The Formation of the Hebrew Bible: A New Reconstruction

In The Formation of the Hebrew Bible David Carr rethinks either the equipment and old orientation issues for study into the expansion of the Hebrew Bible into its current shape. development on his previous paintings, Writing at the capsule of the guts (Oxford, 2005), he explores either the chances and bounds of reconstruction of pre-stages of the Bible. the strategy he advocates is a ''methodologically modest'' research of these pre-stages, using standards and types derived from his survey of documented examples of textual revision within the old close to East. the result's a brand new photograph of the formation of the Hebrew Bible, with insights at the preliminary emergence of Hebrew literary textuality, the improvement of the 1st Hexateuch, and the ultimate formation of the Hebrew Bible.

the place a few have recommended relationship the majority of the Hebrew Bible in one interval, no matter if quite early (Neo-Assyrian) or past due (Persian or Hellenistic), Carr uncovers particular facts that the Hebrew Bible includes texts courting throughout Israelite historical past, even the early pre-exilic interval (10th-9th centuries). He lines the influence of Neo-Assyrian imperialism on 8th and 7th century Israelite textuality. He makes use of reports of collective trauma to spot marks of the reshaping and number of traditions based on the destruction of Jerusalem and Babylonian exile. He develops an image of various Priestly reshaping of narrative and prophetic traditions within the moment Temple interval, together with the stream towards eschatological and apocalyptic subject matters and genres. And he makes use of manuscript facts from Qumran and the Septuagint to discover clues to the ultimate literary shaping of the proto-Masoretic textual content, most likely below the Hasmonean monarchy.

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I Pity the Poor Immigrant: A Novel

By Zachary Lazar

"Lazar is aware the way to paint the short bright photograph, and attracts the reader right into a beguiling air of misplaced connections...." -James wooden, The New Yorker

In 1972, American gangster Meyer Lansky petitions the Israeli executive for citizenship. His request is denied, and he's again to the U.S. to face trial. He leaves at the back of a mistress in Tel Aviv, a Holocaust survivor named Gila Konig.

In 2009, American journalist Hannah Groff travels to Israel to enquire the killing of an Israeli author. She quickly starts off to attach the dots among Lansky, Gila, the murdered author, and her personal father, discovering herself inside of an internet of violence that takes within the American and Israeli Mafias, the biblical determine of King David, and the trendy country of Israel. half crime tale, half non secular quest, I PITY THE negative IMMIGRANT is "a novel that does the paintings of 100 historical past books."*

*Joshua Ferris

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Bob Dylan: Prophet, Mystic, Poet

By Seth Rogovoy

Bob Dylan and his creative accomplishments were explored, tested, and dissected yr in and yr out for many years, and during virtually each lens. but not often has somebody delved broadly into Dylan's Jewish background and the impression of Judaism in his paintings. In "Bob Dylan: Prophet, Mystic, Poet," Seth Rogovoy, an award-winning critic and professional on Jewish tune, rectifies that oversight, proposing a desirable new examine the most celebrated musicians of all time. Rogovoy finds a few of the strands of Judaism that seem all through Bob Dylan's songs, revealing the ways that Dylan walks within the footsteps of the Jewish Prophets. Rogovoy explains the profound intensity of Jewish content material -- drawn from the Bible, the Talmud, and the Kabbalah -- on the center of Dylan's song, and demonstrates how his songs can in basic terms be totally liked in gentle of Dylan's courting to Judaism and the Jewish topics that tell them. From his adolescence becoming up the son of Abe and Beatty Zimmerman, who have been on the middle of the small Jewish group in his place of origin of Hibbing, Minnesota, to his widespread visits to Israel and involvement with the Orthodox Jewish outreach move Chabad, Judaism has permeated Dylan's way of life and paintings. Early songs like "Blowin' within the Wind" derive critical imagery from passages within the books of Ezekiel and Isaiah; mid-career numbers like "Forever younger" are infused with issues from the Bible, Jewish liturgy, and Kabbalah; whereas late-period efforts have printed a brain formed via Jewish recommendations of construction and redemption. during this context, even Dylan's so-called born-again interval is obvious as a logical, virtually inevitable improvement in his development as a guy and artist wrestling with the load and inheritance of the Jewish prophetic culture. "Bob Dylan: Prophet, Mystic, Poet" is a clean and illuminating examine certainly one of America's most famous -- and one in every of its so much enigmatic -- skills.

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Time and Life Cycle in Talmud and Midrash: Socio-Anthropological Perspectives (Judaism and Jewish Life)

By Nissan Rubin

Concentrating on the ideas of time and the existence cycle, this selection of articles examines Jewish lifestyles within the Talmudic interval in the course of the lens of Jewish legislation and customized of the time. The essays are the paintings of Nissan Rubin (one of them written in collaboration with Admiel Kosman) and are available jointly to provide the cultural point of view of the sages and students who produced the stepping-stones of Jewish existence and customized. through the use of a structural procedure, Rubin is ready to determine procedures of long term swap in a society that is still principally conventional and sturdy. Symbolic research offers an extra measurement to those experiences, allowing the reader to adventure the cultural subtexts.

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A Nation on Trial: The Goldhagen Thesis and Historical Truth

By Norman G. Finkelstein

No contemporary paintings of historical past has generated as a lot curiosity as Daniel Jonah Goldhagen's Hitler's prepared Executioners. Purporting to unravel the secret of the Nazi holocaust, Goldhagen continues that standard Germans have been pushed by means of fanatical anti-Semitism to homicide the Jews. a right away nationwide best-seller, the ebook went directly to create a world sensation.

