The God of Abraham and Isaac: Jewish Writings and Their Significance
The God of Abraham and Isaac: Jewish Writings and Their Significance
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Indulge your intellect! Investigate these exquisite gems of Hebraic religious thought! Inspect their inclination towards formalism, and inquire into the Talmud's 63 books. Probe these multifaceted decrees and traditions comprising the legal code undergirding the Jewish religion! Invigorating but with intrinsic contradictions, the Jewish Scriptures integrate standards of worth and value, veering between trivia and treasure, the mundane and magnificent, pottery and pearls! Be inspired by one of the undeniably greatest memorials in the literary world from E4's The God of Abraham and Isaac: Jewish Writings and their Significance Library!  
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Tracts on the Sabbath
Translated by Michael L. Rodkinson

A great mental workout! Michael L. Rodkinson’s Tract Sabbath, is a massive compilation of Jewish laws and traditions. The first translator of the Babylonian Talmud into English, Rodkinson raises the mundane subjects dealt with, infusing them with energetic intellectual deliberations, wit and wisdom. This array of information on day-to-day Jewish life includes household activities, cattle, clothing, cuisine, gardening and hunting as well as medical recipes, besides fire-fighting and hygiene and apparently arbitrary Talmudic regulations that arose from political persecution. A prayer to end the study of any tract is appended.

"Better than nothing, but not Talmud Bavli!" — Nathanael James

Three tracts on Ethics
Translated by Michael L. Rodkinson

A triple treat! Tracts Aboth, Derech Eretz-Rabba, Eretz-Zuta, and Baba Kama (First Gate) Translated by Michael L. Rodkinson begins with ethics, including the logical yet poignant Pirqe Aboth (Sayings of the Fathers), with a broad commentary. The Baba Kama introduces the three-part section on Jurisprudence. Step back into time and enjoy the inadvertent and even sharp picturesque details of everyday first-century life in Israel. Strongly flavored with pointed debates equally founded on scripture, common-sense, justice and human rights this will add sparkle to any library!

"Highly insightful!" — A reviewer

The Guide for the Perplexed
Moses Maimonides

Plumb the depths of this vast subject! The Guide for the Perplexed by Moses Maimonides invitingly explores the veiled thoughts and concepts! Maimonides includes even Greek philosophical thought, besides referencing many sources! A masterpiece, re-reading will pay rich dividends as the text each time seems to reveal additional insight. Profound and peerless, it stands apart among the great classic religious of its time! Maimonides writes with authority offering invaluable understanding on specific subjects, although he does leave some issues open to discussion and review. Awesome!

"A Timeless Work Worthy of a Careful Reading!" — Timothy E. Kennelly

"The depth, spirituality, and wisdom of Jewish insight!" — Linda Eisenhauer

"Excellent translation of this deep and sometimes difficult text!" — Art the Science Guy

Eighteen Jewish Treatises from the Mishna
D.A. Sola and M.J. Raphall

Substantial and significant! D.A. Sola and M.J. Raphall’s Eighteen Jewish Treatises from the Mishna, is one of the earliest English translations of the Mishna. Centrally positioned in the Talmud, this core of Jewish law and tradition includes treatises on Yebamoth (marriage customs), Gittin (divorce), Chulin (preparation of the animals for food), and Yadaim (hands). When a revised improvement of the liturgy for Public Worship used in Sphardim Synagogue was sought, its opponents claimed the authority of the Mishna, although doubts regarding the divinity of the Oral Law were cast. Interesting!

"Excellent discussion on the Mishna!" — A reviewer

Festival Tracts (Part III)
Translated by Michael L. Rodkinson

An eye-opener! Rodkinson translates the myriad rules in Tracts Betzh, Succah, Moed Katan, Taanith, Megilla and Ebel Rabbathi or Semahoth! Betzah deals with cooking, fishing, hunting and related feast-day activities. Succah describes the Festival of Tabernacles, in particular the construction and use of the booth or Succah. Moed Katan’s miscellaneous laws on minor festivals include acceptable activities during intercalendary periods. Taanith focuses on rains and folktales on rainmaking Rabbis! The public reading of the book of Esther during Purim occurs in Megilla. Ebel Rabbath records mourning and funerary regulations.

