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4. Decipherment and undeciphered scripts

4. Decipherment and undeciphered scripts  

Andrew Robinson

in Writing and Script: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2009
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777509
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199567782.003.0004
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9780199567782
In a technical sense, ‘decipher’ means different things to different scholars. At one end of the spectrum lies Egyptian script which is more or less completely decipherable with just a ... More
5. How writing systems work

5. How writing systems work  

Andrew Robinson

in Writing and Script: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2009
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777509
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199567782.003.0005
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‘How writing systems work’ looks at the history of the academic study of decipherment. Writing systems vary in complexity from European and American alphabetic signs, numerals, punctuation ... More
5. What shall we do to be saved?

5. What shall we do to be saved?  

Gillian Clark

in Late Antiquity: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2011
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Sep 2013
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9780191777295
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10.1093/actrade/9780199546206.003.0005
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9780199546206
What is the relationship between humanity and divinity? ‘What shall we do to be saved’ looks at arguments between competing philosophies and religions in pursuit of answers to this ... More
1. Kabbalah: The Term and Its Meanings

1. Kabbalah: The Term and Its Meanings  

Joseph Dan

in Kabbalah: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2007
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Sep 2013
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9780199365616
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10.1093/actrade/9780195327052.003.0001
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9780195327052
The term ‘kabbalah’ crops up frequently in the State of Israel. It has several translations: reception, receipt, open, or receive. ‘Kabbalah: The Term and Its Meanings’ looks at the origins ... More
The Hebrew Bible as LiteratureA Very Short Introduction

The Hebrew Bible as Literature: A Very Short Introduction  

Tod Linafelt

Print Publication Year: 
May 2016
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May 2016
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9780190262679
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780195300079.001.0001
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9780195300079
The Hebrew Bible, or Christian Old Testament, can be celebrated as among the classics of world literature. The stories of Jacob and David present the earliest surviving examples of literary ... More
3. The Making of the Bible

3. The Making of the Bible  

John Riches

in The Bible: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2000
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Sep 2013
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9780191776304
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10.1093/actrade/9780192853431.003.0003
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What exactly do we understand by the term Bible? ‘The Making of the Bible’ examines the different uses of the word Bible, and the different understandings of the Jewish Bible, the Hebrew ... More
6. Alphabets

6. Alphabets  

Andrew Robinson

in Writing and Script: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2009
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Sep 2013
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9780191777509
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10.1093/actrade/9780199567782.003.0006
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Even more unknowable than the origins of writing are origins of the first alphabet. We accept that the alphabet reached the modern world via the ancient Greeks. We do not know how or when ... More
The Dead Sea Scrolls: A Very Short Introduction

The Dead Sea Scrolls: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)  

Timothy H. Lim

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Mar 2017
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Mar 2017
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9780191824586
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10.1093/actrade/9780198779520.001.0001
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9780198779520
The Dead Sea Scrolls: A Very Short introduction discusses the cultural significance of the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls and the religious, political, and legal ... More
11. The scrolls and early Christianity

11. The scrolls and early Christianity  

Timothy H. Lim

in The Dead Sea Scrolls: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

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Mar 2017
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Mar 2017
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9780191824586
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10.1093/actrade/9780198779520.003.0011
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9780198779520
‘The scrolls and early Christianity’ looks at what the Dead Sea Scrolls can tell us about Christianity. Any link between the Dead Sea Scrolls and the early Church generates a great deal of ... More
New light on the Hebrew Bible

New light on the Hebrew Bible  

Timothy H. Lim

in The Dead Sea Scrolls: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

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Mar 2017
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Mar 2017
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10.1093/actrade/9780198779520.003.0004
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‘New light on the Hebrew Bible’ investigates what the Dead Sea Scrolls can tell us about the textual diversity and canonicity of the Hebrew Bible. Before the scrolls were discovered, Hebrew ... More
5. Socialist and Revisionist Zionisms, 1917–1939

