Augustine and the Jews: A Christian Defense of Jews and Judaism

By Paula Fredriksen

Now in paperback with a brand new postscript, this up-to-date variation of Paula Fredriksen’s seriously acclaimed Augustine and the Jews strains the social and highbrow forces that resulted in the improvement of Christian anti-Judaism and exhibits how and why Augustine challenged this tradition.

Drawing us into the lifestyles, occasions, and considered Augustine of Hippo (396–430), Fredriksen makes a speciality of the interval of fantastic creativity that resulted in his new knowing of Paul and to his nice vintage, The Confessions.  She exhibits how Augustine’s fight to learn the Bible led him to a brand new theological imaginative and prescient, person who countered the anti-Judaism not just of his Manichaean rivals but in addition of his personal church. The Christian Empire, Augustine held, used to be correct to prohibit paganism and to coerce heretics. however the resource of historical Jewish scripture and present Jewish perform, he argued, used to be the exact same as that of the recent testomony and of the church—namely, God himself. therefore, he recommended, Jews have been to be left on my own. Conceived as a vividly unique method to guard Christian principles approximately Jesus and in regards to the outdated testomony, Augustine’s theological innovation survived the cave in of the Western Roman Empire, and it eventually served to guard Jewish lives opposed to the brutality of medieval crusades.

Augustine and the Jews sheds new mild at the origins of Christian anti-Semitism and, via Augustine, opens a course towards greater figuring out among of the world’s nice religions.

 

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How to Be a Mentsh (and Not a Shmuck)

By Michael Wex

Sure to resonate with Jewish and Gentile readers alike, How to Be a Mentsh (and no longer a Shmuck) is a smart and witty self-help handbook for pursuing happiness whereas nonetheless performing with integrity, honor, and compassion. Michael Wex, New York occasions bestselling writer of Born to Kvetch and Just Say Nu, attracts on assets that variety from the Talmud and Yiddish proverbs to modern tune and films during this insightful advisor that explores not just human nature and psychology but our tasks to ourselves and each other.

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The Last Jews in Berlin

By Leonard Gross

In February 1943, 4 thousand Jews went underground in Berlin. through the top of the struggle, all yet a number of hundred of them had died in bombing raids or, most commonly, in loss of life camps. this can be the real-life tale of a few of the few of them - a tender mom, a student and his countess lover, a black-market jeweler, a way dressmaker, a Zionist, an opera-loving service provider, a teen-age orphan - who resourcefully, boldly, defiantly, fortunately survived. In hiding or in masquerade, through their wits and infrequently using conscience-stricken German gentiles, they survived. They survived the consistent risk of discovery via the Nazi specialists or by means of the sinister handful of turncoat Jewish "catchers" who may ship them to the fuel chambers. They survived to inform this story, which reads like a mystery and triumphs like a miracle. "The author's skillful number of aspect and his narrative force have created the kind of footnote [to history] that illuminates a whole subject." - manhattan instances publication assessment "A journey de strength . . . A consummately suspenseful narrative . . . remindful, in [its] beautiful element, of Capote's In chilly Blood" - la occasions "An historian's ebook, a storyteller's booklet, and - so much of all - a reader's booklet . . . all of the real-life stuff of a John le Carré novel" - l. a. usher in Examiner

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Ezekiel: A Commentary (The Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies)

The e-book starts off with a radical creation to the most severe questions that come up in reference to the ebook of Ezekiel. It covers the historical-critical schedule but in addition comprises more moderen ways and questions, comparable to mental matters and the idea that Ezekiel can be considered as a ‘character' in the publication. The emphasis is at the perception that many various different types of questions might illumine a textual content like Ezekiel. The observation treats all of the chapters of the publication of Ezekiel in flip. The chapter-by-chapter statement summarizes the most subject matters of the bankruptcy and increases the most serious concerns that come up when it comes to the bankruptcy, sooner than continuing to exact exegesis.

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Rosenzweig and Heidegger: Between Judaism and German Philosophy

By Peter Eli Gordon

Franz Rosenzweig (1886-1929) is broadly appeared this day as the most unique and intellectually not easy figures in the so-called renaissance of German-Jewish suggestion within the Weimar interval. The architect of a special form of existential theology, and a massive effect upon such philosophers as Walter Benjamin, Martin Buber, Leo Strauss, and Emmanuel Levinas, Rosenzweig is remembered mainly as a "Jewish thinker," usually to the forget of his broader philosophical matters. slicing around the man made divide that the tense reminiscence of nationwide Socialism has drawn among German and Jewish philosophy, this e-book seeks to revive Rosenzweig's inspiration to the German philosophical horizon during which it first took form. it's the first English-language research to discover Rosenzweig's enduring debt to Hegel's political concept, neo-Kantianism, and life-philosophy; the e-book additionally presents a brand new, systematic studying of Rosenzweig's significant paintings, The famous person of Redemption.

Most of all, the booklet units out to discover a stunning yet deep affinity among Rosenzweig’s notion and that of his modern, the German thinker Martin Heidegger. Resisting either apologetics and condemnation, Gordon means that Heidegger’s engagement with Nazism usually are not vague the profound and intellectually compelling bond within the once-shared culture of contemporary German and Jewish idea. A remarkably lucid dialogue of 2 significantly tough thinkers, this ebook represents an eloquent try to bridge the compelled contrast among sleek Jewish notion and the heritage of recent German philosophy—and to teach that this kind of contrast can't be sustained with no doing violence to both.

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Antisemitism: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

By Steven Beller

Antisemitism, as hatred of Jews and Judaism, has been a significant challenge of Western civilization for millennia, and its heritage maintains to ask debate.

