Sacred Writings

Difficult Beginnings: Three Works on the Bodhisattva Path by Mark Tatz

By Mark Tatz

This can be the 1st English translation of the works of Candragomin—a seventh-century Indian thinker and poet—which were hugely influential within the perform of Buddhism over the last twelve centuries. The ebook presents a good creation to Mahayana, the "middle method" of the Buddhist course. it is going to entice someone drawn to japanese faith.

Candragomin is appeared within the Indo-Tibetan culture as an exemplar of the bodhisattva excellent. Difficult Beginnings provides 3 of an important works. "Candragomin's get to the bottom of" is a quick verse aspiration. "Twenty Verses at the Bodhisattva Vow" is a foundation for exposition of the bodhisattva vow. "Praise in Confession" recounts the issues that Candragomin encountered in his non secular perform.

Dr. Tatz presents an exceptional advent to the speculation and perform of the bodhisattva direction, the perfect of achieving buddhahood—awakening—as good because the dedication to coach and advisor others in this direction. additionally integrated is an interesting account of Candragomin's lifestyles, and long remark at the 3 works provided right here

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The Passionate Torah: Sex and Judaism by Danya Ruttenberg

By Danya Ruttenberg

In this distinct selection of essays, a few of ultra-modern smartest Jewish thinkers discover a extensive variety of basic questions on the way to stability historical culture and smooth sexuality.

In the previous couple of a long time a couple of factors—post-modernism, feminism, queer liberation, and more—have introduced dialogue of sexuality to the fore, and with it a complete new set of questions that problem everyday traditions and methods of pondering. For Jews of all backgrounds, this has frequently ended in an unsatisfied standoff among culture and sexual empowerment.

Yet as The Passionate Torah illustrates, it truly is of serious significance to work out past this obvious clash if Jews are to include either their spiritual ideals and their sexuality. With incisive essays from modern rabbis, students, thinkers, and writers, this assortment not just surveys the demanding situations that sexuality poses to Jewish trust, but additionally bargains clean new views and insights at the altering position of sexuality inside Jewish theology—and Jewish lives. masking themes comparable to monogamy, inter-faith relationships, reproductive know-how, homosexuality, and a bunch of different hot-button matters, those writings give some thought to how modern Jews can interact themselves, their household, and their culture in a manner that is either horny and sanctified.

Seeking to deepen the Jewish dialog approximately sexuality, The Passionate Torah brings jointly magnificent thinkers in an try to bridge the distance among the sacred and the sexual.

Contributors: Rebecca Alpert, Wendy Love Anderson, Judith R. Baskin, Aryeh Cohen, Elliot Dorff, Esther Fuchs, Bonna Haberman, Elliot Kukla, Gail Labovitz, Malka Landau, Sarra Lev, Laura Levitt, Sara Meirowitz, Jay Michaelson, Haviva Ner-David, Danya Ruttenberg, Naomi Seidman, and Arthur Waskow.

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The Bible and the Dead Sea Scrolls: Vol 1: Scripture and the by James H. Charlesworth

By James H. Charlesworth

The restoration of 800 files within the 11 caves at the northwest beaches of the lifeless Sea is without doubt one of the such a lot sensational archeological discoveries within the Holy Land up to now. those 3 volumes, some of the best of severe scholarship, display intimately how the scrolls have revolutionized our wisdom of the textual content of the Bible, the nature of moment Temple Judaism, and the Jewish beginnings of Christianity.

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Unending Auspiciousness - The Sutra of the Recollection of by Tony Duff

By Tony Duff

The Sutra of the Recollection of the Noble 3 Jewels is a compilation of the Buddha's teachings known as "the recollections". The reminiscences are prevalent all through all Buddhist traditions as a manner of remembering the 3 Jewels and deepening religion in them. This ebook is a very entire choice of every thing had to learn, perform, or even translate the Sutra.

