By Attilio Mastrocinque
Attilio Mastrocinque examines the intriquing hyperlink among magic and Gnosticism. there have been major the explanation why Christian thinkers pointed out Gnosticism with magic: the truth that the roots of Gnosticisim lay within the Hellenistic Judaism motivated through the Chaldeans and the Magi, and the necessity felt by means of orthodox Christians to tell apart themselves from Christian Gnostics by way of proving that the latter have been magicians.
By Joel Baden
This quantity, a tribute to John J. Collins through his neighbors, colleagues, and scholars, contains essays at the wide selection of pursuits that experience occupied John Collins s amazing occupation. issues diversity from the traditional close to East and the Hebrew Bible to the useless Sea Scrolls and moment Temple Judaism and past into early Christianity and rabbinic Judaism. The contributions take care of problems with textual content and interpretation, heritage and historiography, philology and archaeology, and extra. The breadth of the quantity is matched basically by way of the breadth of John Collins s personal paintings.
By Daniel Raveh
Patajali's Yogasutra is an historical canonic Indiantext composed in Sanskrit within the third or 4th century. Belonging to a verydifferent cultural milieu, this multi-layered textual content is philosophical, mental and sensible in nature. providing a philosophical studying ofPatajali's Yogasutra, this ebook discusses subject matters corresponding to freedom, self-identity, timeand transcendence, and translation among languages, cultures and eras. Drawing considerably upon modern Indian fabrics, it discussesfor the 1st time classical yoga as mirrored upon by way of Daya Krishna (1924-2007)with consistent connection with Kri. Read more...
By Rabbi Aryeh Wineman
The lecturers of Hasidism gave new existence to the literary culture of parable, a narrative that teaches a non secular or ethical fact. In The Hasidic Parable, acclaimed writer Aryeh Wineman takes readers throughout the nice works of the hasidic storytellers. Telling parables, explains Rabbi Wineman, used to be a method that the hasidic masters used to foster an intensive shift in puzzling over God, the realm, and the values and norms of spiritual existence. even supposing those parables date again 2 hundred years or extra, they take care of ethical and non secular subject matters and matters nonetheless appropriate at the present time. each one is followed via notes and observation by means of the writer that light up their ideological importance and their ancient roots and historical past. those parables were culled from classical hasidic homiletic texts, selected due to their literary characteristics, their rationalization of key innovations within the hasidic world-view, and likewise due to what they are saying to us concerning the conflicts and tensions accompanying Hasidism's emergence and development.
This publication is the 1st special research of the interpretation of the Hebrew verbs of Chronicles into Greek, specially from the point of view of 2 diachronic advancements: that of the Hebrew verbal procedure and that of the rage towards a extra literal translation of the Bible. the interpretation offers a view of the Hebrew verbal method within the Hellenistic interval (approx. one hundred fifty BCE) as a part of the continuum within the improvement of the Hebrew verbal approach from classical biblical Hebrew to Mishnaic Hebrew. the interpretation additionally testifies to the rage within the means of the interpretation of the Bible from the freer (but nonetheless literal) translation of the Pentateuch and Samuel/Kings to the slavishly literal translation of Aquila.
By Moshe Idel
During this prizewinning new interpretation of Jewish mysticism, Moshe Idel emphasizes the necessity for a comparative and phenomenological method of Kabbalah and its place within the historical past of faith. Idel presents clean insights into the origins of Jewish mysticism, the relation among mystical and old event, and the impression of Jewish mysticism on western civilization. "Idel's publication is studded with significant insights, and leading edge ways to the full background of Judaism, and mastery of it is going to be crucial for all severe scholars of Jewish thought."-Arthur eco-friendly, big apple instances booklet evaluation "Moshe Idel's unique, scholarly, and stimulating examine of Kabbalah comprises the promise of a masterwork."-Elie Wiesel "Moshe Idel's ebook might help the nonspecialized reader to re-evaluate the total of Kabbalistic culture compared to many elements of latest thought."-Umberto Eco "There could be no dispute in regards to the significance and originality of Idel's paintings. supplying a wealth of complementary insights to Gershom Scholem and his institution, it is going to command loads of recognition and severe discussion."-Alexander Altmann
By Dirk J. Human, Gert Jacobus Steyn
The reception of early Jewish/Israelite texts in early Christianity offers worthy insights into the hermeneutics of historical authors and experiences during this regard are important for an knowing in their theology/ies. through focusing really at the reception of the Psalms during the hand of the unknown writer of Hebrews, previous testomony and New testomony students mix forces during this assortment to figure out the shifts in interpretation of the Psalms that came about in the course of the procedures of (re)interpretation in the paintings of a selected early Christian author.
By paying cautious realization to the unique reading(s) of the textual content models applied in addition to to the way during which these texts have been embedded in a later literary context by means of the writer of Hebrews, they supply a window into the trajectories of the Psalm traditions. A contextual contribution illustrates the versification of the Psalms in a modern African language, Afrikaans, to demonstrate how the Psalms' reception is still a vibrant recreation in present times.
By Markus Witte, Sven Behnke
Metaphors are an important linguistic element of spiritual speech and function a cultural indicator of the way teams comprehend themselves and the area. The essays compiled during this quantity study the use, functionality, and constitution of metaphors in Jewish writings from the Hellenistic-Roman interval (including the works of Philo and the texts of Qumran), in addition to in apocryphal early Christian texts and inscriptions.
Metaphern sind sprachlich ein wesentlicher Bestandteil religiöser Rede und kulturell ein Indikator für das Selbst- und Weltverständnis ihrer Trägerkreise. Die in diesem Band gesammelten Aufsätze analysieren den Gebrauch, die Funktion und die Struktur von Metaphern in jüdischen Schriften aus hellenistisch-römischer Zeit, einschließlich der Werke Philos und der Texte aus Qumran, sowie in apokryphen frühchristlichen Texten und Inschriften.