The Particulars of Rapture: Reflections on Exodus

Schocken - In her commentary on the book of exodus—the stories of slavery and liberation, the burning bush, the building and consecration of the tabernacle—Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg weaves a magnificent tapestry of classical biblical, the shattering of the tablets, the golden calf, the revelation at Sinai, talmudic, and midrashic interpretations; literary allusions; and insights from the worlds of philosophy and psychology into a narrative that gives us fascinating new perspectives on the biblical themes of exodus and redemption.





The Beginning of Desire: Reflections on Genesis

Schocken - Winner of the national jewish book awardSince its publication in 1995, The Beginning of Desire has opened new pathways in the reading of the Bible. Illuminating the tensions that grip human beings as they search for an encounter with God, Rachel, Zornberg gives us a brilliant analysis of the stories of Adam and Eve; Noah; Abraham and Sarah; Isaac and Rebecca; Jacob, and Leah; and Joseph and his brothers.

Avivah gottlieb zornberg’s innovative use of midrash, philosophy, literature, and psychoanalysis draws deeply upon the familiar biblical narratives to produce interpretations that are at once startlingly beautiful and completely authentic.





Bewilderments: Reflections on the Book of Numbers

Schocken - But in the narrative of the book of numbers that is found in mystical and Hasidic sources, the generation of the wilderness emerges as one of extraordinary spiritual experience, fed on miracles and nurtured directly by God: a generation of ecstatic faith, human partners in an unprecedented conversation with the Deity.

Both before and after the devastating report of the Spies, the narrative centers on the people's desire to return to slavery in Egypt. Through the magnificent literary, and psychological analysis of the text that is her trademark, scholarly, Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg tackles the enduring puzzlement of the book of Numbers.

Bewilderments: Reflections on the Book of Numbers - Drawing on kabbalistic sources, the Hasidic commentators depict a people who transcend prudent considerations in order to follow God into the wilderness, where their spiritual yearning comes to full expression. Is there a way to integrate this narrative of dark murmurings, of obsessive fantasies of a return to Egypt, with the celebration of a love-intoxicated wilderness discourse? What effect does the cumulative trauma of slavery, and the revelation at Sinai have on a nation that is beginning to speak? In Bewilderments, the miracles of Exodus, one of our most admired biblical commentators suggests fascinating answers to these questions.

At its heart are speeches of complaint and lament. What should have been for the Israelites a brief journey from Mount Sinai to the Holy Land becomes a forty-year death march.





The Murmuring Deep: Reflections on the Biblical Unconscious

Schocken - Avivah gottlieb zornberg informs her literary analysis of the biblical text with concepts drawn from Freud, the medieval rabbinic commentators, Winnicott, and other psychoanalytic thinkers to make a powerful argument for the idea that the creators of the midrashic commentary, Laplanche, and the Hassidic commentators were themselves on some level aware of the complex interplay between conscious and unconscious levels of experience and used this knowledge in their interpretations.

In her analysis of the stories of adam and eve, noah, and esther, joseph and his brothers, Isaac, Abraham, Ruth, Jonah, Rebecca, Zornberg offers fascinating insights into the interaction between consciousness and unconsciousness as she enhances our appreciation of the Bible as the foundational text in our quest to understand what it means to be human.





Moses: A Human Life Jewish Lives

Yale University Press - Sebald, and werner herzog—Zornberg offers a vivid and original portrait of the biblical Moses. Drawing on a broad range of sources—literary as well as psychoanalytic, a wealth of classical Jewish texts alongside George Eliot, W. Avivah gottlieb zornberg, acclaimed for her many books on Jewish thought, turns her attention to Moses in this remarkably rich, evocative book.

Yale University Press. An unprecedented portrait of moses's inner world and perplexing character, by a distinguished biblical scholar No figure looms larger in Jewish culture than Moses, and few have stories more enigmatic. Moses's vexing personality, who sees this story, his uncertain origins, told and retold, and his turbulent relations with his own people are acutely explored by Zornberg, as crucial not only to the biblical past but also to the future of Jewish history.





Bewilderments: Reflections on the Book of Numbers

Schocken - The newest book in avivah Gottlieb Zornberg’s award-winning series of commentaries on the hebrew bible. Is there a way to integrate this narrative of dark murmurings, of obsessive fantasies of return to Egypt, with the celebration of a love-intoxicated wilderness discourse? The question touches not only on the language the Israelites speak but also on the very nature of human utterance.

At its heart are speeches of complaint and lament, expressing a profound existential skepticism. But by contrast, receivers of the torah to the fullest extent, fed on miracles and nurtured directly by God: a generation of ecstatic faith, the generation of the wilderness emerges as one of extraordinary spiritual experience, in the narrative of the book of Numbers that is found in mystical and Hasidic sources, human partners in an unprecedented conversation with the Deity.

Bewilderments: Reflections on the Book of Numbers - Both before and after the devastating report of the Spies, the narrative centers on the people’s desire to return to Egypt, to undo the miraculous work of the Exodus. This view of the wilderness history invites us into a different kind of listening to the many cries of distrust, lament, and resentment that issue from the Israelites throughout the book of Numbers.

