A Rabbi Reads the Torah

A Rabbi Reads the Torah distils a lifetime of Bible study by a Jewish scholar devoted to popularising the study of the Hebrew Bible in its original language, helped by the wealth of centuries of Jewish interpretation and debate, as well as ...

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Author: Jonathan Magonet

Publisher: SCM Press

ISBN: 9780334049159

Category: Religion

Page: 192

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A Rabbi Reads the Torah distils a lifetime of Bible study by a Jewish scholar devoted to popularising the study of the Hebrew Bible in its original language, helped by the wealth of centuries of Jewish interpretation and debate, as well as the best of modern literary approaches.

A Rabbi Reads the Bible

His skills as a popular lecturer and broadcaster help shape this book. 'How a Donkey Reads a Bible' explores the biases and presuppositions we bring to our reading of the biblical text.

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Author: Jonathan Magonet

Publisher: Hymns Ancient and Modern Ltd

ISBN: 033402952X

Category: Religion

Page: 227

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Jonathan Magonet comes to the Bible with enthusiasm, wit and infectious humour rare in Bible scholars. As a rabbi he brings the insights of two thousand years of Jewish Bible exegesis, but combines them with the critical skills of today's literary analysis of biblical texts. He draws off his own creativity as poet and songwriter both to read the biblical text and use it as a springboard for exploring the character of biblical personalities. He moves comfortably between the worlds of religious tradition and the questioning of the modern secular person. His skills as a popular lecturer and broadcaster help shape this book. 'How a Donkey Reads a Bible' explores the biases and presuppositions we bring to our reading of the biblical text. 'My Part in the Fall of "King David"' recounts Jonathan Magonet's absurd experiences as technical adviser on a biblical epic but shows how many of the "special effects" of films have their literary equivalent in the pages of the Bible. He introduces us to fellow Bible enthusiasts who illuminate it through approaching it from a variety of disciplines - theology, literary criticism, psychoanalysis and politics.

A Rabbi Reads the Psalms

So this book aims to share with the reader the special world that was opened up to him in this way.

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Author: Jonathan Magonet

Publisher: Hymns Ancient and Modern Ltd

ISBN: 0334029538

Category: Religion

Page: 223

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Why another book on the Psalms? Surely there are enough already. What is the justification for yet one more, and by someone who first found the Psalms almost boringly the same? Jonathan Magonet has a ready answer. After teaching the Psalms for twenty years he has found that within the vast literature about them there is very little that introduces the kinds of interpretations made by the rabbis, whether ancient, mediaeval or modern. Moreover, there are very few books which provide a 'user-friendly' introduction to how one actually sets about working with the Hebrew text or gives access to the richness and complexity of the language of the Psalms to the non-Hebrew reader. It was his first close acquaintance with the Hebrew text, in preparing some translations of the Psalms for publication, which transformed Jonathan Magonet's view of them and helped him to discover their richness. So this book aims to share with the reader the special world that was opened up to him in this way. It provides an introduction to the nature of biblical poetry, a guide to some of the poetic structures that recur in the Psalms, and studies a number of Psalms as a way of illustrating these aspects - and for the fun of exploring the individual dynamic and meaning.

The Way of Torah

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Author: Jacob Neusner

Publisher:

ISBN: MINN:31951P00030229T

Category: Judaism

Page: 194

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Torah

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Author: Jacob Neusner

Publisher: University of South Florida

ISBN: UOM:39015013269967

Category: Religion

Page: 181

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Torah from Our Sages

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Author: Jacob Neusner

Publisher: Behrman House, Inc

ISBN: 0940646366

Category: Religion

Page: 214

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Rabbi Talks with Jesus

After hearing it, would you abandon your religious beliefs and ideology to follow him, or would you hold on to your own beliefs and walk away? In A Rabbi Talks with Jesus Jacob Neusner considers just such a spiritual journey.

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Author: Jacob Neusner

Publisher: McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP

ISBN: 0773520465

Category: Religion

Page: 161

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Imagine yourself transported two thousand years back in time to Galilee at the moment of Jesus' Sermon on the Mount. After hearing it, would you abandon your religious beliefs and ideology to follow him, or would you hold on to your own beliefs and walk away? In A Rabbi Talks with Jesus Jacob Neusner considers just such a spiritual journey.

