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Zohar: The Book of Splendor: Basic Readings from the Kabbalah
Zohar: The Book of Splendor: Basic Readings from the Kabbalah
by Gershom Scholem
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One of the great masterpieces of Western religious thought, the Zohar represents an attempt to uncover hidden meanings behind the world of appearances. It is the central work in the literature of the Kabbalah, the Jewish mystical tradition. This volume... (read more)

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Sefer Yetzirah: The Book of Creation in Theory and Practice
Sefer Yetzirah: The Book of Creation in Theory and Practice
by Aryeh Kaplan
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Hebrew-English Tanakh-PR-Student Guide
Hebrew-English Tanakh-PR-Student Guide
by Jewish Publication Society
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Read our customer guide The JPS Hebrew-English TANAKH features the oldest-known complete Hebrew version of the Holy Scriptures, side by side with JPSandrsquo;s renowned English translation. Its well-designed format allows for ease of reading and... (read more)

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Tanakh: The Holy Scriptures, the New JPS Translation According to the Traditional Hebrew Text
Tanakh: The Holy Scriptures, the New JPS Translation According to the Traditional Hebrew Text
by Jps
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Read our customer guide Regarded throughout the English-speaking world as the standard English translation of the Holy Scriptures, the JPS TANAKH has been acclaimed by scholars, rabbis, lay leaders, Jews, and Christians alike. The JPS TANAKH is an... (read more)

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Torah-TK
Torah-TK
by Jewish Publication Society Inc
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The Torah is the essence of Jewish tradition; it inspires each successive generation. The current JPS translation, based on classical and modern sources, is acclaimed for its fidelity to the ancient Hebrew.... (read more)

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The Early Kabbalah (Classics of Western Spirituality)
The Early Kabbalah (Classics of Western Spirituality)
by Joseph Dan
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The most in-depth and scholarly panorama of Western spirituality ever attempted!<P>In one series, the original writings of the universally acknowledged teachers of the Catholic, Protestant, Eastern Orthodox, Jewish, Islamic and Native American... (read more)

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Zohar: The Book of Enlightenment (Classics of Western Spirituality)
Zohar: The Book of Enlightenment (Classics of Western Spirituality)
by Daniel Matt
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This is the first translation with commentary of selections from the Zohar, the major text of the Kabbalah, the Jewish mystical tradition. This work was written in 13th-century Spain by Moses de Leon, a Spanish scholar.... (read more)

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Introduction to the Talmud and Midrash
Introduction to the Talmud and Midrash
by Herman L. Strack
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Gunter Stemberger's revision of H. L. Strack's classic introduction to rabbinic literature, which appeared in its first English edition in 1991, was widely acclaimed. Gunter Stemberger and Markus Bockmuehl have now produced this updated edition, which is... (read more)

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Schocken Bible #02: The Early Prophets: Joshua, Judges, Samuel, and Kings
Schocken Bible #02: The Early Prophets: Joshua, Judges, Samuel, and Kings
by Everett (trn) Fox
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The Everyday Torah: Weekly Reflections and Inspirations
The Everyday Torah: Weekly Reflections and Inspirations
by Bradley Shavit Artson
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“Like any classic, the Torah appears in different guises with each rereading. Its infinite layers of meaning and depth offer the opportunity to harvest anew, without any fear of exhausting its supply of wisdom, counsel, and kedushah (holiness). To... (read more)

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Religion in the Dead Sea Scrolls
Religion in the Dead Sea Scrolls
by John Joseph Collins
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Biblical scholars probe the Dead Sea Scrolls for information about Jewish practice in the First Century and Hellenistic influence on the Judaism of the period. Original.... (read more)

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Commentary on the Torah
Commentary on the Torah
by Richard Elliott Friedman
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Chapter One At the beginning of this commentary, I emphasized the point that the Bible is rich in background, that the events in the first reading, Parashat Bereshit, remain as an essential substratum in all that follows in the Bible's story. Every... (read more)

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On the Art of the Kabbalah
On the Art of the Kabbalah
by Johann Reuchlin
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Reuchlin's keen interest in Jewish mysticism resulted in the publication of De arte cabalistica in 1517. The first part of this dialogue reflects on messianism, the second part on the relation of the Pythagorean system to the Kabbalah, and tdhe third on... (read more)

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The JPS Bible Commentary: Song of Songs (JPS Bible Commentary)
The JPS Bible Commentary: Song of Songs (JPS Bible Commentary)
by Michael Fishbane
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Thanks to these generous donors for making the publication of this book possible: Mr. and Mrs. Edward S. Best. A definitive historical-critical commentary on the Passover seder. The Passover haggadah enjoys an unrivaled place in Jewish culture, both... (read more)

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People of the Covenant : an Introduction To the Hebrew Bible (4TH 96 Edition)
People of the Covenant : an Introduction To the Hebrew Bible (4TH 96 Edition)
by Henry J. Flanders
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Fully revised and updated using contemporary literary approaches and the most recent historical scholarship, this introduction to the Hebrew Bible provides a thorough and coherent approach to the basic human issues of the Scriptures. It emphasizes the... (read more)

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Essential Talmud-30TH Anniversary Edition (06 Edition)
Essential Talmud-30TH Anniversary Edition (06 Edition)
by Steinsaltz
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The Essential Talmud is a masterful introduction to the beliefs, attitudes, and methods of the sacred text by which the Jewish people have lived and survived through the ages-by the renowned Israeli rabbi, scholar, and teacher. Rabbi Steinsaltz is the... (read more)

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Tree of Souls: The Mythology of Judaism
Tree of Souls: The Mythology of Judaism
by Howard Schwartz
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Only one of the world's mythologies has remained essentially unrecognized--the mythology of Judaism. As Howard Schwartz reveals in Tree of Souls, the first anthology of Jewish mythology in English, this mythical tradition is as rich and as fascinating as... (read more)

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Back to the Sources: Reading the Classics
Back to the Sources: Reading the Classics
by Barry W Holtz
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Essays analyze the major traditional texts of Judaism from literary, historical, philosophical, and religious points of view.... (read more)

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The Secret Doctrine of the Kabbalah: Recovering the Key to Hebraic Sacred Science
The Secret Doctrine of the Kabbalah: Recovering the Key to Hebraic Sacred Science
by Leonora Leet
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"The Secret Doctrine of the Kabbalah" resurrects this ancient body of knowledge to reveal eternal truths that profoundly impact contemporary spirituality. Experimental methods of practicing Hebraic sacred science are explored that explain, as never... (read more)

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The Torah for Dummies (For Dummies)
The Torah for Dummies (For Dummies)
by Arthur Kurzweil
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Understand Jewish celebrations, symbols, and observances Discover how the Torah guides all aspects of human behavior Jewish tradition teaches that hidden within the letters of the Torah is the wisdom of the universe. This plain-English guide to this... (read more)

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