"A good look into the very complicated sets of laws!" — A reviewer

Tracts on Legal and Civil Cases
Translated by Michael L. Rodkinson

Meticulous and honest! Tract Baba Kama (First Gate), Part II and Tract Baba Metzia (Middle Gate) translated by Michael L. Rodkinson emphasizes the priority placed by the Jewish laws on integrity. The second half of the Baba Kama cites cases involving stolen items and restitution. The Baba Metzia is concerned with civil law, particularly cases involving damages. Articles found and loaned, real estate, loans, titles, definitions of usury and fraud, and labor law all feature in here, many of which are extremely complicated, more so than normal. Excellent!

"Very convoluted laws unraveled!" — A reviewer

Festival Tracts
Translated by Michael L. Rodkinson

Challenging! Rodkinson in Tracts Erubin, Shekalim and Rosh Hashana excels! Tract Erubin, the hardest and most complicated treatise, specifies travel rules on the Sabbath, particularly combining courts, limits and streets, and the ’Erub’, or propitiatory offerings if broken, mainly regarding dietary violations. Tract Shekalim tackles tithing, while tract Rosh Hashana discusses the Jewish New Year. Purely rabbinical in origin, they show how the shrewd sages side-stepped the rigorous prohibitions using legal loopholes, without actually breaking the law, thus ensuring the secure the observance of the Sabbath unlike other nations.

"Intriguing!" — A reviewer

Festival Tracts Part II
Translated by Michael L. Rodkinson

Amazing attention to detail! Tracts Pesachim (Passover), Yomah (Day of Atonement) and Hagiga (Holocaust) translated by Michael L. Rodkinson primarily focus on the mandatory rituals on important holy days, mainly the Passover and the Day of Atonement. One of the interesting allusions referred to is the ritual of the scapegoat in Tract Yomah. The brief tract, Hagiga, discusses the Holocaust ritual, an observance of the Jewish burnt-offering. Tract Hagiga presents several subjects, including the cryptic Chariot of God, and the names and distinguishing features of the seven heavens.

"Highly interesting!" — A reviewer

Hebraic Literature
Maurice Harris

Beautiful samples of antiquated Jewish laws, historical highlights, classic languages, and ancient civilizations! Hebraic Literature by Maurice Harris contains post-biblical Jewish literature with excerpts from the Talmud, Midrash, Kabbalah and Ana. In 219 AD, Rabbi Jehudah Hanassi compiled the Jewish religious traditions and decrees as the Oral law or Talmud. Focusing on Man, it accurately records and interprets Jewish actions, beliefs, mentality, morality, and religion in terms of the law for half a millennium. The Mishnah preserved the Jews as a religious community even when their nation was no more.

"I love it so much!" — Yong

"Worth buying!" — Dee Thornburg

"Very informative!" — robert a edwards

Various Jewish Writings
Herbert Danby

Rare and singular! Tractate Sanhedrin, Mishnah and Tosefta by Herbert Dan is the fourth tract of the six orders or series constituting the primary text or Mishnah and the second-level commentary, the Tosefta. Describing the Jurisdiction of the Various Courts, by three judges, the Lesser & Greater Sanhedrins and that of the higher legislative courts, their constitution, authority, and method of procedure, it delineates precise Judicial Procedures, The Four Capital Punishments and Offenders Liable for Capital Punishment. The Tosefta considers various branches of Jewish jurisprudence. Systematic!

"Great book!"— basti

The Standard Prayer Book
Translated by Simeon Singer

For reassurance and reflection! The Standard Prayer Book Translated by Simeon Singer is the Siddur or Jewish prayer book. Replete with prayers, meditations and texts pertinent to ‘life passage ceremonies’ like circumcision, marriage and funerals, with modifications for Jewish holy days, the text includes the Ten Commandments, the Maimonidean 13 Principles of Faith, and the Ethics of the Fathers (Pirqe Aboth). Universally acknowledged as the best published English translation, Rev. Singer’s additional 300 pages of information, makes it the most complete daily prayer book, suitable for every occasion, festival and circumstance.

"Love it!" — Anna M. Johnston

"I like this siddur!" — W. T. Langley

"Has everything I need for services!" — phylneff

The Great March
Rose Lurie

Captivating! Rose Lurie’s The Great March abounds with post-biblical Jewish narratives, from the Destruction of the First Temple until the Jewish expulsion from Spain. Written during dangerous times for the Jews it targets children, cultivating in them a love for the Jews, their heroes, and idealism. Not always chronological, its inspirational Talmudic humor and tales of struggles against injustice and discrimination convey insightful spiritual lessons. Informal in tenor, and with splendid illustrations, it records cooperation among Jews, Christians, and Muslims. The vivid narrations are suited for dramatization! Appeals across religions!

