Infertility in Early Modern England
Daphna Oren-Magidor. 9/2017. “Infertility in Early Modern England”. Abstract
This book (by Palgrave Macmillan UK ) explores the experiences of people who struggled with fertility problems in sixteenth and seventeenth-century England. Motherhood was central to early modern women’s identity and was even seen as their path to salvation. To a lesser extent, fatherhood played an important role in constructing proper masculinity. When childbearing failed this was seen not only as a medical problem but as a personal emotional crisis. Infertility in Early Modern England highlights the experiences of early modern infertile couples: their desire for children, the social stigmas they faced, and the ways that social structures and religious beliefs gave meaning to infertility. It also describes the methods of treating fertility problems, from home-remedies to water cures. Offering a multi-faceted view, the book demonstrates the centrality of religion to every aspect of early modern infertility, from understanding to treatment. It also highlights the ways in which infertility unsettled the social order by placing into question the gendered categories of femininity and masculinity.
Purity, Community, and Ritual in Early Christian Literature

Oxford University Press

Moshe Blidstein Oxford Studies in the Abrahamic Religions Charts the development of a multifaceted discourse of purity in early Christianity, drawing on, rejecting, and reworking previous traditions Provides analysis of many dimensions of ancient Christian purity, including dietary restrictions, death pollution, ancient psychology and demonology, sexuality, and church rituals Focuses on the Didache, the Epistle of Barnabas, the Shepherd of Hermas, the Apocryphal Acts of the Apostles, and the writings of Paul, Justin Martyr, Clement of Alexandria, and Origen

Dan Baras. 2017. “The explanatory challenge: moral realism is no better than theism.” Eur J Philosophy, 26, 1, Pp. 368-389. Abstract
Abstract Many of the arguments for and against robust moral realism parallel arguments for and against theism. In this article, I consider one of the shared challenges: the explanatory challenge. The article begins with a presentation of Harman's formulation of the explanatory challenge as applied to moral realism and theism. I then examine two responses offered by robust moral realists to the explanatory challenge, one by Russ Shafer-Landau and another by David Enoch. Shafer-Landau argues that the moral realist can plausibly respond to the challenge in a way unavailable to theists. I argue that Shafer-Landau's response is implausible as it stands and that once revised, it will apply to theism just as well. I then argue that Enoch's response, to the extent that it is plausible, can be used to defend theism as well.
in Honour of F.A.M. Wiggermann. Alter Orient und Altes Testament 441 (Münster: Ugarit-Verlag).
Evelyn Runge. 2017. “Moritz Riesewieck: Digitale Drecksarbeit. Wie uns Facebook & Co. von dem Bösen erlösen.” rezensionen:kommunikation:medien.
Amit Gvaryahu. 2017. “There and Back Again: A Journey to Ashkelon and Its Intertexts in Yerushalmi Sanhedrin 4:6 (=Hagigah 2:2).” In Journeys in the Roman East: Imagined and Real, edited by Maren Niehoff, Pp. 139-151. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck.
Amit Gvaryahu. 2017. “Twisting words: does Halakhah really circumvent scripture?” Journal of Jewish Studies, 68, Pp. 260-283. Abstract
abstract A foundational text in the study of Tannaitic Midrash and Halakhah, Sifre Deuteronomy 122 is a list of places where Halakhah ʿ qpt scripture. This word, ʿ qpt, has long been understood to mean ‘circumvent’, ‘bypass’ or ‘belie’, and the pericope has been read as a list of places where ‘Halakhah} circumvents scripture’, and thus a testament to the power of the accepted tradition to override the words of the Torah. Based on documentary and linguistic evidence, this article questions the interpretation of the word ʿ qpt and suggests that it means not ‘circumvent’ but rather ‘multiply’. As it does so, it also suggests a new meaning for the list, as a declaration of the limits of the Midrashic method of the Tannaitic school of Rabbi Ishmael, committed both to accepted traditions and to its more restrictive and systematic method of reading scripture.
עמית גבריהו. 2017. “ושניהם שוים: על פרשנות כיוצרת ערכים בספרות היהודית העתיקה.” בפרט ובכלל, ג, Pp. 54-86.
Incorruptible Bodies: Christology, Society and Authority in Late Antiquity
Incorruptible Bodies: Christology, Society and Authority in Late Antiquity
Motor/Reise. Basiswissen für die Medienpraxis
Evelyn Runge and Hektor Haarkötter. 1/2016. Motor/Reise. Basiswissen für die Medienpraxis. Abstract

