Category Archives: Theology

Inner-Midrashic Introductions and Their Influence on Introductions to Medieval Rabbinic Bible Commentaries (Studia Judaica)

This collected volume publishes the contributions of numerous scholars to the International Symposium Humor in Arabic Culture, by the editor in July 2007 at the Free University of Berlin. First of all, a critical view is taken of early Muslim … Continue reading

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Legal Revision and Religious Renewal in Ancient Israel

This book examines the doctrine of transgenerational punishment found in the Decalogue-that is, the idea that God punishes sinners vicariously and extends the punishment due them to three or four generations of their progeny. Though it was “God-given” law, the … Continue reading

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Jewish Faith and Modern Science: On the Death and Rebirth of Jewish Philosophy

Jewish Faith and Modern Science address fundamental questions facing many contemporary Jews, including the relevance of traditional beliefs for Jews who are increasingly secular and liberal, and how recent advances in science affect conventional Jewish philosophy. Samuelson assesses the current … Continue reading

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The Chosen: The History of an Idea, and the Anatomy of an Obsession

The Chosen explores Judaism’s key defining concept and inquires why it remains the central unspoken and explosive psychological, historical, and theological problem at the heart of Jewish-Gentile relations. Crisscrossing the twin cultural and theological divides between Judaism, Christendom, and Islam, … Continue reading

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Opening the Covenant: A Jewish Theology of Christianity

The Vatican II Council of 1965 signaled a new era in the relationship of the Jewish and Christian faiths. Determined to free the Church of the anti-Jewish polemic which led to such widespread suffering of the innocent, Catholic authorities completely … Continue reading

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Judaism: The Basics

The oldest of the world’s major faiths, Judaism as practiced today represents a tradition that goes back nearly 6,000 years. Accessible and wide-ranging, Judaism: The Basics is a must-have resource covering the stories, beliefs and expressions of that tradition. Key … Continue reading

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Jewish Thought: An Introduction

This fresh and contemporary introduction to the Jewish faith, its philosophies and worldviews, explores debates which have preoccupied Jewish thinkers over the centuries and examines their continuing influence in contemporary Judaism. Written byOliver Leaman, a leading figure in the field, … Continue reading

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The Making of a Sage: A Study in Rabbinic Ethics

Jonathan Schofer offers the first theoretically framed examination of rabbinic ethics in several decades. Centering on one large and influential anthology, The Fathers According to Rabbi Nathan, Jonathan Schofer situates that text within a broader spectrum of rabbinic thought, while … Continue reading

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Performing Israel’s Faith: Narrative and Law in Rabbinic Theology

If law alone yields legalism, then religious belief, by itself, fails to create justice. In Performing Israel’s Faith, Jacob Neusner shows how Jewish Halakhah (law) and Aggadah (narrative) fit together to form a robust and coherent covenant theology–one directly concerned … Continue reading

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The Book of Job in Medieval Jewish Philosophy

Medieval Jewish philosophers have been studied extensively by modern scholars, but even though their philosophical thinking was often shaped by their interpretation of the Bible, relatively little attention has been paid to them as biblical interpreters. In this study, Robert … Continue reading

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