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Sacred Attunement

Sacred Attunement Author Michael Fishbane
ISBN-10 9781458724564
Release 2010-11-29
Pages 372
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Contemporary theology, and Jewish theology in particular, Michael Fishbane asserts, now lies fallow, beset by strong critiques from within and without. For Jewish reality, a coherent and wide-ranging response in thoroughly modern terms is needed. Sacred Attunement is Fishbane's attempt to renew Jewish theology for our time, in the larger context of modern and postmodern challenges to theology and theological thought in the broadest sense. The first part of the book regrounds theology in this setting and opens up new pathways through nature, art, and the theological dimension as a whole. In the second section, Fishbane introduces his hermeneutical theology - one grounded in the interpretation of scripture as a distinctly Jewish practice. The third section focuses on modes of self-cultivation for awakening and sustaining a covenant theology. The final section takes up questions of scripture, authority, belief, despair, and obligation as theological topics in their own right. The first full-scale Jewish theology in America since Abraham J. Heschel's God in Search of Man and the first comprehensive Jewish philosophical theology since Franz Rosenzweig's Star of Redemption, Sacred Attunement is a work of uncommon personal integrity and originality from one of the most distinguished scholars of Judaica in our time.



Sacred Attunement

Sacred Attunement Author Michael Fishbane
ISBN-10 9780226251745
Release 2009-05-15
Pages 246
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Contemporary theology, and Jewish theology in particular, Michael Fishbane asserts, now lies fallow, beset by strong critiques from within and without. For Jewish reality, a coherent and wide-ranging response in thoroughly modern terms is needed. Sacred Attunement is Fishbane’s attempt to renew Jewish theology for our time, in the larger context of modern and postmodern challenges to theology and theological thought in the broadest sense. The first part of the book regrounds theology in this setting and opens up new pathways through nature, art, and the theological dimension as a whole. In the second section, Fishbane introduces his hermeneutical theology—one grounded in the interpretation of scripture as a distinctly Jewish practice. The third section focuses on modes of self-cultivation for awakening and sustaining a covenant theology. The final section takes up questions of scripture, authority, belief, despair, and obligation as theological topics in their own right. The first full-scale Jewish theology in America since Abraham J. Heschel’s God in Search of Man and the first comprehensive Jewish philosophical theology since Franz Rosenzweig’s Star of Redemption, Sacred Attunement is a work of uncommon personal integrity and originality from one of the most distinguished scholars of Judaica in our time.



Sacred Attunement

Sacred Attunement Author Michael Fishbane
ISBN-10 0226251721
Release 2010-10-15
Pages 252
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Contemporary theology, and Jewish theology in particular, Michael Fishbane asserts, now lies fallow, beset by strong critiques from within and without. For Jewish reality, a coherent and wide-ranging response in thoroughly modern terms is needed. Sacred Attunement is Fishbane’s attempt to renew Jewish theology for our time, in the larger context of modern and postmodern challenges to theology and theological thought in the broadest sense. The first part of the book regrounds theology in this setting and opens up new pathways through nature, art, and the theological dimension as a whole. In the second section, Fishbane introduces his hermeneutical theology—one grounded in the interpretation of scripture as a distinctly Jewish practice. The third section focuses on modes of self-cultivation for awakening and sustaining a covenant theology. The final section takes up questions of scripture, authority, belief, despair, and obligation as theological topics in their own right. The first full-scale Jewish theology in America since Abraham J. Heschel’s God in Search of Man and the first comprehensive Jewish philosophical theology since Franz Rosenzweig’s Star of Redemption, Sacred Attunement is a work of uncommon personal integrity and originality from one of the most distinguished scholars of Judaica in our time.



