A Treasury of Mahayana Sutras: Selections from the by Garma C.C. Chang

By Garma C.C. Chang

The Maharatnakuta Sutra is likely one of the 5 significant sutra teams within the Mahayana canon. Of the 2 nice faculties of Buddhism, Mahayana has the best variety of adherents around the world -- it prevails one of the chinese language, jap, Koreans, Tibetans, and Vietnamese -- and comprises inside it a few pursuits, significantly Zen, that have been of turning out to be curiosity within the West in contemporary a long time.

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Pledges of Jewish Allegiance: Conversion, Law, and by David Ellenson, Daniel Gordis

By David Ellenson, Daniel Gordis

Since the past due 1700s, whilst the Jewish group ceased to be a semiautonomous political unit in Western Europe and the USA and person Jews grew to become integrated—culturally, socially, and politically—into broader society, questions surrounding Jewish prestige and id have occupied a fashionable and contentious position in Jewish criminal discourse. This ebook examines a big selection of criminal critiques written through 19th- and twentieth-century orthodox rabbis in Europe, the U.S., and Israel. It argues that those rabbis' divergent positions—based at the related criminal precedents—demonstrate that they have been doing greater than providing criminal reviews. as an alternative, they have been crafting public coverage for Jewish society according to Jews' social and political interactions as equals with the non-Jewish individuals in whose midst they dwelled.

Pledges of Jewish Allegiance prefaces its research of recent evaluations with a dialogue of the classical Jewish assets upon which they draw.

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Paul and the Crucified Christ in Antioch: Maccabean by Stephen Anthony Cummins

By Stephen Anthony Cummins

The so-called "Antioch Incident"--the disagreement among the apostles Peter and Paul recorded in Galatians 2.11-21--continues to be a resource of controversy in scholarly in addition to renowned estimations of the rising early church. This cutting edge interpretation of the development argues that the crucial factor at stake in Antioch--whether the Torah or Jesus Christ determines who're the folk of God--gains nice readability and strength while considered with regards to a kind of Judaism understands as Maccabean martyr theology.

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Between Philology and Theology: Contributions to the Study by Florentino Garcia Martinez

By Florentino Garcia Martinez

Florentino García Martínez illuminates the nexus among philology and theology. The essays interact historical Jewish texts reminiscent of Philo, the useless Sea Scrolls, Jubilees, four Ezra and the Targumim, and concentrate on how historic Jewish writers interpreted and reworked biblical traditions and the way those new interpretations form theological ideas.

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The Social Location of the Visions of Amram (4Q543-547) by Robert R. Duke

By Robert R. Duke

The Visions of Amram (4Q543-547), 5 copies of an Aramaic textual content came upon one of the useless Sea Scrolls, stems from the pre-Hasmonean interval and offers proof of a hugely variegated society in early Judaism. during this publication, Robert R. Duke bargains a brand new examining of the entire fragments and an in-depth dialogue in their value, illuminating a period of time in Jewish background that wishes extra knowing and culminating in a advised social situation for its creation. Duke concludes that 4Q543-547 was once written by means of a disenfranchised workforce of monks who resided in Hebron. the significance of the patriarchal burials, chronology, endogamy, the determine of Moses, and angelology argue for a priestly workforce, whose individuals have been additionally stimulated via apocalyptic considering. The advice of Hebron because the geographical situation for this staff is predicated at the theories of George Nickelsburg’s and David Suter’s paintings on 1 Enoch. Pre-Hasmonean Judaism was once an extreme time of debate and confrontation, and 4Q543-547 is yet another merchandise to contemplate in reconstructing those social realities.

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Abraham Ibn Ezra's Commentary on the First Book of Psalms. by Abraham Ibn Ezra, H. Norman Strickman

By Abraham Ibn Ezra, H. Norman Strickman

Rabbi Abraham ibn Ezra, poet, thinker, and mathematician, used to be one of many impressive personalities produced via medieval Jewry. His leader declare to reputation, even if, is his remark at the Bible. The latter is outlined in all significant variations of the Hebrew Scriptures and motivated different luminaries akin to Maimonides, Rabbi David Kimchi, Nahmanides, Ralbag, Abravanel, and all critical scholars of the Hebrew Bible, for whom his works are crucial. Ibn Ezra's observation at the first Books of Psalms is now on hand in English for the 1st time, observed via a radical annotation. scholars of Scripture in any respect degrees will locate this a useful software for his or her experiences of Scripture and Jewish idea.

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