Judaism

A Kingdom of Priests: Ancestry and Merit in Ancient Judaism by Martha Himmelfarb

By Martha Himmelfarb

According to the account within the publication of Exodus, God addresses the kids of Israel as they stand ahead of Mt. Sinai with the phrases, "You might be to me a state of monks and a holy kingdom" (19:6). The sentence, Martha Himmelfarb observes, is paradoxical, for clergymen are via definition a minority, but the that means in context is obvious: the total humans is holy. The phrases additionally aspect to a couple major tensions within the biblical knowing of the folks of Israel. If the complete humans is holy, why does it want monks? If club in either humans and priesthood is an issue no longer of benefit yet of start, how can both the folk or its clergymen wish to be holy? How can one reconcile the space among the distinction due the priest and the particular habit of a few who crammed the position? What can the folks do to make itself actually a country of priests?

Himmelfarb argues that those questions develop into primary in moment Temple Judaism. She considers a variety of texts from this era, together with the Book of Watchers, the Book of Jubilees, criminal records from the useless Sea Scrolls, the writings of Philo of Alexandria, and the ebook of Revelation of the recent testomony, and is going directly to discover rabbinic Judaism's emphasis on descent because the basic criterion for inclusion one of the selected humans of Israel—a place, she contends, that took on new strength in response to early Christian disparagement of the concept mere descent from Abraham used to be enough for salvation.

Show description

Read or Download A Kingdom of Priests: Ancestry and Merit in Ancient Judaism (Jewish Culture and Contexts) PDF

Best judaism books

Contemplative Nation: A Philosophical Account of Jewish Theological Language

Contemplative country demanding situations the long-standing view that theology isn't really an integral part of the Jewish culture. For political and philosophical purposes, either students of Judaism and Jewish thinkers have sought to reduce the function of theology in Judaism. This publication constructs a brand new version for knowing Jewish theological language that emphasizes the relevant position of theological mirrored image in Judaism and the shut dating among theological mirrored image and spiritual perform within the Jewish culture.

The Politics of Dead Kings: Dynastic Ancestors in the Book of Kings and Ancient Israel (Forschungen zum Alten Testament. 2. Reihe)

Within the narrative of Israel and Judah present in the ebook of Kings, the tip of a king's rule is summed up in a chain of inventory statements that commence with the poetic idiom for dying: 'and [the king] lay together with his fathers. ' The precis statements all revolve round the challenge of royal demise and succession, encapsulated in a quick epilogue that consisted normally of a observe of burial (in the royal tombs) and the creation of the successor.

Angels as Warriors in Late Second Temple Jewish Literature (Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament / 2. Reihe)

During this examine, Aleksander Michalak focuses generally at the organization of angelic beings with conflict within the Jewish literary assets. the writer has tested some of the depictions of the warrior angels within the literature of the second one Temple interval just about the roots of such representations, their recognition, and numerous theological implications.

Yudisher Theriak: An Early Modern Yiddish Defense of Judaism

The Yudisher Theriak [Jewish Theriac] through Zalman Zvi of Aufhausen, first released in Hanau, in 1615, used to be a reaction to an anti-Jewish paintings titled Jüdischer abgestreiffter Schlangenbalg [Jewish Shed Snakeskin], written via a Jewish convert to Chistianity, Samuel Friedrich Brenz, and released in Nürnberg and Augsburg in 1614.

Extra info for A Kingdom of Priests: Ancestry and Merit in Ancient Judaism (Jewish Culture and Contexts)

Sample text

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.93 of 5 – based on 24 votes