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The Splintered Divine

By Spencer L. Allen
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  • Publisher : Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
  • Isbn : 1501500228
  • Pages : 478
  • Category : History
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This book investigates the issue of the singularity versus the multiplicity of ancient Near Eastern deities who are known by a common first name but differentiated by their last names, or geographic epithets. It focuses primarily on the Ištar divine names in Mesopotamia, Baal names in the Levant, and Yahweh names in Israel, and it is structured around four key questions: How did the ancients define what it meant to be a god - or more pragmatically, what kind of treatment did a personality or object need to receive in order to be considered a god by the ancients? Upon what bases and according to which texts do modern scholars determine when a personality or object is a god in an ancient culture? In what ways are deities with both first and last names treated the same and differently from deities with only first names? Under what circumstances are deities with common first names and different last names recognizable as distinct independent deities, and under what circumstances are they merely local manifestations of an overarching deity? The conclusions drawn about the singularity of local manifestations versus the multiplicity of independent deities are specific to each individual first name examined in accordance with the data and texts available for each divine first name.

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  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
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  • Publisher : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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In a bold and moving book that is sure to spark heated debate, the novelist and cultural critic James Carroll maps the profoundly troubling two-thousand-year course of the Church’s battle against Judaism and faces the crisis of faith it has provoked in his own life as a Catholic. More than a chronicle of religion, this dark history is the central tragedy of Western civilization, its fault lines reaching deep into our culture. The Church’s failure to protest the Holocaust — the infamous “silence” of Pius XII — is only part of the story: the death camps, Carroll shows, are the culmination of a long, entrenched tradition of anti-Judaism. From Gospel accounts of the death of Jesus on the cross, to Constantine’s transformation of the cross into a sword, to the rise of blood libels, scapegoating, and modern anti-Semitism, Carroll reconstructs the dramatic story of the Church’s conflict not only with Jews but with itself. Yet in tracing the arc of this narrative, he implicitly affirms that it did not necessarily have to be so. There were roads not taken, heroes forgotten; new roads can be taken yet. Demanding that the Church finally face this past in full, Carroll calls for a fundamental rethinking of the deepest questions of Christian faith. Only then can Christians, Jews, and all who carry the burden of this history begin to forge a new future. Drawing on his well-known talents as a storyteller and memoirist, and weaving historical research through an intensely personal examination of conscience, Carroll has created a work of singular power and urgency. CONSTANTINE'S SWORD is a brave and affecting reckoning with difficult truths that will touch every reader.

The Guru Question

By Mariana Caplan
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  • Publisher : Sounds True
  • Isbn : 1604074647
  • Pages : 417
  • Category : Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Reads : 133
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Book Summary:

The spiritual journey is perhaps the most personal experience of our lives—but does that mean we have to go it alone? With The Guru Question, award-winning author Mariana Caplan brings you a unique and much-needed guide for deciding whether you need a dedicated mentor to help illuminate your path to awakening—and if so, how to navigate the deep complexities of the guru-disciple relationship. For those seeking a teacher worthy of their trust and devotion, or anyone who has been frustrated by their experiences with a spiritual teacher, Caplan offers a candid, practical, and daringly personal examination of the student-teacher dynamic, including: Are you ready to be a student? If and when you should consider making a commitment to a spiritual teacher The path of the conscious learner—how to retain your power and autonomy while accepting a mentor's authority Tips for the wounded seeker—the valuable lessons we learn from our encounters with false teachers Spiritual scandals and predatory gurus—guidance for avoiding the inherent pitfalls in the student-teacher relationship How to recognize the inner light of divinity as it manifests in the imperfect human guise of your teacher—and yourself In a time when a distrust of authority has been proven to be a healthy trait, we tend to be justifiably suspicious of those who present themselves as gurus and spiritual masters. Drawing upon her knowledge as both a scholar of mysticism and lifelong practitioner of spiritual traditions, Mariana Caplan helps readers develop the discernment that is crucial when seeking an authentic teacher—and reveals the immeasurable rewards that can come from having a trustworthy guide on the spiritual path.

