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Dreamers Scribes and Priests

Author : Frances Flannery-Dailey
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This study of divinely-sent dreams in Hellenistic Judaism, set in the context of antecedent and contemporary dream traditions, explores several unique developments in Jewish dreams, with implications for the rise of apocalypticism, mysticism and the social history of early Judaism.

Paradise Now

Author : April D. De Conick
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Dreaming in Christianity and Islam

Author : Kelly Bulkeley
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Throughout history to the present day, religion has ideologically fueled wars, conquests, and persecutions. Christianity and Islam, the world's largest and geopolitically powerful faiths, are often positioned as mortal enemies locked in an apocalyptic "clash of civilizations." Rarely are similarities addressed. Dreaming in Christianity and Islam, the first book to explore dreaming in these religions through original essays, fills this void. The editors reach a plateau by focusing on how studying dreams reveals new aspects of social and political reality. International scholars document the impact of dreams on sacred texts, mystical experiences, therapeutic practices, and doctrinal controversies.

Oral Transmission and the Dream Narratives of Matthew 1 2

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The first Gospel has traditionally been considered a very Jewish work. Recent scholarship has suggested some Hellenistic influence. The issue is explored in this work with attention focused on the dream narratives of the first two chapters. An investigation is carried out using a new methodology. The memory techniques used in an oral or semi-literate society are explored. A search is made for such techniques in Matthew and these are then compared with similar devices in a wide range of literature, Old Testament, contemporary Jewish, Greek and Roman. The intention is that literary practice should help to clarify the cultural setting in which Matthew functions. This is a work which will interest New Testament scholars with a focus on Gospel studies and oral transmission. It may also appeal to some classical scholars or those with a specialized interest in Josephus.

The Dynamics of Dream Vision Revelation in the Aramaic Dead Sea Scrolls

Author : Andrew Perrin
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Among the predominantly Hebrew collection of the Dead Sea Scrolls are twenty-nine compositions penned in Aramaic. While such Aramaic writings were received at Qumran, these materials likely originated in times before, and locales beyond, the Qumran community. In view of their unknown past and provenance, this volume contributes to the ongoing debate over whether the Aramaic texts are a cohesive corpus or accidental anthology. Paramount among the literary topoi that hint at an inherent unity in the group is the pervasive usage of the dream-vision in a constellation of at least twenty writings. Andrew B. Perrin demonstrates that the literary convention of the dream-vision was deployed using a shared linguistic stock to introduce a closely defined set of concerns. Part One maps out the major compositional patterns of dream-vision episodes across the collection. Special attention is paid to recurring literary-philological features (e.g., motifs, images, phrases, and idioms), which suggest that pairs or clusters of texts are affiliated intertextually, tradition-historically, or originated in closely related scribal circles. Part Two articulates three predominant concerns advanced or addressed by dream-vision revelation. The authors of the Aramaic texts strategically employed dream-visions (i) for scriptural exegesis of the antediluvian/patriarchal traditions, (ii) to endorse particular understandings of the origins and functions of the priesthood, and (iii) as an ex eventu historiographical mechanism for revealing aspects or all of world history. These findings are shown to give fresh perspective on issues of revelatory discourses in Second Temple Judaism, the origins and evolution of apocalyptic literature, the ancient context of the book of Daniel, and the social location of the Aramaic Dead Sea Scrolls.

Encyclopedia of the Historical Jesus

Author : Craig A. Evans
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Collects entries tracing the study of the life of Jesus Christ discussing topics that include authenticating historical records, examination of the sources, and the events in the life of Jesus.

Historical Knowledge in Biblical Antiquity

Author : Jacob Neusner
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"What interest did the ancients have in "historical" information? How are we to read history in the context of the Bible? What of the "historical" Jesus, Paul, James, Mary, or the Teacher of Righteousness, for example? These studies quiz the Hebrew Bible, the Dead Sea Scrolls, Herodotus Josephus, the archaeologists, the rabbinic literature and the New Testament writers on "history" in the world of the Bible. The essays raise important issues and will stimulate lively discussion among scholars and students."--BOOK JACKET.

Writing and Reading War

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Paperback edition is available from the Society of Biblical Literature (www.sbl-site.org)

Revue de Qumr n

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Judaica Minora Geschichte und Literatur des rabbinischen Judentums

