and substantial research is needed to unravel its full contribution. The Author describes the contents of his book as follows: When the concealed secrets began to be revealed - I started collecting their unique meanings - I did this to the extent of my ability and strength, while elaborating the purposes of the Book (Qur'an) and the Sunna - organizing these precious gems and gathering these benefits into meanings that have recourse to the principles helping in their comprehension and attachment, and I merged them with the interpretation of principles of fiqh and organised them on a shining and radiant string. The resulting book is divided into in five parts: the fundamental concepts of the discipline; the ahkam (rules) and what is related to them; the legal purposes of the shari'a and the ahkam related to them; the comprehensive treatment of the adilla (evidences); and the rules of ijtihad and taqlid.A" The present volume deals with the first two parts. The translation of the third part, dealing with the purposes of the shari'a, will be presented in the second volume.

The Book of Judges: The Art of Editing (Hardcover): Yairah Amit The Book of Judges: The Art of Editing (Hardcover)
Yairah Amit
R5,583 Discovery Miles 55 830 Special order

Using a combination of literary theory and the tools of biblical criticism, this original and thought-provoking study investigates the book of Judges as an example of the art of editing in the Hebrew Bible. Judges is shown to have been composed in its parts, and as a whole, according to particular integrative principles. The study not only sheds new light on the redaction of Judges, but opens a new window on biblical historiography as a whole.
Responding to calls in the scholarly literature for its translation from Hebrew, this publication makes Amit's fine study available to a wider audience.

The Literature of the Jewish People in the Period of the Second Temple and the Talmud, Volume 1 Mikra - Text, Translation,... The Literature of the Jewish People in the Period of the Second Temple and the Talmud, Volume 1 Mikra - Text, Translation, Reading and Interpretation of the Hebrew Bible in Ancient Judaism and Early Christianity (Hardcover)
Martin Jan Mulder
R3,389 Discovery Miles 33 890 Special order

Series: Compendia Rerum Iudaicarum ad Novum Testamentum Section 1 - The Jewish people in the first century Historial geography, political history, social, cultural and religious life and institutions Edited by S. Safrai and M. Stern in cooperation with D. Flusser and W.C. van Unnik Section 2 - The Literature of the Jewish People in the Period of the Second Temple and the Talmud Section 3 - Jewish Traditions in Early Christian Literature

Veda and Torah - Transcending the Textuality of Scripture (Paperback, New): Barbara A. Holdrege Veda and Torah - Transcending the Textuality of Scripture (Paperback, New)
Barbara A. Holdrege
R831 Discovery Miles 8 310 Special order

In this book, Barbara Holdrege has set a high standard for comparative work and has made an important contribution to both Hindu and Jewish studies. She has looked at Veda and Torah not simply as 'scripture, ' but as systems of meaning, symbol systems, each with its own affiliated meanings, each with its symbolic context, and each with its history of interpretation.

More Steve Allen on the Bible, Religion and Morality (Hardcover, New): Steve Allen More Steve Allen on the Bible, Religion and Morality (Hardcover, New)
Steve Allen
R689 R612 Discovery Miles 6 120 Save R77 (11%) Special order

The popularity of Steve Allen on the Bible, Religion, and Morality led him to take another good look at the good book, a further examination of the Scriptures, designed to interest the average reader in reasonable analysis of the most influential document in Western civilization. Like his previous book, More Steve Allen on the Bible, Religion, and Morality is arranged alphabetically with totally new entries. Although the Bible has been referred to, quoted from, and applied to broad social issues and private problems for centuries, Allen asserts that the degree of common ignorance as to its content is vast and deep. Noting that adults rarely read the Bible, Allen is convinced that the millions who do read it are not able to understand certain passages at all. Steve Allen's Bible study began during his travels: he would peruse the Bibles found in any hotel room, marking passages that would strike him as extraordinary, beautiful - or extremely confusing. Spellbound by the mystery of it, he became aware that from the very beginning the text leads not just to scholarly argument, but directly to controversy that has, over the centuries and even today, fostered unaccountable slaughter and atrocity. And, he notes, it is perhaps of greater urgency now than ever before that all Americans become conversant with the Bible, because of those who would use it as a weapon to force their views on the rest of the population. Throughout the book, Allen offers direct quotes from biblical scholars - Catholic, Protestant, Judaic - in addition to generous references to the views of various scholarly specialists. His goal - to make people think reasonably about the Bible - is achieved through clear andreadable prose.

