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Todd Hanneken

In spite of some scholars’ inclination to include the book of Jubilees as another witness to “Enochic Judaism,” the relationship of Jubilees to the apocalyptic writings and events surrounding the Maccabean revolt has never been adequately clarified. This book builds on scholarship on genre to establish a clear pattern among the ways Jubilees resembles and differs from other apocalypses. Jubilees matches the apocalypses of its day in overall structure and literary morphology. Jubilees also uses the literary genre to raise the issues typical of the apocalypses—including revelation, angels and demons, judgment, and eschatology—but rejects what the apocalypses typically say about those issues, subverting reader expectations with a corrected view. In addition to the main argument concerning Jubilees, this volume’s survey of what is fundamentally apocalyptic about apocalyptic literature advances the understanding of early Jewish apocalyptic literature and, in turn, of later apocalypses and comparable perspectives, including those of Paul and the Qumran sectarians.

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Gary Beckman, Trevor Bryce and Eric Cline

Twenty-six texts found in the Hittite capital of Hattusa dating from the fifteenth–thirteenth centuries B.C.E. contain references to a land known as “Ahhiyawa,” which most scholars now identify with the Late Bronze Age Mycenaean world. The subject of continuing study and controversy since they were first published in 1924, the letters are still at the center of Mycenaean-Hittite studies and are now considered in studies and courses concerned with Troy, the Trojan War, and the role of both Mycenaeans and Hittites in that possible conflict. This volume offers, for the first time in a single source, English translations of all twenty-six Ahhiyawa texts and a commentary and brief exposition on each text’s historical implications. The volume also includes an introductory essay to the whole Ahhiyawa “problem” as well as a longer essay on Mycenaean-Hittite interconnections and the current state of the discipline.

The Early Monarchy in Israel

The Tenth Century B.C.E.

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Walter Dietrich

The Hebrew narrative art achieves its highest level in the stories of Saul, David, and
Solomon. But beyond that, the description of these all-too-human characters and the
dramatic events of the birth of the Israelite state depicts a change of eras that became
determinative for half a millennium of Israelite history. In this volume Dietrich introduces
readers to the stories of the early Israelite state from a variety of perspectives: literarycritical,
historical, and theological. After tracing how biblical and extrabiblical texts describe
the period, Dietrich skillfully untangles the knotty questions related to the history of the
period and perceptively examines the development of this literary corpus as well as the other
biblical material that came to be associated with it. In a concluding chapter Dietrich revisits
the stories of Saul, David, and Solomon to explore what they teach about theological issues
of enduring significance, what they teach about God, humanity, the state, the use of force,
and the relationship between women and men.

Paperback edition is available from the Society of Biblical Literature (www.sbl-site.org)

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Edited by Jacob Neusner and Alan Avery-Peck

The Encyclopedia of Religious and Philosophical Writings in Late Antiquity offers easily accessible introductions to the content and historical setting of the main writings of Greco-Roman paganism, early Judaism, and formative Christianity from the period of Alexander the Great to Mohammed. Examining over seven hundred ancient texts, the Encyclopedia provides for each document details of authorship and provenance, a statement of the text’s content and place within its religious tradition, a listing of editions and commentaries, and a bibliography of the pertinent scholarly literature. The Encyclopedia of Religious and Philosophical Writings in Late Antiquity is an unparalleled resource both for general readers and for scholars of ancient religion and philosophy.

Edited by Kocku von Stuckrad

The new and impressively comprehensive Brill Dictionary of Religion addresses religion as an element of daily life and public discourse. Richly illustrated and with more than 500 entries, the dictionary is a multi-media reference source on the many and various forms of religious commitment. It is unusual in that it not only addresses the different theologies and doctrinal declarations of the official institutionalized religions but it also gives equal weight and consideration to a multiplicity of other religious phenomena.
People perceive and express religious experiences in many different ways: through dance, sensuality, in relations between sexes and in compassion at death. Religions help determine how people form and perceive their identity as part of a social group. The diverse effects of religions can also be perceived in the environment, society and the public sphere. The Brill Dictionary of Religion helps map out and define the networks and connections created by various religions in contemporary societies, and provides models for understanding these complex phenomena.

