The Rabbinic Conversion of Judaism by Moshe Lavee

The Rabbinic Conversion of Judaism by Moshe Lavee

The Unique Perspective of the Bavli on Conversion and the Construction of Jewish Identity In this volume, Moshe Lavee offers an account of crucial internal developments in the rabbinic corpus, and shows how the Babylonian Talmud dramatically challenged and extended the rabbinic model of conversion to Judaism. The history of conversion to Judaism has long fascinated Jews along a broad ideological continuum. This book demonstrates the rabbis in Babylonia further…

Apocalyptic Thinking in Early Judaism; Engaging with John Collins’ The Apocalyptic Imagination

Apocalyptic Thinking in Early Judaism; Engaging with John Collins’ The Apocalyptic Imagination

Edited by Cecilia Wassen and Sidnie White Crawford It has been over 30 years since John Collins’ seminal study The Apocalyptic Imagination first came out. In this timely volume, Apocalyptic Thinking in Early Judaism: Engaging with John Collins’ The Apocalyptic Imagination, leading international experts of Jewish apocalyptic critically engage with Collins’ work and add to the ongoing debate with articles on current topics in the field of apocalyptic studies. The…

Hebrew Texts in Jewish, Christian and Muslim Surroundings

Hebrew Texts in Jewish, Christian and Muslim Surroundings

Edited by Klaas Spronk and Eveline Staalduine-Sulman Hebrew Texts in Jewish, Christian and Muslim Surroundings offers a new perspective on Judaism, Christianity and Islam as religions of the book. Their problematic relation seems to indicate that there is more that divides than unites these religions. The present volume will show that there is an intricate web of relations between the texts of these three religious traditions. On many levels readings…

Talmudic Transgressions; Engaging the Work of Daniel Boyarin

Talmudic Transgressions; Engaging the Work of Daniel Boyarin

Edited by Charlotte E. Fonrobert, Ishay Rosen-Zvi, Aharon Shemesh, Moulie Vidas, in collaboration with James Redfield Talmudic Transgressions is a collection of essays on rabbinic literature and related fields in response to the boundary-pushing scholarship of Daniel Boyarin. This work is an attempt to transgress boundaries in various ways, since boundaries differentiate social identities, literary genres, legal practices, or diasporas and homelands. These essays locate the transgressive not outside the…

Jewish-Muslim Relations in Past and Present: A Kaleidoscopic View

Jewish-Muslim Relations in Past and Present: A Kaleidoscopic View

Edited by Josef Meri This volume assembles multidisciplinary research on the Judaeo-Islamic tradition in medieval and modern contexts. The introduction discusses the nature of this tradition and proposes the more fluid and inclusive designation of “Jewish-Muslim Relations.” Contributions highlight diverse aspects of Jewish-Muslim relations in medieval and modern contexts, including the academic study of Jewish history, the Qur’anic notion of the “upright community” referring to the “People of the Book,”…

Hezekiah in History and Tradition by Robb Andrew Young

Hezekiah in History and Tradition by Robb Andrew Young

The Judean monarch Hezekiah remains one of the most significant figures in biblical studies. For all of his greatness, however, there is little about him that may be stated with certainty. This study provides a detailed reexamination of this enterprising ruler. It commences with data outside the biblical text from Assyrian records and ancient Near Eastern archaeology which may be brought to bear in reconstructing the historical Hezekiah, and subsequently…

Israel Celebrates: Jewish Holidays and Civic Culture in Israel by Hizky Shoham

Israel Celebrates: Jewish Holidays and Civic Culture in Israel by Hizky Shoham

Israel Celebrates is about the intersection where Israeli inventiveness and Jewish tradition meet: the holidays. It employs the anthropological history of four Jewish holidays as celebrated in Israel in order to track the naturalization of Jewish rituals, myths, and symbols in Israeli culture throughout “the long twentieth century” of Zionism and on to the present, and to demonstrate how a new strand of Judaism developed in Israel from the grassroots.…

The Scientification of the “Jewish Question” in Nazi Germany by Horst Junginger

The Scientification of the “Jewish Question” in Nazi Germany describes the attempt of a considerable number of German scholars to counter the vanishing influence of religious prejudices against the Jews with a new antisemitic rationale. As anti-Jewish stereotypes of an old-fashioned soteriological kind had become dysfunctional under the pressure of secularization, a new, more objective explanation was needed to justify the age-old danger of Judaism in the present. In the…

Torah and Tradition; edited by Klaas Spronk and Hans Barstad

Torah and Tradition; edited by Klaas Spronk and Hans Barstad

Papers Read at the Sixteenth Joint Meeting of the Society for Old Testament Study and the Oudtestamentisch Werkgezelschap, Edinburgh, 2015 The proceedings of the sixteenth joint meeting presented in this volume will show the fruits of the ongoing cooperation between the members of the British Society for the Study of the Old Testament and the Dutch Oudtestamentische Werkgezelschap. The theme of the conference was ‘Torah and Tradition’. The volume brings…

Hebrews and the Temple by Philip Church

Hebrews and the Temple by Philip Church

Attitudes to the Temple in Second Temple Judaism and in Hebrews In Hebrews and the Temple Philip Church argues that the silence of Hebrews concerning the temple does not mean that the author is not interested in the temple. He writes to encourage his readers to abandon their preoccupation with it and to follow Jesus to their eschatological goal. Following extensive discussions of attitudes to the temple in the literature…