The Qur'an: Basic Teachings (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition): T.B. Irving, Khurshid Ahmad, M. Manazir Ahsan The Qur'an: Basic Teachings (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
T.B. Irving, Khurshid Ahmad, M. Manazir Ahsan
R348 R283 Discovery Miles 2 830 Save R65 (19%) Special order

An anthology of selections from the Qur'an in contemporary English on topics ranging from the story of Creation and the idea of God to politics and economics. Compiled by three scholars, including T. B. Irving, the first American to translate the Qur'an into English, with a helpful introduction, extensive glossary and an index of Qur'anic verses.

The Gospel According to Thomas - Coptic Text (English, Coptic, Paperback): A. Guillaumont, Henri Charles Puech, Gilles Quispel,... The Gospel According to Thomas - Coptic Text (English, Coptic, Paperback)
A. Guillaumont, Henri Charles Puech, Gilles Quispel, Yassah Abd Al-Masih
R731 Discovery Miles 7 310 Special order

In 1945 thirteen volumes, or fragments of volumes, written on papyrus were found by chance near Nag Hammadi in Upper Egypt. It appears that they had come from the library of a gnostic community and together comprised 49 works, written in Coptic and most of them unknown.
None of the works included in the discovery has been so much discussed and has created so much interest as "The Gospel according to Thomas. It is in fact a great collection of Logia, a harvesting of 114 "Sayings of Jesus" together with a prologue which stresses the esoteric character of the sayings and attributes their recording and preservation to the apostle Didymus Jude Thomas.
Many of the sentences are identical with the Logia of the Synoptic Gospels or are closely related to them. Other sayings on the contrary are extracanonical. Among these are certain "agrapha" which were already known or can now be recognized in ancient or medieval literature from patristic, gnostic, Manichaean, or even Catharist sources. Finally, the collection comprises many Logia which are quite new and have never before been seen.
This reprint of the original 1959 edition presents the Coptic text based on a minute examination of the manuscript, together with as faithful a translation as possible.

In the Shade of the Qur'an Vol. 2 (Fi Zilal al-Qur'an) (Paperback): Sayyid Qutb In the Shade of the Qur'an Vol. 2 (Fi Zilal al-Qur'an) (Paperback)
Sayyid Qutb
R575 R450 Discovery Miles 4 500 Save R125 (22%) Special order

This volume of Sayyid Qutb's tafsir, commentary on the Qur'an, covers Surah 3 Al-Imran (The House of Imran).

Earthly Visions - Theology and the Challenges of Art (Hardcover, New): Timothy J. Gorringe Earthly Visions - Theology and the Challenges of Art (Hardcover, New)
Timothy J. Gorringe
R946 Discovery Miles 9 460 Special order

This stimulating book argues that great art can function as a "secular parable"--that is, like the parables of Jesus, art can lead viewers to reflect on the reality and presence of God in the world. T. J. Gorringe examines representative secular paintings of the most significant types (mythological themes, genre painting, portraiture, landscape, still life, abstract art), showing how each type can point toward God, whether by envisaging an alternative future, creating aesthetic delight, or teaching us to see things differently. His provocative study challenges the notion that art since the 15th century has become increasingly secularized.

Gorringe gives careful consideration to each work's historical background and artistic context, as well as to art historical and critical appraisals. With an ecumenical approach, he then provides an insightful argument for how each piece can be read theologically. Although readers may sometimes disagree with his theological stance or his interpretation of specific works, his engaging commentary provokes reflection and challenges deeper questioning and awareness.

Congress Volume Edinburgh 1974 (Hardcover): John A. Emerton Congress Volume Edinburgh 1974 (Hardcover)
John A. Emerton
R3,465 Discovery Miles 34 650 Special order
A Concordance to Biblical Gothic, Vols 1 and 2 - "Introduction" and "Texts and Concordance" (Paperback): Magnus Snaedal A Concordance to Biblical Gothic, Vols 1 and 2 - "Introduction" and "Texts and Concordance" (Paperback)
Magnus Snaedal
R4,132 Discovery Miles 41 320 Special order
The Qur'an - A Biography (Standard format, CD, Unabridged edition): Bruce Lawrence The Qur'an - A Biography (Standard format, CD, Unabridged edition)
Bruce Lawrence; Narrated by Michael Prichard
R464 R364 Discovery Miles 3 640 Save R100 (22%) Special order