"Entrancing!" — A reviewer

The Duties of the Heart
Rabbi Bachye, tr. by Edwin Collins

Unique! In The Duties of the Heart Rabbi Bachye first espoused Western scientific thought with Eastern emotional and spiritual morality, to produce this systematic philosophical Ethics in 12th century Spain. Artistically combining the philosophical and contemplative mysticism of the Arab and Greek with Rabbinic Judaism and Biblical inputs, in light of pure reason, he establishes common ground for all moral religions and non-religious moral systems! The Jewish ethical movement is an intellectual understanding of God’s oneness, through several "Gates," besides conduct and thought in their ideal essence, rooted in monotheism.

"Great read!" — Seantrell

"Very interesting!" — alissa

"The author is amazing!" — Rivky Blumberger

Medieval Hebrew
Survey and Descriptions by Charles Horne

Absorbing! Horne in Medieval Hebrew with an historical survey and descriptions translates Midrash texts and documents a 12th century Jewish traveler’s experiences in the Middle East, including informal Jewish population census data. Since Rome destroyed Jerusalem in 70 AD the Hebrew nation disappeared, producing no transcendent religious works like the Bible and Talmud since the fifth century. Yet, Hebrew tradition has the Midrash, (explanation) encompassing all the Jewish religious works since the Bible, reviewing the past and the Kabbalah, the more recent mysterious and condensed Hebraic beliefs, exploring eternity.

"Utterly fascinating!" — A reviewer

Civil Laws Regarding Property
Translated by Michael L. Rodkinson

An appealing palette of subjects Tract Baba Bathra (Last Gate) translated by Michael L. Rodkinson is the third in the ’Gate’ tracts sequence. Regarding issues concerning civil law connected with property, including real estate, moveable possessions, and inheritance, the minute details, sometimes highly hypothetical, are amazing! Lifting the mood of this rather dry tome is the section of Haggada consisting of some exaggerated incredible legends about fish, alligators and nautical adventures. Significantly, this tract includes one of the first attempts to discuss the place of transgenders within the legal framework.

"A scintillating spectrum of thoughts!" — A reviewer

Laws on Crime and Theft
Translated by Michael L. Rodkinson

Pungent yet tender! In Rodkinson’s translation Section Jurisprudence (Damages) in Tract Sanhedrin, crime and punishment are discussed. A most intriguing debate rages on the ‘stubborn and rebellious son’. While the rabbis are dubious about the Mosaic law of awarding the death sentence to a disrespectful son, the ‘worst case scenario’ unveils the principle of jurisprudence where execution of divine law must be tempered by human mercy. Wisdom is also dispensed on unrelated topics like the location of the lost tribes, the window material of Noah’s ark, and the Messiah’s birth.

"Mercy and justice!" — A reviewer

Translated by Michael L. Rodkinson

A mixed bag! The Tracts Maccoth, Shebuoth, Eduyoth, Abuda Zara, and Horioth constitute the last book of Rodkinson’s translation of the Talmud. With concluding thoughts on Jurisprudence, Maccoth investigates corporal punishment. Shebuoth defines oaths, as against false oaths. Eduyoth contains a miscellany of cases in the Mishna, related to other Talmud tracts, without comment. Abuda Zara expands the Biblical commandment forbidding idol worship; historically significant for its information on pagan idolatrous practices. Ending with Horioth, where many technical issues, including the hierarchy of dogs, cats and mice are included.

"Stimulating!" — A reviewer

The History of the Talmud
Translated by Michael L. Rodkinson

Gripping! Rodkinson’s translation, The History of the Talmud introduces the Talmud. Tracing it from the first five centuries when it was composed, through its bitter persecution, the Reformation and until the 19th century, Rodkinson highlights several biographies of its multiple authors, besides a detailed bibliography through 1900. "Talmud" or Oral Law meaning "teaching" or "study" was the Scripture Israel learned. Recognized as one of the world’s wonders, it contains all the tractates in the Order Mo’ed (Festivals) and Nezikin (Damages) besides others. The Saburites in Babylonia sealed it, preventing alterations.

"Great history!" — A reviewer


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