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The Art of Bible Translation (Hardcover): Robert Alter The Art of Bible Translation (Hardcover)
Robert Alter
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An award-winning biblical translator reflects on the art of capturing the literary power of the Bible in English In this brief book, award-winning biblical translator and acclaimed literary critic Robert Alter offers a personal and passionate account of what he learned about the art of Bible translation over the two decades he spent completing his own English version of the Hebrew Bible. Alter (TM)s literary training gave him the advantage of seeing that a translation of the Bible can convey the text (TM)s meaning only by trying to capture the powerful and subtle literary style of the biblical Hebrew, something the modern English versions don (TM)t do justice to. The Bible (TM)s style, Alter writes, oeis not some sort of aesthetic embellishment of the ~message (TM) of Scripture but the vital medium through which the biblical vision of God, human nature, history, politics, society, and moral value is conveyed. And, as the translators of the King James Version knew, the authority of the Bible is inseparable from its literary authority. For these reasons, the Bible can be brought to life in English only by re-creating its literary virtuosity, and Alter discusses the principal aspects of style in the Hebrew Bible that any translator should try to reproduce: word choice, syntax, word play and sound play, rhythm, and dialogue. In the process, he provides an illuminating and accessible introduction to biblical style that also offers insights about the art of translation far beyond the Bible.

The Dead Sea Scrolls, Volume 7 - The Temple Scroll (Hardcover): James H Charlesworth The Dead Sea Scrolls, Volume 7 - The Temple Scroll (Hardcover)
James H Charlesworth
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The Temple Scroll is the longest manuscript found in the Qumran Caves and perhaps the most important halakhic composition known from the Second Temple Period. The scroll presents itself as a rewritten Torah, which begins with the renewal of the Sinaitic covenant and then turns to the building of the Temple. This volume of the Dead Sea Scrolls series brings together for the first time all of the manuscript witnesses to the Temple Scroll.

The Princeton Dead Sea Scrolls Project provides a major landmark in general access to these documents. It is the first serious attempt to provide accurate transcriptions and translations with critical commentary to all the nonbiblical scrolls found at Qumran. These are important reference books for specialized studies in biblical fields.

A History Of The Bible - The Book And Its Faiths (Hardcover): John Barton A History Of The Bible - The Book And Its Faiths (Hardcover)
John Barton 1
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'With emotional and psychological insight, Barton unlocks this sleeping giant of our culture. In the process, he has produced a masterpiece.' Sunday Times The Bible is the central book of Western culture. For the two faiths which hold it sacred, it is the bedrock of their religion, a singular authority on what to believe and how to live. For non-believers too, it has a commanding status: it is one of the great works of world literature, woven to an unparalleled degree into our language and thought. This book tells the story of the Bible, explaining how it came to be constructed and how it has been understood, from its remote beginnings down to the present. John Barton describes how the narratives, laws, proverbs, prophecies, poems and letters which comprise the Bible were written and when, what we know - and what we cannot know - about their authors and what they might have meant, as well as how these extraordinarily disparate writings relate to each other. His incisive readings shed new light on even the most familiar passages, exposing not only the sources and traditions behind them, but also the busy hands of the scribes and editors who assembled and reshaped them. Untangling the process by which some texts which were regarded as holy, became canonical and were included, and others didn't, Barton demonstrates that the Bible is not the fixed text it is often perceived to be, but the result of a long and intriguing evolution. Tracing its dissemination, translation and interpretation in Judaism and Christianity from Antiquity to the rise of modern biblical scholarship, Barton elucidates how meaning has both been drawn from the Bible and imposed upon it. Part of the book's originality is to illuminate the gap between religion and scripture, the ways in which neither maps exactly onto the other, and how religious thinkers from Augustine to Luther and Spinoza have reckoned with this. Barton shows that if we are to regard the Bible as 'authoritative', it cannot be as believers have so often done in the past.

