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Introducing the Apocrypha: Message, Context, and Significance
David A. deSilva
The status of the apocryphal (or deuterocanonical) books has been one of the longstanding areas of disagreement among various Christian traditions. David deSilva suggests, however, that whether one views these books as Scripture (Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Christians) or not (Protestant Christians), these books should be read and studied for their inherent value. The books of the Apocrypha are a witness to faith, specifically the faith of ...
The Jewish Holidays
William Morrow Paperbacks
The coeditor of the enormously popular Jewish Catalog "help[s] readers understand more fully the meaning of our holidays and thereby to observe these festivals . . . with a greater devotion and joy."--Rabbi Alexander M. Schindler
The "Dead Sea Scrolls": A Biography (Lives of Great Religious Books)
John J. Collins
Princeton University Press
Since they were first discovered in the caves at Qumran in 1947, the Dead Sea Scrolls have aroused more fascination--and more controversy--than perhaps any other archaeological find. They appear to have been hidden in the Judean desert by the Essenes, a Jewish sect that existed around the time of Jesus, and they continue to inspire veneration and conspiracy theories to this day. John Collins tells the story of the bitter conflicts that have ...
Dictionary of New Testament Background (The IVP Bible Dictionary Series)
A 2001 ECPA Gold Medallion Award winner! The joins the and the as the fourth in a landmark series of reference works on the Bible. In a time when our knowledge of the ancient Mediterranean world has grown by leaps and bounds, this volume sets out for readers the wealth of Jewish and Greco-Roman background that should inform our reading and understanding of the New Testament and early Christianity. The takes full advantage of the ...
My Glorious Brothers
"Fast is at his best as a storyteller"— Christian Science Monitor The strength of five brothers will define a nation. My Glorious Brothers is the epic story of perhaps the most breathtaking chapter in the history of Israel, a stirring tale of courage for those who like to find meaning for today's world in the great events of history. After witnessing a ransacked and desecrated Jerusalem, Simon and his four brothers — soon to be ...
"Come Out My People!": God's Call Out of Empire in the Bible and Beyond
Wes Howard-Brook presents the Bible as a struggle between two competing religions: not Judaism and Christianity, but the religion of creation versus the religion of empire. Throughout the Hebrew Scriptures, these two religions battled for the hearts and minds of the people in claiming radically divergent views of who YHWH is and what it looks like to be YHWH's people. Though Jesus was killed by the upholders of empire, his resurrection was the ...
Hanukkah: A Counting Book in English, Hebrew, and Yiddish
The symbols of Hanukkah are visually presented to stunning effects as young children learn to count from one to eight in three different languages (English, Hebrew, and Yiddish.) Clever die-cuts of colorful candles add up, one-by-one, with each turn of the pages. A simple retelling of the Hanukkah story reveals the meaning behind certain holiday symbols. HANUKKAH: A COUNTING BOOK is an informative and elegant gift to celebrate the most joyous of ...
The Feasts Of The Lord God's Prophetic Calendar From Calvary To The Kingdom
Isreal's feasts are infinitely more important than just a series of cultural observances. These feasts are appointed by the Lord, and they are owned by the Lord. He calls them " my feasts." Together they form God's prophetic calendar, outlining the work of history's most important person...Jesus, the Messiah. As such, few themes are more timely or rewarding for God's people today. The Feasts of the Lord covers all aspects of the biblical ...
In the Shadow of the Temple: Jewish Influences on Early Christianity
Oskar Skarsaune makes a fresh contribution to our understanding of the development of the early church in its practice (e.g., worship, baptism and Eucharist) and doctrine (e.g., Scripture, Christology, pneumatology). This book offers the new perspective that Christians were in ongoing and deep conversation with Jews during the early centuries leading up to Constantine. The common perception of a drastic "parting of the ways" after the ...
Walking With God: A Journey through the Bible
Read the entire story of the Bible in one captivating and inspirational book... "For ordinary Catholics, taking a journey through the Bible just got a whole lot easier. With this book, Walking with God, Tim Gray and Jeff Cavins make it so that you are starting out on the trip with a good map and compass, along with a couple of great friends as reliable guides. You don't want to miss out on such a great adventure." - Scott Hahn, Ph.D. ...
