"This is a book of extraordinary quality and importance.
Author: Arnold M. Eisen
Publisher: Indiana University Press
"This is a book of extraordinary quality and importance. In tracing the encounter of Jews (the chosen people) and America (the chosen nation) . . Eisen has given the American Jewish community a new understanding of itself." —American Jewish Archives ". . . one of the most significant books on American Jewish thought written in recent years." —Choice What does it mean to be a Jew in America? What opportunities and what threats does the great melting pot represent for a group that has traditionally defined itself as "a people that must dwell alone"? Although for centuries the notion of "The Chosen People" sustained Jewish identity, America, by offering Jewish immigrants an unprecedented degree of participation in the larger society, threatened to erode their Jewish identity and sense of separateness. Arnold M. Eisen charts the attempts of American Jewish thinkers to adapt the notion of chosenness to an American context. Through an examination of sermons, essays, debates, prayer-book revisions, and theological literature, Eisen traces the ways in which American rabbis and theologians—Reconstructionist, Conservative, and Orthodox thinkers—effected a compromise between exclusivity and participation that allowed Jews to adapt to American life while simultaneously enhancing Jewish tradition and identity.
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I Have Fought a Good Fight. New York: American Board of Missions to the Jews,
Author: Yaakov Ariel
Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press
With this book, Yaakov Ariel offers the first comprehensive history of Protestant evangelization of Jews in America to the present day. Based on unprecedented research in missionary archives as well as Jewish writings, the book analyzes the theology and activities of both the missions and the converts and describes the reactions of the Jewish community, which in turn helped to shape the evangelical activity directed toward it. Ariel delineates three successive waves of evangelism, the first directed toward poor Jewish immigrants, the second toward American-born Jews trying to assimilate, and the third toward Jewish baby boomers influenced by the counterculture of the Vietnam War era. After World War II, the missionary impulse became almost exclusively the realm of conservative evangelicals, as the more liberal segments of American Christianity took the path of interfaith dialogue. As Ariel shows, these missionary efforts have profoundly influenced Christian-Jewish relations. Jews have seen the missionary movement as a continuation of attempts to delegitimize Judaism and to do away with Jews through assimilation or annihilation. But to conservative evangelical Christians, who support the State of Israel, evangelizing Jews is a manifestation of goodwill toward them.
Most of the stories are drawn from the Bible, with supplementary material from Josephus and other authorities. Numerous black and white illustrations complement the text. Suitable for ages 9 and up.
Author: H. A. Guerber
Publisher: Yesterdays Classics
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Elementary history of the Jews, from the time of Creation to the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D., presented in a brief but comprehensive manner through stories of the most important figures and events. Most of the stories are drawn from the Bible, with supplementary material from Josephus and other authorities. Numerous black and white illustrations complement the text. Suitable for ages 9 and up.
A historical survey of the transfer in July 1944 of 222 Jews, some of them Palestinian nationals, to Palestine in exchange for Germans interned by the British in Palestine. Among the 222 were Oppenheim's relatives.
Author: Abraham Naftali Oppenheim
A historical survey of the transfer in July 1944 of 222 Jews, some of them Palestinian nationals, to Palestine in exchange for Germans interned by the British in Palestine. Among the 222 were Oppenheim's relatives. Discusses briefly the fate of Dutch Jews during the Nazi period, the Westerbork transit camp, and Bergen-Belsen, where most of the internees selected for the exchange were billeted. There had been earlier exchanges in 1941-42, through Turkey. Negotiations for the third exchange began in 1943, for which the Jewish Agency prepared lists of those who were eligible. The lists were reduced by the Nazis, and only 222 former prisoners from Bergen-Belsen, Vittel, and Laufen were transported to Palestine. Appendix 1 (pp. 159-163) contains excerpts from Clara Asscher-Pinkhof's memoirs from Westerbork. Appendix 2 (pp. 165-186) contains the final part of Helmut Mainz's unpublished report on the "222 transport". Appendix 3 (pp. 187-194) contains a list of those who arrived in Palestine in 1944.
Author: A. Chadwick ThornhillPublish On: 2015-11-28
Thornhill seeks to establish the thought patterns of the ancient texts regarding election, with sensitivity to social, historical and literary factors.
Author: A. Chadwick Thornhill
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
One of the central touchstones of Second Temple Judaism is election. The Jews considered themselves a people set apart for God s special purpose. So it is not surprising that this concept plays such an important role in Pauline theology. In this careful and provocative study, Chad Thornhill considers how Second Temple understandings of election influenced key Pauline texts. Thornhill seeks to establish the thought patterns of the ancient texts regarding election, with sensitivity to social, historical and literary factors. He carefully considers questions of "extent" (ethnic/national or remnant), the relationship to the individual (corporate or individual in focus), and the relationship to salvation (divine/human agency and the presence of "conditions"). Thornhill looks at the markers or conditions that defined various groups, and considers whether election was viewed by ancient authors as merited, given graciously or both. Thorough and measured, the author contends that individual election is not usually associated with a "soteriological" status but rather with the quality of the individual (or sometimes group) in view—the collective entity is in view in the Jewish notion of election. While Paul is certainly able to move beyond these categories, Thornhill shows how he too follows these patterns.