Midrashic Imagination The

Midrashic Imagination  The Author Michael Fishbane
ISBN-10 9781438402871
Release 2012-02-01
Pages 296
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This innovative and original book examines the broad range of Jewish interpretation from antiquity through the medieval and renaissance periods. Its primary focus is on Midrash and midrashic creativity, including the entire range of nonlegal interpretations of the Bible. Considering Midrash as a literary and cultural form, the book explores aspects of classical Midrash from various angles including mythmaking and parables. The relationship between this exoteric mode and more esoteric forms in late antiquity is also examined. This work also focuses on some of the major genres of medieval biblical exegesis: plain sense, allegory, and mystical.



Divine Attunement

Divine Attunement Author Yuval Ron
ISBN-10 9781937465193
Release 2014-08-01
Pages 175
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Music is the language of the soul, and Divine Attunement provides a unique window into the world of ecstatic music, sacred sound, and ritual dance. Written by master-musician and composer Yuval Ron, and with a foreword by Pir Zia Inayat-Khan, Ph.D., spiritual leader of Sufi Order International, the book is based on collaborations with Zen Buddhist masters, Jewish Kabbalists, Gnostic Christians, and Sufi mystics. It also includes the latest research from leading neuroscientists on how sound heals the body, mind, and spirit. Ron takes the reader on an amazing journey of self-discovery that inspires and enables greater access to energy, creativity, and joy. Divine Attunement contains twenty-one stories, essays, and wisdom parables which disclose the secrets of sacred music and guide the reader toward personal growth and transformation. Ron retells ancient legends about the Middle Eastern poets, gypsies, and great mystics – such as Rumi, Rabbi Yehuda Halevi, Hazrat Inayat Khan, and Baal Shem Tov – all of whom used music to commune with God. The book also includes two Appendices with meditative exercises involving music and movement to assist the reader in reaching authentic selfhood and experiencing a deeper connection with the Divine. Author Yuval Ron – the “Peace Musician” – will be donating proceeds from his book to international charities that support feeding the hungry, spreading interfaith understanding, and promoting peace. Divine Attunement is offered through Oracle Institute Press, a non-profit publishing house that serves as “an Advocate for Peace and a Vanguard for Conscious Evolution.”



Biblical Interpretation in Ancient Israel

Biblical Interpretation in Ancient Israel Author Michael Fishbane
ISBN-10 9780198263258
Release 1985-08-15
Pages 613
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This acclaimed book offers the first comprehensive treatment and analysis fo the phenomenon of textual interpretation ion ancient Israel. Fishbane explores the rich tradition of exegesis prior to the development of biblical interpretation in early classical Judaism and the earliest Christian communities, and analyzes four main categories of exegesis: scribal, legal, aggadic, and mantological. The paperback edition has been expanded with new material and appendices.



Desiring the Kingdom Cultural Liturgies

Desiring the Kingdom  Cultural Liturgies Author James K. A. Smith
ISBN-10 1441211268
Release 2009-08-01
Pages 240
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Malls, stadiums, and universities are actually liturgical structures that influence and shape our thoughts and affections. Humans--as Augustine noted--are "desiring agents," full of longings and passions; in brief, we are what we love. James K. A. Smith focuses on the themes of liturgy and desire in Desiring the Kingdom, the first book in what will be a three-volume set on the theology of culture. He redirects our yearnings to focus on the greatest good: God. Ultimately, Smith seeks to re-vision education through the process and practice of worship. Students of philosophy, theology, worldview, and culture will welcome Desiring the Kingdom, as will those involved in ministry and other interested readers.



Gershom Scholem

Gershom Scholem Author Amir Engel
ISBN-10 9780226428772
Release 2017-03-17
Pages 240
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Gershom Scholem (1897–1982) was ostensibly a scholar of Jewish mysticism, yet he occupies a powerful role in today’s intellectual imagination, having an influential contact with an extraordinary cast of thinkers, including Hans Jonas, Martin Buber, Walter Benjamin, Hannah Arendt, and Theodor Adorno. In this first biography of Scholem, Amir Engel shows how Scholem grew from a scholar of an esoteric discipline to a thinker wrestling with problems that reach to the very foundations of the modern human experience. As Engel shows, in his search for the truth of Jewish mysticism Scholem molded the vast literature of Jewish mystical lore into a rich assortment of stories that unveiled new truths about the modern condition. Positioning Scholem’s work and life within early twentieth-century Germany, Palestine, and later the state of Israel, Engel intertwines Scholem’s biography with his historiographical work, which stretches back to the Spanish expulsion of Jews in 1492, through the lives of Rabbi Isaac Luria and Sabbatai Zevi, and up to Hasidism and the dawn of the Zionist movement. Through parallel narratives, Engel touches on a wide array of important topics including immigration, exile, Zionism, World War One, and the creation of the state of Israel, ultimately telling the story of the realizations—and failures—of a dream for a modern Jewish existence.



