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JEWISH LAW FROM JESUS TO THE MISHNAH FIVE STUDIES

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In this volume, E. P. Sanders presents five studies that re-examine the nature of Jewish law in the second Temple period. He considers how serious the legal issues discussed between Jesus and his opponents would have been, had they been authentic; explores whether the Pharisees had oral law, and whether they ate ordinary food in purity; examines how Jewish food and purity laws in the Greek-speaking Diaspora might have borne on the argument between Peter and Paul at Antioch; and sets his own approach over against that of Jacob Neusner.
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9781506406091
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February 1, 2016

JONAHS ARGUMENT W/ GOD THE HONEYMOON IS OVER

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In this refreshing and thoughtful interpretation of the biblical book of Jonah, T. A. Perry seeks to recover the book's prophetic thrust: how Jonah is cast out from the divine Presence and works his way back--like Elijah--in a love story of rejection and reconciliation. This book explores the role reversal of Eternity and Jonah and suggests the possibility that God can not only change his mind, but even be educated.
"The deceptively simple tale of Jonah receives in T. A. Perry's hands the complex intellectual reading it deserves. With wide learning, urbane wit, and acute sensitivity to detail, Perry asks engaging questions that are spot-on, giving them remarkably reflective answers that sometimes surprise and often convince. No matter what your interest in Jonah--be it theological, moral, ecological, or aesthetic--you will want to read this masterful book."
--Edward L. Greenstein, Meiser Professor of Biblical Studies and Director of the Institute for Jewish Biblical Interpretation at Bar-Ilan University, Israel
"I rejoice to see the reissue of T. A. Perry's work on Jonah. This volume draws deeply from the available Jonah literature but is deft at re-presenting with a fresh and provocative twist many of the issues to be found in the short biblical book and commentary on it."
--Barbara Green, O.P., Professor of Biblical Studies, Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology at the Graduate Theological Union
T. A. Perry (PhD, Romance Philology and Comparative Literature, Yale University) is a Faculty Associate at Hartford Seminary and was recently Corcoran Visiting Chair in Christian-Jewish Learning at Boston College. He has also taught at Ben Gurion University, Loyola University, and Hebrew University.
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S781619704893
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October 1, 2014

JOSEPH WISE & OTHERWISE

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This book offers a careful literary reading of Genesis 37-50 that argues that the Joseph story contains both strong covenant themes and many wisdom-like elements. The author examines how these "wisdom-like elements" relate to the story as a whole. Chapter 37 establishes that God will cause Joseph to rise to prominence. The intriguing story of Tamar in chapter 38 is seen as a kind of microcosm of the entire Joseph story, with Tamar securing life, justice, and reconciliation through her wise initiatives, leading ultimately to the preservation of the line of promise. Joseph's public use of wisdom is considered in chapters 39-41, where he uses power successfully and with discernment. Joseph's private use of wisdom occupies chapters 42-45, as Joseph brings about change in his brothers and extends forgiveness to them. Chapters 46-50 complete the story by weaving the concerns of the previous chapters into the fabric of God's purposes for his covenant people.

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9781842271407
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December 1, 1969

Knowing God Through the Old Testament Three Volumes in One

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9780830852437
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February 5, 2019

Law Collections from Mesopotamia & Asia Minor

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9780788503788
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January 1, 1997

LIKE FIRE IN THE BONES OP!!

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No scholar of this generation has had a greater fire in his bones for communicating the word of God than Walter Brueggemann. These essays on Jeremiah exemplify his insistence that criticism should lead to interpretation, and remind us again why prophets like Jeremiah still matter in the 21st century.
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9780800635619
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August 15, 2006

Linguistic Dating of Biblical Texts Volume 1

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First Published in 2014. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an Informa company.