The Oral Torah

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Author: Jacob Neusner

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

ISBN: UCAL:B2859925

Category: Mishnah

Page: 238

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The Everyday Torah

"Rabbi Bradley Artson remains one of the most inviting of modern day teachers of Torah. This book will offer needed guidance and inspiration to all who turn its pages.

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Author: Bradley Artson

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education

ISBN: 0071546197

Category: Religion

Page: 384

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“Like any classic, the Torah appears in different guises with each rereading. Its infinite layers of meaning and depth offer the opportunity to harvest anew, without any fear of exhausting its supply of wisdom, counsel, and kedushah (holiness). To encounter Torah is to encounter God.” --from the Introduction In this inspiring collection, Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson illuminates the sacred text at the heart of Jewish spirituality. Enlightening and original, The Everyday Torah brings the ancient text to life with poignant reflections that will guide to you to a deeper understanding of the Torah, of Judaism, of yourself. "Torah goes its weekly way, and we go ours, and do the two paths ever cross? They cross often in many minds and hearts, but when it is Bradley Shavit Artson who provides their point of intersection, the crossroads widens into a town square." --Jack Miles, author of God: A Biography "Every page is a joy to read. Many, many readers will treasure this book." --Richard Elliott Friedman, author of Commentary on the Torah and Who Wrote the Bible? "Rabbi Bradley Artson remains one of the most inviting of modern day teachers of Torah. This book will offer needed guidance and inspiration to all who turn its pages." --Rabbi David Ellenson, Ph.D., president of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion

First Century Judaism in Crisis

Especially important to Jews and Christians alike is the picture of Pharisees and Pharisaism that emerges and the enlightening story of what happened to the many Jews of this first-century who did not become Christians.

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Author: Jacob Neusner

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781597525398

Category: Religion

Page: 236

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No generation in the history of Jewry has been so roundly, universally condemned by posterity as that of Yohanan ben Zakkai. A crisis was taking place in Palestine Ð a conflict between the Romans' need for expanding their empire, trade, and strategic locale, and the Jews' need for continuing to serve God with their laws and their holy land. Beginning with the destruction by the Romans of the second temple in A.D. 70, we have a continuing picture of Pharisee Rabbi Yohanan ben Zakkai, leader of Jewish reconstruction and founder of contemporary Judaism as we know it today: how the Torah affected Yohanan's education, war activities, social problems, and theological issues. Especially important to Jews and Christians alike is the picture of Pharisees and Pharisaism that emerges and the enlightening story of what happened to the many Jews of this first-century who did not become Christians. First-Century Judaism in Crisis is a popularized version of the author's prize-winning biography of Yohanan ben Zakkai (Leiden, E.J. Brill, 1970).

History and Torah

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Author: Jacob Neusner

Publisher: New York, Schocken

ISBN: UOM:39015001432502

Category: Jewish learning and scholarship

Page: 127

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Confronting Creation

By setting forth the book of Genesis as it is re-presented in the rabbinic statement Genesis Rabbah, Neusner demonstrates the way in which Judaism confronted creation and the Genesis story.

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Author: Jacob Neusner

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781592447251

Category: Religion

Page: 400

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By setting forth the book of Genesis as it is re-presented in the rabbinic statement Genesis Rabbah, Neusner demonstrates the way in which Judaism confronted creation and the Genesis story. In 'Confronting Creation', the author presents a new, analytical translation of Genesis Rabbah, a document that came to closure around 400 C.E. What made that particular time crucial in the life of Israel and the Jewish people is an event that also helped shape the entire history of Western civilization - the rise of Christianity to the status of the official religion of the Roman Empire. The Judaic sages' rereading of the Torah's accounts of the beginning of the world and of Israel took place during a time of significant change in Western civilization. That fact explains the importance of this reading of Genesis to Western civilization, because Genesis Rabbah illuminates the Judaic tradition in contemplating God's creation of the world.

