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Calendar and Community

Sacha Stern.

October 2001; published online November 2003.

Book. 250 pages.

Traces the development of the Jewish calendar—how months and years were reckoned—from its earliest descriptions in the second century b.c.e. until it reached, in the tenth century c.e., to...

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Purity, Sacrifice, and the Temple

Jonathan Klawans.

November 2005; published online January 2007.

Book. 384 pages.

This book reevaluates modern scholarly approaches to ancient Jewish cultic rituals, arguing that sacrifice in particular has been long misunderstood. Various religious and cultural...

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Rabbis as Romans

Hayim Lapin.

July 2012; published online September 2012.

Book. 272 pages.

The Rabbinic Movement emerged in Palestine by the late second century. Although frequently studied for its significance to the history of Judaism, it is more rarely studied as an example of...

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"My Brother Esau Is a Hairy Man"

Susan Niditch.

March 2008; published online May 2008.

Book. 176 pages.

The story of Jacob and Esau is told in the book of Genesis. With his mother's help, Jacob impersonates his hairy older twin by dressing in Esau's clothes and covering his own hands and the...

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Hidden Children of the Holocaust

Suzanne Vromen.

November 2008; published online May 2008.

Book. 240 pages.

At the time of the Nazi invasion in May 1940, Belgium was a Catholic country with linguistic divisions between north and south. The Catholic Church was the only institution untouched by the...

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The Book of Job in Medieval Jewish Philosophy

Robert Eisen.

September 2004; published online January 2007.

Book. 337 pages.

This book analyzes the history of the interpretation of the book of Job by medieval Jewish exegetes. The scholarship on medieval Jewish thought has focused largely on the systematic...

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Men of Silk

Glenn Dynner.

May 2006; published online January 2007.

Book. 396 pages.

Hasidism, a kabbalah-inspired movement founded by Israel Ba'al Shem Tov (c1700-1760), transformed Jewish communities across Eastern and East Central Europe. This book illuminates Hasidism's...

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Opening the Covenant

Michael S. Kogan.

February 2008; published online January 2008.

Book. 304 pages.

The Vatican II Council of 1965 signaled a new era in the relationship of the Jewish and Christian faiths. Determined to free the Church of the anti-Jewish polemic which led to such...

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Reading the Zohar

Pinchas Giller.

December 2000; published online October 2011.

Book. 272 pages.

Comprising well over a thousand pages of densely-written Aramaic, the compilation of texts known as the Zohar represents the collective wisdom of various strands of Jewish mysticism, or...

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Impurity and Sin in Ancient Judaism

Jonathan Klawans.

November 2000; published online October 2011.

Book. 256 pages.

Much has been written about ritual impurity in ancient Judaism, but the question of how the ancient Jews understood the relationship between defilement and sin has largely been ignored....

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