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Lesser Deities in the Ugaritic Texts and the Hebrew Bible: A by Sang-Yol Cho

By Sang-Yol Cho

A comparative paintings at the nature and numerous roles of the lesser deities, the so-called angels, within the Ugaritic texts and the Hebrew Bible. Sang Youl Cho is of the same opinion with and follows the conventional concept which insists at the necessity for a comparative research among the 2 spiritual literatures from Ugarit and historical Israel. the current learn is attracted to their club within the heavenly council, their kinship one of the deities, and their roles resembling messengers, warriors, mediators, guardians, chanters, or servants, that have a number of similarities, within the Ugaritic texts and the outdated testomony.

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All the Glory of Adam: Liturgical Anthropology in the Dead by Crispin H T Fletcher-Louis

By Crispin H T Fletcher-Louis

This quantity examines lifeless Sea Scroll texts which pertain to the Qumran community's figuring out of: a transcendent, angelmorphic or divine humanity; and the function of cultic house and time, and the adventure of worship, within the formation of this kind of humanity. The publication comprises 12 chapters. the 1st 3 are dedicated to fabric which both antedates or offers very important cognate fabric to the perculiarly sectarian fabric studied within the the rest chapters (especially the ebook of Noah and Sirach). Chapters 4 to 6 learn texts dedicated to a divine humanity, the divine or angelec Moses and the heavenly human priesthood. The 7th bankruptcy discusses the paranormal and theophanic importance of the excessive priest's breastpiece at Qumran. Chapters 8 to 11 are revisionist analyzing of the "Songs of the Sabbath Sacrifice" as a liturgy for a divine humanity, and bankruptcy thirteen proposes a brand new interpretation of 1QM 10-17 within the comparable vein. except useless Sea Scroll students, this e-book must also be invaluable for someone engaged on biblical anthropology, messianism and Christology, and temple or cultic theology.

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The Book of Ben Sira in Modern Research: Proceedings of the by Pancratius C. Beentjes

By Pancratius C. Beentjes

The Duetericanonical booklet, Ben Sira, written circa one hundred ninety BCE in Jersualem, is taken into account to be a bridge among Judaism and Hellenism. it really is one of many few biblical books of this era among the outdated and the recent Testaments.

International well-known specialists throw mild at the historical past of the invention of the Hebrew Sira manuscripts in Cairo (1896), Qumran (as of 1947) and Massada (1964), in addition to at the courting of the Hebrew textual content to the oldest Greek and Syrian translations. different contributions take care of the advanced constitution, in addition to crucial theological topics of the e-book. problems.

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The Wisdom of Ben Sira by Patrick W. Skehan, Alexander A. Di Lella

By Patrick W. Skehan, Alexander A. Di Lella

The knowledge of Ben Sira (Ecclesiasticus) comprises the sayings of Ben Sira, arguably the final of Israel's clever males and its first expert scribe, whose international used to be outlined and ruled by way of Greek rules and beliefs. This Hellenistic worldview challenged the adequacy of the faith handed all the way down to the Palestinian Jews of the second one century B.C.E. via their ancestors. Ben Sira's education in either Judaic and Hellenistic literary traditions ready him to satisfy this problem. He vigorously adversarial any compromise of Jewish values; and his teachings reinforced the religion and self assurance of his people.Through its based poetry and vehement exhortations, The knowledge of Ben Sira exposes the sick results of sinful habit on one's wellbeing and fitness, prestige, and religious and fabric overall healthiness. Ben Sira's rigorous code of ethical habit used to be the degree of Jewish faithfulness in an period of moral and non secular financial disaster.

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The Shin Buddhist Classical Tradition: A Reader in Pure Land by Alfred Bloom, Kenneth K. Tanaka

By Alfred Bloom, Kenneth K. Tanaka

This moment quantity of passages accumulated from the top clergymen and lecturers of the natural Land, or Shin, institution of Buddhist instructing specializes in spiritual perform. Extending from the foundational texts and primary interpreters within the 4th century, to Rennyo within the fifteenth century, Professor Bloom's decisions hint the advance of Shin Buddhist educating from monastic visualization practices to the generally well known route to salvation via religion in, and recitation of, the identify of Amida Buddha. quantity 2 encompasses a foreword by way of Kenneth ok. Tanaka and an advent by way of well known pupil and editor, Alfred Bloom, whose chosen passages were prepared topically for simple reference on problems with natural Land educating. the major interpreters featured are the Seven nice academics from India, China, and Japan (Nagarjuna, Vasubandhu; T'an-luan, Tao-ch'o, Shan-tao; Genshin, Honen), chosen as doctrinal gurus by means of Shinran (1173-1263), the founding father of the japanese natural Land sect.

