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Ishmael on the Border
Ishmael on the Border (July 2006)
Rabbinic Portrayals of the First Arab
Carol Bakhos - Author

Explores rabbinic views of Ishmael, the biblical figure seen as the first Arab.

Ishmael on the Border is an in-depth study of the rabbinic treatment of Abraham’s firstborn son, Ishmael. This book examines Ishmael’s conflicted portrayal over a thousand-year period and traces the shifts and nuances in his representation within the Jewish tradition before and after the emergence of Islam.

Beholders of Divine Secrets provides a fascinating exploration of the enigmatic Hekhalot and Merkavah literature, the Jewish mystical writings of late antiquity. Vita Daphna Arbel delves into the unique nature of the myst...(Read More)
God's Voice from the Void
God's Voice from the Void (November 2001)
Old and New Studies in Bratslav Hasidism
Shaul Magid - Editor

New and classic explorations of the work of Rabbi Nahman of Bratslav, a major Hasidic thinker, using a wide range of approaches.
Rabbi Nahman of Bratslav was one of the most celebrated masters of late Jewish mysticism and Hasidism, and his writings have become classics. This volume brings together translations of three seminal studies on Rabbi Nahman in German, Hebrew, and Yiddish with six new studies from scholars in various fields of Je...(Read More)
Isaac Abarbanel's Stance Toward Tradition
Isaac Abarbanel's Stance Toward Tradition (September 2001)
Defense, Dissent, and Dialogue
Eric Lawee - Author

Winner of the Nauchman Sokol-Mollie Halberstadt Prize in Biblical/Rabbinic Scholarship--Presented at the 14th Annual Canadian Jewish Book Awards

Finalist, Scholarship Morris J. and Betty Kaplun Award, from the National Jewish Book Council

Explores the thought of Isaac Abarbanel, courtier-financier and important Jewish thinker at the turn of the sixteenth century, from the perspective of h...(Read More)
The Conservative Movement in Judaism
The Conservative Movement in Judaism (September 2000)
Dilemmas and Opportunities
Daniel J. Elazar - Author
Rela Mintz Geffen - Author

Illustrates how the American Conservative Movement in Judaism can continue to prosper amidst ideological and institutional challenges.

Viewing the Conservative Movement at a turning point, this book analyzes the problems facing the religious movement with the largest synagogue membership in the American Jewish community and outlines a plan of action for the future. Elazar and Geffen suggest: clarifying ideology, mission, and purpose, f...(Read More)
Between Mysticism and Philosophy
Between Mysticism and Philosophy (May 2000)
Sufi Language of Religious Experience in Judah Ha-Levi's Kuzari
Diana Lobel - Author

A revealing study of this important medieval Jewish poet and his relation to Islamic thought.

Judah Ha-Levi (1075-1141), a medieval Jewish poet, mystic, and sophisticated critic of the rationalistic tradition in Judaism, is the focus of this ground-breaking study. Diana Lobel examines his influential philosophical dialogue, Sefer ha-Kuzari, written in Arabic and later translated into Hebrew, which broke rel...(Read More)
Ninety-Two Poems and Hymns of Yehuda Halevi
Ninety-Two Poems and Hymns of Yehuda Halevi (May 2000)
Franz Rosenzweig - Author
Thomas Kovach - Translator
Eva Jospe - Translator
Gilya Gerda Schmidt - Translator
Richard A. Cohen - Edited and with an introduction by

Through translation and commentary, this book presents the final visionary statements of the German-Jewish philosopher Franz Rosenzweig.
This is the first publication in English of Franz Rosenzweig's 1927 translation of and commentaries on ninety-two poems and hymns of the greatest medieval "singer of Zion," Yehuda Halevi (born circa 1080). Franz Rosenzweig (1886-1929) is widely recognized as one of the greatest Jewish philosophers of the...(Read More)
Reviewing the Covenant
Reviewing the Covenant (March 2000)
Eugene B. Borowitz and the Postmodern Renewal of Jewish Theology
Peter Ochs - Editor
Eugene B. Borowitz - With

This major intellectual response to the leading theologian of liberal Judaism provides a significant indication of future directions in Jewish religious thought.

In Reviewing the Covenant, six Jewish philosophers--and one Christian colleague--respond to the work of the renowned Jewish theologian Eugene B. Borowitz, one of the leading figures in the movement of "postmodern" Jewish philosophy and theology. The title recalls Borowi...(Read More)
Time Matters
Time Matters (February 2000)
Time, Creation, and Cosmology in Medieval Jewish Philosophy
T.M. Rudavsky - Author

Traces the development of the concepts of time, cosmology, and creation in medieval Jewish philosophy.

Despite the importance of time and cosmology to Western thought, surprisingly little attention has been paid to these issues in histories of Jewish philosophy. Focusing on how medieval philosophers constructed a philosophical theology that was sensitive to religious constraints and yet also incorporated compelling elements of science ...(Read More)
Hope for Our Time
Hope for Our Time (April 1999)
Key Trends in the Thought of Martin Buber
Avraham Shapira - Author
Jeffrey M. Green - Translator

In this book, Avraham Shapira traces the history of Buber's ideas and locates underlying structures which unite Buber's thought. Ultimately, Hope for Our Time shows the connection between Buber's philosophy and his spiritual biography.

"Martin Buber remains one of the truly important religious teachers of the twentieth century. His 'philosophy of dialogue' and his commitment to personal encounter with the Other have had great impact o...(Read More)
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