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How the Bible Actually Works: In Which I Explain How An Ancient, ...
by Peter Enns

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English

Pages

285

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February 19, 2019

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<p>Controversial evangelical Bible scholar, popular blogger and podcast host of The Bible for Normal People, and author of <em>The Bible Tells Me So</em> and <em>The Sin of Certainty</em> explains that the Bible is not an instruction manual or rule book but a powerful learning tool that nurtures our spiritual growth by refusing to provide us with easy answers but instead forces us to acquire wisdom. <br /><br />For many Christians, the Bible is a how-to manual filled with literal truths about belief that must be strictly followed. But the Bible is not static, Peter Enns argues. It does not hold easy answers to the perplexing questions and issues that confront us in our daily lives. Rather, the Bible is a dynamic instrument for study that not only offers an abundance of insights but provokes us to find our own answers to spiritual questions, cultivating God’s wisdom within us. </p><p>“The Bible becomes a confusing mess when we expect it to function as a rulebook for faith. But when we allow the Bible to determine our expectations, we see that Wisdom, not answers, is the Bible’s true subject matter,” writes Enns. This distinction, he points out, is important because when we come to the Bible expecting it to be a textbook intended by God to give us unwavering certainty about our faith, we are actually creating problems for ourselves. The Bible, in other words, really isn’t the problem; having the wrong expectation is what interferes with our reading.</p><p>Rather than considering the Bible as an ancient book weighed down with problems, flaws, and contradictions that must be defended by modern readers, Enns offers a vision of the holy scriptures as an inspired and empowering resource to help us better understand how to live as a person of faith today. </p><p><em>How the Bible Actually Works</em> makes clear that there is no one right way to read the Bible. Moving us beyond the damaging idea that “being right” is the most important measure of faith, Enns’s freeing approach to Bible study helps us to instead focus on pursuing enlightenment and building our relationship with God—which is exactly what the Bible was designed to do.</p>
Witness: Lessons from Elie Wiesel's Classroom
by Ariel Burger

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English

Pages

287

Publication Date

November 13, 2018

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<DIV><B>WINNER OF THE NATIONAL JEWISH BOOK AWARD—BIOGRAPHY</B><BR /><BR /> Elie Wiesel was a towering presence on the world stage—a Nobel laureate, activist, adviser to world leaders, and the author of more than forty books, including the Oprah’s Book Club selection <I>Night.</I> But when asked, Wiesel always said, “I am a teacher first.”<BR /><BR /> In fact, he taught at Boston University for nearly four decades, and with this book, Ariel Burger—devoted protégé, apprentice, and friend—takes us into the sacred space of Wiesel’s classroom. There, Wiesel challenged his students to explore moral complexity and to resist the dangerous lure of absolutes. In bringing together never-before-recounted moments between Wiesel and his students, <I>Witness</I> serves as a moral education in and of itself—a primer on educating against indifference, on the urgency of memory and individual responsibility, and on the role of literature, music, and art in making the world a more compassionate place.<BR /><BR /> Burger first met Wiesel at age fifteen; he became his student in his twenties, and his teaching assistant in his thirties. In this profoundly thought-provoking and inspiring book, Burger gives us a front-row seat to Wiesel’s remarkable exchanges in and out of the classroom, and chronicles the intimate conversations between these two men over the decades as Burger sought counsel on matters of intellect, spirituality, and faith, while navigating his own personal journey from boyhood to manhood, from student and assistant, to rabbi and, in time, teacher.<BR /><BR /> “Listening to a witness makes you a witness,” said Wiesel. Ariel Burger’s book is an invitation to every reader to become Wiesel’s student, and witness.</DIV>
The Rational Bible: Exodus
by Dennis Prager

