The Courtyards of the House of the Lord: Studies on the by Lawrence Schiffman

By Lawrence Schiffman

Already sooner than its book, it was once transparent that the "Temple Scroll" represented an immense contribution to the heritage of Jewish legislation in past due Antiquity. the current quantity brings jointly the author's experiences in this very important scroll. He has sought to discover the hermeneutics of the Zadokite/Sadducean felony approach and to match and distinction it with different texts of its personal style in addition to with these in rabbinic literature protecting the Pharisaic-rabbinic procedure.

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The Heart of the Universe: Exploring the Heart Sutra by Mu Soeng

By Mu Soeng

Shape is vacancy; vacancy is form.

This is the daring and fascinating statement of the center Sutra, a textual content of seminal significance to the Buddhist culture made much more attention-grabbing by way of its deep resonance with the slicing edges of quantum physics and cognitive technology. In spare and approachable language, the guts of the Universe deftly explores this gem of worldwide spiritual literature from quite a few perspectives--historical, non secular, linguistic, and scientific--each helping interdependently light up the opposite.

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Battered Love (Overtures to Biblical Theology) by Renita Weems

By Renita Weems

Weems's pioneering examine explores the difficult ways that the Hebrew prophets' portrayals of divine love, compassion, and standard dedication usually turned linked to battery, infidelity, and the rape and mutilation of ladies. She wrestles with the prophets' rhetoric and sexual metaphors to discover Israelite social constructions, asking, "What is implied approximately ladies, males, and God by means of the language that the prophets use to explain the covenant among Yahweh and Israel?" This provocative paintings through a number one African American biblical pupil delves deeply into problems with intimacy and gear, violence and keep an eye on, seduction and betrayal, and is a searing indictment of the axial issues of Israelite religion-its covenantal and prophetic traditions-and their authority this day.

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The Early Kabbalah (Classics of Western Spirituality) by Joseph Dan, Ronald C. Kiener

By Joseph Dan, Ronald C. Kiener

Within the past due 12th century, on the top of the center a long time that observed the flowering of the paranormal point in Christendom, the Rabbinic Judaism of southern Europe used to be remodeled via the eruption of latest, Gnostic attitudes and symbolism. This new flow, often called Kabbalah (literally the 'Tradition'), was once characterised by way of the logo of the 10 sefirot. via the sefirotic imagery, almost the full of lifestyle used to be associated with the cosmic measurement in a singular and hugely unique model that under pressure the dynamic, evolutionary portion of the Godhead and the synergistic courting among the human will and the motion of God in the world. in the course of a century of creativity, a close approach of symbols and ideas used to be created via the writer of the Sefer ha-Bahir, the Kabbalists of Provence, the Iyyun circle, and the mystics of Provence and Castile that set the degree for the good Kabbalists of the Zohar iteration.

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Essence of the Upanishads: A Key to Indian Spirituality by Eknath Easwaran

By Eknath Easwaran

Via his interpretation of 1 very important Upanishad, an historic knowledge textual content, Eknath Easwaran exhibits how the undying Indian culture bargains suggestions on easy methods to dwell at the present time. Lyrical, dramatic, and encouraging, the Katha Upanishad offers the middle rules of Indian mysticism in a mythic tale all can relate to — the journey of a tender hero, Nachiketa, who passes into the dominion of dying looking for immortality. The King of dying exams his get to the bottom of, however the youngster stands company, tough solutions to the age-old questions, "What is the aim of lifestyles? What occurs to me whilst I die?" demise emerges because the excellent non secular advisor — direct, uncompromising, and tough. Easwaran’s method of the Katha is either sensible and common. He explains key Sanskrit phrases like karma and prana, illustrating them via daily anecdotes and enjoyable analogies whereas putting Indian spirituality into the wider context of global mysticism.

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Text, Thought, and Practice in Qumran and Early Christianity by Ruth A. Clements, Daniel R. Schwartz

By Ruth A. Clements, Daniel R. Schwartz

The thirteen papers comprising this quantity symbolize the culmination of the 1st Orion heart Symposium dedicated to the comparability of the lifeless Sea and early Christian texts. The authors reject the older paradigm which configured the similarities among Qumran and early Christian literature as facts of "influence" from one upon the opposite. They bring up clean methodological percentages through asking how insights from every one of those corpora light up the opposite, and via contemplating them as parallel proof for broader currents of moment Temple Judaism. themes addressed contain particular exegetical and felony comparisons; prophecy, demonology, and messianism; the advance of canon and the increase of remark; and attainable connections among the Gospel of John and the lifeless Sea Scrolls.

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The Path of Purification: Visuddhimagga by Bhadantacariya Buddhaghosa, Bhikkhu Ñanamoli

By Bhadantacariya Buddhaghosa, Bhikkhu Ñanamoli

One of Buddhism’s foundational texts, the Visuddhimagga is a scientific exam and condensation of Buddhist doctrine and meditation method. some of the teachings of the Buddha chanced on through the Pali canon are prepared in a transparent, entire direction resulting in the ultimate aim of nibbana, the kingdom of entire purification. initially composed within the 5th century, this new translation offers English audio system insights into this foundational textual content. during this treatise complete and distinct directions are given on forty matters of meditation aimed toward focus, an tricky account of Buddhist Abhidhamma philosophy, and particular descriptions of the phases of perception culminating in ultimate liberation. This replaces 9552400236.

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