Judaism: An Introduction (I.B.Tauris Introductions to by Oliver Leaman

By Oliver Leaman

The tale of Judaism is a narrative of paradox. it's the tale of the way a small cluster of wilderness tribes gave beginning to a monotheistic doctrine that profoundly formed the background of human civilization. it's the tale of the way that at first imprecise wilderness doctrine got here to be codified into the Hebrew Bible, one of many world's maximum works of literature. it's the tale of ways a small minority got here to be seen by way of the bulk as disproportionately strong and, following pogrom and Holocaust, have been pushed to the sting of extinction. And it's the tale of the way a displaced humans, globally dispersed all through different international locations for two-and-a-half millennia, got here to forge a latest, secular Israeli kingdom which many Jews think to were granted an explicitly divine mandate. Oliver Leaman rigorously and creatively explores the character of those obvious contradictions. He discusses the origins of the Jewish Bible; recounts the historical past of the Jewish humans from the period of Patriarchs and Prophets throughout the center a long time as much as the modern period; outlines the Jewish liturgical calendar and its significant rites and modes of worship; and considers the good number of Jewish literatures (including smooth post-Holocaust writers like Primo Levi and Elie Wiesel), artwork, foodstuff and tradition. extra chapters study such issues as mysticism and kabbalah; sleek Hebrew; interfaith relatives; and the hugely contested query, "Who is a Jew?".

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Jesus Reclaimed: Jewish Perspectives on the Nazarene by Walter Homolka

By Walter Homolka

"This publication deals a positive contribution to the debates at the theological value of Jewish and Christian methods to the old Jesus. The author's wisdom of Jewish and Christian discourses on each side of the Atlantic is impressive." · Werner G. Jeanrond, college of Oxford
After centuries of persecution, oppression, compelled migrations, and exclusion within the identify of Christ, the improvement of a Jewish "Quest for the old Jesus" might sound unforeseen. This booklet supplies an summary and research of some of the Jewish views at the Nazarene in the course of the centuries, emphasizing the range of German voices in Anglo-American contexts. It explores the explanations for a gradual elevate in Jewish curiosity in Jesus because the finish of the eighteenth century, arguing that this development had a strategic objective: the justification of Judaism as a residing religion along Christianity.
Rabbi Walter Homolka is the rector of the Abraham Geiger collage, Germany's first rabbinical seminary after the Holocaust, and a professor of contemporary Jewish inspiration on the institution of Jewish Theology of the collage of Potsdam in Germany. energetic in Jewish-Christian discussion, he's writer of many books, together with The Gate to Perfection: the belief of Peace in Jewish idea (Berghahn 1995), Jewish identification nowa days: Leo Baeck and German Protestantism (Berghahn 1995), and co-author with Hans Küng of ways to Do solid & steer clear of Evil: a world Ethic from the resources of Judaism (Skylight Paths, 2009).

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A passion for truth by Menahem Mendel, of Kotsk, 1787-1859., Menahem Mendel, of

By Menahem Mendel, of Kotsk, 1787-1859., Menahem Mendel, of Kotsk, 1787-1859; Heschel, Abraham Joshua; Baʻal Shem Ṭov, approximately 1700-1760., Baʻal Shem Ṭov, approximately 1700-1760; Kierkegaard, Søren

It is relatively effortless to evangelise pleasure and fervor, yet to call for fact is like shaping marble with no instruments. And so [the Kotzker] went trying to find a number of surging humans and referred to as loudly upon their souls to bend their conceit and notice the reality underneath the soil....

This used to be now not a philosophical inquiry into the character of fact yet a scrutiny of men’s lives in relation to fact. faith, the Kotzker maintained, was once now not easily an act of adopting a approach of ideals and likely modes of behavior; attempt and trial have been wanted, and one needed to make sure via introspection even if one’s ideals have been actual or no longer, and no matter if one acted out fact or lived a lifetime of pretense....

Kierkegaard made it his job “to reintroduce Christianity into Christendom.” The Kotzker sought to reintroduce authenticity to Jewish existence. Kierkegaard’s posthumous influence has been robust. yet has the Kotzker affected Jewish self-understanding?
―from A ardour for Truth

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The Destruction of Jerusalem and the Idea of Redemption in by Rivka Nir

By Rivka Nir

The "Syriac Apocalypse of Baruch" is a pseudepigraphic apocalyptic paintings ascribed to Baruch son of Neriah, the scribe of Jeremiah. This paintings makes an attempt to teach that the interior constitution and significant rules of II Baruch has to be understood in a Christian context.

