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Pieter van der Horst

. The strength of this book is that B. makes a very convincing case for his thesis that throughout Bickerman’s academic life there was a continuous interplay between his experience of living as a Jew in exile (Russia always remained his fatherland, even though he had to escape from it after the

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Bruce J. Malina

living of peasants (chap. 3); the peasant household and village-various 256 social unites of peasant sub-society (chap. 4); and the social structure of Palestine in the Herodian period-a broad social overview of the struc- tures of Palestinian life (chap. 5). This is an excellent book. Its chief

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Jacob Neusner

Judaisms or Judaic religious systems? Gold argues systematically with three books, On Judaism by Emanuel Feldman, Choose Life by Ezriel Tauber, and Living up . . . to the Truth by Dovid Gottlieb. He pays particular attention to Gottlieb, “because he claims that the literal truth of the Torah can be proven

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A. Hilhorst

254 d'une vraie concordance dans le sens traditionnel du terme. Ce qui oblige à se poser la question de la finalité du volume pr6sent. Selon la "Preface" le livre "is primarily designed for specialists who focus their research on the Dead Sea Scrolls". Il est certain que ce petit groupe de sp6

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Jacob Neusner

centuries of the Common Era witnessed the Christians’ realization of their faith in martyrdom a s self-sacri fi ce in the fl esh. Chilton reviews the literature of martyrdom and the theology that emerged from it. The Islamic Aqedah “is a living tradition that pushes past the lim- itations of any single text

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Daniel Berthold-Bond

, “they would hardly have under- stood each other” (p. 85). The two were separated by religious iden- tity ( Jew and Christian), by profoundly di V erent cultural situations (Kotzk and Copenhagen), and by fundamentally incongruous styles of life: the Kotzker “lived the life of a holy man” (p. 240

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Ronny Miron

generations: “I believed one should study and clarify which elements had been preserved in Judaism in their full vitality” (Scholem, 1995 , 89). Elsewhere he adds that “The Kabbalah in its final dialectical forms is the last theological area where the questions of my Jewish life found a living answer

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Amir Mashiach

with a humanistic attitude. 2 That is, his methodology calls for relating to the individual person, focusing on the individual’s social status, feelings, conceptions, and the implications these things have for the individual’s life and quality of life. This means that Halakhic decisions should be

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Anna-Liisa Tolonen and Elisa Uusimäki

seeker of wisdom with instructions on how to be and act, as well as a set of practices to be embodied in everyday life. 20 This method of living typically involved, especially from the Hellenistic era onwards, various spiritual or mental exercises that can be characterized as physical (e.g., bodily or

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Ithamar Gruenwald

interrelationship between Israeli academia and cultural life and society. In fact, this discussion has wider implica- tions than merely raising the problems of Judaic Studies in Israel. Accordingly, it is presented out of a deep sense of urgency, which makes it difficult to avoid using language that has a tone of