The Archaeology of Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls (Studies in the Dead Sea Scrolls and Related Literature)

By Jodi Magness

The useless Sea Scrolls are one of the finest and significant archaeological discoveries ever made, and the excavation of the Qumran neighborhood itself has supplied precious information regarding Judaism and the Jewish global within the final centuries B.C.E.

just like the useless Sea Scrolls, even if, the Qumran website is still the article of severe scholarly debate. In a publication intended to introduce normal readers to this interesting region of research, veteran archaeologist Jodi Magness right here presents an summary of the archaeology of Qumran and offers a thrilling new interpretation of this historic neighborhood in keeping with info present in the useless Sea Scrolls and different modern documents.

Magness's paintings deals a couple of clean conclusions touching on lifestyles at Qumran. She concurs that Qumran used to be a sectarian cost yet rejects different unconventional perspectives, together with the view that Qumran was once a villa rustica or manor condominium. via conscientiously interpreting the broadcast details on Qumran, she refines the site's chronology, reinterprets the aim of a few of its rooms, and reexamines the archaeological facts for the presence of girls and youngsters within the payment. various pictures and diagrams supply readers a firsthand examine the site.

Written with an expert's perception but with a journalist's spunk, this enticing e-book is certain to reinvigorate dialogue of this huge archaeological find.

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The Body in Biblical, Christian and Jewish Texts (The Library of Second Temple Studies)

The physique is an entity on which spiritual ideology is outlined. therefore it truly is usually a topic of curiosity, anxiousness, prescription and legislation in either the Hebrew Bible and the recent testomony, in addition to in early Christian and Jewish writings. matters reminiscent of the body's age, purity, ailment, skill, gender, sexual activities, marking, garments, modesty or placement can revolve round what the physique is and isn't presupposed to be or do.

The physique in Biblical, Christian and Jewish Texts contains quite a number inter-disciplinary and artistic explorations of the physique because it is defined and outlined in non secular literature, with chapters mostly written via new students with clean views. it is a topic with extensive and demanding repercussions in assorted cultural contexts today.

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Between Eden and Armageddon: The Future of World Religions, Violence, and Peacemaking

By Marc Gopin

Fresh years have noticeable a meteoric upward thrust within the energy and significance of geared up faith in lots of components of the area. whilst, there was an important elevate in violence perpetrated within the identify of faith. whereas a lot has been written at the dating among violence and spiritual militancy, historical past indicates that spiritual humans have additionally performed a serious function in peacemaking inside of quite a few cultures. within the new century, will faith deliver upon additional catastrophes? Or will it offer human civilization with tools of care, therapeutic, and the construction of peaceable and simply societies?
during this groundbreaking e-book, Marc Gopin integrates the examine of faith with the examine of clash solution. He argues that faith can play a severe function in developing an international group of shared ethical commitments and vision--a neighborhood which can restrict clash to its nonviolent, confident sort. If we learn non secular myths and ethical traditions, Gopin argues, we will be able to comprehend why and whilst non secular humans come to violence, and why and after they develop into staunch peacemakers. He exhibits that it's the conservative expression of so much non secular traditions that provides the most important problem by way of peace and clash. Gopin considers how you can build conventional paradigms which are devoted to peacemaking on a deep point and provides this kind of paradigm for the case of Judaism. all through, Gopin emphasizes that constructing the possibility of the world's religions for dealing with clash calls for a unsleeping strategy at the a part of peacemakers and theologians. His cutting edge and punctiliously argued learn additionally deals a extensive set of options for coverage planners either inside and out of government.

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Moral Blindness: The Loss of Sensitivity in Liquid Modernity

By Zygmunt Bauman

Evil isn't really restrained to battle or to situations within which everyone is appearing below severe duress. this day it extra often unearths itself within the daily insensitivity to the anguish of others, within the lack of ability or refusal to appreciate them and within the informal turning away of one’s moral gaze. Evil and ethical blindness lurk in what we take as normality and within the triviality and banality of lifestyle, and never simply within the irregular and unheard of cases.

The precise type of ethical blindness that characterizes our societies is brilliantly analysed by means of Zygmunt Bauman and Leonidas Donskis throughout the notion of adiaphora: the putting of convinced acts or different types of people outdoor of the universe of ethical duties and reviews. Adiaphora implies an angle of indifference to what's occurring on the planet – an ethical numbness.  In a existence the place rhythms are dictated through scores wars and box-office returns, the place everyone is preoccupied with the newest devices and varieties of gossip, in our ‘hurried lifestyles’ the place consciousness hardly ever has time to decide on any factor of value, we're at severe probability of wasting our sensitivity to the plight of the opposite. merely celebrities or media stars can count on to be spotted in a society filled with sensational, worthless information.

This probing inquiry into the destiny of our ethical sensibilities might be of significant curiosity to an individual interested by the main profound adjustments which are silently shaping the lives of every person in our modern liquid-modern global.

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A Companion to Greek Religion

This significant addition to Blackwell’s Companions to the traditional World sequence covers all facets of faith within the old Greek global from the archaic, during the classical and into the Hellenistic interval.