The Koren Ani Tefilla Weekday Siddur - For Reflection, Connection and Learning (Paperback): The Koren Ani Tefilla Weekday Siddur - For Reflection, Connection and Learning (Paperback)
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Yom Kippur Koren Sacks Compact Mahzor (Hardcover): Yom Kippur Koren Sacks Compact Mahzor (Hardcover)
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Sacks Passover Mahzor (Hardcover): Jonathan Sacks Sacks Passover Mahzor (Hardcover)
Jonathan Sacks
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Yom Kippur Mahzor, Sacks (Hardcover, UK ed): Jonathan Sacks Yom Kippur Mahzor, Sacks (Hardcover, UK ed)
Jonathan Sacks
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The Koren Sacks Rosh Hashana Mahzor - Standard Size (Hardcover, UK Ed.): The Koren Sacks Rosh Hashana Mahzor - Standard Size (Hardcover, UK Ed.)
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Sachs Mahzor Rosh Hashanah (Hardcover): Sachs Mahzor Rosh Hashanah (Hardcover)
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The Holy Qur'an (Paperback, New edition): Abdullah Yusuf Ali The Holy Qur'an (Paperback, New edition)
Abdullah Yusuf Ali; Series edited by Tom Griffith
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Translated by Abdullah Yusuf Ali, The Holy Qur'an (also known as The Koran) is the sacred book of Islam. It is the word of God whose truth was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad through the angel Gabriel over a period of 23 years. As it was revealed, so it was committed to memory by his companions, though written copies were also made by literate believers during the lifetime of the Prophet. The first full compilation was by Abu Bakar, the first Caliph, and it was then recompiled in the original dialect by the third Caliph Uthman, after the best reciters had fallen in battle. Muslims believe that the truths of The Holy Qur'an are fully and authentically revealed only in the original classical Arabic. However, as the influence of Islam grows and spreads to the modern world, it is recognised that translation is an important element in introducing and explaining Islam to a wider audience. This translation, by Abdullah Yusuf Ali, is considered to be the most faithful rendering available in English.

Koren Talmud Bavli, Noe Edition, Vol 38 - Hullin Part 2, Hebrew/English, Daf Yomi B&w (Hardcover): Adin Steinsaltz Koren Talmud Bavli, Noe Edition, Vol 38 - Hullin Part 2, Hebrew/English, Daf Yomi B&w (Hardcover)
Adin Steinsaltz
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The Illustrated Mahabharata - The Definitive Guide to India's Greatest Epic (Hardcover): Dk The Illustrated Mahabharata - The Definitive Guide to India's Greatest Epic (Hardcover)
Dk
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Take a fresh look at India's great epic with The Illustrated Mahabharata and rediscover the lost kingdoms, dynasties, and characters of the Mahabharata. Follow the tale as it unfolds through 18 parvas with stunning photographs, paintings, sculptures, and historical artefacts. Discover the principal characters of the Mahabharata and their family trees, and understand key moments from the birth of Pandavas and Kauravas to the death of the elders. Know the Mahabharata with this beautiful retelling of India's greatest epic.

Muhammad: Forty Introductions (Paperback): Michael Muhammad Knight Muhammad: Forty Introductions (Paperback)
Michael Muhammad Knight
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Koren Talmud Bavli, v. 18 - Nedarim, English (Hardcover, Noy ed): Adin Steinsaltz Koren Talmud Bavli, v. 18 - Nedarim, English (Hardcover, Noy ed)
Adin Steinsaltz
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A Year with Mordecai Kaplan - Wisdom on the Weekly Torah Portion (Paperback): Steven Carr Reuben A Year with Mordecai Kaplan - Wisdom on the Weekly Torah Portion (Paperback)
Steven Carr Reuben
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You are invited to spend a year with the inspirational words, ideas, and counsel of the great twentieth-century thinker Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan, through his meditations on the fifty-four weekly Torah portions and eleven Jewish holidays. A pioneer of ideas and action-teaching that "Judaism is a civilization" encompassing Jewish culture, art, and peoplehood; demonstrating how synagogues can be full centers for Jewish living (building one of the first "shuls with a pool"); and creating the first-ever bat mitzvah ceremony (for his daughter Judith)-Kaplan transformed the landscape of American Jewry. Yet much of Kaplan's rich treasury of ethical and spiritual thought is largely unknown. Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben, who studied closely with Kaplan, offers unique insight into Kaplan's teachings about ethical relationships and spiritual fulfillment, including how to embrace godliness in everyday experience, our mandate to become agents of justice in the world, and the human ability to evolve personally and collectively. Quoting from the week's Torah portion, Reuben presents Torah commentary, a related quotation from Kaplan, a reflective commentary integrating Kaplan's understanding of the Torah text, and an intimate story about his family or community's struggles and triumphs-guiding twenty-first-century spiritual seekers of all backgrounds on how to live reflectively and purposefully every day.