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Renaissance Philosophy in Jewish Garb: Foundations and by Giuseppe Veltri

By Giuseppe Veltri

In keeping with a number of years of analysis on Jewish highbrow existence within the Renaissance, this publication attempts to differentiate the coordinates of 'modernity' as premises of Jewish philosophy, and vice versa. within the first half, it truly is excited by the principles of Jewish philosophy, its nature as philosophical technological know-how and as knowledge. the second one half is dedicated to definite components and demanding situations of the humanist and Renaissance interval as mirrored in Judaism: ancient recognition and the sciences, utopian culture, the felony prestige of the Jews in Christian political culture and in Jewish political concept, aesthetic thoughts of the physique and conversion.

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Jewish Choices: American Jewish Denominationalism by Bernard Lazerwitz, J Alan Winter, Arnold Dashefsky, Ephraim

By Bernard Lazerwitz, J Alan Winter, Arnold Dashefsky, Ephraim Tabory

American Jews have divided their faith into 4 parts-Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, and no choice Jews. This e-book makes a speciality of how Jewish existence are expressed via denominational association. the advance of yank Jewish denominations is considered as extra an issue of person selection than relatives background. The features of person adherents of the 3 significant denominations range systematically as does one's involvement either in neighborhood Jewish groups and within the community-at-large. The authors exhibit that as one is going from Orthodox to no choice Jews, the level of spiritual expression, ethnic attachments, and Jewish neighborhood involvement declines. They venture the distribution of denominational choice in 2010 and finish with strategies if you happen to desire to see Jewish identification live to tell the tale and thrive in the US.

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Women and American Religion (Religion in American Life) by Ann Braude

By Ann Braude

An previous African-American churchgoers' asserting jewelry actual for many spiritual denominations within the usa: "Women are the spine of the church." for hundreds of years, girls were the vast majority of contributors in just about all spiritual teams. they supply crucial monetary and social help and paintings tirelessly within the history of all church-based actions. but it's principally males who occupy the excessive rungs of church hierarchy, and they're those who get lots of the credits. Ann Braude examines the $64000 position of ladies in American non secular heritage, concentrating on their fresh admission to public non secular management and their struggle for equivalent rights and popularity throughout the centuries. either famous and little identified women--such as Margaret Winthrop, Jarena Lee, Mary Baker Eddy, Henrietta Szold, Aimee Semple McPherson, and Mary Daly--spring to lifestyles within the pages of this thorough, passionate e-book.

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The Origins of Jewish Secularization in Eighteenth-Century by Shmuel Feiner

By Shmuel Feiner

Throughout the eighteenth century, an ever-sharper contrast emerged among Jews of the outdated order and those that have been self-consciously of a brand new international. As aspirations for liberation clashed with adherence to culture, as nationwide, ethnic, cultural, and different choices emerged and a protracted, circuitous look for identification started, it was once now not glaring that the definition of Jewishness will be in keeping with the ideals and practices surrounding the examine of the Torah.

In The Origins of Jewish Secularization in Eighteenth-Century Europe Shmuel Feiner reconstructs this evolution by means of hearing the voices of these who participated within the procedure and by means of interpreting its cultural codes and meanings. at the one hand, a very good majority of observant Jews nonetheless approved the authority of the Talmud and the management of the rabbis; at the different, there has been a progressively extra conspicuous minority of "Epicureans" and "freethinkers." because the flooring shifted, every one person was once marked in accordance with his or her position at the course among religion and heresy, among devoutness and permissiveness or indifference.

Building on his award-winning Jewish Enlightenment, Feiner unfolds the tale of critics of faith, in general Ashkenazic Jews, who didn't take lively half within the secular highbrow revival referred to as the Haskalah. In open or hid uprising, Feiner's matters lived basically within the towns of western and relevant Europe—Altona-Hamburg, Amsterdam, London, Berlin, Breslau, and Prague. They participated as "fashionable" Jews adopting the behavior and garments of the encircling Gentile society. a number of additionally followed the deist worldview of Enlightenment Europe, rejecting religion in revelation, the authority of Scripture, and the duty to monitor the commandments.

Peering into the synagogue, staring at members within the coffeehouse or jogging the boulevards, and peeking into the bed room, Feiner recovers forgotten critics of faith from either the margins and the heart of Jewish discourse. His is a pioneering paintings at the origins of 1 of the main major ameliorations of contemporary Jewish history.

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