Yale University Press. Who are these people? who are we who listen to them? what effect does the cumulative trauma of slavery, one of the most admired biblical commentators at work today posits fascinating answers to these questions through the magnificent literary, scholarly, have on a nation that is beginning to speak? In Bewilderments, the revelation at Sinai, the miracles of Exodus, and psychological analysis of the text that is her trademark.

What should have been for the Israelites a brief journey from Mount Sinai to the Holy Land becomes a forty-year death march. Drawing on kabbalistic sources, the hasidic commentators on the book of Numbers depict a people who transcend prudent considerations in order to follow God into the wilderness, where their spiritual yearning comes to full expression.





Exploring Exodus: The Origins of Biblical Israel

Schocken - In a new foreword to this edition, sarna takes up the debate over whether the exodus from Egypt really happened, clarifying the arguments on both sides and drawing us back to the uniqueness and enduring significance of biblical text. The book of exodus records the pivotal events in the formation of biblical Israel—the deliverance from slavery, the wilderness wanderings, the leadership of Moses, and the giving of the Law at Mount Sinai.

Yale University Press. Bible scholar nahum sarna, canaanite, assyrian, examines and illuminates the distinctiveness of the Exodus narrative in light of ancient Near Eastern history and contemporaneous cultures—Egyptian, whose widely praised Understanding Genesis has become a standard text, and Babylonian.





The Hebrew Bible: A Translation with Commentary Vol. Three-Volume Set

W. W. Norton & Company - Featuring alter’s generous commentary, which quietly alerts readers to the literary and historical dimensions of the text, this is the definitive edition of the Hebrew Bible. Capturing its brilliantly compact poetry and finely wrought, purposeful prose, Alter renews the Old Testament as a source of literary power and spiritual inspiration.

A landmark event: the complete Hebrew Bible in the award-winning translation that delivers the stunning literary power of the original. 3 maps yale University Press. A masterpiece of deep learning and fine sensibility, Robert Alter’s translation of the Hebrew Bible, now complete, reanimates one of the formative works of our culture.

The Hebrew Bible: A Translation with Commentary Vol. Three-Volume Set - From the family frictions of genesis and king david’s flawed humanity to the serene wisdom of Psalms and Job’s incendiary questioning of God’s ways, these magnificent works of world literature resonate with a startling immediacy.





Proclaim Liberty Throughout the Land: The Hebrew Bible in the United States: A Sourcebook

The Toby Press - Yale University Press. In fact, one cannot understand the American political tradition without understanding America's relationship with the Five Books of Moses. Turning to the hebrew bible for inspiration, as the members of the First Continental Congress did, comfort, and purpose, solidarity, is a common theme in American history.

This sourcebook assembles the primary sources of american public history and allows the reader to hear the Hebraic echoes that have formed the cultural vocabulary of the Puritan settlers, revolutionaries, African slaves, leaders of the Civil Rights Movement, and the broader population.





If All the Seas Were Ink: A Memoir

St. Martin's Press - For people of the book―both jewish and non-Jewish―If All theSeas Were Ink is a celebration of learning, through literature, how to fall in loveonce again. Discussion guide available at ilanakurshan. Com yale University Press. Winner of the 2018 sami rohr prize for jewish literature and the 2018 sophie brody medal for achievement in Jewish literature****2018 Natan Book Award Finalist** **Finalist for the 2017 National Jewish Book Award in Women's Studies **The Wall Street Journal: "There is humor and heartbreak in these pages.

. Ms. Both religious and secular readers will find themselves immensely moved by Kurshan's personal story. American jewish world: “So engrossing I hardly could put it down. At the age of twenty-seven, learning daf yomi, alone in jerusalem in the wake of a painful divorce, Hebrew for“daily page” of the Talmud, Ilana Kurshan joined the world’s largest book club, a book of rabbinic teachings spanning about six hundredyears.

If All the Seas Were Ink: A Memoir - Kurshan takes us on a deeply accessible and personal guided tourof the Talmud. Her story is a tale of heartache and humor, of love and loss, of marriageand motherhood, and of learning to put one foot in front of the other by turningpage after page. Kurshan immerses herself in the demands of daily Talmud study and allows the words of ancient scholars to transform the patterns of her own life.

The jewish standard: “Brilliant, sensitive, beautifully written, original.





The Beginning of Desire

Image - Yale University Press. Turn the scriptures over to avivah gottlieb Zornberg and what do you get? A unique blend of brilliant literary insights and theological wisdom, derived from a lifelong immersion in rabbinic traditions and lore. The beginning of desire imaginatively interweaves biblical, rabbinic, and literary sources into a colorful tapestry that is both intellectually stimulating and personally uplifting.

One of the jewish biblical scholars scheduled to appear on the Bill Moyers PBS special on Genesis, Avivah Zornberg employs an amazing repertoire of literary sources to engage the audience and illuminate the text. With amazing literary sensitivity, isaac, noah, Zornberg ingeniously breathes new life into Adam and Eve, Rachel, Jacob and Esau, Abraham and Sarah, and Joseph.

The Beginning of Desire - The author's vibrant spirit, charming personality, and infectious enthusiasm for the Bible draw the reader into the search for meaning where real life and the biblical story intersect. It is an intimate, personal, and revealing encounter no one should miss. Delivering her erudition in a pleasantly lyrical style, the author shares her experience of God with the world.