Moses and Pharaoh: Dominion Religion Versus Power Religion by Gary North

By Gary North

This can be half of Gary North's observation on Exodus. It is a dialogue of the 10 Commandments from the purpose of view of monetary idea. Gary's dialogue of the sabbath during this e-book supersedes every thing he has written within the previous, and no-one who desires to care for the sabbath factor can have enough money to disregard the questions he increases during this e-book. to date, there was no particular reaction from strict sabbatarians, even if the ebook used to be released in 1986.

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Buddhist Manuscript Cultures: Knowledge, Ritual and Art by Stephe Berkwitz

By Stephe Berkwitz

Buddhist Manuscript Cultures explores how spiritual and cultural practices in premodern Asia have been formed by way of literary and creative traditions in addition to through Buddhist fabric tradition. This research of Buddhist texts makes a speciality of the importance in their fabric types instead of their doctrinal contents, and examines how and why they have been made. jointly, the publication bargains cross-cultural and comparative insights into the transmission of Buddhist wisdom and using texts and photographs as ritual gadgets within the creative and aesthetic traditions of Buddhist cultures. Drawing on case reviews from India, Gandhara, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Mongolia, China and Nepal, the chapters incorporated examine the variety of pursuits and values linked to generating and utilizing written texts, and the jobs manuscripts and photographs play within the transmission of Buddhist texts and in fostering devotion between Buddhist groups. Contributions are through reputed students in Buddhist stories and signify diversified disciplinary techniques from spiritual reviews, paintings background, anthropology, and heritage. This booklet may be of curiosity to students and scholars operating in those fields.

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The Secular Bible: Why Nonbelievers Must Take Religion by Jacques Berlinerblau

By Jacques Berlinerblau

Brand new secularists too usually have little or no actual wisdom approximately faith, or even much less wish to study. this is often difficult insofar as their feel of self is developed against faith. particularly, the secularist isn't a Jew, isn't a Christian, no longer a Muslim, and so forth. yet is it intellectually liable to outline one's id opposed to whatever that one doesn't comprehend? And what occurs whilst those secularists weigh in on contentious political concerns, ignorant of the non secular back-story or matters that necessarily tell those debates? within the Secular Bible: Why Nonbelievers needs to Take faith heavily Jacques Berlinerblau means that atheists and agnostics needs to take inventory of that which they so adamantly oppose. Defiantly protecting a shallow knowing of faith, he argues, isn't a politically prudent method these days. yet this ebook is not any much less serious of many believers, who--Berlinerblau contends--need to emancipate themselves from methods of pondering their religion which are dangerously simplistic, irrational and superseded. Exploring the Hebrew Bible, or previous testomony, from the viewpoint of a consultant, nonbeliever, and critic of the educational non secular reports institution, Berlinerblau starts off via providing a provocative resolution to the query of ''who wrote the Bible?'' The very unusual manner within which this article used to be composed offers a key to knowing its particular energy (and vulnerability) within the smooth public sphere. In separate chapters, he seems to be at how the sparse and contradictory phrases of Scripture are invoked in modern disputes approximately Jewish intermarriage and homosexuality within the Christian international. ultimately, he examines ways that the Qur'an can be topic to the kinds of secular interpretation endorsed all through this publication. Cumulatively, this e-book is a primary try to reinvigorate an estimable secular, highbrow culture, albeit one who is at present experiencing a second of difficulty.

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Our Lives As Torah: Finding God in Our Stories by Carol Ochs

By Carol Ochs

During this strong booklet, Carol Ochs exhibits us how one can boost a private theology via analyzing our existence tales, studying to acknowledge God at paintings in them, and bringing them into dialog with Torah. utilizing undying biblical texts as lenses to work out the current, she is helping us comprehend who we're and who God is for us by way of exploring the tightly interwoven uncomplicated components of our lives--our love, affliction, paintings, our bodies, prayer, neighborhood, and stories of death.Through the method of seeing our studies relating to Biblical tales, we commence to acknowledge our lives as a part of the continued tale of the Jewish people--as Torah. This perception permits us to determine those studies as significant, no longer unintentional, and opens us to spotting God's energy in and during all that occurs to us. instead of a set of random occasions, our lives are a part of the Jewish people's ongoing experience. Armed with our in my opinion formed theology, we will face this experience of residing within the forefront of background with knowledge and self belief.

