Author: Thorleif Boman
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
"Builds on the premise that language and thought are inevitably and inextricably bound up with each other. . . . A classic study of the differences between Greek and Hebrew thought."—John E. Rexrine, Colgate University
Gender and Judaism in the Work of Hannah Arendt
Author: Jennifer Ring
Publisher: SUNY Press
Applies the perspectives of gender and ethnicity in a feminist analysis of the Eichmann controversy and offers a wholly new interpretation of Arendt's work, from Eichmann in Jerusalem to The Life of the Mind.
Von Origenes bis zur Gegenwart
Author: Oda Wischmeyer
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
Das HBH umfasst ca. 90 deutschsprachige, englische und französische Beiträge und wird von einem internationalen und interkonfessionellen Herausgebergremium verantwortet. Bibelhermeneutik als die Theorie und Methodik der Auslegung der zweiteiligen christlichen Bibel ist gegenwärtig durch eine Vielzahl unterschiedlicher kultureller, konfessioneller und theologischer Ansätze bestimmt und stellt ein wichtiges Forum internationaler Theologie dar. In dieser Situation war ein Überblick über die Vielfalt hermeneutischen Entwürfe der verschiedenen Epochen der Geschichte der christlichen Kirchen und Konfessionen bisher ein Desiderat. Das HBH bietet eine nach Epochen gegliederte Übersicht über die wichtigen Bibelhermeneutiken von Origenes (De principiis IV) bis zu den aktuellen Entwürfen der letzten Jahre. Jeder Text wird bibliographisch, formal und thematisch erschlossen und in seinen historischen und theologischen Zusammenhang gestellt. Mit diesem Werk wird zum ersten Mal der Zugang zu allen wichtigen bibelhermeneutischen Texte für Bibelwissenschaftler, Kirchenhistoriker, systematische und praktische Theologen ermöglicht.
Sources and Synthesis
Author: Vivian Boland
A twofold tradition, through Augustine and Dionysius, carried the doctrine of 'divine ideas' to Aquinas. It continues to play a key role in his theology and his handling of it allows us to asses the nature of his unique synthesis.
Religion, Narrative, and Imagination
Author: Paul Ricœur
Publisher: Fortress Press
The thought of Paul Ricoeur continues its profound effect on theology, religious studies and biblical interpretation. The 28 papers contained in this volume constitute the most comprehensive overview of Ricoeur's writings in religion since 1970. Ricoeur's hermeneutical orientation and his sensitivity to the mystery of religious language offer fresh insight to the transformative potential of sacred literature, including the Bible.
A Trinitarian Analogical Understanding of Time and Eternity
Author: Eunsoo Kim
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
One of the vital issues in contemporary Christian theology is the problem of a renewed understanding of God's eternity and its relation to time. This is not merely a peripheral doctrinal issue, but lies at the heart of our understanding of God and humanity, and contributes to our entire worldview. This study focuses on a long-standing debate between two competing views on God's eternity: one focused on God's absolute timelessness in classical theism, and the other on God's temporal everlastingness in contemporary panentheism. In contrast to both of these well-worn options, this book presents an alternative Trinitarian analogical understanding of God's eternity and its relation to time, especially through a critical reflection on Karl Barth's and Hans Urs von Balthasar's engagement of the issue. This analogical approach, based on the dynamic and dramatic concepts of God's being-in-relation and of the Triune God's communicative action in eternity and time, has the potential to resolve the debate between absolute timeless eternity and temporal everlasting duration.
Historiography in the Ancient World and the Origins of Biblical History
Author: John Van Seters
The primary concern of this book is to understand the origins and nature of history writing in ancient Israel. The investigation is undertaken against the background of history writing in the Near Eastern and classical worlds.
Jewish History and Jewish Memory
Author: Yosef Hayim Yerushalmi
Publisher: University of Washington Press
Category: Social Science
�Mr. Yerushalmi�s previous writings . . . established him as one of the Jewish community�s most important historians. His latest book should establish him as one of its most important critics. Zakhor is historical thinking of a very high order - mature speculation based on massive scholarship.� - New York Times Book Review
Vision and Imagination in Medieval Jewish Mysticism
Author: Elliot R. Wolfson
Publisher: Princeton University Press
A comprehensive treatment of visionary experience in some of the main texts of Jewish mysticism, this book reveals the overwhelmingly visual nature of religious experience in Jewish spirituality from antiquity through the late Middle Ages. Using phenomenological and critical historical tools, Wolfson examines Jewish mystical texts from late antiquity, pre-kabbalistic sources from the tenth to the twelfth centuries, and twelfth- and thirteenth-century kabbalistic literature. His work demonstrates that the sense of sight assumes an epistemic priority in these writings, reflecting and building upon those scriptural passages that affirm the visual nature of revelatory experience. Moreover, the author reveals an androcentric eroticism in the scopic mentality of Jewish mystics, which placed the externalized and representable form, the phallus, at the center of the visual encounter. In the visionary experience, as Wolfson describes it, imagination serves a primary function, transmuting sensory data and rational concepts into symbols of those things beyond sense and reason. In this view, the experience of a vision is inseparable from the process of interpretation. Fundamentally challenging the conventional distinction between experience and exegesis, revelation and interpretation, Wolfson argues that for the mystics themselves, the study of texts occasioned a visual experience of the divine located in the imagination of the mystical interpreter. Thus he shows how Jewish mystics preserved the invisible transcendence of God without doing away with the visual dimension of belief.
