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Ancient Texts for the Study of the Hebrew Bible
Kenton L. Sparks
1565634071
Aug 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
The Hebrew Bible represents no mere collection of books but a stunning array of literary genres. To fully illuminate the history and culture of the Old Testament, it is necessary to compare these ancient writings to similar texts written concurrently by Israel’s neighbors. Beginning with an overview of the important literary archives of the ancient Near East, Sparks provides exhaustive references to the ancient literary counterparts to the Hebrew Bible’s major genres. Surveying the ancient writings found throughout Egypt, Mesopotamia, Anatolia, and Palestine, Sparks provides a brief summary of each text discussed, translating brief portions and linking them to literarily similar biblical passages. Exploring over 30 genres—wisdom, hymns, love poetry, rituals, prophecy, apocalyptic, novella, epic legend,...


The Story Begins: Essays on Literature
Amos Oz
064165863X

Hardcover
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Book Description
In this collection of ten essays, Amos Oz shares his rich and rewarding experience as both writer and teacher. As he analyzes the opening sections of novels and short stories by such writers as Agnon, Gogol, Kafka, Chekhov, García Márquez, and Raymond Carver, Oz instructs, challenges, and guides. He writes about the notion of "beginnings," what the beginning of a novel or short story might "mean" to the author and how important it is. And best of all-he entertains. He highlights opening paragraphs in which authors make promises they may or may not deliver later in the work, or deliver in unexpected ways, or they may deliver more than they have promised. It is a game that miraculously and playfully engages both writer and reader. The Story Begins is a resourceful, accessible, and friendly companion for all...


Multicultural Children's Literature: Through the Eyes of Many Children
Donna E. Norton
0131178067
July 2004
Textbook Paperback
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Book Description
Written by one of the most highly regarded names in the field of children's literature, this compact guide to selecting high-quality examples of multicultural literature offers future teachers the broad-based introduction they need to the literature of the many cultures that comprise America today. Coverage focuses on three main ideas: incorporating the best multicultural books into the classroom, honoring and respecting both the literature and the cultures inhabiting the classroom, and using quality children's literature to motivate readers while simultaneously nurturing a culturally-responsive classroom. Educators and pre-service teachers of children's literature and reading.

From the Inside Flap
Preface This text is intended for any adult who is interested in...


The Ancient Near East (Volume I): An Anthology of Texts and Pictures
James Bennett Pritchard (Editor)
0691002002
February 1, 1965
Paperback
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Review
[A] splendid corpus. . . . It gives scholarly . . . translations of basic documents hitherto 'accessible only in obscure and highly technical journals.'

Book Description

This volume makes available some of the most important discovered source material for the historian of the ancient Near East. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.



Literatures of the Middle East
Tony Barnstone
0130464376
Sept 2002
Paperback
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Book Description
Literatures of the Middle East has been designed to present teachers and students with a textbook representative of the finest works of this province of world literature, one that is amenable to many different teaching approaches. This book includes a wealth of materials, so as to give teachers choices that they can tailor to their own preferences, needs, and expertise. This capaciousness will allow students to read around in authors, periods, arid traditions that particularly excite them, supplementing assigned reading and providing an essential source book for their individual research. Teaching such a broad spectrum of texts may be challenging, and with this in mind we have supported the literary texts with a full apparatus: a general introduction, section introductions, and extensive headnotes. These...


The Pilgrim's Progress
John Bunyan
0486426750
February 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
One of the most powerful dramas of Christian faith ever written, this captivating allegory of man's religious journey in search of salvation follows the pilgrim as he travels an obstacle-filled road to the Celestial City. Along the way, he is confronted by monsters and spiritual terrors, among them Worldly Wiseman, Giant Despair, and the demons of the Valley of the Shadow of Death. An enormously influential seventeenth-century classic, universally known for its simplicity, vigor, and beauty of language.


