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The New Jerusalem

The New Jerusalem – Gilbert Keith Chesterton

The Zionists have often spoken about the hoped-for Jewish homeland in Palestine becoming a center whence would emanate, as of old, great ideas and ideals. Such a radiation has already begun, but it is interesting, indeed curious, that among the firstlings of the New Jerusalem is a product from the very un-Hebraic pen of Mr. G. K. Chesterton. „The New Jerusalem“ is an uneven book; at times a rather confusing book; but it is always thoughtful, always thought-provoking. And when the reader is once thoroughly oriented; when he realizes that he is not perusing a birth-rate, total-population, gross-tonnage-of-export sort of thing, but rather a poetic-philosophic mosaic woven, of reflections inspired by the Holy City—then he is ready to appreciate the matter in hand. „A man cannot,“ says the writer, „eat the Pyramids; he cannot buy or sell the Holy City; there can be no practical aspect either of his coming or going. If he has not come for a poetic mood he has come for nothing.“ Read more/Mehr lesen...

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The Book of Jubilees

The Book of Jubilees – Unknown Authors

The Book of Jubilees is the most advanced pre-Christian representative of the Midrashic tendency, which had already been at work in the Old Testament Chronicles. As the chronicler had rewritten the history of Israel and Judah from the standpoint of the Priests‘ Code, so our author re-edited from the Pharisaic standpoint of his time the history of the world from the creation to the publication of the Law on Sinai. His work constitutes the oldest commentary in the world on Genesis and part of Exodus, an enlarged Targum on these books, in which difficulties in the biblical narration are solved, gaps supplied, dogmatically offensive elements removed and the genuine spirit of later Judaism infused into the primitive history of the world.

The Book of Jubilees

The Book of Jubilees

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The Book of Jubilees.

ISBN: 9783849679668

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Basics on the Midrash (from wikipedia)

In Judaism, the midrash (Hebrew: מִדְרָשׁ‎; pl. מִדְרָשִׁים midrashim) is the genre of rabbinic literature which contains early interpretations and commentaries on the Written Torah and Oral Torah (spoken law and sermons), as well as non-legalistic rabbinic literature (aggadah) and occasionally the Jewish religious laws (halakha), which usually form a running commentary on specific passages in the Hebrew Scripture (Tanakh). Read more/Mehr lesen...

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Commentary on the Song of Songs

Commentary on the Song of Songs – Saint Bernard of Clairvaux

The Song of Songs is a book of the Hebrew Bible, also known as Canticle of Canticles or simply Canticles. St. Bernard wrote 43 beautiful sermons on this book. He interprets the song of songs in reference to the love between God and the soul. God is deeply in love with us, and wills our love in return. This love between the soul and God, which is the most intimate love possible, is expressed in the analogy of bride and bridegroom, where the intimacy of love is especially expressed.

Commentary on the Song of Songs

Commentary on the Song of Songs

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Commentary on the Song of Songs.

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Summary of the Song of Songs (from wikipedia)

The introduction calls the poem „the song of songs“, a superlative construction commonly used in Scriptural Hebrew to show something as the greatest and most beautiful of its class (as in Holy of Holies). The poem proper begins with the woman’s expression of desire for her lover and her self-description to the „daughters of Jerusalem“: she insists on her blackness, likening it to the „tents of Kedar“ (nomads) and the „curtains of Solomon“. A dialogue between the lovers follows: the woman asks the man to meet; he replies with a lightly teasing tone. The two compete in offering flattering compliments („my beloved is to me as a cluster of henna blossoms in the vineyards of En Gedi“, „an apple tree among the trees of the wood“, „a lily among brambles“, while the bed they share is like a forest canopy). The section closes with the woman telling the daughters of Jerusalem not to stir up love such as hers until it is ready. Read more/Mehr lesen...

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