This Very brief Introduction untangles the heritage of the phenomenon, from historic spiritual clash to 'new' antisemitism within the twenty first century. Steven Beller finds how Antisemitism grew as a political and ideological circulation within the nineteenth century, the way it reached its darkish apogee within the worst genocide in glossy heritage - the Holocaust - and the way Antisemitism nonetheless persists worldwide today.

In the hot version of this thought-provoking Very brief Introduction, Beller brings his exam of this advanced and nonetheless arguable factor modern with a dialogue of Antisemitism in mild of the 2008 monetary crash, the Arab Spring, and the on-going predicament among Israel and Palestine.

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The History of the Jewish People in the Age of Jesus Christ: Volume 1

Emil Schürer's Geschichte des judischen Volkes im Zeitalter Jesu Christi, initially released in German among 1874 and 1909 and in English among 1885 and 1891, is a severe presentation of Jewish historical past, associations, and literature from a hundred seventy five B.C. to A.D. a hundred thirty five. It has rendered helpful providers to students for almost a century.

The current paintings bargains a clean translation and a revision of the total subject-matter. The bibliographies were rejuvenated and supplemented; the assets are offered in accordance with the most recent scholarly variations; and the entire new archaeological, epigraphical, numismatic and literary facts, together with the useless Sea Scrolls and the Bar Kokhba records, has been brought into the survey. Account has additionally been taken of the development in ancient study, either within the classical and Jewish fields. This paintings reminds scholars of the profound debt owed to nineteenth-century studying, environment it inside a much wider framework of latest wisdom, and gives a starting place on which destiny historians of Judaism within the age of Jesus may well build.

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Suddenly, Love: A Novel

A poignant, heartbreaking new paintings by means of “one of the simplest novelists alive” (Irving Howe)—the tale of a lonely older guy and his dedicated younger caretaker who rework each one other’s lives in methods they can by no means have imagined.
 
Ernst is a gruff seventy-year-old crimson military veteran from Ukraine who landed, virtually by chance, in Israel after global warfare II. A retired funding adviser, he lives on my own (his first spouse and child daughter have been killed by means of the Nazis; he divorced his shrewish moment spouse) and spends his time laboring over his unpublished novels. Irena, in her mid-thirties, is the single daughter of Holocaust survivors who has been caring for Ernst because his surgical procedure years prior; she arrives each morning speedily at 8 and customarily leaves each afternoon at 3. Quiet and shy, Irena is in awe of Ernst’s mind. and because the months cross, Ernst involves depend upon the mild younger girl who runs his apartment, listens to him learn from his paintings, and sometimes bargains a lively statement on it.
 
But Ernst’s writing provides him no pride, and he's haunted via his godless, Communist previous. His overall healthiness, already negative, starts off to go to pot even extra; he turns into mired in melancholy and turns out to lose the desire to stay. yet this is often whatever Irena won't permit. As she turns into an more and more vital a part of his life—moving into his domestic, encouraging him in his paintings, easing his pain—Ernst not just regains his feel of self and discovers the trail wherein his writing can circulate yet he additionally discovers, to his amazement, that Irena is in love with him. And, much more fabulous, he realizes that he's in love together with her, too.

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Fathoming the heights, ascending the depths: Decoding the dogma within the enigma. The life, works and speculative piety of Rabbi Moses Cordoeiro (Safed 1522--1570)

By Zohar Raviv

This dissertation addresses the reciprocal kinfolk among rational hypothesis and devotional piety within the lifestyles and considered Rabbi Moses Cordoeiro (= Cordovero - RaMaK, Safed, 1522-1570), arguably an important mystical philosopher in Jewish heritage. via that includes quite a few components from his writings of their first annotated English translation, this paintings is either the 1st large English examine on RaMaK and an access to his nuanced and infrequently inventive manipulations of the Hebrew language. the 1st bankruptcy charts RaMaK's biography, illuminating convinced features and correcting a few inaccurate facts nonetheless accepted in glossy scholarship. those are addressed in the broader old and phenomenological contexts which had formed RaMaK's global: the post-Expulsion new release, the height of Ottoman hegemony within the close to jap and Balkan spheres and the currents of ecu Renaissance, which allowed demographic mobility and a wonderfully multihued correspondence among numerous theoretical and useful colleges. the second one bankruptcy examines the biographies of RaMaK's spouse and son. their roles in RaMaK's piety and the later dissemination of his writings, it extra clarifies the $64000 status of girls within the Safedian society and investigates the evolution of RaMaK's Kabbalah relating to its Lurianic counterpart. The 3rd bankruptcy charts RaMaK's unmatched literary output whereas studying principal parts in his systematic hypothesis, thematic association and hermeneutical" process. It additionally corrects definite scholarly mistakes concerning the order, chronology and volume of RaMaK's writings, in addition to taking a look into sure unpublished sections from his texts. The fourth bankruptcy addresses RaMaK's composition Sefer Gerushin - a seminal and unstudied paintings so far. It demonstrates the complicated family members among texts, language, panorama, physique, soul and devotion in RaMaK's evolving procedure, and gives an in depth research of the ways that psychological houses and functional functionality are built-in in his total Kabbalah en path to epistemic readability and theurgic efficacy. The 5th bankruptcy examines RaMaK's theoretical skeleton and follows the hurdles in interweaving Aristotelian metaphysics, Neoplatonic doctrines and Zoharic theosophy. right here I introduce RaMaK's metatheosophical paradigm and display his view of the ten Sefirot because the valuable theosophical manifestation of the metaphysical dating among potentiality and reality (10 = 1 = 0).

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