Maimonides and Spinoza

Maimonides and Spinoza Author Joshua Parens
ISBN-10 9780226645766
Release 2012-04-09
Pages 240
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Until the last century, it was generally agreed that Maimonides was a great defender of Judaism, and Spinoza—as an Enlightenment advocate for secularization—among its key opponents. However, a new scholarly consensus has recently emerged that the teachings of the two philosophers were in fact much closer than was previously thought. In his perceptive new book, Joshua Parens sets out to challenge the now predominant view of Maimonides as a protomodern forerunner to Spinoza—and to show that a chief reason to read Maimonides is in fact to gain distance from our progressively secularized worldview. Turning the focus from Spinoza’s oft-analyzed Theologico-Political Treatise, this book has at its heart a nuanced analysis of his theory of human nature in the Ethics. Viewing this work in contrast to Maimonides’s Guide of the Perplexed, it makes clear that Spinoza can no longer be thought of as the founder of modern Jewish identity, nor should Maimonides be thought of as having paved the way for a modern secular worldview. Maimonides and Spinoza dramatically revises our understanding of both philosophers.



Judaism

Judaism Author Michael Fishbane
ISBN-10 9780060626556
Release 1987-12-23
Pages 160
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An authoritative look at Judaism's historical sweep and distinctive religious dimensions, showing how it developed out of the Hebrew Bible and has diversified throughout history and throughout the world.



Doing Jewish Theology

Doing Jewish Theology Author Neil Gillman
ISBN-10 9781580233224
Release 2008
Pages 283
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A respected scholar, theologian, and winner of the National Jewish Book Award offers an engaging examination of the central themes of Judaism, providing extraordinary insights into Jewish identity, theology, and one's relationship with God.



Maimonides Guide of the Perplexed

Maimonides   Guide of the Perplexed Author Alfred L. Ivry
ISBN-10 9780226395265
Release 2016-09-27
Pages 320
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A classic of medieval Jewish philosophy, Maimonides’s Guide of the Perplexed is as influential as it is difficult and demanding. Not only does the work contain contrary—even contradictory—statements, but Maimonides deliberately wrote in a guarded and dissembling manner in order to convey different meanings to different readers, with the knowledge that many would resist his bold reformulations of God and his relation to mankind. As a result, for all the acclaim the Guide has received, comprehension of it has been unattainable to all but a few in every generation. Drawing on a lifetime of study, Alfred L. Ivry has written the definitive guide to the Guide—one that makes it comprehensible and exciting to even those relatively unacquainted with Maimonides’ thought, while also offering an original and provocative interpretation that will command the interest of scholars. Ivry offers a chapter-by-chapter exposition of the widely accepted Shlomo Pines translation of the text along with a clear paraphrase that clarifies the key terms and concepts. Corresponding analyses take readers more deeply into the text, exploring the philosophical issues it raises, many dealing with metaphysics in both its ontological and epistemic aspects.



The Body of Faith

The Body of Faith Author Michael Wyschogrod
ISBN-10 1568219105
Release 1996
Pages 265
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The original edition of this book describes it as an attempt to 'develop a comprehensive understanding of traditional Judaism in conversation with contemporary philosophical and Christian thought.' This book has been praised by many as one of the most exciting and inspiring books of Jewish theology to be published in a long time.



