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The "Talmud"

by Barry Scott Wimpfheimer

The life and times of an enduring work of Jewish spirituality

The Babylonian Talmud, a postbiblical Jewish text that is part scripture and part commentary, is an unlikely bestseller. Written in a hybrid of Hebrew...


A History of Death in the Hebrew Bible

by Matthew Suriano

Postmortem existence in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament was rooted in mortuary practices and conceptualized through the embodiment of the dead. But this idea of the afterlife was not hopeless or fatalistic, consigned...


The Invention of Religion

by Jan Assmann & Robert Savage

The Book of Exodus may be the most consequential story ever told. But its spectacular moments of heaven-sent plagues and parting seas overshadow its true significance, says Jan Assmann, a leading historian of...


The Promised Life

by John Carrier

Can ancient wisdom help us overcome real personal crisis and find our purpose today?

In the past twelve months, have you found it hard to get through the day--or even get out of bed--because you felt overwhelmed...


Jewish Feminism

by Esther Fuchs

In the last three decades, hundreds of books and essays have been published on women, gender, and Jewish Studies. This burgeoning scholarship has not been adequately theorized, contextualized, or historicized....


Shifting Images of the Hasmoneans

by Vered Noam

The shifting image of the Hasmoneans in the eyes of their contemporaries and later generations is a compelling issue in the history of the Maccabean revolt and the Hasmonean commonwealth. Based on a series of...


Dignity, Justice, and the Nazi Data Debate

by Carol V. A. Quinn

In this work, Carol V.A. Quinn (re)constructs the survivors’ arguments in the debate concerning the ethics of using Nazi medical data, showing what it would mean to take their claims seriously. She begins...


The Crescent Moon and the Magen David

by Karel Valansi

The nationalist outlook of the Turkish state since the beginning of the Republican era in 1923 targeted uniform identity formation. While Turkey did not recognize the existence of ethnic identities as long as...


A History of Judaism

by Martin Goodman

A sweeping history of Judaism over more than three millennia

Judaism is one of the oldest religions in the world, and it has preserved its distinctive identity despite the extraordinarily diverse forms and beliefs...


The Jews of Khazaria

by Kevin Alan Brook

The Jews of Khazaria explores the history and culture of Khazaria—a large empire in eastern Europe (located in present-day Ukraine and Russia) in the early Middle Ages noted for its adoption of the Jewish...


The Bible is Astronomy, Physics, Encoding and Faith!

by Stanley DeRoy Bloomfield & Debra Hargersilver

‘The Bible is Astronomy, Physics, Encoding and Faith’ is a book that opens some mysteries of the Bible’s secrets! This book will introduce you to many subjects.

  • Learn how religious symbols have their...


Holiness in Jewish Thought

by Alan L. Mittleman

Holiness is a challenge for contemporary Jewish thought. The concept of holiness is crucial to religious discourse in general and to Jewish discourse in particular. "Holiness" seems to express an important feature...


On Mysticism, Ontology, and Modernity

by Christopher Shaw

This new study offers a serious and long-overdue examination of the unstable bifurcation between theology and secularity. Rather than understanding these two formative elements of culture to be in a constant...


Signs of Virginity

by Michael Rosenberg

Although the theme of bloodied nuptial sheets seems pervasive in western culture, its association with female virginity is uniquely tied to a brief passage in the book of Deuteronomy detailing the procedure...


Old Paths and New Ways

by Robert Lilleaasen

The relationship between tradition and relevance is a core feature in religious practice in general and public worship in particular. On the one hand, worship is a bearer of religious traditions, i.e. traditions...


Modern Spain and the Sephardim

by Maite Ojeda-Mata

Modern Spain and the Sephardim: Legitimizing Identities addresses the legal, political, symbolic, and conceptual consequences of the development of a new framework of relations between the Spanish state and...


The Midrashic Impulse and the Contemporary Literary Response to Trauma

by Monica Osborne

Since the end of World War II we have witnessed countless artistic responses to the Holocaust, yet we remain unable to adequately address the atrocities. While Theodor Adorno later rescinded his comments on...


Coming of Age in Medieval Egypt

by Eve Krakowski

Much of what we know about life in the medieval Islamic Middle East comes from texts written to impart religious ideals or to chronicle the movements of great men. How did women participate in the societies...


Hasidism

by Marcin Wodziński, David Biale, David Assaf & Benjamin Brown et al.

The first comprehensive history of the pietistic movement that shaped modern Judaism

This is the first comprehensive history of the pietistic movement that shaped modern Judaism. The book’s unique blend of...


The JGirl's Guide

by Ellen Golub, Penina Adelman, Ali Feldman & Dr. Shulamit Reinharz

What does it mean to become a Jewish woman?

This growing up business isn't always what it's cracked up to be: It can be complicated and scary and seem impossibly hard. With all the choices and challenges before...