5. Socialist and Revisionist Zionisms, 1917–1939  

Michael Stanislawski

in Zionism: A Very Short Introduction

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Dec 2016
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Dec 2016
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9780190625207
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10.1093/actrade/9780199766048.003.0005
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9780199766048
Britain gained control over Palestine in the “mandate” system created by the League of Nations after the debacle of the World War I. “Socialist and revisionist Zionisms, 1917–1937” outlines ... More
9. Swing to the right, 1977–1995

9. Swing to the right, 1977–1995  

Michael Stanislawski

in Zionism: A Very Short Introduction

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Dec 2016
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Dec 2016
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9780190625207
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10.1093/actrade/9780199766048.003.0009
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Menachem Begin became prime minister of Israel on June 20, 1977, with a clear goal: to implement as quickly and as extensively as possible the policies of Revisionist Zionism as articulated ... More
4. The Weizmann era and the Balfour Declaration

4. The Weizmann era and the Balfour Declaration  

Michael Stanislawski

in Zionism: A Very Short Introduction

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Dec 2016
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Dec 2016
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9780190625207
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10.1093/actrade/9780199766048.003.0004
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The years 1904–14 witnessed the Second Aliyah, the emigration to Palestine of roughly forty thousand Jews, mainly from the Russian Empire. The first kibbutz, an egalitarian agricultural ... More
Preface

Preface  

Charles L. Cohen

in The Abrahamic Religions: A Very Short Introduction

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Apr 2020
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Jan 2020
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9780190654375
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10.1093/actrade/9780190654344.003.0009
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9780190654344
Abraham is a figure from antiquity; stories about the putative discoverer of the One God contain material that may date from the third millennium bce. His name entered Old English from ... More
Introduction

Introduction  

Tod Linafelt

in The Hebrew Bible as Literature: A Very Short Introduction

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May 2016
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May 2016
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9780190262679
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10.1093/actrade/9780195300079.003.0001
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9780195300079
Toward the end of the twentieth century a genuine, sustained appreciation of the Bible’s literary art—regardless of its historical veracity or of its religious value—arose. The Introduction ... More
1. Biblical literature and the Western literary tradition

1. Biblical literature and the Western literary tradition  

Tod Linafelt

in The Hebrew Bible as Literature: A Very Short Introduction

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May 2016
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May 2016
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9780190262679
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10.1093/actrade/9780195300079.003.0002
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9780195300079
Biblical literature displays a rigorous economy of style. It is, especially, in its narrative mode, extraordinarily understated. Readers are given a bare minimum of information, and ... More
3. Reading biblical poetry

3. Reading biblical poetry  

Tod Linafelt

in The Hebrew Bible as Literature: A Very Short Introduction

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May 2016
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May 2016
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9780190262679
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780195300079.003.0004
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9780195300079
“Reading biblical poetry” considers the elements of Hebrew biblical poetry and how they differ from biblical narrative: lineation and a collapsed syntax that often drops particles and ... More
Writing and Script: A Very Short Introduction

Writing and Script: A Very Short Introduction  

Andrew Robinson

Print Publication Year: 
Aug 2009
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777509
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199567782.001.0001
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9780199567782
Writing and Script: A Very Short Introduction explains how early forms of writing developed into hundreds of scripts including the Roman alphabet and Chinese characters. ... More
4. The future of languages

4. The future of languages  

Stephen R. Anderson

in Languages: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Jun 2012
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Sep 2013
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9780191778018
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10.1093/actrade/9780199590599.003.0004
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9780199590599
Whatever the world's current linguistic diversity, it is steadily declining, as local forms of speech increasingly retreat before the advance of the major languages of world civilization. ... More
2. Numbers

2. Numbers  

David N. Myers

in Jewish History: A Very Short Introduction

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May 2017
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May 2017
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9780190660345
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10.1093/actrade/9780199730988.003.0002
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9780199730988
“Numbers” considers the population of Jews throughout their history. In 2015, it was estimated the population of Jews totaled some 14 million. The Jews have been around for thousands of ... More

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