Ancient Judaism

Biblical Criticism from Max Weber to the Present

Author: Irving M. Zeitlin

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0745669255

Category: Religion

Page: 325

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This book is a major contribution to the sociology of religion and to religious and biblical studies. Beginning from the classic work of Max Weber, the author analyses the origins of Judaism in the light of more recent scholarship. The result is a work that will become a standard point of reference in its field, and will be of great interest to the general reader as well as the specialist.

Max Weber's Economic Ethic of the World Religions

An Analysis

Author: Thomas C. Ertman

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1108210775

Category: Social Science

Page: N.A

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This book brings together for the first time in English internationally-recognized specialists who seek to identify what is 'living' and what is 'dead' in the great German social scientist Max Weber's analyses of China, India and Ancient Israel found in his massive, unfinished Economic Ethic of the World Religions. In so doing, the volume offers a powerful new perspective on the current debate concerning the timing of and deeper roots of the 'Great Divergence' - and more recent convergence - in the economic and political development of the West on the one hand, and the great civilizations of Asia on the other. At the same time, this volume also rebalances our understanding of Weber's entire intellectual output by returning The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism to its proper place within Economic Ethic of the World Religions and establishing that work as the equal of the similarly unfinished Economy and Society.

The Oxford Handbook of Max Weber

Author: Dr. Edith Hanke,Dr. Lawrence A. Scaff,Dr. Sam Whimster

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0190680628

Category: Social Science

Page: 752

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Active at the time when the social sciences were founded, Max Weber's social theory contributed significantly to a wide range of fields and disciplines. Considering his prominence, it makes sense to take stock of the Weberian heritage and to explore the ways in which Weber's work and ideas have contributed to our understanding of the modern world. Using his work as a point of departure, The Oxford Handbook of Max Weber investigates the Weberian legacy today, identifying the enduring problems and themes associated with his thought that have contemporary significance: the nature of modern capitalism, neo-liberal global economic policy, nationalism, religion and secularization, threats to legality, the culture of modernity, bureaucratic rule and leadership, politics and ethics, the value of science, power and inequality. These problems are global in scope, and the Weberian approach has been used to address them in very different societies. Thus, the Handbook also features chapters on Europe, Turkey, Islam, Judaism, China, India, and international politics. The Handbook emphasizes the use and application of Weber's ideas. It offers a journey through the intellectual terrain that scholars continue to explore using the tools and perspectives of Weberian analysis. The essays explore how Weber's concepts, hypotheses, and perspectives have been applied in practice, and how they can be applied in the future in social inquiry, not only in Europe and North America, but globally. The volume is divided into six parts exploring, in turn: Capitalism in a Globalized World, Society and Social Structure, Politics and the State, Religion, Culture, and Science and Knowledge.

Re-establishing Justice

Legal Terms, Concepts and Procedures in the Hebrew Bible

Author: Pietro Bovati

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 0567114449

Category: Religion

Page: 478

View: 5971


In this very significant work, translated from the Italian, Bovati examines in careful detail the practice of justice in ancient Israel, first the bilateral controversy (the rib), and then the legal judgement properly speaking. "Re-establishing Justice" is destined to become the standard reference work in the field. The contents deal with 1. The juridical dispute in general. 2 The accusation, 3 The response of the accused, 4 The reconciliation , 5. Judgement in court, 6.The acts and procedures preceding the debate , 7. The debate, 8. The sentence and execution.

The Early History of God

Yahweh and the Other Deities in Ancient Israel

Author: Mark S. Smith

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN: 9780802839725

Category: Religion

Page: 243

View: 1895


Foreword by Patrick D. Miller In this remarkable, acclaimed history of the development of monotheism, Mark S. Smith explains how Israel's religion evolved from a cult of Yahweh as a primary deity among many to a fully defined monotheistic faith with Yahweh as sole god. Repudiating the traditional view that Israel was fundamentally different in culture and religion from its Canaanite neighbors, this provocative book argues that Israelite religion developed, at least in part, from the religion of Canaan. Drawing on epigraphic and archaeological sources, Smith cogently demonstrates that Israelite religion was not an outright rejection of foreign, pagan gods but, rather, was the result of the progressive establishment of a distinctly separate Israelite identity. This thoroughly revised second edition ofThe Early History of God includes a substantial new preface by the author and a foreword by Patrick D. Miller.