Original Torah

The Political Intent of the Bible's Writers


Author: S. David Sperling,Caipora Group

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 1479825735

Category: RELIGION

Page: 200

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Is the Torah true? Do the five books of Moses provide an accurate historical account of the people of ancient IsraelOCOs origins?. In The Original Torah, S. David Sperling argues that, while there is no archeological evidence to support much of the activity chronicled in the Torah, a historical reality exists there if we know how to seek it. By noting the use of foreign words or mentions of technological innovations scholars can often pinpoint the date and place in which a text was written. Sperling examines the stories of the Torah against their historical and geographic backgrounds and arrives at a new conclusion: the tales of the Torah were originally composed as allegories whose purpose was distinctly and intentionally political. The book illustrates how the authors of the Pentateuch advanced their political and religious agenda by attributing deeds of historical figures like Jeroboam and David to ancient allegorical characters like Abraham and Jacob. If Abraham had made peace with Philistines, for example, then David could rely on a precedent to do likewise. The Original Torah provides a new interpretive key to the foundational document of both Judaism and Christianity."

The Torah For Dummies


Author: Arthur Kurzweil

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781118051832

Category: Religion

Page: 380

View: 4610

An easy-to-understand introduction to Judaism's most sacred text The foundation of Hebrew and Jewish religion, thought, law, and society is the Torah-the parchment scroll containing the text of the Five Books of Moses that is located in every synagogue. This accessible guide explains the Torah in clear language, even to those who were not raised in the Jewish religious tradition. Christians who want to know more about the Jewish roots of Christianity need to understand the Torah, as do followers of Islamic tradition and those interested in the roots of Abrahamic faiths. The Torah For Dummies explains the history of the Torah, its structure and major principles, and how the Torah affects the daily lives of people who follow the Jewish way of life.

The Bible and the Qur'an at the Edge of Renaissance

A Judeo-Christian-Muslim Compass to a World of Peace


Author: Linda "iLham". Barto

Publisher: Hillcrest Publishing Group

ISBN: 1934937886

Category: Religion

Page: 272

View: 9537

With an uncommon blend of spiritual insight and scientific logic, The Bible and the Qur'an at the Edge of Renaissance encourages and guides the reader toward a broader understanding of the Scriptures. All three Books of Abrahamic Scriptures -- the Tanakh, the New Testament, and the Qur'an -- are all explored in a fresh and and inspiring perspective. Linda iLham Barto finds beauty, grace, and guidance in all the Scriptures, and her desire for harmony and unity sparkles on every thought-provoking page. The author beckons readers to focus on the constant values of all religions of light to wonderfully and vigorously affect the world for a global, spiritual renaissance.

Metaphysics of the Profane

The Political Theology of Walter Benjamin and Gershom Scholem


Author: Eric Jacobson

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231501536

Category: Religion

Page: 352

View: 4844

Walter Benjamin and Gershom Scholem are regarded as two of the most influential Jewish thinkers of the twentieth century. Together they produced a dynamic body of ideas that has had a lasting impact on the study of religion, philosophy, and literary criticism. Drawing from Benjamin's and Scholem's ideas on messianism, language, and divine justice, this book traces the intellectual exchange through the early decades of the twentieth century—from Berlin, Bern, and Munich in the throws of war and revolution to Scholem's departure for Palestine in 1923. It begins with a close reading of Benjamin's early writings and a study of Scholem's theological politics, followed by an examination of Benjamin's proposals on language and the influence these ideas had on Scholem's scholarship on Jewish mysticism. From there the book turns to their ideas on divine justice—from Benjamin's critique of original sin and violence to Scholem's application of the categories to the prophets and Bolshevism. Metaphysics of the Profane is the first book to make this early period available to a wider audience, revealing the intricate structure of this early intellectual partnership on politics and theology.

Ark Code


Author: Barry Steven Roffman

Publisher: Codes in the Bible

ISBN: 9780961630645

Category: Ark of the Covenant

Page: 243

View: 9536


Reason Above All


Author: Israel Drazin

Publisher: Gefen Publishing House Ltd

ISBN: 9789652294319

Category: Religion

Page: 307

View: 4259

This thought-provoking and enlightening book uncovers unknown but true facts about Maimonides, his family and his unique, often controversial, but brilliant ideas.The reader is introduced to Maimonides' family, people who generally failed to share his rational approach to life.The book addresses provocative questions such as: did the majority of Jews before Maimonides believe that God has a body? Why did Maimonides and many rabbis disparage women? Why did Maimonides extol intelligent non-Jews? Why don't Jews say a prayer before such activities as having sexual relations or giving charity? Why doesn't the Torah condemn the five suicides committed in its pages? Why were Jacob and david passive when their daughters were raped? should rational Jews observe mystical Jewish practices and say mystical prayers? This volume contains surprising facts, such as: not all Jews believe that people have “souls.” Rabbis know that we do not possess the original Torah text. Rabbis suggest that Moses' staff had unusual magical powers. Jewish judges do not adjudicate cases according to Torah law. Many rabbis recognize that the ten plagues were not miracles. The Torah records how innocent people are killed for the misdeeds of their ancestors. dipping bread in salt is based on a superstitious fear of demons.