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9781845530822
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April 1, 2009

LITURGICAL WORKS ON DEAD SEA SCROLLS

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Among the invaluable manuscripts of the Dead Sea Scrolls are numerous fragments of liturgical texts pertaining to the ritual life of Jews living around the turn of the common era. These fascinating writings include prayers for annual festivals, a covenant renewal liturgy, a mystical liturgy for Sabbath sacrifices, a grace ceremony for mourners, daily and weekly prayers, liturgies of purification, and perhaps even a wedding ceremony. In this volume, the first to be published in the Eerdmans Commentaries on the Dead Sea Scrolls series, James Davila introduces, translates, and provides a detailed exegesis of these important documents. The book begins with a general introduction to the Qumran library and Jewish liturgical traditions. Davila then provides an introduction, translation, notes on the original Hebrew, and line-by-line commentary for each of the Qumran liturgical works. Davila's excellent translation work combines overlapping fragmentary manuscripts into a single, smoothly flowing text, and his commentary includes numerous fresh insights and observations on these writings. Giving full attention to parallel texts found in the Hebrew Bible and other Jewish and Christian writings through late antiquity, Davila firmly situates the Qumran liturgical works in their historical context in Second Temple Judaism and discusses their significance as background to the Jewish liturgy, Jewish mysticism, and Christian origins. Shedding light on a period of Jewish history whose ritual life formerly lay almost entirely in darkness, this volume makes--and subsequent ECDSS volumes will make--a valuable contribution to our understanding of the biblical world.

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9780802843807
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February 27, 2001

LIVING IN THE LIGHT OF INEXTINGUISHABLE

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Learn how the story of Joseph prefigures the gospel, testifying to God's electing grace and showing how he redeems and restores broken and dysfunctional sinners to accomplish his purposes.
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9781596385429
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June 17, 2013

LORD SHEPHERDING HIS SHEEP

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Perhaps no psalm is more familiar to Christians and others in Christianised countries than Psalm 23. In Britain a familiar setting of it is sung at many funerals. The very familiarity of the words can lead to the great depth of meaning being easily missed, and so here master expositor Joel Beeke carefully examines David's Holy Spirit-inspired words and brings warm, Christ-centred application from the well- known phrases. The author says: "This book is based on a series of sermons preached thirty-five years ago and was subsequently published as my first book, titled Jehovah Shepherding His Sheep. That book has been reprinted several times over the years [Note: it has not been available for ten years in the UK], but I have long desired to shorten, edit, and in certain parts, rewrite those sermons. The Lord Shepherding His Sheep is the result of that desire. My original desire for the book, however, has not changed: I offer this book with the conviction that reading Christ-centered, Reformed, experiential sermons frequently serves as a means of blessing for God's sheep. My aim is to bring glory to God, to edify believers, and to help lost lambs find the Good Shepherd."
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9781783971442
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December 21, 2015

Love of Loves in the Song of Songs

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The Song of Songs is an often confusing and controversial book of the Bible--but rich with meaning for those who understand the unfolding story of Scripture. How does this collection of love poems fit in with the rest of God's Word, and what does it mean for us today? Guiding readers through the Song of Songs verse by verse, this fresh, practical explanation of a fascinating yet often misunderstood portion of the Bible will reveal important insights into romance, marriage, friendship, and human sexuality that are relevant today. This book speaks not only to those navigating romantic relationships, but also to those seeking deeper intimacy with Jesus, because it reveals how the story of love and marriage depicted in the Bible is a living picture of a Christian's relationship with God himself.

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9781433562532
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February 28, 2019

MEANING OF THE PENTATEUCH

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The Pentateuch is the foundation for understanding the Old Testament and the Bible as a whole. Yet through the centuries it has been probed and dissected, weighed and examined, its text peeled back for its underlying history, its discourse analyzed and its words weighed. Could there be any stone in Sinai yet unturned? Surprisingly, there is. From a career of study, John Sailhamer sums up his perspective on the Pentateuch by first settling the hermeneutical question of where we should set our attention. Rather than focus on the history behind the text, Sailhamer is convinced that it is the text itself that should be our primary focus. Along the way he demonstrates that this was in fact the focus of many interpreters in the precritical era. Persuaded of the singular vision of the Pentateuch, Sailhamer searches out clues left by the author and the later editor of the Pentateuch that will disclose the meaning of this great work. By paying particular attention to the poetic seams in the text, he rediscovers a message that surprisingly brings us to the threshold of the New Testament gospel.
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9780830838677
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November 15, 2009