Now, in A state on Trial, top critics problem Goldhagen's findings and express that his paintings isn't really scholarship in any respect. With compelling cumulative impact, Norman G. Finkelstein meticulously files Goldhagen's distortions of secondary literature and the interior contradictions of his argument. In a complementary essay, Ruth Bettina Birn juxtaposes Goldhagen's textual content opposed to the German information he consulted. the most important foreign authority on those documents, Birn conclusively demonstrates that Goldhagen systematically misrepresented their contents.

The definitive assertion at the Goldhagen phenomenon, this quantity is additionally a cautionary story at the corruption of scholarship by way of ideological zealotry.

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Ezekiel: A Commentary (The Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies)

The publication starts off with an intensive creation to the most severe questions that come up in reference to the publication of Ezekiel. It covers the historical-critical schedule but additionally contains more recent techniques and questions, akin to mental matters and the thought that Ezekiel might be considered as a ‘character' in the booklet. The emphasis is at the perception that many various varieties of questions might illumine a textual content like Ezekiel. The remark treats all of the chapters of the e-book of Ezekiel in flip. The chapter-by-chapter remark summarizes the most issues of the bankruptcy and increases the most serious concerns that come up on the subject of the bankruptcy, ahead of continuing to exact exegesis.

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The Book of J

By Harold Bloom, David Rosenberg

J is the name that students ascribe to the anonymous author they suspect is answerable for the textual content, written among 950 and 900 BCE, on which Genesis, Exodus and Numbers relies. within the publication of J, Bloom and Rosenberg draw the J textual content out of the encircling fabric and current it because the seminal vintage that it is.
In addition to Rosenberg's unique translations, Bloom argues in different essays that "J" was once no longer a non secular author yet a fierce ironist and a girl residing within the court docket of King Solomon. He additionally argues that J is a author on par with Homer, Shakespeare and Tolstoy.
Bloom additionally deals old context, a dialogue of the speculation of the way the several texts got here jointly to create the Bible, and translation notes. Rosenberg's translations from the Hebrew deliver J's tales to existence and exhibit her towering originality and grab of humanity.

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Limbo: A Novel

A relocating yet unsentimental exam of 1 woman's existence as she navigates lifestyles after war

It's Christmas Eve and twenty-seven-year-old Manuela Paris is returning domestic to a beach city open air Rome. Years in the past, she left to turn into a soldier. Then, Manuela used to be fleeing an unsatisfied, rebellious formative years; with anger, decision, and sacrifice she painstakingly outfitted the existence she dreamed of as a platoon commander within the Afghan wilderness.
Now, she's fleeing anything else solely: the reminiscence of a bloody assault that left her heavily injured. Her wounds have plunged her into in a really diverse and no much less insidious battle: opposed to flashbacks, disillusionment, soreness, and victimhood.
Numb and adrift, she is startled to lifestyles via an come across with a mysterious stranger, a guy with out a earlier who's, like her, suspended in his personal deepest limbo of expectation and desire. Their relationship―confusing, invigorating―forces her to confront her earlier and the secrets and techniques she, and people closest to her, are hiding.
In chapters that toggle among Manuela at domestic, grappling along with her new lifestyles, and Manuela in Afghanistan, coming to phrases along with her position as a pacesetter of struggling with males and a peacemaker in a rustic that does not appear to wish her support, Melania G. Mazzucco limns a narrative of affection and loss, loss of life and resistance in phrases either remarkable and cathartic. Limbo asks its readers, at the very least its protagonist, what it ability to be a daughter, a sister, a lady, a citizen, a soldier―or, extra easily, a human.

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Unscrolled: 54 Writers and Artists Wrestle with the Torah

Announcing a sensible, bold, unique new tackle the Torah. think: fifty four best younger Jewish writers, artists, photographers, screenwriters, architects, actors, musicians, and photo artists grappling with the 1st 5 books of the Bible and giving new desiring to the fifty four Torah parts which are regularly learn over the process a 12 months. From the foundational tales of Genesis and Exodus to the legalistic trivia of Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy, Unscrolled is a reinterpreting, a reimagining, an inventive and eclectic get together of the Jewish Bible.

Here’s a graphic-novel model of Moses receiving the 10 Commandments, by way of Rebecca Odes and Sam Lipsyte. Lost writer Damon Lindelof writing approximately Abraham’s selection to sacrifice his son. Here’s Sloane Crosley bringing Pharaoh into the twenty first century, the place he’s trying out “boils,” “lice,” and “plague of frogs” on WebMD. Plus there’s Joshua Foer, Aimee Bender, A. J. Jacobs, David Auburn, Jill Soloway, Ben Greenman, Josh Radnor, Adam Mansbach, and more.

Edited by way of Roger Bennett, a founding father of Reboot, a community of younger Jewish creatives and intellectuals, Unscrolled is a meeting of incredible, various voices that would communicate to a person drawn to Jewish proposal and identity―and, with its singular layout and use of colour all through, the best bar and bat mitzvah present. First it provides a synopsis of the Torah element, written by means of Bennett, after which the tale is reinterpreted, in types that diversity from the aforementioned picture novel to transcripts, tales, poems, memoirs, letters, performs, infographics, monologues―each designed to offer the reader a clean new tackle a few of the oldest, wisest, and infrequently most unearthly tales of the Western international, whereas inspiring new principles in regards to the Bible and its that means, price, and position in our lives.

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