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By V. S. Naipaul

ISBN-10: 0307789306

ISBN-13: 9780307789303

Naipaul's arguable account of his travels during the Islamic international used to be hailed through the recent Republic as "the so much impressive paintings on modern Islam to have seemed in a really lengthy time."

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Modern remedies of Jewish apocalyptic often terminate their discussions of this literature with the triumph of Rome over nationalist rebels on the time of the second one Jewish insurrection (132-135 C. E. ). They consequently fail to understand the influence of the following upward thrust of scriptural authority for the Abrahamic religions and the renewed power of the apocalyptic style as a well-liked literary automobile for the expression of social and cultural issues through the foremost close to jap spiritual groups throughout the moment 1/2 the 1st millennium C. E. the current quantity starts the method of righting this imbalance via supplying an English-language anthology of a sequence of influential Jewish apocalypses emanating from the close to East from approximately the early 7th to the mid-twelfth centuries C. E. every one textual content is newly translated into English and supplied with an annotated remark that elucidates its old, literary, and non secular contexts.

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John C. Reeves is Blumenthal Professor of Judaic stories on the collage of North Carolina at Charlotte. he's the writer of Heralds of That reliable Realm: Syro-Mesopotamian Gnosis and Jewish Traditions (Brill) and the editor of Tracing the Threads: reviews within the energy of Jewish Pseudepigrapha (Scholars Press) and Bible and Qur’an: Essays in Scriptural Intertextuality (Society of Biblical Literature).

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Contents:
PREFACE AND ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
ABBREVIATIONS
INTRODUCTION

A Gallery of Jewish Apocalypses
1. Sefer Elijah
2. Sefer Zerubbabel
3. Pirqe de R. Eliezer §30 (end)
4. R. Sim'on b. Yochai complicated
The secrets and techniques of R. Sim'on b. Yochai
The Prayer of R. Sim'on b. Yochai
5. Apocalypses that includes “Ten Signs”
'Otot of R. Sim'on b. Yochai
Ten symptoms
'Otot Ha-Mashiach\ (Signs of the Messiah)
Ten additional issues touching on the times of the Messiah
6. Responsum of R. Hai Gaon on Redemption
7. 'Aggadat ha-Mashiach
8. Pirqe Mashiach
9. Midrash Wa-Yosha' (end)

Thematic Excursuses
1. Metatron as Apocalyptic Persona
2. The Eschatological visual appeal of the workers of Moses
3. The “People of Moses”

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Socioeconomy and the Horizon of Thought • 39 Seen from the outside, however, the growth of the city’s spiritual status paralleled that of its economic status, as outlined before. The imperatives of such a position meant that Mecca had to avoid involvement in the many tribal disputes in the peninsula and pursue a policy of heartless neutralism. 59 The aura of the forbidden months, which offered spiritual shelter for peninsular trade, was supplemented by more earthly agreements, known as ilaf, which safeguarded long-distance trade as well.

Such an exposure was undertaken instead along annual caravan routes. 65 The many agreements, economic as well as spiritual, that engulfed this trade not only indicate the growth of commercial rationality, but they also betray the context of danger within which it took shape. The cultic hums,66 ilaf, and other arrangements were apparently all forged within the sixth century. d. 68 This is significant, since that year was engraved in Meccan consciousness as a year of great threat to the very survival of the city.

D. in Najd and its surroundings. 27 The existence of agriculture in some colonies near Yathrib—later to be renamed Medina—apparently perpetuated aspects of Bedouin mentality and lifestyle; on the other hand, Mecca was forced, because of the barrenness of its surroundings, to rely exclusively on trade. Mecca was therefore forced to follow a policy of absolute neutrality and to unwaveringly insist 30 • Socioeconomy and the Horizon of Thought on preserving peace in the city at all costs. 28 Quraysh was the tribe most interested in preserving peace in general and during the sacred months in particular, the period when the most important commercial activities in the peninsula took place.

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