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Significance of Yavneh & Other Essays in Jewish Hellenism

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Shaye J. D. Cohen, "Significance of Yavneh & Other Essays in Jewish Hellenism"
English | ISBN: 3161503759 | 2010 | 629 pages | PDF | 4 MB

Significance of Yavneh & Other Essays in Jewish Hellenism
This volume collects thirty essays by Shaye J.D. Cohen. First published between 1980 and 2006, these essays deal with a wide variety of themes and texts: Jewish Hellenism; Josephus; the Synagogue; Conversion to Judaism; Blood and Impurity; the boundary between Judaism and Christianity. What unites them is their philological orientation. Many of these essays are close studies of obscure passages in Jewish and Christian texts.
The essays are united too by their common assumption that the ancient world was a single cultural continuum; that ancient Judaism, in all its expressions and varieties, was a Hellenism; and that texts written in Hebrew share a world of discourse with those written in Greek. Many of these essays are well-known and have been much discussed in contemporary scholarship. Among these are: "The Significance of Yavneh" (the title essay), "Patriarchs and Scholarchs," "Masada: Literary Tradition, Archaeological Remains, and the Credibility of Josephus," "Epigraphical Rabbis," "The Conversion of Antoninus," "Menstruants and the Sacred in Judaism and Christianity," and "A Brief History of Jewish Circumcision Blood."
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Jewish Hellenism The Beauty of Flora and the Beauty of Sarai – Sosates the Jewish Homer – The Destruction: From Scripture to Midrash – The Significance of Yavneh – Patriarchs and Scholarchs – False Prophets (4Q339), Netinim (4Q340), and Hellenism at Qumran
Josephus Josephus, Jeremiah, and Polybius – History and Historiography in the Against Apion of Josephus – Masada: Literary Tradition, Archaeological Remains, and the Credibility of Josephus – Parallel Historical Tradition in Josephus and Rabbinic Literature – Alexander the Great and Jaddus the High Priest According to Josephus – Respect for Judaism by Gentiles in the Writings of Josephus – Ioudaios to genos and Related Expressions in Josephus
Synagogues and Rabbis Epigraphical Rabbis – Pagan and Christian Evidence on the Ancient Synagogue – Were Pharisees and Rabbis the Leaders of Communal Prayer and Torah Study in Antiquity? The Evidence of the New Testament, Josephus, and the Early Church Fathers – The Place of the Rabbi in the Jewish Society of the Second Century
Conversion and Intermarriage Was Judaism in Antiquity a Missionary Religion? – Adolf Harnack's The Mission and Expansion of Judaism: Christianity Succeeds where Judaism Fails – Is `Proselyte Baptism' Mentioned in the Mishnah? The Interpretation of M. Pesahim 8:8 – The Conversion of Antoninus – On Murdering or Injuring a Proselyte – Solomon and the Daughter of Pharaoh: Intermarriage, Conversion, and the Impurity of Women
Women and Blood Menstruants and the Sacred in Judaism and Christianity – Purity, Piety, and Polemic: Medieval Rabbinic Denunciations of `Incorrect' Purification Practices – A Brief History of Jewish Circumcision Blood
Judaism and Christianity Judaism without Circumcision and `Judaism' without `Circumcision' in Ignatius – Between Judaism and Christianity: the Semi-Circumcision of Christians According to Bernard Gui, his Sources, and R. Eliezer of Metz – Does Rashi's Torah Commentary Respond to Christianity? A Comparison of Rashi with Rashbam and Bekhor Shor – A Virgin Defiled: Some Rabbinic and Christian Views on the Origins of Heresy
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The Browser’s Dictionary of Foreign Words and Phrases

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Mary Varchaver, Frank Ledlie Moore, "The Browser's Dictionary of Foreign Words and Phrases"
English | 2001 | ISBN: 0471383724 | 288 pages | PDF | 1 MB

The Browser’s Dictionary of Foreign Words and Phrases
"Kudos (Greek), encomiums (Latin), and accolades (French) to the authors for their enlightening and amusing lexicon, a testament that English is the most cheerfully democratic and hospitable language ever cobbled together."-Richard Lederer, author of The Miracle of Language

From angst to zydeco, the ultimate guide to foreign terms and phrases

This handy, practical, and browsable A-to-Z reference tells you all you need to know to understand, pronounce, and appreciate the nearly 2,000 foreign words and phrases commonly used by speakers and writers of English. The Browser?s Dictionary covers a wide variety of subject areas and includes loan-words from more than sixty languages around the world, such as:

Latin (desideratum) ? the romance languages (rapprochement, macho, imbroglio) ? German (gestalt) ? Russian (gulag) ? Hebrew (shibboleth) ? Yiddish (shtick) ? Persian (tambura) ? Hindi (purdah) ? Arabic (loofah) ? Hawaiian (kanaka) ? Creole French (zydeco) ? and Japanese (netsuke)

In addition, each entry provides:
? A guide to pronunciation using easy-to-understand transcriptions from ordinary English
? Comprehensive literal and idiomatic definitions
? The word?s source language, as well as its literal meaning

The Browser?s Dictionary of Foreign Words and Phrases is sure to become a favorite reference for anyone with an interest in words and language.
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The Browser’s Dictionary of Foreign Words and Phrases

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Mary Varchaver, Frank Ledlie Moore, "The Browser's Dictionary of Foreign Words and Phrases"
English | 2001 | ISBN: 0471383724 | 288 pages | PDF | 1 MB

The Browser’s Dictionary of Foreign Words and Phrases
"Kudos (Greek), encomiums (Latin), and accolades (French) to the authors for their enlightening and amusing lexicon, a testament that English is the most cheerfully democratic and hospitable language ever cobbled together."-Richard Lederer, author of The Miracle of Language

