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Download Paradise in Antiquity: Jewish and Christian Views by Markus Bockmuehl (editor), Guy G. Stroumsa (editor) PDF

June 22, 2017 | Jewish | By admin | 0 Comments

By Markus Bockmuehl (editor), Guy G. Stroumsa (editor)

The social and highbrow power of Judaism and Christianity in antiquity used to be largely a functionality in their skill to articulate a viably transcendent wish for the human situation. Narratives of Paradise - in line with the concrete image of the backyard of Delights - got here to play a significant function for Jews, Christians, and finally Muslims too. those accrued essays spotlight the a number of hermeneutical views on biblical Paradise from moment Temple Judaism and Christian origins to the systematic expositions of Augustine and rabbinic literature. They exhibit that whereas early Christian and Jewish assets draw on texts from an analogous Bible, their perceptions of Paradise frequently replicate the hugely assorted constructions of the 2 sister religions. facing a wide selection of texts, those essays discover significant issues corresponding to the allegorical and literal interpretations of Paradise, the stress among heaven and earth, and Paradise's actual situation in house and time.

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Download Soviet and Kosher: Jewish Popular Culture in the Soviet by Anna Shternshis PDF

June 22, 2017 | Jewish | By admin | 0 Comments

By Anna Shternshis

Kosher pork—an oxymoron? Anna Shternshis’s attention-grabbing learn strains the construction of a Soviet Jewish identification that disassociated Jewishness from Judaism. The cultural transformation of Soviet Jews among 1917 and 1941 was once the most formidable experiments in social engineering of the previous century. in this interval, Russian Jews went from relative isolation to being hugely built-in into the recent Soviet tradition and society, whereas keeping a robust ethnic and cultural identification. This identification took form throughout the Nineteen Twenties and Thirties, whilst the govt. tried to create a brand new Jewish tradition, ''national in form'' and ''socialist in content.'' Soviet and Kosher is the 1st learn of key Yiddish files that introduced those Soviet messages to Jews, particularly the ''Red Haggadah,'' a Soviet parody of the conventional Passover guide; songs approximately Lenin and Stalin; scripts from nearby theaters; Socialist Realist fiction; and magazines for kids and adults. greater than 20! zero interviews carried out via the writer in Russia, Germany, and the U.S. testify to the reception of those cultural items and supply a distinct portrait of the cultural lifetime of the common Soviet Jew.

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Download Mel Gibson's Passion: The Film, the Controversy, and it's by Zev Garber PDF

June 22, 2017 | Jewish | By admin | 0 Comments

By Zev Garber

Mel Gibson's movie, the fervour of the Christ, used to be published on Ash Wednesday, February 24, 2004 to skill audiences in theatres and auditoriums around the U.S. and different international locations. ahead of the film's unlock, a groundswell of controversy stuffed the airwaves and media shops. a few spiritual teams protested the movie, whereas others embraced it. Mel Gibson specializes in the eagerness now not the existence nor resurrection of Christ. by way of doing so, he leaves out many of the components of the Jesus tale frequent to Christians and accordingly he provides non-biblical ugly info international to the Gospels. Mel Gibson's ardour: The movie, the debate, and Its Implications exposes the failings of Gibson's cinematic Christ and lays out assertively and persuasively the explanation of Jews and Christians in the best way to snatch and understand the eagerness and execution of the Christian savior identified scripturally because the "King of the Jews."

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Download The Crime of My Very Existence: Nazism and the Myth of by Michael Berkowitz PDF

June 22, 2017 | Jewish | By admin | 0 Comments

By Michael Berkowitz

The Crime of My Very lifestyles investigates a hardly thought of but serious measurement of anti-Semitism that was once instrumental within the belief and perpetration of the Holocaust: the organization of Jews with criminal activity. Drawing from a wealthy physique of documentary proof, together with memoirs and little-studied pictures, Michael Berkowitz strains the myths and realities pertinent to the discourse on "Jewish criminal activity" from the eighteenth century during the Weimar Republic, into the advanced Nazi attack at the Jews, and increasing into postwar Europe.

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Download Germans into Jews: Remaking the Jewish Social Body in the by Sharon Gillerman PDF

June 22, 2017 | Jewish | By admin | 0 Comments

By Sharon Gillerman

Germans into Jews turns to a frequently forgotten and misunderstood interval of German and Jewish history—the years among the area wars. it's been assumed that the Jewish neighborhood in Germany used to be in decline through the Weimar Republic. yet, Sharon Gillerman demonstrates that Weimar Jews sought to rejuvenate and reconfigure their neighborhood as a way either one of strengthening the German state and of constructing a extra expansive and self reliant Jewish entity in the German nation. those bold initiatives to extend fertility, extend welfare, and increase the relatives transcended the ideological and non secular divisions that experience frequently characterised Jewish communal existence. Integrating Jewish historical past, German background, gender heritage, and social background, this booklet highlights the experimental and contingent nature of efforts by means of Weimar Jews to reassert a brand new Jewish particularism whereas concurrently reinforcing their dedication to Germanness.

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Download Maimonides on the "Decline of the Generations" and the by Menachem Marc Kellner PDF

June 22, 2017 | Jewish | By admin | 0 Comments

By Menachem Marc Kellner

Indicates to what volume and in what type Jews are certain to settle for the critiques and the pronouncements of non secular specialists. Moses Maimonides, medieval Judaism's top legist and thinker, and a determine of imperative significance for modern Jewish self-understanding, held a view of Judaism which maintained the authority of the Talmudic rabbis in issues of Jewish legislations whereas bearing in mind unfastened and open inquiry in issues of technological know-how and philosophy. Maimonides affirmed, now not the prevalence of the "moderns" (the students of his and next generations) over the "ancients" (the Tannaim and Amoraim, the Rabbis of the Mishnah and Talmud) however the inherent equality of the 2. The equality provided this is no longer equality of halakhic authority, yet equality of skill, of crucial human features. so that it will substantiate those claims, Kellner explores the comparable concept that Maimonides doesn't undertake the thought of "the decline of the generations", in keeping with which each and every succeeding new release, or each one succeeding epoch, is in a few major and religiously proper experience not so good as previous generations or epochs.

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