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Numerical Sayings in the Old Testament: A Form-critical by Roth

By Roth

One of many fresh accomplishments of Biblical scholarship is the systematic and distinct description of the oral and literary styles present in the outdated testomony. It was once Hermann Gunkel (1862-1932) who initiated the form-critical procedure, thereby including to the exegetical instruments of Biblical scholarship an device which proves to be an efficient assist in the translation of the previous testomony. Many new insights into the profile and personality of Biblical texts were made attainable, and background in addition to atmosphere in lifetime of just about all oral and literary styles happening within the outdated testomony were defined. the traditional introductions to the outdated testomony endure witness to this and, whilst, provide in concise shape the result of form-critical research.
The current learn is dedicated to an oral and literary development which doesn't happen usually within the previous testomony yet which however merits awareness and distinctive research: the numerical asserting. the main popular examples of this style ensue within the 30th bankruptcy of the ebook of Proverbs, the place a set of 5 numerical sayings is located (xxx 15-31).

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The Subversion of the Apocalypses in the Book of Jubilees by Hanneken, Todd R.

By Hanneken, Todd R.

Regardless of a few students inclination to incorporate the booklet of Jubilees as one other witness to Enochic Judaism, the connection of Jubilees to the apocalyptic writings and occasions surrounding the Maccabean rebellion hasn't ever been correctly clarified. This ebook builds on scholarship on style to set up a transparent development one of the methods Jubilees resembles and differs from different apocalypses. Jubilees suits the apocalypses of its day in total constitution and literary morphology. Jubilees additionally makes use of the literary style to elevate the problems standard of the apocalypses together with revelation, angels and demons, judgment, and eschatology yet rejects what the apocalypses generally say approximately these matters, subverting reader expectancies with a corrected view. as well as the most argument referring to Jubilees, this volume's survey of what's essentially apocalyptic approximately apocalyptic literature advances the certainty of early Jewish apocalyptic literature and in flip, of later apocalypses and related views, together with these of Paul and the Qumran sectarians.

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Judaic Logic: A Formal Analysis of Biblical, Talmudic and by Avi Sion

By Avi Sion

Judaic common sense: a proper research of Biblical, Talmudic and Rabbinic common sense is an unique inquiry into the varieties of notion making a choice on Jewish legislations and trust, from the neutral standpoint of a truth seeker. Judaic good judgment makes an attempt to in truth estimate the level to which the common sense hired inside Judaism suits into the overall norms, and no matter if it has any contributions to make to them. the writer levels all over in Jewish lore, discovering transparent facts of either inductive and deductive reasoning within the Torah and different books of the Bible, and studying the technique of the Talmud and different Rabbinic literature via formal instruments which make attainable its aim overview as regards to clinical good judgment. the result's a hugely cutting edge paintings - incisive and open, freed from clichés or manipulation. Judaic good judgment succeeds in translating obscure and complicated interpretative ideas and examples into formulation with the readability and precision of Aristotelian syllogism. one of the optimistic results, for good judgment mostly, are an intensive directory, research and validation of a few of the varieties of a-fortiori argument, in addition to a rationalization of dialectic common sense. even if, at the unfavourable aspect, this demystification of Talmudic/Rabbinic modes of proposal (hermeneutic and heuristic) unearths so much of them to be, opposite to the boasts of orthodox commentators, faraway from deductive and likely. they can be, legitimately adequate, inductive. yet also they are frequently unnatural and arbitrary constructs, supported by way of unverifiable claims and wrong concepts. In sum, Judaic common sense elucidates and evaluates the epistemological assumptions that have generated the Halakhah (Jewish non secular jurisprudence) and allied doctrines. conventional justifications, or rationalizations, bearing on Judaic legislation and trust, are conscientiously dissected and weighed on the point of logical technique and constitution, with out trouble for content material. This foundational procedure, with out any severe or supportive bias, clears the best way for a well timed reassessment of orthodox Judaism (and by the way, different spiritual structures, by way of analogies or contrasts). Judaic common sense ought, as a result, to be learn via all Halakhists, in addition to Bible and Talmud students and scholars; and in addition by way of all people attracted to the speculation, perform and heritage of good judgment.

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The Fantastic in Religious Narrative from Exodus to Elisha by Laura Feldt

By Laura Feldt

'The marvelous in spiritual Narrative from Exodus to Elisha' examines the remarkable array of marvels, monsters, and magic depicted within the Hebrew Bible. those tales - with the Exodus narrative at their centre - provide ambiguity and uncertainty, encouraging mirrored image and doubt up to trust and meaningfulness. Aiming to find - instead of clarify away - the ability of those tales, the e-book argues for the necessity to include destabilization, disorientation, and ambiguity extra strongly into theories of what spiritual narrative is and does.

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The Value of Human Life: A Study of the Story of the Flood by P J Harland

By P J Harland

This article examines the best way the tale of the flood in Genesis 6-9 provides the moral query of the price of human existence. The resources J and P are tested to work out how their mixture within the canonical textual content complements interpretation. numerous topics of the tale are studied, together with the reasons of the flood, the righteousness of Noah, God's repentance, construction and uncreation, the covenant and clone of God. The paintings concludes by way of arguing that the worth of human lifestyles is located in man's relation to God (Genesis 9:6).

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