The Aramaic and Palestinian Targums


Author: Zen Garcia

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 131201282X

Category: Religion

Page: 440

View: 6723

Targum meaning translation references the various language transliterations of the original Hebrew Torah, which were commissioned created by Temple elders. The Aramaic and Palestinian versions printed here are acknowledged to be the oldest and most widely used renderings of the ancient language translations of the original Hebrew Torah. Though they are accepted to date back to at least the first century CE, I believe them to be half a millennia older as they first came into being to accommodate the Israelites assimilation of Aramaic when exiled to Babylon in 597 BCE. It was during the 70 years of that diaspora that Aramaic became the predominant colloquial language and accepted vernacular of use by the Hebraic peoples. During this 70 years of assimilation, the Israelite's use of Hebrew as lexicon dwindled from being the primary dialect of everyday conversation, to being one of mostly scholastic application utilized intellectually by the priestly class.

Der Jahwist


Author: Christoph Levin

Publisher: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht

ISBN: 9783525538395

Category: Bible

Page: 456

View: 3771

Ezra and the Law in History and Tradition


Author: Lisbeth S. Fried

Publisher: Univ of South Carolina Press

ISBN: 1611174104

Category: Religion

Page: 272

View: 4719

The historical Ezra was sent to Jerusalem as an emissary of the Persian monarch. What was his task? According to the Bible, the Persian king sent Ezra to bring the Torah, the five books of the Laws of Moses, to the Jews. Modern scholars have claimed not only that Ezra brought the Torah to Jerusalem, but that he actually wrote it, and in so doing Ezra created Judaism. Without Ezra, they say, Judaism would not exist. In Ezra and the Law in History and Tradition, Lisbeth S. Fried separates historical fact from biblical legend. Drawing on inscriptions from the Achaemenid Empire, she presents the historical Ezra in the context of authentic Persian administrative practices and concludes that Ezra, the Persian official, neither wrote nor edited the Torah, nor would he even have known it. The origin of Judaism, so often associated with Ezra by modern scholars, must be sought elsewhere. After discussing the historical Ezra, Fried examines ancient, medieval, and modern views of him, explaining how each originated, and why. She relates the stories told about Ezra by medieval Christians to explain why their Greek Old Testament differs from the Hebrew Bible, as well as the explanations offered by medieval Samaritans concerning how their Samaritan Bible varies from the one the Jews use. Church Fathers as well as medieval Samaritan writers explained the differences by claiming that Ezra falsified the Bible when he rewrote it, so that in effect, it is not the book that Moses wrote but something else. Moslem scholars also maintain that Ezra falsified the Old Testament, since Mohammed, the last judgment, and Heaven and Hell are revealed in it. In contrast Jewish Talmudic writers viewed Ezra both as a second Moses and as the prophet Malachi. In the process of describing ancient, medieval, and modern views of Ezra, Fried brings out various understandings of God, God’s law, and God’s plan for our salvation.

Rabbinic Stories


Author: Jeffrey L. Rubenstein

Publisher: Paulist Press

ISBN: 9780809140244

Category: Religion

Page: 315

View: 8927

Stories from the major works of classical Rabbinic literature produced between 200 and 600 C.E.

Christianity and Islam According to the Bible and the Qur'an


Author: Naser Al-Moghamis

Publisher: Darussalam

ISBN: 9789960861425

Category: Bible

Page: 112

View: 6424

Since the Bible is the basis for the teachings of Christianity, and the Qur'an is the main source of Islamic Religion and Law, this book compares Islam and Christianity according to a comparative study of the Bible and the Qur'an. This approach ensures that the comparison is based on facts and not on prejudice or misunderstanding.



Author: N.A

Publisher: Mesorah Publications

ISBN: 9781578192779

Category: Bible

Page: 287

View: 1616

A decade in preparation and well worth the wait this volume brings Shlomo HaMelech's wisdom to every Jewish home, school, office and shul. Compiled and crafted by a master of Torah thought and ethical teaching, it explains, enlightens and inspires. Countless layers of meaning are explored and explicated. Hundreds of footnotes, innumerable related teachings and anecdotes from the Sages and great leaders through the ages. Study it. Read it. Glance at it. Whatever level you prefer, this is a work you will treasure and return to for years to come. Vol. 1 (Chapters 1-15)