First of the Chosen People novels (Chosen People, Promised Land) Christian fiction set in the USA and in Israel Full-length novel (over 120,000 words)
Author: Robert Whitlow
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Bestselling author Robert Whitlow returns with an international legal drama that speaks to critical issues of our day. “Compelling, realistic, and inspiring.” —Randy Singer, bestselling author of Rule of Law “You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation . . .” During a terrorist attack near the Western Wall in Jerusalem, a courageous mother sacrifices her life to save her four-year-old daughter, leaving behind a grieving husband and a motherless child. Hana Abboud, a Christian Arab Israeli lawyer trained at Hebrew University, typically uses her language skills to represent international clients for an Atlanta law firm. When her boss is contacted by Jakob Brodsky, a young Jewish lawyer pursuing a lawsuit on behalf of the woman’s family under the US Anti-Terrorism laws, he calls on Hana’s expertise to take point on the case. After careful prayer, she joins forces with Jakob, and they quickly realize the need to bring in a third member for their team, an Arab investigator named Daud Hasan, based in Israel. To unravel the case, this team of investigators travels from the streets of Atlanta to the alleys of Jerusalem, a world where hidden motives thrive, the risk of death is real, and the search for truth has many faces. What they uncover will forever change their understanding of justice, heritage, and what it means to be chosen for a greater purpose.
Bestselling author Robert Whitlow presents an international legal drama with historical mysteries, religious intrigue, and political danger that speaks to critical issues of our day in these two novels now available in one collection.
Author: Robert Whitlow
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Bestselling author Robert Whitlow presents an international legal drama with historical mysteries, religious intrigue, and political danger that speaks to critical issues of our day in these two novels now available in one collection. Chosen People Hana Abboud is a Christian Arab Israeli lawyer currently living and practicing in Atlanta. When a partner in her law firm comes to her with a special case, she joins forces with Jakob Brodsky, a young Jewish lawyer, and Daud Hasan, an Arab investigator, to seek justice for one little girl. To unravel the case, this team will travel from the streets of Atlanta to the alleys of Jerusalem, a world where hidden motives thrive, the risk of death is real, and the search for truth has many faces. What they uncover will forever change their understanding of justice, heritage, and what it means to be chosen for a greater purpose. Promised Land Bestselling author Robert Whitlow explores the meaning of family and home—and how faith forms the identity of both—in this breathtaking follow-up to Chosen People.
This book humorously outlines the Old Testament from a Southern perspective without losing the integrity of the message.
Author: Charlie Thompson
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
"In the beginning, God created Alabama," from which Adam Bob and Eveleen were banished because they ate the forbidden asparagus. This book humorously outlines the Old Testament from a Southern perspective without losing the integrity of the message.
For there was no fundamental opposition — the god-names originally meant the same. This second edition features a new introduction by James M. Donovan.
Author: John Allegro
Publisher: Andrews UK Limited
The Chosen People tells the history of the Jews from the conquest of Jersualem by Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon in 587 B.C.E. to the Second Jewish Revolt of C.E. 132. John Allegro bases his account on traditional texts — books of the Old Testament, Josephus, Philo Judaeus, Dio Cassius, and others — and sets out the complicated parade of plots, counter-plots, betrayals, and insurrections in a brisk and highly readable sequence. His main theme is how the conception of the Jewish nation as a divinely chosen race was planted as a political ambition among the exiled Jews. Bringing together old customs and stories, the idea was fired by the longing of the Babylonian Jews for their traditional homeland. Many of them grew prosperous outside Palestine, and their wealthy communities manipulated the wish for identity in the idea of an exclusive Judaism embodied as a political state and fighting for autonomy against local and imperial neighbors — more dream than fact. The author writes that “When the ‘new Judaism’ came to be hammered out after the return from captivity, it was around these ancient customs and a historicized mythology that it was fashioned.” The religion was devised not, as popularly presented, by gift of the desert god Yahweh who had manifested himself in opposition to the Canaanite fertility god Baal but by reinterpreting the Sumerian idea of a life-giving god over many generations. For there was no fundamental opposition — the god-names originally meant the same. This second edition features a new introduction by James M. Donovan.
The Puzzle Bible series covers favorite Bible stories from Genesis through Relegation. Put the pieces together and see how the stories unfold. Put the pieces together and see how the stories unfold. This is learning by doing! Ages 3-8.