Le judaïsme de ses origines au courant orthodoxe moderne

By Mikael Eskelner,Tobias Lanslor,Yuri Galbinst
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  • Publisher : Cambridge Stanford Books
  • Isbn : N.a
  • Pages : 407
  • Category : History
  • Reads : 282
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Book Summary:

Les origines du judaïsme selon la vision historique actuelle, contrairement au récit religieux tel que décrit dans le texte de la Bible hébraïque, se situent à l'âge du bronze au milieu des anciennes religions sémitiques polythéistes, évoluant spécifiquement hors du polythéisme cananéen antique, coexistant avec la religion babylonienne, et des éléments syncrétisants de la croyance babylonienne dans le culte de Yahweh tel que reflété dans les premiers livres prophétiques de la Bible hébraïque. Le judaïsme orthodoxe moderne (également orthodoxe moderne ou orthodoxie moderne) est un mouvement au sein du judaïsme orthodoxe qui tente de synthétiser les valeurs juives et le respect de la loi juive avec le monde laïque et moderne. L'orthodoxie moderne s'appuie sur plusieurs enseignements et philosophies et revêt ainsi diverses formes. Aux États-Unis, et généralement dans le monde occidental,L'orthodoxie centriste sous-tendue par la philosophie de la Torah Umadda («Torah et connaissance scientifique») est répandue. En Israël, l'orthodoxie moderne est dominée par le sionisme religieux; cependant, bien que non identiques, ces mouvements partagent bon nombre des mêmes valeurs et beaucoup des mêmes adhérents.

Du judaïsme à l'antijudaïsme et à la littérature rabbinique

By Mikael Eskelner
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  • Publisher : Cambridge Stanford Books
  • Isbn : N.a
  • Pages : 125
  • Category : History
  • Reads : 327
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Le judaïsme a ses origines dans le royaume de Juda de l'âge du fer et dans le judaïsme du Second Temple. Il comporte trois éléments essentiels et connexes: L'étude de la Torah écrite (les livres de la Genèse, de l'Exode, du Lévitique, des Nombres et du Deutéronome); la reconnaissance d'Israël (défini comme les descendants d'Abraham par son petit-fils Jacob) en tant que peuple élu par Dieu comme récipiendaire de la loi sur le mont Sinaï, son peuple élu; et l'exigence qu'Israël vive conformément aux lois de Dieu telles que données dans la Torah. L'antijudaïsme, qui est le rejet d'une manière particulière de penser Dieu, est distinct de l'antisémitisme, qui s'apparente davantage à une forme de racisme. Les chercheurs qui voient une ligne moins claire entre la théologie et le racisme ont inventé le terme d'antisémitisme religieux. Néanmoins,le concept du judaïsme a été contesté au cours des deux derniers millénaires par les savants du christianisme et de l'islam. Contenu: Origines du judaïsme, du yahwisme, du judaïsme du Second Temple, du judaïsme hellénistique, des origines du judaïsme rabbinique, du judaïsme rabbinique, des maisons de Hillel et de Shammai, le messie dans le judaïsme, l'antijudaïsme, la littérature rabbinique

Post-Romantic Predicament

By Paul de Man
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  • Publisher : Edinburgh University Press
  • Isbn : 0748656251
  • Pages : 248
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Reads : 879
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Book Summary:

The first collection of texts by Paul de Man to follow the posthumous Aesthetic Ideology (1996), the title refers to de Man's Harvard thesis of the late 1950s, from which the long section on Mallarme is reproduced. Also included are texts by de Man on Ste

Halo: Divine Wind

By Troy Denning
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  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Isbn : 1982174919
  • Pages : 384
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reads : 662
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An original novel set in the Halo universe—based on the New York Times bestselling video game series! October 2559. With the galaxy in the suffocating grip of a renegade artificial intelligence, another perilous threat has quietly emerged in the shadows: the Keepers of the One Freedom, a fanatical and merciless Covenant splinter group, has made its way beyond the borders of the galaxy to an ancient Forerunner installation known as the Ark. Led by an infamous Brute named Castor, the Keepers intend to achieve what the Covenant, in all its might, failed to: activate Halo and take the last steps on the path of the Great Journey into transcendence. But unknown to Castor and his new, unexpected ally on the Ark, there are traitors to the cause in their midst—namely the Ferrets, composed of Office of Naval Intelligence operative Veta Lopis and her young team of Spartan-IIIs, who have been infiltrating the Keepers to lay the groundwork for Castor’s assassination. But with ONI’s field operations now splintered and cut off by the Guardian threat, Veta’s original mission has suddenly and dramatically escalated in scope. There’s simply no choice or fallback plan—either the Ferrets somehow stop the Keepers or the galaxy faces an extinction-level event….