The Illuminated Rumi
Jalal Al-Din Rumi, et al
0767900022
October 13, 1997
Hardcover
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Review
"Rumi has, to the recent amazement of many people in the Western culture as well as the Islamic culture, been able to speak directly to contemporary readers.  One of the greatest pieces of good luck that has happened recently in American poetry is Coleman Barks's agreement to translate poem after poem of Rumi.  Rumi, like Kabir, is able to contain and continue intricate theological arguments and at the same time speak directly from the heart or to the heart.  Coleman's exquisite sensitivity to the flavor and turns of ordinary American speech has produced marvelous lines, full of flavor and Sufi humor, as well as the intimacy that is carried inside American speech at its best."
--Robert Bly


Review
"Rumi has, to the recent amazement of many...


Stories in Scripture and Inscriptions
Simon B. Parker
0195116208
Jan 1997
Hardcover
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Book Description
This book compares a variety of biblical narratives with the stories found in several Northwest Semitic inscriptions from the ancient kingdom of Judah and its contemporary Syro-Palestinian neighbors. In genre, language, and cultural context, these epigraphic stories are closer to biblical
narratives than any other ancient Near Eastern narrative corpus. For the first time, Parker analyzes and appreciates these stories as narratives and sets them beside comparable biblical stories. He illuminates the narrative character and techniques of both epigraphic and biblical stories and in many
cases reveals their original social context and purpose. In some cases, he is able to shed light on the question of the sources and composition of the larger work in which most of the biblical stories appear, the Deuteronomistic...


The Subject Tonight Is Love : Sixty Wild and Sweet Poems of Hafiz
Hafiz, Daniel Ladinsky (Translator)
0140196234
January 28, 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
To Persians, the fourteenth-century poems of Hafiz are not classical literature from a remote past, but cherished love, wisdom, and humor from a dear and intimate friend. Perhaps, more than any other Persian poet, it is Hafiz who most fully accesses the mystical, healing dimensions of poetry. Daniel Ladinsky has made it his life's work to create modern, inspired translations of the world's most profound spiritual poetry. Through Ladinsky's translations, Hafiz's voice comes alive across the centuries singing his message of love.

About the Author
Daniel Ladinsky is the translator of The Gift and Love Poems from God. For six years he lived with the family of Meher Baba in a spiritual community in western India.


The Gift: Poems by Hafiz The Great Sufi Master
Based On Work by Hafiz
0140195815
August 1999
Paperback
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Book Review
Hafiz, a secret Sufi, came to prominence in his day as a writer of love poems. That love transformed into an all-consuming passion for union with the divine. In The Gift, Daniel Ladinsky bestows on us the impassioned yet whimsical strains of Hafiz's ecstasy. Never forced or awkward, Ladinsky's Hafiz whispers in your ear and pounds in your chest, naming God in a hundred metaphors. I once asked a bird,
"How is it that you fly in this gravity
Of darkness?"
She responded,
"Love lifts
Me." Like Fitzgerald's version of Khayyam's Rubaiyat, the language of The Gift strikes a contemporary chord, resonating in the reader's mind and then in the heart. Ladinsky's language is plain, fresh, playful--dancing with an expert cadence that invites and surprises. If it is true, as Hafiz says, that a poet...


The Hebrew God
Bernhard Lang
0300090250
June 2002
Hardcover
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Book Description
Originally worshipped by the people of a small and politically insignificant eastern Mediterranean community, the Hebrew God rose to become the monotheistic deity of the entire Western tradition. In this absorbing book, well-known biblical scholar Bernhard Lang provides for the first time a full portrait of the ancient Hebrew God. Drawing on all available evidence, including ancient Near Eastern and Egyptian texts and art, Lang offers a comprehensive view of the Hebrew God that is both fascinating and surprising. Lang's portrait shows the Hebrew God in five images. He appears as lord of wisdom, lord of war, lord of the animals, lord of the individual, and lord of the harvest-a God whose rule extends to all areas of life. Lang illuminates the completeness of this God's leadership with insights derived from modern...