Women at the Crossroads

A Woman's Perspective on the Weekly Torah Portion


Author: Chana Bracha Siegelbaum

Publisher: Chana Bracha Siegelbaum

ISBN: 1936068095

Category: Religion

Page: 229

View: 9426

Women at the Crossroads: A Woman's Perspective on the Weekly Torah Portion comprises 53 essays pertaining to women based on each of the weekly Torah Portions throughout the year. Rebbetzin Chana Bracha Siegelbaum discusses in-depth the characters and dilemmas of the women in the Torah that are relevant to the issues which women encounter today. The author explores the underlying values of laws and rituals that pertain to women by examining the inherent nature of women as presented in the Torah. Based on the intricacies of the Torah text, she shows the beauty and depth of the role of women as portrayed in the Torah and teaches the importance of women and their immense influence on society as prime movers of history. The book is divided into five chapters, corresponding to the five books of the Torah. Each chapter is divided into sections according to each Torah portion. In addition, it includes a comprehensive and useful compilation of biographies of the commentaries quoted in the book. Expounding the Torah text through methodical research of Midrash, Talmud and traditional commentators, such as Rashi and the Ramban, placed side-by-side with Chassidic masters like the Me'or v'Shemesh and modern commentators including Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan, Rebbetzin Chana Bracha Siegelbaum weaves together the strands that make up the tapestry of life for the contemporary woman.Rather than paying homage to the external, competitive, masculine world, the author demonstrates how Jewish women of today may look inwards to the women in the Torah for guidance in choosing their priorities in life.

Jesus Will Return


Author: Harun Yahya


ISBN: 1842000225

Category: Jesus Christ in the Koran

Page: 101

View: 377

The Catholic Church and the World Religions

A Theological and Phenomenological Account


Author: Gavin D'Costa

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 0567596672

Category: Religion

Page: 240

View: 3022

An introduction to the World's major religions from a Catholic Perspective.

Das Buch Jesaia


Author: Bernhard Duhm

Publisher: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht

ISBN: 9783525516560

Category: Bible

Page: 490

View: 947

The Mishnah

Religious Perspectives


Author: Jacob Neusner

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9780391041608

Category: Religion

Page: 249

View: 6807

Understanding the religious perspectives of the Mishnah starts with asking three questions. First, what is the relationship of the Mishnah to Scripture, or oral torah to written torah, for understanding the religion of Judaism? Second, what is the relationship between religious ideas and the world in which those ideas emerged? Third, what is the formal religious significance of the language of the Mishnah? These questions are posed with regard to a Judaism that existed from just prior to the destruction of the Temple in 70 C.E. until around 200 C.E. and assumes as well the groundwork of Neusner s earlier volume The Mishnah: Social Perspectives. In the present volume, Neusner condenses years of research on these questions and offers a clear and thorough analysis through a single lens. He looks closely at how the Halakhah of the Mishnah relates to the events prior to the Mishnah s writing (e.g., the destruction of the Temple, ca. 70 C.E., and the Bar Kokhba War, ca. 135 C.E.), through the reconstruction following Bar Kokhba until the close of the Mishnah (ca. 200 C.E.). Readers also profit from a thorough sociolinguistic explication of the rhetorical forms of the Mishnah in the light of the social context of that time. The religious perspectives of the Mishnah do not simply record the rules and regulations of bygone times; rather, they mirror the way of life and the social and religious history of Judaism.This publication has also been published in hardback, please click here for details."

The Secret Diary of Ben Zoma

Hearsay Heresy/And the Empty Space/Of an Earthenware Vessel


Author: John W. McGinley

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 1440101051

Category: History

Page: 464

View: 3028

So. Think about this. Once this foreigner is brought into the House of Israel ((albeit a foreigner who emerged from the House of Israel)) and then comes to rule it, the House of Israel itself ended up becoming, in fact, a collective apostate alienated from its burning living center. In the following I acknowledge the paradox involved in what I am saying given what is said in the Gemaric commentaries about Akher. But again, think it through. What would it mean to be an apostate from an institution which itself has apostatized? In this sense Elisha ben Abbuyah becomes the model for a grand teshuvah whose contours, as we shall see, are radically paradoxical: RETURN! O BACKSLIDING CHILDREN Today -- to pick up one of those figures used in Hagigahs attempt to give cautious approval of such rehabilitation for Elisha ben Abbuyah -- Judaism is a shell whose kernel has virtually disappeared. If nothing changes nothing changes. Judaism will implode in upon itself and disappear. If you are able to see the mortal danger into which Judaism has strayed you will be able to garner the imagination to read -- as though for the very first time -- the forthcoming thrice-articulated verse-and-commentary. It was first stated by Hashem to Akher. It was then twice repeated by Akher to Meir. You need to turn the telescope around to understand its true import. Think again of the logic entailed by the apostate who apostatizes from an apostatizing Institution. Just how long will it take for you to get it? Till its too late? RETURN! O BACKSLIDING CHILDREN! [whispering for proper effect]: except for Akher It is not Akher who needs to return.