From Imagination to Faerie

By Yannick Imbert
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  • Publisher : Wipf and Stock Publishers
  • Isbn : 1666710458
  • Pages : 302
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Reads : 359
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Tolkien is one of our most beloved fantasy writers. Such was the power of his imagination that much has been written on his invented world, languages, and myth. This book is an invitation to tread the paths of Tolkien’s realm, exploring three regions of his work: language, myth, and imagination. We will be looking for a path leading to a summit from where we can view Tolkien’s whole realm. Yannick Imbert argues that we can gain such a view only if we understand Tolkien’s philosophical theology, his Thomism. To attain this vantage point and better understand the genius of his Middle Earth, readers journey with Tolkien through his academic, personal, and theological milieu, which together formed his Thomistic imagination.

Sabbath Rest as Vocation

By Autumn Alcott Ridenour
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  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Isbn : 0567679225
  • Pages : 272
  • Category : Religion
  • Reads : 592
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Autumn Alcott Ridenour offers a Christian theological discussion on the meaning of aging toward death with purpose, identity, and communal significance. Drawing from both explicit claims and constructive interpretations of St. Augustine's and Karl Barth's understanding of death and aging, this volume describes moral virtue as participation in Christ across generations, culminating in preparation for Sabbath rest during the aging stage of life. Addressing the inevitability of aging, the prospect of mortality, the importance of contemplative action and expanding upon the virtues of growing older, Ridenour analyzes how locating moral agency as union with Christ results in virtuous practices for aging individuals and their surrounding communities. By responding with constructive theology to challenges from transhumanist, bioethical and medical arenas, the volume highlights implications not only for virtue ethics, but also for the goals of medicine.

Jhwh: der Wettergott Hoseas?

By Szabolcs-Ferencz Kató
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  • Publisher : Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht
  • Isbn : 3788734035
  • Pages : 357
  • Category : Religion
  • Reads : 492
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Book Summary:

Der Monotheismus in Israel entwickelte sich über einen längeren Zeitraum hin. Was stand am Anfang dieser Entwicklung? Was für ein Gott war Jhwh, bevor er zu "dem einen" Gott wurde? Die Antworten auf diese Fragen variieren, je nachdem, wie man den Namen Jhwh etymologisch herleitet und wie man für literarisches Urgestein gehaltene Texte literar- und traditionsgeschichtlich einordnet. In der Regel werden als Quellen dabei fast ausschließlich poetische Texte herangezogen (v.a. Ri 5, Hab 3, Dtn 33; Ps 68). Szabolcs-Ferencz Kató geht dieser Frage auf eine andere Weise nach, indem er nämlich mit Hosea ein relativ altes prophetisches Buch motivgeschichtlich untersucht und darin ein archaisches Gottesprofil herausarbeitet. Dementsprechend dominieren bei Jhwh die Wettergottzüge des Baal-Hadad-Typs, was sich so interpretieren lässt, dass Jhwh ursprünglich selbst ein Wettergott dieser Art war.

In Context: the Reade Festschrift

By Irving Finkel
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  • Publisher : Archaeopress Publishing Ltd
  • Isbn : 1789696089
  • Pages : 346
  • Category : Social Science
  • Reads : 265
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Book Summary:

'In Context: the Reade Festschrift' is a collection of invited and peer-reviewed essays by friends and colleagues of Julian Edgeworth Reade, sometime Mesopotamia curator at the British Museum from 1975 to 2000. Here is fresh work from which any reader can gain a new appreciation of the importance of the ancient Near East.