From angst to zydeco, the ultimate guide to foreign terms and phrases

This handy, practical, and browsable A-to-Z reference tells you all you need to know to understand, pronounce, and appreciate the nearly 2,000 foreign words and phrases commonly used by speakers and writers of English. The Browser?s Dictionary covers a wide variety of subject areas and includes loan-words from more than sixty languages around the world, such as:

Latin (desideratum) ? the romance languages (rapprochement, macho, imbroglio) ? German (gestalt) ? Russian (gulag) ? Hebrew (shibboleth) ? Yiddish (shtick) ? Persian (tambura) ? Hindi (purdah) ? Arabic (loofah) ? Hawaiian (kanaka) ? Creole French (zydeco) ? and Japanese (netsuke)

In addition, each entry provides:
? A guide to pronunciation using easy-to-understand transcriptions from ordinary English
? Comprehensive literal and idiomatic definitions
? The word?s source language, as well as its literal meaning

The Browser?s Dictionary of Foreign Words and Phrases is sure to become a favorite reference for anyone with an interest in words and language.
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The Agrarian Sociology of Ancient Civilizations

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The Agrarian Sociology of Ancient Civilizations by Max Weber
English | 2013 | ISBN: 1781681090 | 432 pages | EPUB | 2,3 MB

The Agrarian Sociology of Ancient Civilizations
Max Weber, widely recognized as the greatest of the founders of classical sociology, is often associated with the development of capitalism in Western Europe and the analysis of modernity. But he also had a profound scholarly interest in ancient societies and the Near East, and turned the youthful discipline of sociology to the study of these archaic cultures.

The Agrarian Sociology of Ancient Civilizations – Weber's neglected masterpiece, first published in German in 1897 and reissued in 1909 – is a fascinating examination of the civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Hebrew society in Israel, the city-states of classical Greece, the Hellenistic world and, finally, Republican and Imperial Rome. The book is infused with the excitement attendant when new intellectual tools are brought to bear on familiar subjects. Throughout the work, Weber blends a description of socio-economic structures with an investigation into mechanisms and causes in the rise and decline of social systems. The volume ends with a magisterial explanatory essay on the underlying reasons for the fall of the Roman Empire.
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Holy Misogyny: Why the Sex and Gender Conflicts in the Early Church Still Matter

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Holy Misogyny: Why the Sex and Gender Conflicts in the Early Church Still Matter by April D. DeConick
English | 2011 | ISBN-10: 0826405614 | PDF | 200 pages | 3 MB

Holy Misogyny: Why the Sex and Gender Conflicts in the Early Church Still Matter
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"April DeConick has collected materials from a wide range of early Christian evidence. The result is a brave book, in a straight-forward style accessible to a non-specialist audience, on an uncomfortable subject."- Jorunn J. Buckley, Associate Professor of Religion, Bowdoin College, USA

"An intriguing, important, and appropriately dangerous book. DeConick brings her study of the difficult canonical and apocryphal texts into conversation with contemporary concerns in a satisfying and accessible way. Her style is both technical and easy-going. This is a book for the general public as well as the academic classroom. I learned a great deal from it and am left with many questions to chew on happily and to discuss. The reader is aided in the search for 'Lady God,' and in the struggle to create societies that abhor and reject violence to the female body." – Jane Schaberg, Professor of Biblical Studies and Gender/Women's Studies, University of Detroit Mercy, USA

"April DeConick, a world class scholar, has written a must-read book for those interested in gender issues in relationship to God. By integrating her vast knowledge of extracanonical and canonical texts, she expansively analyzes the effect of misogyny on conceptions of the female body and the profound difference such marginalization has made, even today for women's ecclesiastical leadership and ordination." – Ann Graham Brock, Associate Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins, Iliff School of Theology, USA

"An intriguing, important, and appropriately dangerous book. DeConick brings her study of the difficult canonical and apocryphal texts into conversation with contemporary concerns in a satisfying and accessible way. Her style is both technical and easy-going. This is a book for the general public as well as the academic classroom. I learned a great deal from it and am left with many questions to chew on happily and to discuss. The reader is aided in the search for 'Lady God,' and in the struggle to create societies that abhor and reject violence to the female body." – Jane Schaberg, Professor of Biblical Studies and Gender/Women's Studies, University of Detroit Mercy, USA

"April DeConick, a world class scholar, has written a must-read book for those interested in gender issues in relationship to God. By integrating her vast knowledge of extracanonical and canonical texts, she expansively analyzes the effect of misogyny on conceptions of the female body and the profound difference such marginalization has made, even today for women's ecclesiastical leadership and ordination." – Ann Graham Brock, Associate Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins, Iliff School of Theology, USA

"The near-programmatic downgrading and degrading of women is one of the most shameful aspects of traditional Christianity. In this powerful book, DeConick rejects conventional theological and hermeneutical attempts to soften the absence of the divine and human female by challenging head-on the vilification of women and the othering of their bodies in early Christianity. This bold discussion makes for uncomfortable but essential reading – and rightly so." – Francesca Stavrakopoulou, Senior Lecturer in Hebrew Bible, University of Exeter, UK
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Historical Dictionary of the Tamil

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Historical Dictionary of the Tamils
English | 2007 | ISBN: 0810853795 | PDF | 448 pages | 4 Mb
The cultural heritage of the Tamils dates back two thousand years. As a language, Tamil has existed since the pre-Christian era, around the same time as the early classical languages Hebrew and Sankrit. The first book on Tamil grammar, the Tolkappiyam, was written around the fifth century BCE. Today, Tamil cuisine has captured the imagination of the vegetarian world, and Tamil cinema, with its heavy political allegories and opera style music, is popular across the globe.

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