Few books in history have been as important or as poorly understood as the Qur'an. Sent down in a series of revelations to the Prophet Muhammad, the Qur'an is the unmediated word of Allah: a ritual, political, and legal authority, an ethical and spiritual guide, and a literary masterpiece. It is revered by Muslims throughout the world, in whom it inspires devotion, passion, fear, and sometimes incomprehension.
In this book, one of the launch titles in the Atlantic Monthly Press's Books That Changed the World series, distinguished historian of religion Bruce Lawrence shows precisely how the Qur'an is Islam. He describes the origins of the faith and assesses its tremendous influence on today's societies and politics. Above all, Lawrence emphasizes that the Qur'an is a sacred book of signs that has no single message. It is a book that demands interpretation and one that can be properly understood only through its history. Lawrence's work is a beautifully written and, in these increasingly troubled times, invaluable introduction to and exploration of the core sacred text of Islam.

Studies in the Cult of Yahweh - Volume 1. Studies in Historical Method, Ancient Israel, Ancient Judaism (Hardcover): Morton... Studies in the Cult of Yahweh - Volume 1. Studies in Historical Method, Ancient Israel, Ancient Judaism (Hardcover)
Morton Smith; Contributions by Shaye J. D Cohen
R4,156 Discovery Miles 41 560 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.

Bilingual Concordance to the Targum of the Prophets, Volume 20 Twelve (ayin - taw) (Hardcover): Alberdina Houtman Bilingual Concordance to the Targum of the Prophets, Volume 20 Twelve (ayin - taw) (Hardcover)
Alberdina Houtman
R5,208 Discovery Miles 52 080 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.

The Intercourse of Knowledge - On Gendering Desire and 'Sexuality' in the Hebrew Bible (Hardcover): Athalya Brenner The Intercourse of Knowledge - On Gendering Desire and 'Sexuality' in the Hebrew Bible (Hardcover)
Athalya Brenner
R2,716 Discovery Miles 27 160 Special order

This groundbreaking book, which builds on the author's earlier work in "On Gendering Texts," studies how, by what means and to what extent human love, desire and sex, and possibly even 'sexuality', are gendered in the Hebrew Bible. Following a classification and gendering of the linguistic and semantic data, the investigation looks into the construction of male and female bodies in language and ideologies; the praxis and ideology of sex, procreation and contraception; deviation from socio-sexual boundaries (e.g. incest, rape, adultery, homosexuality, prostitution); eroticism and "pornoprophetics." Finally, the work discusses some of the wider sociological and theological implications of the findings.

Dead Sea Psalms Scrolls and the Book of Psalms (Hardcover): Peter W. Flint Dead Sea Psalms Scrolls and the Book of Psalms (Hardcover)
Peter W. Flint
R4,640 Discovery Miles 46 400 Special order

Among the Dead Sea Scrolls, Psalms are found in no less than thirty-nine manuscripts. This groundbreaking volume presents the first comprehensive study of these scrolls, by making available a wealth of primary data and investigating the main issues that arise.
The first part provides information which many scholars will find enormously helpful, such as descriptions of the manuscripts, listings of variant readings, a synopsis of superscriptions, and indices of contents of all the Psalms scrolls. The second part investigates the issues, some of which are relevant to the Book of Psalms itself (e.g. stabilization in two distinct stages), while others focus upon 11QPsa, the largest Psalms scroll (e.g. part of an edition of the Book of Psalms), and one involves the relation of these manuscripts to the Septuagint Psalter.

Etudes sur l'oeuvre de Luc (French, Paperback): A. George Etudes sur l'oeuvre de Luc (French, Paperback)
A. George
R1,868 R1,711 Discovery Miles 17 110 Save R157 (8%) Special order
Bilingual Concordance to the Targum of the Prophets, Volume 15 Ezekiel (I) (Hebrew, Aramaic, Bamenyam, Hardcover): Thomas Finley Bilingual Concordance to the Targum of the Prophets, Volume 15 Ezekiel (I) (Hebrew, Aramaic, Bamenyam, Hardcover)
Thomas Finley
R5,200 Discovery Miles 52 000 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.

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