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English

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559

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April 02, 2018

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<B>A national bestseller!</B><BR> <BR>Why do so many people think the Bible, the most influential book in world history, is outdated? Why do our friends and neighbors – and sometimes we ourselves – dismiss the Bible as irrelevant, irrational, immoral, or all of these things? This explanation of the Book of Exodus, the second book of the Bible, will demonstrate that the Bible is not only powerfully relevant to today’s issues, but completely consistent with rational thought.<BR> <BR>Do you think the Bible permitted the trans-Atlantic slave trade? You won’t after reading this book.<BR> <BR>Do you struggle to love your parents? If you do, you need this book.<BR> <BR>Do you doubt the existence of God because belief in God is “irrational?” This book will give you reason after reason to rethink your doubts.<BR> <BR>The title of this commentary is, “The Rational Bible” because its approach is entirely reason-based. The reader is never asked to accept anything on faith alone. As Prager says, “If something I write does not make rational sense, I have not done my job.”<BR> <BR>The Rational Bible is the fruit of Dennis Prager’s forty years of teaching the Bible to people of every faith, and no faith. On virtually every page, you will discover how the text relates to the contemporary world and to your life.<BR> <BR>His goal: to change your mind – and then change your life.
The Prodigal Prophet: Jonah and the Mystery of God's Mercy
by Timothy Keller

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English

Pages

270

Publication Date

October 02, 2018

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<b>An angry prophet. A feared and loathsome enemy. A devastating storm. And the surprising message of a merciful God to his people.</b><br /><br />The story of Jonah is one of the most well-known parables in the Bible. It is also the most misunderstood. Many people, even those who are nonreligious, are familiar with Jonah: A rebellious prophet who defies God and is swallowed by a whale. But there's much more to Jonah's story than most of us realize.<br /><br />In <i>The Prodigal Prophet</i>, pastor and <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author Timothy Keller reveals the hidden depths within the book of Jonah. Keller makes the case that Jonah was one of the worst prophets in the entire Bible. And yet there are unmistakably clear connections between Jonah, the prodigal son, and Jesus. Jesus in fact saw himself in Jonah. How could one of the most defiant and disobedient prophets in the Bible be compared to Jesus?<br /><br />Jonah's journey also doesn't end when he is freed from the belly of the fish. There is an entire second half to his story--but it is left unresolved within the text of the Bible. Why does the book of Jonah end on what is essentially a cliffhanger? In these pages, Timothy Keller provides an answer to the extraordinary conclusion of this biblical parable--and shares the powerful Christian message at the heart of Jonah's story.
The Art of Bible Translation
by Robert Alter

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English

Pages

141

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March 19, 2019

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<p><b>An award-winning biblical translator reflects on the art of capturing the literary power of the Bible in English</b></p><p>In this brief book, award-winning biblical translator and acclaimed literary critic Robert Alter offers a personal and passionate account of what he learned about the art of Bible translation over the two decades he spent completing his own English version of the Hebrew Bible.</p><p>Alter’s literary training gave him the advantage of seeing that a translation of the Bible can convey the text’s meaning only by trying to capture the powerful and subtle literary style of the biblical Hebrew, something the modern English versions don’t do justice to. The Bible’s style, Alter writes, “is not some sort of aesthetic embellishment of the ‘message’ of Scripture but the vital medium through which the biblical vision of God, human nature, history, politics, society, and moral value is conveyed.” And, as the translators of the King James Version knew, the authority of the Bible is inseparable from its literary authority.</p><p>For these reasons, the Bible can be brought to life in English only by re-creating its literary virtuosity, and Alter discusses the principal aspects of style in the Hebrew Bible that any translator should try to reproduce: word choice, syntax, word play and sound play, rhythm, and dialogue. In the process, he provides an illuminating and accessible introduction to biblical style that also offers insights about the art of translation far beyond the Bible.</p>
When Christians Were Jews: The First Generation
by Paula Fredriksen