Koren Talmud Bavli, Noe Edition, Vol 36 - Menahot Part 2, Hebrew/English, Daf Yomi B&w (Hardcover): Adin Steinsaltz Koren Talmud Bavli, Noe Edition, Vol 36 - Menahot Part 2, Hebrew/English, Daf Yomi B&w (Hardcover)
Adin Steinsaltz
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Koren Talmud Bavli, v. 40 - Arakhin, Temura, English (Hardcover, Noy ed): Koren Talmud Bavli, v. 40 - Arakhin, Temura, English (Hardcover, Noy ed)
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The Qur'an (Paperback): Tarif Khalidi The Qur'an (Paperback)
Tarif Khalidi 1
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Considered in Islam to be the infallible word of God, The Qur'an was revealed to the prophet Muhammad by the archangel Gabriel in a series of divine revelations over many years after his first vision in the cave. In 114 chapters, or surahs, it provides the rules of conduct that remain fundamental to Muslims today - most importantly the key Islamic values of prayer, fasting, pilgrimage and absolute faith in God, with profound spiritual guidance on matters of kinship, marriage and family, crime and punishment, rituals, food, warfare and charity. Through its pages, a fascinating picture emerges of life in seventh-century Arabia, and from it we can learn much about how people felt about their relationship with God and their belief in the afterlife, as well as attitudes to loyalty, friendship, race, forgiveness and the natural world. It also tells of events and people familiar to Christian and Jewish readers, fellow 'People of the Book' whose stories are recorded in the Gospels and Torah. Here we find Adam, Moses, Abraham, Jesus and John the Baptist, among others, who are regarded, like Muhammad, to be prophets of the Muslim faith.

The Rational Bible: Exodus (Hardcover): Dennis Prager The Rational Bible: Exodus (Hardcover)
Dennis Prager
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NATIONAL BESTSELLER "Dennis Prager has put together one of the most stunning commentaries in modern times on the most profound document in human history. It's a must-read that every person, religious and non-religious, should buy and peruse every night before bed. It'll make you think harder, pray more ardently, and understand your civilization better." - Ben Shapiro, host of "The Ben Shapiro Show" "Dennis Prager's commentary on Exodus will rank among the greatest modern Torah commentaries. That is how important I think it is. And I am clearly not alone... It might well be on its way to becoming the most widely read Torah commentary of our time-and by non-Jews as well as by Jews." - Rabbi Joseph Telushkin, bestselling author of Jewish Literacy Why do so many people think the Bible, the most influential book in world history, is outdated? Why do our friends and neighbors - and sometimes we ourselves - dismiss the Bible as irrelevant, irrational, immoral, or all of these things? This explanation of the Book of Exodus, the second book of the Bible, will demonstrate that the Bible is not only powerfully relevant to today's issues, but completely consistent with rational thought. Do you think the Bible permitted the trans-Atlantic slave trade? You won't after reading this book. Do you struggle to love your parents? If you do, you need this book. Do you doubt the existence of God because belief in God is "irrational?" This book will give you reason after reason to rethink your doubts. The title of this commentary is, "The Rational Bible" because its approach is entirely reason-based. The reader is never asked to accept anything on faith alone. As Prager says, "If something I write does not make rational sense, I have not done my job." The Rational Bible is the fruit of Dennis Prager's forty years of teaching the Bible to people of every faith, and no faith. On virtually every page, you will discover how the text relates to the contemporary world and to your life. His goal: to change your mind - and then change your life.

