Ancient Jewish Proverbs

Ancient Jewish Proverbs

Abraham Cohen

A treasure trove of traditional Jewish proverbs, mostly extracted from the Talmud and Mishna. Covers subjects like: Human Existence; Family Life; Human Virtues; Human Faults; Occupations; Rules Of Conduct; Vagaries Of Fortune; Social Life; and, Colloquialisms.

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Babylonian Talmud Book 1 (Vols. I and II)

Babylonian Talmud Book 1 (Vols. I and II)

Michael L. Rodkinson

The Talmud is a vast collection of Jewish laws and traditions. Rodkinsons’ ten-book edition, contains complete translations of the ‘Festivals’ and ‘Jurisprudence’ sections of the Talmud. Rodkinson only finished about a third of the Talmud. This book contains Book 1, which includes Volumes I and II. It should be noted that Rodkinson has been…

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The Babylonian Talmud in Selection

The Babylonian Talmud in Selection

Leo Auerbach

This is a mid-20th century translation of selections from the Babylonian Talmud. Auerbach emphasizes in his introduction that the Talmud contains diverse voices. Indeed, this is one of the strengths of the Talmud; instead of a monolithic text, it allows for various viewpoints and opinions.

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The Bible, The Koran, and the Talmud

The Bible, The Koran, and the Talmud

Dr. G. Weil

This book is a collection of Islamic stories of the prophets, a genre which has been perennially popular in the world of Islam. Most of the characters present in the stories are the same prophets which are familiar from the Bible and other Jewish and Christian sources. Although the selections and translations appear to be fair and accurate enough, the commentary is hostile to Islam throughout.

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Biblia Cabalistica

Biblia Cabalistica

Walter Begley

Shows how the various numerical cabalas have been curiously applied to the holy scriptures, with numerous textual examples ranging from genesis to the apocalypse, and collected from books of the greatest rarity, for the most part not in the British Museum or any public library in Great Britain.

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The Book of Delight and Other Papers

The Book of Delight and Other Papers

Israel Abrahams

From the Preface: ‘The chapters of this volume were almost all spoken addresses. The author has not now changed their character as such, for it seemed to him that to convert them into formal essays would be to rob them of any little attraction they may possess.’

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The Book of Jubilees

The Book of Jubilees

R. H. Charles

The Book of Jubilees, sometimes called Lesser Genesis, is an ancient Jewish religious work of 50 chapters, considered canonical by the Ethiopian Orthodox Church as well as Ethiopian Jews, where it is known as the Book of Division. Jubilees is considered one of the pseudepigrapha by Protestant, Roman Catholic, and Eastern Orthodox Churches.

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Chapters on Jewish Literature

Chapters on Jewish Literature

Israel Abrahams

Chapters include: The “Vineyard” At Jamnia; Flavius Josephus And The Jewish Sibyl; The Talmud; The Midrash And Its Poetry; The Letters Of The Gaonim; The Karaitic Literature; The New-Hebrew Piyut; Saadiah Of Fayum; Dawn Of The Spanish Era; The Spanish-Jewish Poets (I); Rashi And Alfassi; The Spanish-Jewish Poets (II); Moses Maimonides; The Diffusion Of Science; The Diffusion Of Folk-Tales; Moses Nachmanides; The Zohar And Later Mysticism…

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The Duties of the Heart

The Duties of the Heart

Rabbi Bachye

Part of the Wisdom of the East series, this short book is translated from the work of Rabbi Bachye, who wrote one of the first systematic treatments of philosophical Ethics in 12th century Spain. This was during a period of Jewish intellectual cross-fertilization with Islamic culture. Although Bachye was an orthodox Rabbi, he treats Ethics (the Duties of the Heart, in his words) as a universal science, derived from first…

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Extra Biblical Sources for Hebrew and Jewish History

Extra Biblical Sources for Hebrew and Jewish History

Samuel A. B. Mercer

Taken from the Preface: ‘The object of this work has not been to write a history, nor even to discuss the bearing of these sources on Hebrew and Jewish history, but rather to furnish the student with material which will enable him to build up a history of the Hebrew and Jewish people for himself.’ The author examines various sources such as Babylonian, Egyptian, Greek and Latin, in order to put together a history of the Jewish people.

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The Great March

Rose G. Lurie

Fully illustrated. This is a collection of Post-Biblical Jewish stories, written for 3rd to 4th graders. However, this book is also thoroughly enjoyable for adults, not the least because of the finely-drawn illustrations. The anecdotes include sublime Talmudic humor, tales of resistance to injustice and persecution, and profound…

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The Guide for the Perplexed

The Guide for the Perplexed

Moses Maimonides

The Guide For The Perplexed consists of three books. The first book deals with the nature of God, concluding that God cannot be described in positive terms. The second book examines natural philosophy, particularly Aristotle’s system of concentric spheres, and theories of the creation and duration of the universe, and the theory of angels and prophecy. In the last Book, he expounds the mystical Merkabah section of Ezekiel, skirting the…

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