Academic journal article Shofar

Religious Studies

Academic journal article Shofar

Religious Studies

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Religious Studies

Blasphemy and Exaltation in Judaism and the Final Examination of Jesus: A Philological-Historical Study of the Key Jewish Themes Impacting Mark 14:61-64, by Darrell L. Bock. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 1998. 320 pp. ISBN 3-16-147052-4.

Darrell L. Bock examines the historical-cultural background to the final Jewish examination of Jesus as presented in Mark 14:61-64. He traces the history of interpretive debate surrounding this controversial text and notes that a consensus is emerging that the key statement is the discussion of exaltation using Ps. 110:1 and Dan 7:13. So the author engages in two detailed treatments of the themes of blasphemy and exaltation within Judaism. He works from the Hebrew Scriptures all the way through the rabbinic materials, including both Talmuds and the Midrashim.

Growing Up Religious: Christians and Jews and Their Journeys of Faith, by Robert Wuthnow. Boston: Beacon Press, 1999. 400 pp. ISBN 0-8070-2806-1.

By looking at the childhood experiences in which spirituality is rooted, the author shows how religious principles and social principles blend together.

The Jewish Discovery of Islam: Studies in Honor of Bernard Lewis, edited by Marti Kramer. Tel Aviv: Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies, 1999. (distributed by Syracuse University Press). 280 pp. ISBN 965-224-038-9.

In this volume of essays, contributors assess some of the most famous Jewish travelers, writers, and scholars. The introduction by Martin Kramer sets them in the context of the Jewish fascination with Islam in all its varieties -- romantic, assimilationist, liberal, Zionist, and Marxist.

Letter to a Man in the Fire, by Reynolds Price. …

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