Mobility is one of the principle topics of humans, be it as nomads in former days, be it as frequent travellers for business or in leisure nowadays. Early in history, voyagers wrote their experiences down, but only very late travel stories become a respected desk in journalistic media. As special-interest-journalism it is and was highly coined by economic influence. The new book "Motor/Reise" - travel- and motor journalism - is part of the series "Journalismus Bibliothek", released by the renowned publisher Herbert von Halem Verlag, Cologne, Germany. The authors picture the history of travel- and mobility journalism from the ancient world until today. They consider new developments due to digital journalism - for instance travel blogs and mobile reporting -, ethical challenges, and the special role of photography in travel- and motorjournalism. Examples of best practice show freshmen and old-stagers how to engage in modern travel- and mobility journalism, and how to deal self-confidently with demands of makers, providers, and advertisers. Evelyn Runge and Hektor Haarkötter have intensivley worked as journalists themselves and clearly enrich their writing from these experiences.

(Herbert von Halem Verlag, Cologne ,Germany, 2016)

Forgetting: An Interdisciplinary Conversation

In the ongoing flood of studies of memory in its manifold forms and meanings, the no less powerful subject of forgetting tends to be forgotten. We often think of forgetting as a passive process, something that simply “happens” to us and to other living beings; but many of the studies in this inter-disciplinary volume reveal the active and even creative nature of forgetting, its positive features, and its varied roles in a wide series of cultural and intercultural templates. Neuroscientists joined with historians, philologists, a linguist, philosophers, sociologists and anthropologists, an archaeologist and an artist in the two joint workshops that generated this volume, under the auspices of the Zukunftskolleg at the University of Konstanz and the Martin Buber Society of Fellows at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The lively exchanges in the workshops are reflected in the comments and discussion that follow many of these experimental, meditative essays.

View sample pages from the book:
The book online:

Revenge, Retribution, Reconciliation: A Cross-Disciplinary Anthology

This volume of the Notebook Series of the Martin Buber Society of Fellows explores how explore how individuals, groups, and societies in a variety of cultural contexts, political settings, and time periods respond to the perpetration of injustices.

Approaching the concepts of revenge, retribution, and reconciliation from interdisciplinary and cross-cultural perspectives, it opens a fruitful discussion among scholars of history, literature, psychology, biology, political science, communications, sociology, religious studies, law, and philosophy. The book investigates how social groups reach and maintain an equilibrium between an emotional thirst for an immediate and unmediated response to injustices and societies’ need to adjudicate measures and sanctions that seem proportional to the breech of justice.
This volume is the third in the Martin Buber Society of Fellows Notebook Series

The book online:

Evelyn Runge and Hektor Haarkötter. 2016. Motor / Reise. Basiswissen für die Medienpraxis. Köln: Herbert von Halem Verlag.
Amit Gvaryahu. 2016. “Review of Scripture and Tradition: Rabbi Akiva and the Triumph of Midrash.” Shofar, 34, 2, Pp. 139-141.

	Conrad, Faulkner, and the Problem of Nonsense
Maurice Ebileeni explores the thematic and stylistic problems in the major novels of Joseph Conrad and William Faulkner through Jacques Lacan's psychoanalytic theories. Against the background of the cultural, scientific, and historic changes that occurred at the turn of the 20th century, describing the landscape of ruins bequeathed to humanists by the forefathers of the Counter-Enlightenment movement (Schopenhauer, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Dostoyevsky, and Baudelaire), Ebileeni proposes that Conrad and Faulkner wrote against impossible odds, metaphorically standing at the edge of a chaotic abyss that initially would spill over into the challenges of literary production. Both authors discovered that underneath, behind, or within the intuitively comprehensible narrative layers there exists a nonsensical dimension, constantly threatening to dissolve any attempt at producing intelligible meaning.Ebileeni argues that in Conrad's and Faulkner's major novels, the quest for meaning in confronting the prospects of nonsense becomes a necessary symptom of human experience to both avoid and engage the entropy of modern life.(New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2015)
Kerstin Hünefeld and Menashe Anzi. 2015. “Jerusalem, New York: Imām Yaḥyā Ḥamīd al-Dīn (1869-1948) and Yemeni-Jewish Migration from Palestine to the United States.” In The Yemeni Manuscript Tradition, edited by Sabine Schmidtke, Christoph Rauch, and David Hollenberg, 7: Pp. 252-280. Leiden: Brill.