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Download Flavius Josephus: Translation and Commentary : Life of by Steve Mason PDF

By Steve Mason

Flavius Josephus is definitely crucial witness to old Judaism from the shut of the biblical interval to the aftermath of the destruction of the temple in A.D. 70. His 4 surviving works - "Judean War", "Judean Antiquities", "Life", and "Against Apion" - give you the narrative stucture for analyzing the opposite, extra fragmentary written resources and actual is still from this era. His descriptions of the Temple, the Judean nation-state, Jewish-Roman relatives and conflicts, and teams and associations of historical Judea became vital for the coed of early Judaism, the Classicist, and the reader of the recent testomony alike. The priestly aristocrat Josephus used to be born in A.D. 37 and died round the 12 months a hundred. After combating opposed to the Romans within the warfare of 66-73/4 and surrendering within the earliest section of the crusade, he moved to Rome the place he all started a efficient literary occupation. His 4 surviving works in thirty Greek volumes are largely excerpted for ancient reasons, yet nonetheless infrequently learn of their literary and ancient contexts. This venture goals to aid each severe reader of Josephus via offering a brand new literal translation, besides a statement suggesting literary and old connnections.

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Download War in the Hebrew Bible: A Study in the Ethics of Violence by Susan Niditch PDF

By Susan Niditch

Texts approximately warfare pervade the Hebrew Bible, elevating demanding questions in non secular and political ethics. The battle passages that readers locate so much disquieting are these within which God calls for the entire annihilation of the enemy with out regard to gender, age, or army prestige. The ideology of the "ban," even though, is just one between a variety of attitudes in the direction of warfare preserved within the old Israelite literary culture. making use of insights from anthropology, comparative literature, and feminist reports, Niditch considers a large spectrum of warfare ideologies within the Hebrew Bible, looking in every one case to find why and the way those perspectives may need made feel to biblical writers, who themselves might be visible to strive against with the ethics of violence. The examine of conflict hence additionally illuminates the social and cultural historical past of Israel, as warfare texts are stumbled on to map the realm perspectives of biblical writers from a variety of classes and settings. Reviewing ways that smooth students have interpreted this arguable fabric, Niditch sheds additional mild at the normative assumptions that form our figuring out of historic Israel. extra largely, this paintings explores how people try and justify killing and violence whereas targeting the tones, textures, meanings, and messages of a specific corpus within the Hebrew Scriptures.

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Download The View of Women Found in the Deuteronomic Family Laws by Carolyn Pressler PDF

By Carolyn Pressler

The aim of this learn is to envision the view of ladies chanced on in the Deuteronomic kinfolk legislation. numerous fresh discussions have prompt that those legislation take place a hugely optimistic appraisal of women's prestige. by contrast, we are going to argue that the legislation presuppose the dependence of ladies inside of male-headed families and the subordinate function of ladies in the relations. The legislation target to help the soundness of the family members by way of undergirding hierarchical, patrilineal relations constructions. in addition they defend based relations. Their efforts to guard dependents don't, even if, essentially problem the hierarchical kinfolk constitution.

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Download Elijah and the Rabbis: Story and Theology by Kristen Lindbeck PDF

By Kristen Lindbeck

Via an cutting edge synthesis of narrative critique, oral-formulaic research, folkloric examine, and literary research, Kristen H. Lindbeck reads all of the Elijah narratives within the Babylonian Talmud and information the increase of a different, quasi-angelic determine who takes excitement in usual interplay. in the course of the Talmudic interval of 50-500 C.E., Elijah constructed right into a recognizable personality relatively diverse from the Elijah of the Bible. The Elijah of the Talmud dispenses knowledge, suggestion, and, just like the Elijah of Jewish folklore, is helping humans without delay, despite fabric presents. Lindbeck highlights specific gains of the Elijah tales, permitting them to be grouped into ordinary different types and regarded along Rabbinic literary motifs and non-Jewish traditions of past due antiquity. She compares Elijah within the Babylonian Talmud to a number characters—angels, rabbis, wonder-workers, the angel of loss of life, Christian saints, or even the Greek god Hermes. She concludes with a survey of Elijah's assorted roles from medieval instances to at the present time, throwing into extraordinary reduction the advanced courting among historical Elijah traditions and later folktales and liturgy that exhibit Elijah bringing advantages and advantages, showing at circumcisions and Passover, and vacationing families after the Sabbath. (2/1/11)

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Download Selected Works of D.T. Suzuki, Volume III: Comparative by Daisetsu Teitaro Suzuki, Jeff Wilson, Tomoe Moriya, Richard PDF

By Daisetsu Teitaro Suzuki, Jeff Wilson, Tomoe Moriya, Richard M. Jaffe

Daisetsu Teitaro Suzuki used to be a key determine within the advent of Buddhism to the non-Asian international. Many outdoor Japan encountered Buddhism for the 1st time via his writings and instructing, and for almost a century his paintings and legacy have contributed to the continued spiritual and cultural interchange among Japan and the remainder of the realm, quite the U.S. and Europe. This 3rd quantity of Selected Works of D. T. Suzuki brings jointly a various selection of Suzuki’s letters, essays, and lectures approximately non-Buddhist religions and his ideas on their relation to Buddhism, in addition to his reflections at the nature of faith itself. a few of these writings were translated into English for the 1st time during this quantity. As a long term resident of the U.S., a global vacationer, and a voracious purchaser of data approximately all types of faith, Suzuki was once one of many premier jap mediators of jap and Western spiritual cultures for almost seven a long time. An creation by way of Jeff Wilson and Tomoe Moriya analyzes Suzuki’s common encounters with texts and practitioners of many faiths, considers how occasions in Suzuki’s lifetime affected his interpretations of Christianity, Shinto, and different traditions, and demonstrates that his legacy as a pupil extends well past Buddhism.

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