The Reader s Guide to the Talmud

These basic questions of rhetoric, topic, and logic that anyone approaching the text will raise are dealt with clearly and authoritatively.

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Author: Jacob Neusner

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004121870

Category: Religion

Page: 374

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This systematic introduction to the Talmud of Babylonia (Bavli) answers basic questions of form: how is this a coherent document? How do we make sense of the several languages in which it is written? What are the principal parts of the complex writing? Turning to questions of modes of thought, the account proceeds to address the intellectual character of the Bavli and in particular the character and uses of its dialectics. Finally, questions of substance come to the fore: how does the Talmud relate to the Torah? and how does tradition enter in? These basic questions of rhetoric, topic, and logic that anyone approaching the text will raise are dealt with clearly and authoritatively.

The Halakhah

In this complete, all-encompassing encyclopaedia of the Halakhah, the various laws are classified in such a way that a systematic and coherent structure is obtained. Each entry of the Halakhah is presented in a logical fashion.

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Author: Jacob Neusner

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004116141

Category: Religion

Page: 599

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The Halakhah embodies the complete Jewish Law, and contains commandments and guidelines for day-to-day living. The original commandments given by God to the Jewish people were enhanced by rabbis to offer a detailed framework to guide the lives of all Jews. In this complete, all-encompassing encyclopaedia of the Halakhah, the various laws are classified in such a way that a systematic and coherent structure is obtained. Each entry of the Halakhah is presented in a logical fashion. Where applicable, the original biblical wording is given, extended with literal abstracts from the Torah. Next, problems and questions that may arise from that law are stated and any additional information given. Finally, each entry gives comprehensive explanations and recommendations as to how these laws are to be observed in daily life where to be and where not to be, what to do and what not to do, what to say and what not to say. The Halakhah, or standard Jewish Law, combines the Mishnah (about 200 CE), the Tosefta (about 300 CE), and the two Talmuds (about 400, 600 CE for the Land of Israel and Babylon, respectively). Volumes I and II contain entries pertaining to the Jewish people in relationship to God. Volume III explains how the Jewish people can restore and maintain their society in accordance with the Torah as it is explained by the rabbis. In Volumes IV and V of this study, we take up the life of the Jewish household in their encounter with God. The Encyclopaedic account therefore moves from regulating relationships between Israel and God to establishing stable and equitable relationships among Israelites and finally to actually living the Halakhah.

Learn Talmud

A study of the Talmud that applies traditional values to modern life.

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Author: Jacob Neusner

Publisher: Behrman House, Inc

ISBN: 0874412927

Category: Religion

Page: 166

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A study of the Talmud that applies traditional values to modern life.

Androgynous Judaism

While the structure of Judaism based on the dual Torah is clearly masculine in orientation, the substructure--the religious system that shapes its values and perception--is androgynous, an individual conjunction of genders.

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Author: Jacob Neusner

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781592442997

Category: Religion

Page: 216

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America's foremost scholar on formative Judaism examines the issue of gender as it appears in the corpus of rabbinic literature and arrives at some provocative conclusions. While the structure of Judaism based on the dual Torah is clearly masculine in orientation, the substructure--the religious system that shapes its values and perception--is androgynous, an individual conjunction of genders. In fact, the higher values, as defined by the relevant writings, prove to be feminine.

Stringing the Pearls

The "how-to" book for Torah study

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Author: James S. Diamond

Publisher: Jewish Publication Society

ISBN: 9780827610347

Category: Religion

Page: 257

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The "how-to" book for Torah study

The Book of Jewish Wisdom

Presents parts of the Judaic tradition of wisdom, concentrating on the oral part of the Torah, represented by the documents of law and scriptural exegesis.

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Author: Jacob Neusner

Publisher: Global Academic Publishing

ISBN: 1586841181

Category: Religion

Page: 324

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Presents parts of the Judaic tradition of wisdom, concentrating on the oral part of the Torah, represented by the documents of law and scriptural exegesis.

The Mishnah Before 70

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Author: Jacob Neusner

Publisher: University of South Florida

ISBN: UOM:39015012966183

Category: Religion

Page: 290

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