The Life and Teachings of Hillel

Author: Yitzhak Buxbaum

Publisher: Jason Aronson, Incorporated

ISBN: 0742565874

Category: Religion

Page: 392

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The Life and Teachings of Hillel provides the most comprehensive treatment ever published of one of the greatest figures in Jewish tradition. Yitzhak Buxbaum weaves together the various stories about Hillel along with his teachings and sayings to develop this ground-breaking portrait, shedding new light on Hillel's illustrious career, fascinating life, and profound teachings. Hillel is one of the most important and popular of the talmudic sages, yet he is mostly known only in the context of two or three popular stories told about him. Such stories as teaching the 'Golden Rule' of Torah 'while standing on one foot,' and his saying, 'If I am not for myself, who will be for me, and if I am for myself alone, who am I,' have eclipsed a more complete view of Hillel's influence and significance. In the rabbinic tradition, there is much debate between the teachings of the school of Hillel and that of his contemporary, Shammai. Hillel is often seen as the more tolerant, softer teacher, with his teachings representing what we consider 'normative' Judaism. Often, the traditions passed down to modern times are a result of the rabbis' reconciliation of the two schools, so that Hillel's pure teachings have been lost. The Life and Teachings of Hillel separates out Hillel's teachings and looks at them independently of Shammai's. Studied on their own, it becomes evident that Hillel was actually much more radical and 'hasidic' than is commonly thought. While he is known for representing the gentler, more loving side of Judaism, in this work his pious radicalism is also apparent. Readers will be charmed and fascinated by Hillel's fiery gentleness. The Life and Teachings of Hillel offers new information about a radiant religious figure, and it also recovers a side of Jewish tradition that has been lost to most people.
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The Word of God in Transition

From Prophet to Exegete in the Second Temple Period

Author: William M. Schniedewind

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1850755507

Category: Religion

Page: 275

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The Chronicler distinguishes between "traditional prophets" and "inspired messengers," and thereby highlights a radical transition in the meaning of the "word of God" which takes place in the post-exilic period. The Chronicler summarizes his perspective in 2 Chron. 36.16, saying that Israel rejected "his prophets," "the messengers of God," and "his word" (i.e. Torah). This distinction is reflected in the forms and functions of prophetic speech in the books of Chronicles. Thus, the prophets speak to the king, and the inspired messengers (e.g. priests, levites) speak to the people. The prophets interpret narrative events for the king; they explain how God acts. The inspired messengers exhort the people, admonishing them how they should act. The prophets' speeches usually do not use any kind of inspiration formula, but the inspired messengers' speeches are prefaced with possession formulas. These possession formulas are not typical of classical prophecy and mark the rise of a new kind of prophecy, namely, the inspired interpretation of texts. These inspired messengers are thus forerunners of the inspired interpreters of scripture in Qumran, early Christianity and Judaism.>
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The Proper Study Of Mankind

An Anthology of Essays

Author: Isaiah Berlin

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1446496953

Category: Philosophy

Page: 704

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Isaiah Berlin was one of the leading thinkers of the century, and one of the finest writers. The Proper Study Of Mankind selects some of the best of his essays. The full (and enormous) range of his work is represented here, from the exposition of his most distinctive doctrine - pluralism - to studies of Machiavelli, Tolstoy, Churchill and Roosevelt. In these pages he encapsulates the principal movements that characterise the modern age: romanticism, historicism, Fascism, relativism, irrationalism and nationalism. His ideas are always tied to the people who conceived them, so that abstractions are brought alive. His insights both illuminate the past and offer a key to the burning issues of the today.
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Autobiography of Samuel S. Hildebrand

The Renowned Missouri Bushwhacker

Author: Kirby Ross,Daniel E. Sutherland

Publisher: University of Arkansas Press

ISBN: 1610750543

Category: History

Page: 280

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Most Civil War historians now agree that the guerrilla conflict shaped the entire war in significant ways. Some of these “bushwhackers”—Nathan Bedford Forrest, William Clarke Quantrill, John Singleton Mosby—have become quite infamous. Illiterate Sam Hildebrand, one of Missouri’s most notorious guerrillas—often compared to “Rob Roy,” and the subject of dime novels—was one of the few to survive the war and have his story taken down and published. Shortly after this he was killed in a barroom brawl. “I make no apology to mankind for my acts of retaliation; I make no whining appeal to the world for sympathy. I sought revenge and I found it; the key of hell was not suffered to rust in the lock while I was on the war path.” —Sam Hildebrand Hildebrand’s reign of terror gave the Union army fits and kept much of the Trans-Mississippi, especially Missouri, roiling in the 1860s. Over seven years of fighting he and his men killed dozens of soldiers and civilians, whites and blacks; he claimed to have killed nearly one hundred himself. He was accused of many heinous acts. The historical significance of Hildebrand’s story is substantial, but his bloody tale is eminently readable and stands quite well on its own as a cold-blooded portrait of a violent time in American history. Like the nightmarish and depraved world of the Kid in Cormac McCarthy’s novel Blood Meridian, Hildebrand’s world is truly ruthless and his story is brutally descriptive in its coolly detached rendering of one man’s personal war. Published in 1870, Hildebrand’s autobiography has long been out of print and has been a rare and highly prized acquisition among Civil War
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The First Book of Samuel

With Map, Notes and Introduction

Author: Alexander Francis Kirkpatrick

Publisher: N.A


Category: Bible

Page: 251

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The Book of Samuel

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Memoirs of Samuel Shryock Jamison

Late State Senator of Pennsylvania

Author: W. F. Palmer

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Page: 158

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The Babylonian Talmud ...