Treasured Writings of Kahlil Gibran
Kahlil Gibran
089009389X
March 2005
Hardcover
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A Tear and a Smile
Kahlil Gibran, et al
0394448049
June 27, 1950
Hardcover
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Book Description
Contains 56 parables, stories, and poems in Gibran's wholly inimitable manner. Illustrated with 4 of his own paintings and drawings, it is the most important edition to the canon of this great writer.

Inside Flap Copy
Contains 56 parables, stories, and poems in Gibran's wholly inimitable manner. Illustrated with 4 of his own paintings and drawings, it is the most important edition to the canon of this great writer.


Abraham
David Rosenberg
0465070949
Apr 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Despite the subtitle, much of Rosenberg's fascinating and sometimes frustrating presentation of the biblical Abraham's life, while based on archeological evidence, is highly speculative. What Rosenberg does establish is a cultural context for Judaism's founder. Abraham, he says, would have been steeped in the sophisticated culture of his native Sumer, with its emphasis on history and continuity. The earliest of the biblical authors, called J (who was a woman, as Rosenberg postulated, with Harold Bloom, in The Book of J) would have known that culture, and Rosenberg analyzes how it informs her narrative. Abraham's new God, Yahweh, according to Rosenberg, was a blend of his old Sumerian household god and the creator god he found in Canaan; with Yahweh, Abraham created a new "cosmic theater" to replace the one...


The Pilgrim's Progress
John Bunyan
156563134X
May 2004
Hardcover
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The Chronicle of Theophanes Confessor : Byzantine and Near Eastern History, AD 284-813
Theophanes the Confessor, et al
0198225687
July 10, 1997
Hardcover
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Book Description
Theophanes the Confessor (d.818) was a Byzantine abbot who fell victim to the Iconoclastic persecution. The Chronicle that goes under his name, written in Greek, is here translated in full for the first time, together with an introduction and commentary. It provides a unique source for the
history of the Byzantine Empire to AD 813, as well as the history of the Persians, Arabs, Bulgarians, and other neighboring peoples.

Language Notes
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Greek


Teaching the Bible As a Cross-Cultural Classic in Middle Eastern Society
C. George Fry
0773461116
Oct 2005
Hardcover
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The Context of Scripture
William W. Hallo (Editor), K. Lawson Younger (Editor)
9004131051
July 2003
Paperback
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Middle Eastern Literature and Its Times
Joyce Moss
0787637319
May 2004
Hardcover
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Out of Place: A Memoir
Edward W. Said
0679730672
September 2000
Paperback
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Book Review
Edward Said is one of the most celebrated cultural critics of the postwar world. Of his many books of literary, political, and philosophical criticism, Orientalism--a brilliant analysis of how Europe came to dominate the Orient through the creation of the myth of the exotic East--and the monumental Culture and Imperialism are the best known. His books have redefined readers' understanding of the impact of European imperialism upon the shape of modern culture. Said's career as a thinker spans literature, politics, music, philosophy, and history. As a dispossessed Palestinian growing up in the Middle East and subsequently living in the USA, he has witnessed the impact of the Second World War upon the Arab world, the dissolution of Palestine and the birth of Israel, the rise of Nasser and the PLO, the Lebanese Civil War, and...


The Love Poems of Rumi
Deepak Chopra (Editor)
0609602438
January 12, 1998
Hardcover
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Book Description
Born Jalal ad-Din Mohammad Balkhi in Persia early in the thirteenth century, the poet known as Rumi (named after the city where he lived) composed works of mysticism and desire that inspired countless people in his own time and throughout the centuries. His poems expressed the deepest longings of the human heart for its beloved, for that transcendent intimacy which is the source of the divine.

This slender, beautiful volume consists of new translations by Farsi scholar Fereydoun Kia, edited by Deepak Chopra to evoke the rich mood and music of Rumi's love poems. Exalted yearning, ravishing ecstasy, and consuming desire emerge from these poems as powerfully today as they did on their creation more than 700 years ago.