The Exegetical Imagination

The Exegetical Imagination Author Michael A. Fishbane
ISBN-10 067427461X
Release 1998
Pages 235
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Exegesis--interpretation and explanation of sacred texts--is the quintessence of rabbinic thought. Through such means and methods, the written words of Hebrew Scripture have been extended since antiquity, and given new voices for new times. In this lucid and often poetic book, Michael Fishbane delineates the connections between biblical interpretation and Jewish religious thought. How can a canon be open to new meanings, given that it is believed to be immutable? Fishbane discusses the nature and rationale of this interpretative process in a series of studies on ancient Jewish speculative theology. Focusing on questions often pondered in Midrash, he shows how religious ideas are generated or justified by exegesis. He also explores the role exegesis plays in liturgy and ritual. A striking example is the transfer of speculative interpretations into meditation in prayer. Cultivation of the ability to perceive many implicit meanings in a text or religious practice can become a way of living--as Fishbane shows in explaining how such notions as joy or spiritual meditations on death can be idealized and the ideal transmitted through theological interpretation. The Exegetical Imagination is a collection of interrelated essays that together offer new and profound understanding of scriptural interpretation and its central role in Judaism.



Kabbalah Month by Month

Kabbalah Month by Month Author Mindy Ribner
ISBN-10 STANFORD:36105111996463
Release 2002-08-29
Pages 352
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Through Jewish soul stories, Kabbalistic teachings, inspiring case examples, meditations, spiritual and psychological guidelines, and practical recommendations, the easy-to-follow format of Kabbalah Month by Month makes this ancient wisdom accessible for people of all faiths and backgrounds. Each chapter includes information about the month's: * Unique energy and healing area * Astrological connections * Holidays * Torah portions * Hebrew letter and permutation of the Divine Name



The Sacred Year

The Sacred Year Author Michael Yankoski
ISBN-10 9780718022426
Release 2014-09-23
Pages 354
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"In his life and writing, Michael Yankoski walks a tightrope between action and contemplation, and, behold, in ways we can all learn from, he manages to find a sort of essential balance." —Philip Yancey, author of What's So Amazing About Grace "This book is a joy to the soul and a delight to the heart. It is destined to become a classic within the genre of contemporary spiritual and religious writing." —Phyllis Tickle, compiler of The Divine Hours Frustrated and disillusioned with his life as a Christian motivational speaker, Michael Yankoski was determined to stop merely talking about living a life of faith and start experiencing it. The result was a year of focused engagement with spiritual practices—both ancient and modern—that fundamentally reshaped and revived his life. By contemplating apples for an hour before tasting them (attentiveness), eating on just $2.00 a day (simplicity), or writing letters of thanks (gratitude), Michael discovered a whole new vitality and depth through the intentional life. Guided by the voice of Father Solomon—a local monk—Yankoski's Sacred Year slowly transforms his life. Both entertaining and profound, his story will resonate with those who wish to deepen their own committed faith as well as those who are searching—perhaps for the first time—for their own authentic encounter with the Divine.



Religious Experience and the End of Metaphysics

Religious Experience and the End of Metaphysics Author Jeffrey Bloechl
ISBN-10 0253342260
Release 2003
Pages 209
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Does religious thinking stand in opposition to postmodernity? Does the existence of God present the ultimate challenge to metaphysics? Strands of continental thought, especially those running from Kant, Husserl, and Heidegger, focus on individual consciousness as the horizon for all meaning and provide modern philosophy of religion with much of its present ferment. In Religious Experience and the End of Metaphysics, 11 influential continental philosophers share the conviction that religious thinking cannot afford to disengage from the challenges of modern European philosophy. Together they provide a rich and intriguing set of answers to questions surrounding the meaning of religious experience. Topics include subjectivity, selfhood, and rationality; language, community, and ethics; the influence of Jewish and eastern religions on religious experience; God as phenomenology; and religion in the postmodern age. These lucid and arresting essays bring together many of the leading voices in the contemporary continental debate on God and religion.