Author: Gustavo Mazali
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
The Puzzle Bible Series covers lal the favorite Bible stories from Genesis to Revelation. Put the pieces together and see how the stories unfold. This is learning by doing.
"To understand how and why the concept of chosenness became so important in religion, Reuven Firestone examines the emergence of Judaism, Christianity and Islam and explores how chosenness became the authoritative marker of authenticity for ...
Author: Reuven Firestone
Publisher: SkyLight Paths Publishing
Explores the idea of covenant, and the expressions of supersessionism as articulated through the scriptures of the three major monotheistic religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
In Race and Religion among the Chosen Peoples of Crown Heights, Henry Goldschmidt explores the everyday realities of difference in Crown Heights.
Author: Henry Goldschmidt
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Category: Social Science
In August of 1991, the Brooklyn neighborhood of Crown Heights was engulfed in violence following the deaths of Gavin Cato and Yankel Rosenbaum—a West Indian boy struck by a car in the motorcade of a Hasidic spiritual leader and an orthodox Jew stabbed by a Black teenager. The ensuing unrest thrust the tensions between the Lubavitch Hasidic community and their Afro-Caribbean and African American neighbors into the media spotlight, spurring local and national debates on diversity and multiculturalism. Crown Heights became a symbol of racial and religious division. Yet few have paused to examine the nature of Black-Jewish difference in Crown Heights, or to question the flawed assumptions about race and religion that shape the politics—and perceptions—of conflict in the community. In Race and Religion among the Chosen Peoples of Crown Heights, Henry Goldschmidt explores the everyday realities of difference in Crown Heights. Drawing on two years of fieldwork and interviews, he argues that identity formation is particularly complex in Crown Heights because the neighborhood’s communities envision the conflict in remarkably diverse ways. Lubavitch Hasidic Jews tend to describe it as a religious difference between Jews and Gentiles, while their Afro-Caribbean and African American neighbors usually define it as a racial difference between Blacks and Whites. These tangled definitions are further complicated by government agencies who address the issue as a matter of culture, and by the Lubavitch Hasidic belief—a belief shared with a surprising number of their neighbors—that they are a “chosen people” whose identity transcends the constraints of the social world. The efforts of the Lubavitch Hasidic community to live as a divinely chosen people in a diverse Brooklyn neighborhood where collective identities are generally defined in terms of race illuminate the limits of American multiculturalism—a concept that claims to celebrate diversity, yet only accommodates variations of certain kinds. Taking the history of conflict in Crown Heights as an invitation to reimagine our shared social world, Goldschmidt interrogates the boundaries of race and religion and works to create space in American society for radical forms of cultural difference.
"Einstein... Shylock... Rothschild... Trotsky... Jesus. The scientist and philosopher... the greedy money-lender and middle man... the impoverished immigrant... the elite of politics and high finance... the prophet... the revolutionary. All of these have been faces of the Jewish people over the centuries. They have inspired admiration, envy, suspicion, and hatred and overflowed with world-changing personages. The historian Yuri Slezkine claimed that the 20th century was nothing less than the 'Jewish century,' so indispensable were they in the creation of the modern world"--Cover, p. .
From the moment of God's covenant with Abraham in the Old Testament, the idea that a people are chosen by God has had a central role in shaping national identity. This text argues that sacred belief remains central to national identity, even in an increasingly secular, globalized modern world.
This controversial investigation of the doctrine of Israel's election casts new light on Jewish modernity.
Author: David Novak
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
The view of themselves as the chosen people of God has been maintained by Jews from the beginnings of their history to the present. The author explores the development of this idea in Jewish theology and law, and essays a contemporary retrieval of the classical doctrine of election. Through an examination of the philosophical implications of the idea, he argues for the correlation of election and revelation, and shows both what the notion of election should mean for Jews today, and how non-Jews can better understand it.
The book employs a diachronic method that explores the stages of the tradition’s formation and development, revealing the authors’ exegetical purposes and ploys, and tracing the historical realities of their time.
Author: Gili Kugler
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
According to narratives in the Bible the threats of the people’s end come from various sources, but the most significant threat comes, as learned from the Pentateuch, from God himself. What is the theological meaning of this tradition? In what circumstances did it evolve? How did it stand alongside other theological and socio-political concepts known to the ancient authors and their diverse audience?The book employs a diachronic method that explores the stages of the tradition’s formation and development, revealing the authors’ exegetical purposes and ploys, and tracing the historical realities of their time.The book proposes that the motif of the threat of destruction existed in various forms prior to the creation of the stories recorded in the final text of the Pentateuch. The inclusion of the motif within specific literary contexts attenuated the concept of destruction by presenting it as a phenomenon of specific moments in the past. Nevertheless, the threat was resurrected repeatedly by various authors, for use as a precedent or a justification for present affliction.