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The Qur'an (Oxford World's Classics) by Muhammad Abdel Haleem

By Muhammad Abdel Haleem

Author note: a brand new translation through M.A.S. Abdel Haleem
Publish 12 months note: First released in 2004
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One of the main influential books within the background of literature, well-known because the maximum literary masterpiece in Arabic, the Qur'an is the splendid authority and dwelling resource of all Islamic instructing, the sacred textual content that units out the creed, rituals, ethics, and legislation of Islam. but regardless of the growing to be curiosity in Islamic teachings and tradition, there hasn't ever been a really passable English translation of the Qur'an, till now.

This fantastic new translation of the Qur'an is written in modern language that continues to be trustworthy to the that means and spirit of the unique, making the textual content crystal transparent whereas holding all of this nice work's eloquence. the interpretation is exact and entirely unfastened from the archaisms, incoherence, and alien buildings that mar present translations. therefore, for the 1st time, English-speaking readers may have a textual content of the Qur'an that's effortless to exploit and understandable. in addition, Haleem contains notes that specify geographical, historic, and private allusions in addition to an index during which Qur'anic fabric is prepared into subject matters for simple reference. His advent strains the historical past of the Qur'an, examines its constitution and stylistic good points, and considers matters concerning militancy, intolerance, and the subjection of women.

Clearly written and jam-packed with useful details and suggestions, this magnificent translation of the Qur'an is the easiest on hand advent to the religion of Moslems round the world.

About the Series: For over a hundred years Oxford World's Classics has made on hand the broadest spectrum of literature from world wide. each one reasonable quantity displays Oxford's dedication to scholarship, offering the main exact textual content plus a wealth of alternative important beneficial properties, together with professional introductions by way of prime specialists, voluminous notes to elucidate the textual content, up to date bibliographies for additional examine, and masses extra.

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Kabbalah: New Perspectives by Moshe Idel

By Moshe Idel

During this prizewinning new interpretation of Jewish mysticism, Moshe Idel emphasizes the necessity for a comparative and phenomenological method of Kabbalah and its place within the heritage of faith. Idel presents clean insights into the origins of Jewish mysticism, the relation among mystical and ancient adventure, and the impression of Jewish mysticism on western civilization. "Idel's ebook is studded with significant insights, and cutting edge techniques to the full background of Judaism, and mastery of will probably be crucial for all severe scholars of Jewish thought."-Arthur eco-friendly, big apple instances booklet evaluation "Moshe Idel's unique, scholarly, and stimulating learn of Kabbalah includes the promise of a masterwork."-Elie Wiesel "Moshe Idel's booklet will help the nonspecialized reader to re-examine the complete of Kabbalistic culture compared to many points of up to date thought."-Umberto Eco "There might be no dispute in regards to the value and originality of Idel's paintings. delivering a wealth of complementary insights to Gershom Scholem and his tuition, it's going to command loads of recognition and critical discussion."-Alexander Altmann

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Introduction to the Book of Zohar: The Spiritual Secret of by Yehuda Ashlag, Michael Laitman

By Yehuda Ashlag, Michael Laitman

The technology of Kabbalah (Pticha) is the 1st in a sequence of texts that Rav Michael Laitman, Kabbalist and scientist, designed to introduce readers to the certain language and terminology of the Kabbalah. right here, Rav Laitman finds actual Kabbalah in a fashion that's either rational and mature. Readers are steadily ended in an knowing of the logical layout of the Universe and the existence whose domestic it's. The technology of Kabbalah, a innovative paintings that's unrivaled in its readability, intensity, and entice the mind, will allow readers to technique the extra technical works of Baal HaSulam (Rabbi Yehuda Ashlag), corresponding to 'Talmud Eser Sefirot' and Zohar. even if scientists and philosophers will relish its illumination, laymen also will benefit from the pleasant solutions to the riddles of existence that basically genuine Kabbalah offers. Now, go back and forth in the course of the pages and get ready for an wonderful trip into the 'Upper Worlds'.

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The Bhagavad-Gita, with the Commentary of Sri Sankaracharya by Mahadeva Sastri Alladi

By Mahadeva Sastri Alladi

The textual content of the Gita as mentioned via Sankara has come down the centuries as the genuine textual content and this remark of his has proved to be of seminal worth ever considering that. Its translation into English through Sri Alladi Mahadeva Sastri has stood the try out of time because its first book in 1897, the single English translation of Sankara 's Gita Bhashya on hand for eighty years. The past due Pandit Mahadeva Sastri was once Director, Oriental part Adyar Library, Curator, executive Oriental Library, Mysore and Fellow of the Theosophical Society. He has additionally translated Sankara's remark on Taittiriya Upanishad and Amritabindu, Dakshinamurti Stotra~ Pranava Vartika and Dakshinamurti
Upanishad along with enhancing four out of five volumes of Minor Upanishads for the Adyar Library.

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