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When the state winks : the performance of Jewish conversion in Israel
Kravel-Tovi, Michal, author
New York : Columbia University Press, [2017]
Prologue : the naked truth on Tel Aviv's beaches -- Introduction : taking winking seriously -- The conversion mission -- National mission -- State workers -- The conversion performance -- Legible signs -- Dramaturgical entanglements -- Biographical scripts -- Comp : please do not treat epilogue as part of part 2 -- Epilogue : winking like a state.

The first ethnography of state-run Jewish conversion in contemporary Israel, this book offers a fresh perspective on religious conversion as a tool of nationally driven population policy.
Baker Berry BM645.C6 K73 2017

The great shift : encountering God in biblical times
Kugel, James L., author
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017
Part I: "A thousand ages in Thy sight ...". Seeing biblically ; Joseph and his brothers ; The last wills of Jacob's sons -- Part II: Divine encounters. Adam and Eve and the undifferentiated outside ; The fog of divine beings ; Eternity in ancient temples ; Imagining prophecy ; The Book of Psalms and speaking to God -- Part III. Transformations. To monotheism ... and beyond ; A sacred agreement at Sinai ; The emergence of the biblical soul ; Remembering God ; The end of prophecy? -- Part IV. In search of God. The elusive individual ; Humans in search ; Outside the Temple ; Personal religion ; Some conclusions.

"A world-renowned scholar uses the Bible's own words to understand a fateful change that occurred during the biblical era, one that would ultimately determine the whole way in which Jews and Christians would encounter God ever since. A great mystery lies at the heart of the Bible. Early on, people seem to live in a world entirely foreign to our own. God appears to Abraham and Sarah, Jacob and others; He buttonholes Moses and Isaiah and Jeremiah and tells them what to say. Then comes the Great Shift, and Israelites stop seeing God or hearing His voice. Instead, later Israelites are 'in search of God,' reaching out to a distant, omniscient deity in prayers, as people have done ever since. What brought about this change? The answers come from the Bible and other ancient texts, archaeology and anthropology and recent advances in neuroscience. Ultimately, the book leads readers to the most basic matter of all, the nature of humanity's encounter with God from earliest times to our own day. The Great Shift is a landmark book, the culmination of a scholar's lifelong reckoning with the foundational text of Judaism and Christianity. James Kugel, whose religious conviction shines through his scientific exploration of the Bible and the ancient world, has written a masterwork for believers and nonbelievers alike, a profound meditation on the apprehension of God, then and now."--Jacket.
Baker Berry BM610 .K79 2017

Sefaria : a living library of Jewish texts online
[California] : [Sefaria Project], [2013?]-
"Sefaria is building the future of Jewish learning in an open and participatory way. We are building a free living library of Jewish texts and their interconnections, in Hebrew and in translation. Our scope is Torah in the broadest sense, from Tanakh to Talmud to Zohar to modern texts and all the volumes of commentary in between. Sefaria is created, edited, and annotated by an open community. Having digital texts enables us to create new, interactive interfaces for the Web, tablet and mobile which allow students and scholars around the world to freely learn and explore the interconnections among Torah texts. Judaism's core texts grew out of millennia-long conversations and arguments across generations. We envision creating an open space for ancient conversations to continue in new ways, with new participants, new questions, and new layers of dialogue."--About page.

The origins of midrash : from teaching to text
Mandel, Paul D., 1953- author
Leiden ; Brill, [2017]
Part 1. Darash and the Jewish leaders of the Second Temple period -- The scribe (sofer) in the Second Temple period -- Doresh ha-torah and midrash torah : Teaching and interpretation in the Dead Sea Scrolls -- The Pharisees : Exegetes of the laws -- Part 2. Darash and the sages of the early rabbinic period -- The rabbinic sage (ḥakham) and the bet midrash -- Darash and midrash : The occupation of the ḥakham -- From an age of instruction to an age of interpretation.

In The Origins of Midrash: From Teaching to Text of Midrash, Paul Mandel presents a comprehensive study of the words darash and midrash from the Bible until the early rabbinic periods (3rd century CE). In contrast to current understandings in which the words are identified with modes of analysis of the biblical text, Mandel claims that they refer to instruction in law and not to an interpretation of text. Mandel traces the use of these words as they are associated with the scribe (sofer), the doresh ha-torah in the Dead Sea scrolls, the exegetes of the laws in the writings of Josephus and the rabbinic sage (akham), showing the development of the uses of midrash as a form of instruction throughout these periods.
Baker Berry BM514 .M36 2017

The origins of Yahwism
edited by Jürgen van Oorschot and Markus Witte
Berlin ; De Gruyter, [2017]
This compendium examines the origins of the God Yahweh, his place in the Syrian-Palestinian and Northern Arabian pantheon during the bronze and iron ages, and the beginnings of the cultic veneration of Yahweh. Contributors analyze the epigraphic and archeological evidence, apply fundamental considerations from the cultural and religious sciences, and analyze the relevant Old Testament texts.
Baker Berry BM165 .O75 2017