Author: Isidore Epstein

Publisher: N.A


Category: Religion

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To Conquer the Air

The Wright Brothers and the Great Race for Flight

Author: James Tobin

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1439135495

Category: History

Page: 448

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James Tobin, award-winning author of Ernie Pyle's War and The Man He Became, has penned the definitive account of the inspiring and impassioned race between the Wright brothers and their primary rival Samuel Langley across ten years and two continents to conquer the air. For years, Wilbur Wright and his younger brother, Orville, experimented in obscurity, supported only by their exceptional family. Meanwhile, the world watched as Samuel Langley, armed with a contract from the US War Department and all the resources of the Smithsonian Institution, sought to create the first manned flying machine. But while Langley saw flight as a problem of power, the Wrights saw a problem of balance. Thus their machines took two very different paths—Langley’s toward oblivion, the Wrights’ toward the heavens—though not before facing countless other obstacles. With a historian’s accuracy and a novelist’s eye, Tobin has captured an extraordinary moment in history. To Conquer the Air is itself a heroic achievement.
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Varsity Letters

Documenting Modern Colleges and Universities

Author: Helen Willa Samuels

Publisher: Scarecrow Press

ISBN: 1461664349

Category: Education

Page: 290

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A study of the functions of colleges and universities, Varsity Letters is intended to aid those responsible for the documentation of these institutions. Samuels offers specific advice about the records of modern colleges and universities and proposes a method to ensure their adequate documentation. She also offers a method to analyze and plan the preservation of records for any type of institution.
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Writing and Reading War

Rhetoric, Gender, and Ethics in Biblical and Modern Contexts

Author: Brad E. Kelle,Frank Ritchel Ames

Publisher: Brill Academic Pub

ISBN: 9789004137592

Category: Religion

Page: 265

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War is not only waged on the battlefield, but is written and read in contexts that influence meaning and reception. The essays in this collection examine how ancient Israelites wrote about war and how war-related texts in the Hebrew Bible have been read in ancient and modern contexts. They explore writing and reading war in contexts ranging from ancient Israel to early Judaism to contemporary Christianity. The contributors both established and newer voices apply a variety of historical, literary, and comparative methods to biblical texts and present new perspectives on the rhetoric, gender, and ethics of war. A foreword by Susan Niditch and introduction by Victor H. Matthews offer a literature review of recent major works in this field and orient readers to past research and future directions for the study of the discourse and realities of war.
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Author: Nathan Hill

Publisher: Piper ebooks

ISBN: 3492975348

Category: Fiction

Page: 864

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Ein Anruf der Anwaltskanzlei Rogers & Rogers verändert schlagartig das Leben des Literaturprofessors Samuel Anderson. Er, der als Kind von seiner Mutter verlassen wurde, soll nun für sie bürgen: Nach einem tätlichen Angriff auf einen republikanischen Präsidentschaftskandidaten verlangt man von ihm, ihre Integrität zu bezeugen, obwohl er sie seit mehr als zwanzig Jahren nicht gesehen hat. Ein Gedanke, der ihm zunächst völlig abwegig erscheint. Doch Samuel will auch endlich begreifen, was damals wirklich geschehen ist. Ein allumfassender, mitreißender Roman über Liebe, Unabhängigkeit, Verrat und die lebenslange Hoffnung auf Erlösung, ein Familienroman und zugleich eine pointierte Gesellschaftsgeschichte von den Chicagoer Aufständen 1968 bis zu Occupy Wall Street.
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New-York Observer

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: New York (N.Y.)

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Der Buddha aus der Vorstadt


Author: Hanif Kureishi

Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag

ISBN: 3104030774

Category: Fiction

Page: 432

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HANIF KUREISHIS fulminanter erster Roman Karim ist jung, Karim will das Leben und nicht den kleinbürgerlichen Mief der Londoner Vorstadt, wo sein indischer Vater und die britische Mutter versuchen, in die Mittelschicht aufzusteigen. Als der Vater den Bürojob schmeißt und als Meditationslehrer mit exzentrischer Geliebter zum BUDDHA DER VORSTADT wird, ist auch Karim zu allem bereit: Mystik, Drogen, Frauen und Männer, Hauptsache schrill und intensiv.
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