The e-book begins with 3 chapters of advent which clarify: the origins of the Sutra; the numerous translation concerns raised by means of the Sutra; and the way to review and training the Sutra. those chapters include a wealth of fabric collected and organized in a single position through the writer after years of analysis of the Sutra. They comprise whatever for everybody. There are discussions of religion and the way to arouse it utilizing the Sutra. There are vast discussions of translation that are a must-read for somebody doing translation paintings from Tibetan Buddhist texts; they hide vital problems with translation that experience no longer been visible in print up to now. Then there's worthy tips on the best way to learn and comprehend the Sutra. there's additionally a bit on tips to entry the magic of basic fact utilizing the Sutra.

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The Bible at Qumran: Text, Shape, and Interpretation by Peter W. Flint

By Peter W. Flint

The Bible at Qumran places the lifeless Sea Scrolls to use in exploring vital subject matters: the textual content and form of the "Bible" at Qumran and the translation of those scriptures during this interesting Jewish group. Written via best students within the box, those trained reports make a massive contribution to our realizing of the biblical textual content at a pivotal interval in history.

Contributors:
Martin G. Abegg Jr.
James E. Bowley
Craig A. Evans
Peter W. Flint
James A. Sanders
James M. Scott
Eugene Ulrich
James C. VanderKam
Robert W. Wall
Bruce okay. Waltke

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Execution and Invention: Death Penalty Discourse in Early by Beth A. Berkowitz

By Beth A. Berkowitz

The demise penalty in classical Judaism has been a hugely politicized topic in glossy scholarship. these wishing to protect the Talmud from Enlightenment assaults on its legitimacy pointed to Talmudic legal legislations as proof for its increased, innovative morals. yet much more urgent used to be the necessity to end up the Jews' innocence of the cost of being Christ-killers. This cost hinged at the reconstruction of the traditional Jewish loss of life penalty. The Gospels exhibit a corrupt Jewish courtroom as chargeable for the loss of life of Christ. modern Jewish students have argued that the Mishnah's felony legislations is actually carefully simply or even abolitionist with admire to the loss of life penalty. during this publication Beth Berkowitz tells the tale of contemporary scholarship at the historical rabbinic dying penalty and maintains the tale by means of delivering a clean viewpoint utilizing the ways of formality reports, cultural feedback, and talmudic resource feedback. opposed to the scholarly consensus, Berkowitz argues that the rabbinic legislation of the dying penalty have been utilized by the early Rabbis of their efforts to set up themselves within the wake of the destruction of the Temple. the aim of the legislation, she contends, used to be to create a posh ritual of execution that was once managed via the Rabbis, hence bolstering their claims to authority within the context of Roman imperial domination.

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Reading the Dead Sea Scrolls: Essays in Method by George J. Brooke

By George J. Brooke

The lifeless Sea Scrolls, that have lengthy captured the general public mind's eye, at the moment are all on hand in central variants and obtainable translations. This e-book addresses the following degree of their research through elevating questions about how they need to be learn and studied. The essays amassed right here illustrate ways. First, a few essays argue that conventional tools of learning historical texts have to be subtle and broadened within the gentle of the Scrolls. the amount hence comprises stories on textual content feedback, literary traditions, lexicography, historiography, and theology. moment, the ebook additionally argues that cutting edge tools of analysis, utilized fruitfully in different parts, now additionally have to be utilized to the Scrolls, equivalent to stories that reflect on the relevance for the Scrolls of deviance concept, cultural reminiscence, hypertextuality, intertextuality, style concept, spatial research, and psychology. a number of the examples in those experiences relate to how authoritative scripture was once dealt with and appropriated via the teams that accumulated the Scrolls jointly within the caves at and close to Qumran, so the various comparable texts are analyzed from a number of assorted views.

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The Religion of the Veda the Ancient Religion of India by Maurice Bloomfield

By Maurice Bloomfield

This scarce antiquarian publication is a variety from Kessinger Publishings Legacy Reprint sequence. as a result of its age, it will probably include imperfections similar to marks, notations, marginalia and incorrect pages. simply because we think this paintings is culturally vital, we've got made it to be had as a part of our dedication to holding, conserving, and selling the worlds literature. Kessinger Publishing is where to discover thousands of infrequent and hard-to-find books with whatever of curiosity for everybody!

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