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 “And Jacob Remained Alone”: The Jewish Struggle with Celibacy

Eliezer Diamond

in Celibacy and Religious Traditions

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2008
ISBN:
9780195306316
eISBN:
9780199867721
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195306316.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Judaism has been opposed to celibacy because marriage was a normal condition and a divine ordinance. The Jewish tradition provides evidence of exceptions to the rule against celibacy among marginal ... More


Rabbinic Responses to War's Failure

Reuven Firestone

in Holy War in Judaism: The Fall and Rise of a Controversial Idea

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199860302
eISBN:
9780199950621
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199860302.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

In the wake of the Destruction rose a new class of Jewish leadership in the rabbis. This chapter discusses the emergence and dominance of Rabbinic Judaism and its sacred literature after the ... More


“A Time for War and a Time for Peace”: Teaching Religion and Violence in the Jewish Tradition

Michael Dobkowski

in Teaching Religion and Violence

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780195372427
eISBN:
9780199949618
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195372427.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter examines violence, war, and power in Judaism and argues that Judaism has developed a range of perspectives on these issues. Certainly there is violence in the Hebrew Bible, most notably ... More


‘A Peculiar Problem’: A Short History of Scholarship on the Essenes

Joan E. Taylor

in The Essenes, the Scrolls, and the Dead Sea

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199554485
eISBN:
9780191745911
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199554485.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Judaism, Biblical Studies

The history of scholarship on the Essenes has been one embedded within a large project to define Judaism at the time of Jesus. This was generally done with underlying assumptions about the ... More


Theological Impressionism

Howard Wettstein

in The Significance of Religious Experience

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199841363
eISBN:
9780199950003
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199841363.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, General, Philosophy of Religion

This chapter argues that theological doctrine, the output of philosophical theology, is not a natural tool for thinking about biblical/rabbinic Judaism. Fundamental to the chapter's argument is the ... More


Judaism on Violence and Reconciliation: An Examination of Key Sources

Reuven Firestone

in Beyond Violence: Religious Sources of Social Transformation in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823223336
eISBN:
9780823236596
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823223336.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter presents a paper given at the international conference titled “Beyond Violence: Religious Sources for Social Transformation.” The paper contends that as a whole, ... More


Introduction: Interpreting the Bible through a Bent Lens

David Shneer

in Torah Queeries: Weekly Commentaries on the Hebrew Bible

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814720127
eISBN:
9780814785249
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814720127.003.0062
Subject:
Sociology, Sociology of Religion

This introductory chapter describes the Hebrew Bible, particularly its first five books written by Moses—the Torah. The Hebrew Bible, sacred to nearly half the world's population, infuses the myths, ... More


Conclusion: The End of Sacrifice, Revisited

Mira Balberg

in Blood for Thought: The Reinvention of Sacrifice in Early Rabbinic Literature

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780520295926
eISBN:
9780520968660
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520295926.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

The conclusion builds on the analyses presented in the book’s chapters to integrate the rabbinic sacrificial corpus into the trans-religious and trans-regional story of the gradual decline and ... More


Coming to Terms with Exile

Howard Wettstein

in The Significance of Religious Experience

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199841363
eISBN:
9780199950003
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199841363.003.0010
Subject:
Philosophy, General, Philosophy of Religion

This chapter gives an exploration of one side of Jewish religious life, an attempt to come to terms with exile, to find spiritual riches in dark places. Exile of two varieties are distinguished: the ... More


Concepts of Scripture in Rabbinic Judaism: Oral Torah and Written Torah

Steven D. Fraade

in Jewish Concepts of Scripture: A Comparative Introduction

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814740620
eISBN:
9780814724798
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814740620.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter discusses how the rabbinic conception of a pedagogical curriculum of written Scripture and oral teaching is without antecedent or parallel in the ancient world. While the idea of a ... More


The Letter of Aristeas and Its Early Interpreters

Timothy H. Lim

in The Formation of the Jewish Canon

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780300164343
eISBN:
9780300164954
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300164343.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

It has been asserted that the Septuagint was the Bible of the Jewish diaspora during the period after the return of the Jews from exile to the emergence of Rabbinic Judaism. However, the reality is ... More


Receiving Revelation

Samuel Fleischacker

in The Good and the Good Book: Revelation as a Guide to Life

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780198733072
eISBN:
9780191797514
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198733072.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion

By hypothesis, the good presented by our revealed texts is obscure. By hypothesis also, however, it cannot be wholly obscure, else we could not recognize that it is good at all, and it could not ... More


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