  • Written through a panel of overseas experts
  • Focuses on non secular lifestyles because it used to be skilled via Greek women and men at diversified instances and in several places
  • Features significant sections on neighborhood non secular platforms, sacred areas and formality, and the divine

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Bodies and Souls: The Tragic Plight of Three Jewish Women Forced into Prostitution in the Americas

By Isabel Vincent

In the second one 1/2 the nineteenth century numerous thousand impoverished younger Jewish ladies from jap Europe have been pressured into prostitution within the frontier colonies of Latin the United States, South Africa, India and components of the USA. those unwitting Jewish ladies have been procured for the hundreds of thousands of recent eu immigrants who got here to set up those colonies. The import of those girls left a legacy in every one of those international locations: the increase of anti–Semitism.

Bodies and Souls brings to mild a depressing, untold bankruptcy in Jewish background – a subject matter formerly hidden as a result of severe disgrace surrounding it. From the top of the 1860s until eventually the start of WWII, millions of younger, impoverished Jewish ladies have been bought into slavery via a infamous legal gang of Jewish mobsters, the Zwi Migdal. by means of the flip of the nineteenth century the Zwi Migdal had confirmed their headquarters in Buenos Aires. even if, it was once in Rio de Janeiro that The Society of fact was once created.

the main shameful a part of all of this was once how the ladies have been handled by means of the Jewish group. a gaggle of those ladies banded jointly to shape The Society of fact. They stood up opposed to the dogma that stated they have been impure. Herein lies the irony: this workforce, forged apart by way of their neighborhood, went directly to shape a brand new society for themselves, a society of affection, honour to God and religion in one another.

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Flames of Rome: A Novel

By Paul L. Maier

Can one man's insanity damage the religion for which such a lot of could die?

A madman who murders his manner into energy lusts for ever-greater glory and domination. A capital urban awash with corruption, sensuality, and political intrigue is on the flash aspect. And stuck among the crushing currents of historical past are a brand new yet becoming non secular workforce often called the fans of The Way.

Award-winning historian and best-selling writer Paul L. Maier has created a compelling kind of documentary fiction, utilizing merely identified ancient occasions and folks to carry to existence first-century Rome in all its extra, treachery, and madness. this is often the Rome that the apostle Paul visits, the place he’s put on trial, and that is eternally replaced by means of his testimony and witness. Maier takes readers into the court of imperial justice and into the houses of the folks being affected by the recent religion they’ve encountered to solutions questions such as:

  • How did Christianity first succeed in Rome?
  • Why did Paul need to wait years for trial and used to be he condemned or set free?
  • Why does the hot testomony account in Acts finish so abruptly?
  • Who set fireplace to Rome and why did Nero persecute Christians so horribly?

Following the kin of Flavius Sabinus, mayor of Rome lower than Nero Maier captures all of the drama and stress of the political conflicts that precede and stick with the good hearth of Rome, and the epic political and non secular clashes of the world’s capital. this can be the sensational tale of pagans at their worst—and Christians at their most sensible. Readers won’t are looking to positioned it down.

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Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism

By Susan Jacoby

"Jacoby accomplishes her activity with readability, thoroughness, and an attractive passion."
-Los Angeles instances e-book Review

At a time while the separation of church and kingdom is less than assault as by no means sooner than, Freethinkers bargains a strong security of the secularist history that gave americans the 1st executive on this planet based no longer at the authority of faith yet at the bedrock of human cause. In impassioned, based prose, celebrated writer Susan Jacoby lines greater than 2 hundred years of secularist activism, starting with the fierce debate over the omission of God from the structure. relocating from nineteenth-century abolitionism and suffragism in the course of the 20th century's civil liberties, civil rights, and feminist routine, Freethinkers illuminates the overlooked achievements of secularists who, allied with tolerant believers, have led the conflict for reform some time past and today.

Rich with such iconic figures as Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Paine, and the once-famous Robert eco-friendly Ingersoll, Freethinkers restores to historical past the passionate humanists who struggled opposed to those that may undermine the combo of secular executive and spiritual liberty that's the glory of the yankee system.

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The Gospel of Matthew and Judaic Traditions: A Relevance-Based Commentary

By Herbert W. Basser, Marsha B. Cohen

Within the Gospel of Matthew and Judaic Traditions, Herbert W. Basser, with the editorial aid of Marsha Cohen, makes use of his encyclopaedic wisdom of Judaism to navigate Matthew’s Gospel. This shut, unique examining explicates Matthew’s use of Jewish ideas and criminal traditions that experience no longer been absolutely understood long ago. Basser highlights Gospel assets which are congruent with a large swath of extant Jewish writings from a variety of provenances. Matthew affirms Jesus’ end-of-days—the coming of the Kingdom—salvation message: first and foremost intended for Jews, it's the Gentiles who embraced his message and teachings that inspired their religion and straightforward belief. Matthew’s literary paintings manages to maintain the Jewish info in his resources whereas disclosing an anti-Jewish and pro-Gentile bias.

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The Everything Saints Book: The Inspiring Lives of Martyrs and Miracle Workers Throughout History

By Jenny Schroedel

"The Everything[registered] Saints publication, second variation" is an interesting creation to the lives (and occasionally premature deaths) of saints and the miracles ascribed to them. This authoritative new version is full of infrequent charges, little-known proof, and eye-catching tales of heroism and private sacrifice, together with: conventional saints; eu, African, and Asian saints; soon-to-be saints; and, disappearing saints. From Mary, the mum of Jesus, to early ecu saints like Saint Valentine, to fashionable women and men who're now being thought of for sainthood, "The Everything[registered] Saints ebook, second version" is filled with inspirational bills in their personalities and their unwavering devotion to God.

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