Language Notes
Text: English (translation)
Original...


We Have Heard with Our Ears, O God
Walter C. Bouzard
0788503545
Jan 1997
Hardcover
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The Divan-I-Hafiz (Classics of Persian Literature, 3)
Hafiz, H. Wilberforce Clarke
0936347805
September 1997
Library Binding
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Book Description
The DIVAN-I HAFIZ is a complete verbatim translation of all of Hafez's ghazals, rubaiyats, qita'at, masnavi, the saqinameh, the moghaninameh, qasaid, and mokhamas. It includes a biography of the poet, description of other translations, index of the personages in the poems, index of the figures of speech used, and copious notes on practically every line in the poems based on Sudi's well known Turkish commentary. This new edition includes a new introduction by Michael C. Hillmann, a Hafez scholar, which surveys: other English translations, Wilberforce-Clarke's translation, the life of Hafez and the historical and literary characteristics of the ghazal. Also added to this new edition is a table which gives the correspondence between the numbers given to the poems in Clarke's translation and the recent Persian language...


Studies in Bible and Feminist Criticism
Tikvah Frymer-Kensky
0827607989
May 2006
Hardcover
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Book Description
Renowned feminist Bible scholar Tikva Frymer-Kensky shares the best writings of her long and distinguished career in this new JPS Scholars of Distinction volume. Each of the 30 essays here delves into a topic that gives us much food for thought: the Bible as interpreted through ancient Near-Eastern creation myths, flood myths and goddess myths; gender in the Bible; the feminist approach to Jewish law; comparative Jewish and Christian perspectives on the Hebrew Bible; biblical perspectives on ecology; creating a theology of healing; feminine God-talk. The volume concludes with the author’s own original prayers in the form of poetic meditations on pregnancy and birthing. This book is unique, not only because it is the only volume in the JPS Scholars of Distinction series written by a woman, but also because...


Recipes and Remembrances from an Eastern Mediterranean Kitchen: A Culinary Journey through Syria, Lebanon, and Jordan
Sonia Uvezian
0970971680
January 2004
Hardcover
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From Booklist
Those who recall Beirut's heyday before the Lebanese civil war brought it all crashing down speak fondly of the city's lively beaches, its cosmopolitan atmosphere, and the multiple culinary traditions intersecting at the Mediterranean's eastern shore. Arabs, the French, Armenians, and Maronite Christians contributed to the melting pot that was Beirut. Uvezian grew up in the city's halcyon years, and she has re-created the recipes for foods she so happily recalls. Spices play a major role in Lebanese cooking; cinnamon and allspice add fragrance to both meats and vegetables. Lamb is the meat of choice, but beef makes a good substitute. Pork appears only in Maronite dishes. Vegetables come to the table lukewarm, reflecting a pan-Mediterranean tradition as well as sparing the cook exertion during the heat of the day. Those...


Middle Eastern Mythology
Samuel Henry Hooke
0486435512
June 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
The role of mythology in ritual and its place in the origins of customs, cults, and hero worship are the fascinating areas covered by this comparative survey. Based on firsthand sources, it recounts the legends of the Egyptians, Babylonians, Assyrians, Hittites, and Canaanites, in addition to discussing the mythological elements of the Jewish apocalyptic literature and the New Testament. The author's well-documented commentary highlights the similarities between various Middle Eastern legends and offers revealing citations from documents, tablets, and inscriptions recovered by archaeological excavations. 16 black-and-white illustrations.


Faces of God
Jacob Rabinowitz
0882141171
Sept 1998
Paperback
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Book Description
Dr. Rabinowitz is a radical and independent scholar who reveals the Pagen mythology hidden in the Bible, as if there are secret heathen dreams inside Monotheism. Although previous scholars had established that there are Canaanite myths in the Bible, previous to Dr. Rabinowitz no one had attempted to examine what they might mean and how they were used. The Faces of God does exactly this.

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