Jewish Law and Identity: Academic Essays

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The Hermit Kingdom Press, 2005 - Religion - 227 pages
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JEWISH LAW AND IDENTITY is the second book in the Hermit Kingdom Studies in Christianity and Judaism, an academic monograph series in Hebrew, Jewish, and Early Christian Studies. This book contains 9 academic essays relating to the theme of Jewish law and identity. Chapter one compares English contract law (Law of Privity of Contracts) with Jewish contract law as found in the book of Genesis (the Abrahamic covenant). Chapters two and three discuss Jewish Rabbinic Law and its relevance for understanding Jewish identity in the period of the composition of the documents. Chapters four, five and seven discuss Jewish individual and group identity as found in the Old Testament, particularly in relation to the religious practice (Temple worship) and political institutions (the monarchy) of ancient Israel. Chapter six is a theoretical discussion for understanding identity in relation to rituals. The author proposes "the atomic theory," utilizing the scientific concept of the atom with nucleus and electrons, applied in a social-scientific and humanistic way to texts and social realities. Chapter eight discusses the book of Acts and its interaction with Jewish identity and the impact of the movement founded by Jesus of Nazareth. Chapter nine discusses Jewish identity as seen through the pseudepigraphic text of the Psalms of Solomon and its relevant for the late Second Temple period. All the academic essays in the book discuss Jewish law and identity in a creative, and ground-breaking way in light of the most recent research trends. The essays represented here include important academic papers delivered at international conferences, like the Society of Biblical Literature International Meeting and the Australia and New Zealand Theological Society continental conference. This book is useful for using in college/university teaching and for advanced research in Jewish studies.
 

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Contents

A Comparative Study in Contract Law to Elucidate the Ancient Israelite Society
1
Understanding Jewish Law and the SocioCultural History of the Jews in the Talmudic Era 70500 AD
17
An Examination of the Most Recent Monographs on Methodology
52
A Study of Genre and a Formulation of a Historical Criteria
76
Royal Ideology Zion Theology and Social Justice as Texts in Judges 1921
95
A Critical and Theoretical Conceptualization of Ritual Studies and Its Application in the Ancient Roman World
130
Prophecy Biblical Interpreters and the Book of Chronicles
157
Food Eating Practices and Empowerment in the Narratives of Acts
183
The Key Signifier of Forever in Psalms of Solomon 11
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Heerak Christian Kim received his B.A. cum laude in history with a minor in classical studies from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Kim received his M.A. in history in 1991 at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in the context of the Ph.D. program in the History Department. Kim pursued his theological training part-time while being a full-time student at UCLA and obtained his MA in Theology from Fuller Seminary in Pasadena. Kim has conducted doctoral level research at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Harvard University, Brown University, and the University of Heidelberg in Germany. Currently, Kim is a Ph.D. candidate in Hebrew, Jewish, and Early Christian Studies at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom and resident at Jesus College, Cambridge. Kim has received many prestigious fellowships and scholarships during the course of his research, such as the Lady Davis Fellowship and the Raoul Wallenberg Scholarship. Kim has taught undergraduate students at UCLA and Brown University. In Cambridge, Two separate committees (the New Testament Committee and the Old Testament Committee) have appointed him as a supervisor of undergraduate students at the University of Cambridge to teach courses in Hebrew, Jewish, and Early Christian Studies. Currently, Heerak Christian Kim is particularly interested in methodological questions regarding the study of Biblical texts and ancient history. His ongoing research projects also include examining Jewish Law in the context of legal history and in comparison to modern legal systems, an interest sparked while studying the Talmud with Professor Isaiah Gafni when he was a visiting professor at Harvard University in 1999. Heerak Christian Kim is the author of Hebrew, Jewish and Early Christian Studies: Academic Essays.