Author : Gunter Stemberger
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English summary: The essays in this volume deal with three areas: One part focuses on the pre-Islamic history of the Jews, the development of the rabbinate and the relationship between Jews and Christians. This is followed by texts on methodological issues, the historical value of rabbinic texts and the legacy of the apocalyptic. Ten of the essays deal with Tractate Avot, its origins and its reception, four of them with the redaction history of Sifra to Leviticus. The outline of the Midrash Wayosha segues into thematic studies of rabbinic literature. The work concludes with essays on the research history (J.J. Rabe, L. Zunz and H.L.Strack). All the essays have been given a standard form and any overlapping has been deleted if this was deemed expedient. Essays that were published in Spanish or Italian have been translated and everything has been updated to a certain extent. German description: Die hier gesammelten Aufsatze befassen sich mit drei Themenbereichen: Ein Teil gilt der vorislamischen Geschichte der Juden, der Entwicklung des Rabbinats und dem Verhaltnis von Juden und Christen. Es folgen Texte zu Methodenfragen, dem historischen Wert rabbinischer Texte, und dem Erbe der Apokalyptik. Zehn Arbeiten kreisen um den Traktat Avot, seine Entstehung und Nachgeschichte, vier weitere gelten der Redaktionsgeschichte von Sifra zu Levitikus. Die Skizze zum Midrasch Wa-yosha leitet uber zu thematischen Studien in der rabbinischen Literatur. Den Abschluss bilden Arbeiten zur Forschungsgeschichte (J. J. Rabe, L. Zunz, und H. L. Strack). Alle Beitrage wurden formal vereinheitlicht, Uberschneidungen, soweit dies sinnvoll war, getilgt. Auf Spanisch oder Italienisch erschienene Aufsatze wurden ubersetzt und alles zumindest in einem gewissen Umfang auf den heutigen Stand gebracht.

Alter Orient und Altes Testament

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Revue de Qumran

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Das Gesetz im fr hen Judentum und im Neuen Testament

Author : Christoph Burchard
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Understanding Apocalyptic Terrorism

Author : Frances L. Flannery
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This book explores a cross-cultural worldview called 'radical apocalypticism' that underlies the majority of terrorist movements in the twenty-first century. Although not all apocalypticism is violent, in its extreme forms radical apocalypticism gives rise to terrorists as varied as members of Al Qaeda, Anders Behring Breivik, or Timothy McVeigh. In its secular variations, it also motivates ideological terrorists, such as the eco-terrorists Earth Liberation Front or The Unabomber, Ted Kaczynski. This book provides an original paradigm for distinguishing between peaceful and violent or radical forms of apocalypticism and analyses the history, major transformations, and characteristics of the apocalyptic thought system. Using an inter-disciplinary and cross-cultural approach, this book discusses the mechanisms of radicalization and dynamics of perceived oppression and violence to clarify anew the self-identities, motivations, and goals of a broad swath of terrorists. As conventional counter-terrorism approaches have so far failed to stem the cycle of terrorism, this approach suggests a comprehensive "cultural" method to combating terrorism that addresses the appeal of radical apocalyptic terrorist ideology itself. This book will be of much interest to students of apocalypticism, political violence, terrorism and counter-terrorism, intelligence studies, religious studies, and security studies.

Experientia

Author : Frances Flannery
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This collection investigates the phenomenon of religious experience in early Judaism and early Christianity. The essays consider such diverse phenomena as scribal inspiration, possession, illness, ascent, theurgy, and spiritual transformation wrought by reading, and recognize that the texts are reflective of the lived experiences of ancient religious peoples, which they understood to be encounters with the divine. Contributors use a variety of methodologies, including medical anthropology, neurobiology, and ritual and performance studies, to move the investigation beyond traditional historical and literary methodologies and conclusions to illuminate the importance of experience in constructions of ancient religion.

Experientia Volume 1

Author : Frances Flannery
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Index to Jewish Periodicals

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An author and subject index to selected and American Anglo-Jewish journals of general and scholarly interests.

Bulletin of Judaeo Greek Studies

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Elenchus of Biblica

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Seeing Things

Author : Stephen Pattison
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Gifford Lectures series, 2007 Seeing Things is a highly original book that will have appeal across humanity departments including visual studies, theology, art history, sociology, anthropology and ethics. The book considers in detail, the experience of perceiving visual objects, from high art to everyday artefacts. It looks in particular at the problems encountered with the ways we in Western culture look upon the world and things, and encourages and argues for ways to look and visualise the world more critically, broadly and widely. Sight is one of the main ways we perceive and relate to the world, and yet it is mostly assumed rather than actively reflected on. Objects designated as art and the realm of aesthetics attract some active attention and reflection, but most of the visible world is ignored in the context of what Pattison describes as our â ~ordinary blindnessâ (TM). The book argues that the range of things we choose to see and value is arbitrary and limited and the ways in which we relate to things and objects are mostly crude and un-nuanced. Pattison argues that it is desirable to consider more person-like relationships with all manner of visibly perceived objects, from classical sculptures to tennis rackets. If we begin to apply this person-like relationship with things, we transgress the Western secular and religious practice and belief that maintains that the realm of the manufactured is â ~deadâ (TM) and so can be treated by humans exactly as they wish without consideration. Pattison argues that this person-like relationship does not mean re-animating or re-sacramentalising the world, rather he argues for observation and exploration of the actual phenomenology of the object.