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Methods for Exodus (Methods in Biblical Interpretation) by Thomas B. Dozeman PhD

By Thomas B. Dozeman PhD

Tools for Exodus is a textbook on biblical technique. The e-book introduces readers to 6 precise methodologies that relief within the interpretation of the e-book of Exodus: literary and rhetorical, style, resource and redaction, liberation, feminist, and postcolonial criticisms. Describing each one method, the quantity additionally explores how the various tools relate to and supplement each other. each one bankruptcy features a precis of the hermeneutical presuppositions of a specific technique with a precis of the impression of the tactic at the interpretation of the ebook of Exodus. furthermore, Exodus 1-2 and 19-20 are used to demonstrate the applying of every strategy to particular texts. The booklet is exclusive in supplying a wide methodological dialogue with all illustrations situated at the booklet of Exodus.

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A Scripture of the Ancient Tantra Collection: The Phur-pa by Dr Robert Mayer

By Dr Robert Mayer

Approximately part the quantity is taken up via an problematic Tibetan textual content variation of 4 chapters from the Phur pa bcu gnyis (PCN), a widely known yet thus far little-studied tantric textual content of the Nying-ma-pa university of Tibetan Buddhism, observed via a long and hugely technical dialogue of the issues serious about modifying texts of this sort ...The introductory fabric of Mayer's e-book provides a masterly and unique precis of the problems raised through those difficulties. The questions concerned, these of canonicity, authenticity, imaginative and prescient and revelation, are important to the certainty of Tibetan and different traditions of Buddhism within the west. Mayer's e-book is the 1st sizeable try to current an total photograph of those concerns ...Appealing to scholars of Tibetan Buddhism to increase their horizons, Mayer offers extraordinary proof of the benefits in doing so ...He units this paintings in a wide highbrow framework drawn from the sociology of faith.

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Passing Through the Gateless Barrier: Kōan Practice for Real by Guo Gu

By Guo Gu

The vintage thirteenth-century choice of Zen koans with the most obtainable commentaries to this point, from a chinese language Zen teacher.

Gateways to awakening encompass us at each second of our lives. the full objective of kōan (gong’an, in chinese language) perform is to maintain us from lacking those myriad possibilities via best us to yes gates that experience characteristically been powerful for individuals to entry that wonderful awakening. The forty-eight kōans of the Gateless Barrier (Chinese: Wumenguan; jap: Mumonkan) were waking humans up for good over 8 hundred years. Chan instructor Guo Gu offers the following a clean translation of the vintage textual content, besides the 1st English statement through a instructor of the chinese language culture from which it originated. He exhibits that the kōans during this textual content aren't mere tales from a far off earlier, yet are relatively tips that could the locations in our lives the place we get stuck—and that every sticking element, while tested, can develop into a gateless barrier by which we will input into profound knowledge.

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Tangled Up in Text: Tefillin and the Ancient World by Yehudah B. Cohn

By Yehudah B. Cohn

This e-book locates the Jewish tefillin ritual in the cultural matrix that engendered its origins and improvement, with specific concentrate on the reception background of correct biblical passages, the archaeological proof of the useless Sea Scrolls, and designated research of rabbinic literature to the 3rd century C.E. most of these resources are evaluated opposed to the backdrop of comparative information for using magical amulets within the ambient Greco-Roman international, within the mild of which the writer demonstrates that tefillin originated and continued as renowned protecting amulets, and have been an invented culture of the Hellenistic period. His conclusions are used to provide an explanation for why the perform constructed because it did, to elucidate its distinct positive aspects and to research its which means within the early rabbinic interval.

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The Early Kabbalah (Classics of Western Spirituality) by Joseph Dan, Ronald C. Kiener

By Joseph Dan, Ronald C. Kiener

Within the overdue 12th century, on the top of the center a long time that observed the flowering of the paranormal aspect in Christendom, the Rabbinic Judaism of southern Europe was once remodeled by means of the eruption of latest, Gnostic attitudes and symbolism. This new move, referred to as Kabbalah (literally the 'Tradition'), used to be characterised by way of the emblem of the 10 sefirot. through the sefirotic imagery, almost the entire of way of life used to be associated with the cosmic size in a unique and hugely unique model that under pressure the dynamic, evolutionary component to the Godhead and the synergistic dating among the human will and the motion of God on the earth. in the course of a century of creativity, a close procedure of symbols and ideas used to be created by way of the writer of the Sefer ha-Bahir, the Kabbalists of Provence, the Iyyun circle, and the mystics of Provence and Castile that set the degree for the good Kabbalists of the Zohar new release.

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Two Commentaries on the Samdhinirmocana-Sutra (Studies in by Asanga, Jnanagarbha, John Powers

By Asanga, Jnanagarbha, John Powers

This paintings comprises an English translation of those commentaries, besides discussions of difficulties attached with their authorship, respective areas in Indian Buddhist literature, and hermeneutical methods. It brings jointly a variety of fabrics to increase the current nation of scholarship on Yogacara, one of many major philosophical colleges of Indian Mahayana Buddhism. Use of Tibetan oral and written fabrics is very very important, indicating how those texts were utilized by Buddhist students and the problems they elevate. the 1st, attributed to Asanga, offers an outline of the sutra and examines the idea of a few tough sections. the second one, attributed to Jnanagarbha, reviews at the 8th bankruptcy that's in most cases considering meditation.

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Tradition and the formation of the Talmud by Moulie Vidas

By Moulie Vidas

Tradition and the Formation of the Talmud bargains a brand new viewpoint on maybe an important spiritual textual content of the Jewish culture. it's widely known that the creators of the Talmud innovatively interpreted and adjusted the older traditions on which they drew. however, it's been assumed that the traditional rabbis have been devoted to holding continuity with the earlier. Moulie Vidas argues to the contrary that structural gains of the Talmud have been designed to provide a discontinuity with culture, and that this discontinuity used to be half and parcel of the rabbis' self-conception. either this self-conception and those structural positive aspects have been a part of a debate inside of and past the Jewish neighborhood in regards to the transmission of tradition.

Focusing at the Babylonian Talmud, produced within the rabbinic academies of overdue historical Mesopotamia, Vidas analyzes key passages to teach how the Talmud's creators contrasted their very own voice with that in their predecessors. He additionally examines Zoroastrian, Christian, and mystical Jewish assets to reconstruct the debates and wide-ranging conversations that formed the Talmud's literary and highbrow character.

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The Buddhist I Ching by Chih-hsu Ou-i, Thomas Cleary

By Chih-hsu Ou-i, Thomas Cleary

For hundreds of years the I Ching has been used as a easy map of wide awake improvement, containing the underlying rules of all religions, and hugely prized via fans of Buddhism. Chih-hsu Ou-i makes use of the recommendations of Tianti Buddhism to clarify the I Ching —concentration and perception, calmness and knowledge, and diverse degrees of awareness. Skillfully translated through Thomas Cleary, this paintings offers the full textual content of the I Ching plus the single Buddhist interpretation of the oracle.

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The Prophets by Abraham J. Heschel

By Abraham J. Heschel

Abraham Heschel is a seminal identify in spiritual stories and the writer of Man isn't really Alone and God looking for Man. whilst The Prophets was once first released in 1962, it was once instantly famous as a masterpiece of biblical scholarship.

The Prophets presents a special chance for readers of the previous testomony, either Christian and Jewish, to achieve clean and deep wisdom of Israel's prophetic stream. The author's profound figuring out of the prophets additionally opens the door to new perception into the philosophy of religion.

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