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English

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272

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October 23, 2018

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<DIV><B>A compelling account of Christianity’s Jewish beginnings, from one of the world’s leading scholars of ancient religion</B><BR /><BR /> How did a group of charismatic, apocalyptic Jewish missionaries, working to prepare their world for the impending realization of God's promises to Israel, end up inaugurating a movement that would grow into the gentile church? Committed to Jesus’s prophecy—“The Kingdom of God is at hand!”—they were, in their own eyes, history's last generation. But in history's eyes, they became the first Christians.<BR />  <BR /> In this electrifying social and intellectual history, Paula Fredriksen answers this question by reconstructing the life of the earliest Jerusalem community. As her account arcs from this group’s hopeful celebration of Passover with Jesus, through their bitter controversies that fragmented the movement’s midcentury missions, to the city’s fiery end in the Roman destruction of Jerusalem, she brings this vibrant apostolic community to life. Fredriksen offers a vivid portrait both of this temple-centered messianic movement and of the bedrock convictions that animated and sustained it.</DIV>
Man's Search For Meaning, Gift Edition
by Viktor E. Frankl

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English

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201

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October 06, 2015

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<b>A new gift edition of a modern classic, with supplemental photographs, speeches, letters, and essays</b><br /> <b> </b><br />Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl’s memoir of life in Nazi death camps has riveted generations of readers. Based on Frankl’s own experience and the stories of his patients, the book argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward. <i>Man’s Search for Meaning</i> has become one of the most influential books of our times, selling over twelve million copies worldwide. With a foreword by Harold S. Kushner, Frankl’s classic is presented here in an elegant new edition with endpapers, supplementary photographs, and several of Frankl’s previously unpublished letters, speeches, and essays.
JPS TANAKH: The Holy Scriptures (blue): The New JPS Translation a...
by Jewish Publication Societ...

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English

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1676

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January 01, 2011

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<DIV><P>Read our customer guide</P><P>Regarded throughout the English-speaking world as the standard English translation of the Holy Scriptures, the <I>JPS TANAKH</I> has been acclaimed by scholars, rabbis, lay leaders, Jews, and Christians alike. The <I>JPS TANAKH</I> is an entirely original translation of the Holy Scriptures into contemporary English, based on the Masoretic (the traditional Hebrew) text. It is the culmination of three decades of collaboration by academic scholars and rabbis, representing the three largest branches of organized Judaism in the United States. Not since the third century b.c.e., when 72 elders of the tribes of Israel created the Greek translation of Scriptures known as the Septuagint has such a broad-based committee of Jewish scholars produced a major Bible translation.</P><P>In executing this monumental task, the translators made use of the entire range of biblical interpretation, ancient and modern, Jewish and non-Jewish. They drew upon the latest findings in linguistics and archaeology, as well as the work of early rabbinic and medieval commentators, grammarians, and philologians. The resulting text is a triumph of literary style and biblical scholarship, unsurpassed in accuracy and clarity.</P><P>Ebook versions of this title may be purchased from most ebook vendors.</P></DIV>
Schindler's List
by Thomas Keneally

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English

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402

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August 06, 2013

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The acclaimed bestselling classic of Holocaust literature, winner of the Booker Prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Award for Fiction, and the inspiration for the classic film—“a masterful account of the growth of the human soul” (<I >Los Angeles Times Book Review</I>).<BR><BR>A stunning novel based on the true story of how German war profiteer and factory director Oskar Schindler came to save more Jews from the gas chambers than any other single person during World War II. In this milestone of Holocaust literature, Thomas Keneally, author of <I >Daughter of Mars</I>, uses the actual testimony of the <I >Schindlerjuden</I>—Schindler’s Jews—to brilliantly portray the courage and cunning of a good man in the midst of unspeakable evil.
The Five Books of Moses: A Translation with Commentary
by Robert Alter

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English

Pages

1120

Publication Date

October 17, 2008

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<p><strong>"A modern classic....Thrilling and constantly illuminating."—Michael Dirda, <em>Washington Post Book World</em></strong></p><br />Through a distinguished career of critical scholarship and translation, Robert Alter has equipped us to read the Hebrew Bible as a powerful, cohesive work of literature. In this landmark work, Alter's masterly translation and probing commentary combine to give contemporary readers the definitive edition of The Five Books. Winner of the PEN Center USA Literary Award for Translation and the Koret Jewish Book Award for Translation, a Newsweek Top 15 Book, Los Angeles Times Favorite Book, and San Francisco Chronicle Best Book.

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