The Play of Forms

Nature, Culture and Liturgy. Translation of Het vormenspel der liturgie

Hans van der Laan

Unique of its kind, this small philosophical book articulates a wide-ranging vision of the analogical relationships between the created forms of nature, the man-made forms of culture, and the forms used in religious ritual. Setting out from a precise definition of Christian worship, the author explores the genesis of ritual form. Born out of the need to complement the world of natural forms, cultural forms serve the complete human existence that is both physical, intellectual and social. Freed from any such purpose, cultural forms are condensed to their very essence and thus enabled to serve as liturgical signs. A final analogy transcends all visible forms, ushering the reading into an all-encompassing spiritual and mystical realm.

Previous books by Hans van der Laan:
* ISBN 90 04 07618 2, Het vormenspel der liturgie (Dutch)
* ISBN 90 04 10838 6, Architectonische Ruimte (Dutch)
* ISBN 90 04 06943 7, Architectonic Space
* ISBN 90 04 09639 6, Der architectonische Raum (German)
* ISBN 90 04 09020 7, L'espace architectonique (French)

Edited by Wouter J. Hanegraaff

This is the first comprehensive reference work to cover the entire domain of “Gnosis and Western Esotericism” from the period of Late Antiquity to the present. Containing around 400 articles by over 180 international specialists, it provides critical overviews discussing the nature and historical development of all its important currents and manifestations, from Gnosticism and Hermetism to Astrology, Alchemy and Magic, from the Hermetic Tradition of the Renaissance to Rosicrucianism and Christian Theosophy, and from Freemasonry and Illuminism to 19th-century Occultism and the contemporary New Age movement. Furthermore it contains articles about the life and work of all the major personalities in the history of Gnosis and Western Esotericism, discussing their ideas, significance, and historical influence.
The Dictionary of Gnosis & Western Esotericism was selected Choice Outstanding Academic Title in 2006.

Also available in an unabridged one volume edition, for details click here.

Edited by Sheila Blair and Jonathan Bloom

This collection of essays grew out of the symposium, “Art and Politics in South Asia,” held at Boston College on October 5, 2002 and sponsored by the Norma Jean Calderwood Professorship in Islamic and Asian Art. Art, Religion, and Politics in South Asia connects the arts of the past to the problems of the present and to matters of increasing relevance in today’s world. This special issue includes essays by Catherine B. Asher, Phillip B. Wagoner, and Frederick M. Asher.

Art, Religion and Politics in South Asia was originally published as issue 1 of Volume 8 (2004) of Brill's journal Religion and the Arts. For more details on this journal, please click here.

Edited by Jacob Neusner, Alan Avery-Peck and Lezlie C. Green

The Encyclopaedia of Judaism provides a full and reliable account of Judaism, beginning in ancient Israelite times and extending to our own day. About Judaism, the religion, its diverse history, literature, beliefs past and present, observances and practices, and place in the context of society and culture, this is what we know. All principal topics required for the systematic description of Judaism as a religion the world view, way of life, theory of the social entity constituted by the faithful are addressed here.
The Encyclopaedia of Judaism provides a definitive account of contemporary Judaism and a reliable picture of a tradition of nearly four thousand years. A full and detailed index provides ready-reference for facts, and the systematic articles set forth highly readable accounts of the entire range of Judaic systems of belief and behavior put forth over time and in our own time. It is written for people from all backgrounds, scholars and general readers alike.
When the editors completed the initial three volumes of The Encyclopaedia of Judaism, they found satisfaction in having covered the more than one hundred topics. But they also realized that many other important topics remained to be set forth in a systematic way. This led to new inquiries into the history, practices, and theology of the religion, Judaism. Specialists in all these fields were found and the result is more than ninety new studies, which will appear in three Supplements. Supplement One is published in 2002, and Supplement Three is anticipated for 2004.

Published by Brill, Leiden & Continuum, New York.