The Beginnings of Jewishness: Boundaries, Varieties, Uncertainties (Hellenistic Culture and Society)
Shaye J. D. Cohen
University of California Press
In modern times, various Jewish groups have argued whether Jewishness is a function of ethnicity, of nationality, of religion, or of all three. These fundamental conceptions were already in place in antiquity. The peculiar combination of ethnicity, nationality, and religion that would characterize Jewishness through the centuries first took shape in the second century B.C.E. This brilliantly argued, accessible book unravels one of the most ...
The Old Testament Pseudepigrapha, Vol. 2: Expansions of the Old Testament and Legends, Wisdom and ...
Doubleday and Company
Expansions of the "Old Testament" and legends, wisdom and philosophical literature, prayers, psalms and odes, and fragments of lost Judeo-Hellenistic works.
Capturing the Moon: Classic and Modern Jewish Tales
Behrman House Publishing
It is through stories that we express our hopes and our fears. Stories convey to others what is in our hearts, what we feel is the essence of our life experiences. They transmit our culture, inform our values, and educate our children. Stories have been essential to Jewish life from the time of the Bible itself, and they continue to hold a special place in our hearts today. In this new collection of classic and modern folktales, Rabbi Edward M. ...
The Canon Debate: On the Origins and Formation of the Bible
What does it mean to speak of a canon of scripture? How, when, and where, did the canon of the Hebrew Bible come into existence? Why does it have three divisions? What canon was in use among the Jews of the Hellenistic diaspora? At Qumran? In Roman Palestine? Among the rabbis? What Bible did Jesus and his disciples know and use? How was the New Testament canon formed and closed? What role was played by Marcion? By gnostics? By the church ...
Celebrate! Stories Of The Jewish Holiday
This sparkling collection of stories, recipes, crafts, and commentary introduces readers to the eight major Jewish holidays. This collection focuses on the eight major holidays in the Jewish year, starting with the weekly celebration of Shabbat and ending with Shavout, the festival that marks the giving of the Ten Commandments to Moses. Each section begins with a lively retelling of the Bible story connected to the featured holiday, followed by ...
From Joshua To Jesus: A Brief Chronicle Of The Kings, Empires, Legends And Ideas, That Paved The Way To ...
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
In this comprehensive little book, Andrew Cort brings to life the history and legends of the twelve hundred years between the conquering of the Promised Land and the birth of Jesus. It includes the stories of Saul, David, and Solomon, the building of the Temple and the origin of the Freemason legend, the fate of the Ten Lost Tribes, the miracles of Elijah, the Babylonian Exile, Queen Esther and the Purim Festival, the influence of Aristotle and ...
The Jewish Way: Living the Holidays
In thoughtful and engaging prose, Rabbi Greenberg explains and interprets theorigin, background, ceremonial rituals, and religious significance of all theJewish holidays, showing how they are related to Judaism's central themes andgiving detailed instructions for observing them.
A Provocative People: A Secular History of the Jews
Sherwin T. Wine
International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism
The Jews are a fascinating people, both to themselves and to everyone else. The Jews are a paradigm of what will happen to most nations and ethnic groups with a long-run exposure to urban global culture. They are an irresistibly global people, a vanguard for the global world. This book dramatizes the transformation of the Jews from a nation dominated by religion to a people overwhelmingly secularized. It is especially interesting because it ...
Introducing the Bible 25th Anniversary Edition
William Barclay testifies to the Bible's unique value as an inspired book and gives clear advice on the best way to read it. He tells how the biblical writings came into being and finally gained acceptance as Scripture. And he explains the significance and the status of the Apocrypha. Most important of all, William Barclay presents the Bible as a book to be read and enjoyed today - a light in the darkness of a world that has lost its way. ...
The Bible Compass: A Catholic's Guide to Navigating the Scriptures
The Bible is central to our faith as Catholics. But approaching such a large and complex collection of writings that span thousands of years is intimidating for most of us. We need a guide, a compass to set us off on the right course so that our time spent studying the Scriptures is a time spent encountering the living God. The Bible Compass provides readers with the tools to study the Word of God with confidence and purpose. This book ...
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