Koren Youth Siddur (Hardcover): Daniel Rose, Scott Goldberg Koren Youth Siddur (Hardcover)
Daniel Rose, Scott Goldberg
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The Qur'an (Paperback): M.A.S. Abdel Haleem The Qur'an (Paperback)
M.A.S. Abdel Haleem
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'Read! Your Lord is the Most Bountiful one who taught by the pen, who taught man what he did not know.' The Qur'an, believed by Muslims to be the word of God, was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad 1400 years ago. It is the supreme authority in Islam and the living source of all Islamic teaching; it is a sacred text and a book of guidance, that sets out the creed, rituals, ethics, and laws of the Islamic religion. It has been one of the most influential books in the history of literature. Recognized as the greatest literary masterpiece in Arabic, it has nevertheless remained difficult to understand in its English translations. This new translation is written in a contemporary idiom that remains faithful to the original, making it easy to read while retaining its powers of eloquence. Archaisms and cryptic language are avoided, and the Arabic meaning preserved by respecting the context of the discourse. The message of the Qur'an was directly addressed to all people regardless of class, gender, or age, and this translation is equally accessible to everyone. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

Children's Siddur - Ashkenaz (Hardcover, Magerman ed.): Rinat Gilboa Children's Siddur - Ashkenaz (Hardcover, Magerman ed.)
Rinat Gilboa; Created by Koren Publishers Jerusalem Ltd
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The first in the Magerman Educational Siddur Series, The Koren Children's Siddur created for the early elementary grades, combines stimulating and beautiful illustrations with thought-provoking educational components on each page to provide teachers and parents with an educational resource as much as a conventional siddur. The siddur, for kindergarten, first and second grades, is also accompanied by a comprehensive Teacher and Parents Guide to maximize the educational potential of this beginner's siddur.

History and Memory in the Dead Sea Scrolls - Remembering the Teacher of Righteousness (Hardcover): Travis B Williams History and Memory in the Dead Sea Scrolls - Remembering the Teacher of Righteousness (Hardcover)
Travis B Williams
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The nature and reliability of the ancient sources are among the most important issues in the scholarship on the Dead Sea Scrolls. It is noteworthy, therefore, that scholars have grown increasingly skeptical about the value of these materials for reconstructing the life of the Teacher of Righteousness. Travis B. Williams' study is designed to address this new perspective and its implications for historical inquiry. He offers an important corrective to popular conceptions of history and memory by introducing memory theory as a means of informing historical investigation. Charting a new methodological course in Dead Sea Scrolls research, Williams reveals that properly representing the past requires an explanation of how the mnemonic evidence found in the relevant sources could have developed from a historical progression that began with the Teacher. His book represents the first attempt in Dead Sea Scrolls scholarship to integrate history and memory in a comprehensive way.

Believing Women in Islam - Unreading Patriarchal Interpretations of the Qur'an (Paperback): Asma Barlas Believing Women in Islam - Unreading Patriarchal Interpretations of the Qur'an (Paperback)
Asma Barlas
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Does Islam call for the oppression of women? The subjugation of women in many Muslim countries is often used as evidence of this, while many Muslims read the Qur'an in ways that seem to justify sexual oppression and inequality. In this paradigm-shifting book, Asma Barlas argues that, far from supporting male privilege, the Qur'an actually affirms the complete equality of the sexes. Offering a historical analysis of religious authority and knowledge, Barlas shows how, for centuries, Muslims have read patriarchy into the Qur'an to justify existing religious and social structures. In this seminal volume, she takes readers into the heart of Islamic teachings on women, gender and patriarchy, offering an egalitarian reading of Islam's most sacred scripture. This revised edition includes two new chapters, a new preface, and updates throughout.

The 100-minute Buddha (Paperback): Jinananda The 100-minute Buddha (Paperback)
Jinananda
R122 Discovery Miles 1 220 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
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