Creator and Creation in Early Christian Theology and Piety
Author: Paul M. Blowers
Publisher: OUP Oxford
An introduction to the multiplex relation between Creator and creation as an object both of theological construction and religious devotion in the early church. The book argues that patristic commentators were motivated less by cosmological concerns than the desire to depict creation as the enduring creative and redemptive strategy of the Trinity.
Author: Nigel Guy Wilson
Publisher: Psychology Press
Examining every aspect of the culture from antiquity to the founding of Constantinople in the early Byzantine era, this thoroughly cross-referenced and fully indexed work is written by an international group of scholars. This Encyclopedia is derived from the more broadly focused Encyclopedia of Greece and the Hellenic Tradition, the highly praised two-volume work. Newly edited by Nigel Wilson, this single-volume reference provides a comprehensive and authoritative guide to the political, cultural, and social life of the people and to the places, ideas, periods, and events that defined ancient Greece.
Sensory Perception in the Hebrew Bible
Author: Yael Avrahami
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
The Senses of Scripture reveals the essence of biblical epistemology - the ways in which ancient Israelites thought about and used their sensorium. The theoretical introduction demonstrates that scholars need to liberate themselves from the Western bias that holds a pentasensory paradigm and prioritises the sense of sight. The discussion of the biblical material demonstrates that biblical scholars should follow a similar path. Through examination of associative and contextual patters the author reaches a septasensory model, including sight, hearing, speech, kinaesthesia, touch, taste, and smell. It is further demonstrated that the senses, according to the HB, are a divinely created physical experience, which symbolised human ability to act in a sovereign manner in the world. Despite the lack of a biblical Hebrew term 'sense', it seems that at times the merism sight and hearing serves that matter. Finally, the book discusses the longstanding dispute regarding the primacy of sight vs. hearing, and claims that although there is no strict sensory hierarchy evident in the text, sight holds a central space in biblical epistemology.
Changing Perspectives 3
Author: Niels Peter Lemche
First published in 1986. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
Author: Charles B. Puskas,C. Michael Robbins
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Studying the New Testament requires a determination to encounter this collection of writings on its own terms. This classic introduction by Charles B. Puskas, revised with C. Michael Robbins, provides helpful guidance. Since the publication of the first edition, which was in print for twenty years, a host of new and diverse cultural, historical, social-scientific, socio-rhetorical, narrative, textual, and contextual studies has been examined. Attentive also to the positive reviews of the first edition, the authors retain the original tripartite arrangement on 1) the world of the New Testament, 2) interpreting the New Testament, and 3) Jesus and early Christianity. This volume supplies readers with pertinent primary and secondary material. The new edition carries on a genuine effort to be nonsectarian, and although it is more of a critical introduction than a general survey, it is recommended to midlevel college and seminary students and to anyone who wants to be better informed about the New Testament.
Utopian Thought for an Anti-Utopian Age
Author: Russell Jacoby
Publisher: Columbia University Press
"The choice we have is not between reasonable proposals and an unreasonable utopianism. Utopian thinking does not undermine or discount real reforms. Indeed, it is almost the opposite: practical reforms depend on utopian dreaming."--Russell Jacoby, Picture Imperfect Utopianism suffers from an image problem: A recent exhibition on utopias in Paris and New York included photographs of Hitler's Mein Kampf and a Nazi concentration camp. Many observers judge utopians and their sympathizers as foolhardy dreamers at best and murderous totalitarians at worst. However, as noted social critic and historian Russell Jacoby argues in this salient, polemical, and innovative work, not only has utopianism been unfairly characterized, a return to an iconoclastic utopian spirit is vital for today's society. Shaped by the works of Theodor Adorno, Walter Benjamin, Ernst Bloch, Gustav Landauer, and other predominantly Jewish thinkers, iconoclastic utopianism revives society's dormant political imagination and offers hope for a better future. Writing against the grain of history, Jacoby reexamines the anti-utopian mindset and identifies how utopian thought came to be regarded with such suspicion. He challenges standard readings of such anti-utopian classics as 1984 and Brave New World and offers stinging critiques of the influential liberal and anti-utopian theorists Hannah Arendt, Isaiah Berlin, and Karl Popper. He argues that these thinkers mistakenly equate utopianism with totalitarianism. The reputation of utopian thought has also suffered from the failures of, what Jacoby terms, the blueprint utopian tradition and its oppressive emphasis on detailing all aspects of society and providing fantastic images of the future. In contrast, the iconoclastic utopians, like those who follow God's prohibition against graven images, resist both the blueprinters' obsession with detail and the modern seduction of images. Jacoby suggests that by learning from the hopeful spirit of iconoclastic utopians and their willingness to accept new possibilities for society, we open ourselves to new and more imaginative ideas of the future.