The School of Nisibis and the Development of Scholastic Culture in Late Antique Mesopotamia
Author: Adam H. Becker
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
The School of Nisibis was the main intellectual center of the Church of the East in the sixth and early seventh centuries C.E. and an institution of learning unprecedented in antiquity. Fear of God and the Beginning of Wisdom provides a history both of the School and of the scholastic culture of the Church of the East more generally in the late antique and early Islamic periods. Adam H. Becker examines the ideological and intellectual backgrounds of the school movement and reassesses the evidence for the supposed predecessor of the School of Nisibis, the famed School of the Persians of Edessa. Furthermore, he argues that the East-Syrian ("Nestorian") school movement is better understood as an integral and at times contested part of the broader spectrum of East-Syrian monasticism. Becker examines the East-Syrian culture of ritualized learning, which flourished at the same time and in the same place as the famed Babylonian Rabbinic academies. Jews and Christians in Mesopotamia developed similar institutions aimed at inculcating an identity in young males that defined them as beings endowed by their creator with the capacity to study. The East-Syrian schools are the most significant contemporary intellectual institutions immediately comparable to the Rabbinic academies, even as they served as the conduit for the transmission of Greek philosophical texts and ideas to Muslims in the early 'Abbasid period.
Originally written in Hebrew by Ibn Ezra, "The Beginning of Wisdom" is one of the most important of the basic medieval texts of astrology. It serves as the backbone to an extensive textbook of astrology by Ibn Ezra, which also included "The Book of Reasons, The Book of Nativities," and others.
The Beginning of Wisdom, the first novel from future Pulitzer Prize winner Stephen Vincent Bent, was published in 1921 just after the author's graduation from Yale University. Reflecting the influence of F. Scott Fitzgerald, the semiautobiographical work chronicles the coming of age of Philip Sellaby, who, as a young boy, "doesn't know what it is to be bored, has a quantity of humorous vanity, considerable physical recklessness and is beginning to develop from much scattered and unchecked reading an ashamed fierce curiosity in regard to matters of sex." STEPHEN VINCENT BENT (1898-1943) was born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. A prolific poet, novelist, and writer of short stories, he is best known as the 1929 Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the epic Civil War poem "John Brown's Body" and the short story "The Devil and Daniel Webster." He was elected to the National Institute of Arts and Letters in 1929 and to the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1938. He won a posthumous Pulitzer Prize in 1944 for Western Star, a volume of verse.
Unabridged Translation of the Gate of Love from Rabbi Eliahu de Vidas' Reshit Chochmah
Author: Elijah ben Moses de Vidas
Publisher: KTAV Publishing House, Inc.
Reshit Chochmah, one of the classics of East European and Sephardic Jewry, has appeared in numerous editions. A combination of spiritual and moral advice in a deeply kabbalistic framework, it provides an irresistible model of personal redemption that is integral to the process of cosmic redemption. By improving oneself, one redeems the world. The popularity of Rabbi Eliyahu de Vidas's work has continued into modern times, and it was one of the first Hebrew books reprinted after the Holocaust. The current translation from the original Hebrew of one of its most significant parts, The Gate of Love, now appears together with an extended introduction. This introduction defines vital kabbalistic terms and concepts, and sets the entire work within its kabbalistic context. With these aids, this classic of Jewish spiritual guidance will be accessible to the modern reader who might otherwise find Rabbi de Vidas's exposition very difficult to follow.
In 1 Kings 3:9, Solomon asked God to give him wisdom to govern the people. God loved the fact that Solomon asked for wisdom, and he gave him riches and honor. Solomon was the wisest king ever. In the book of Proverbs, Solomon had a lot to say about wisdom. This book contains scriptures from Proverbs. Each day has a verse and advice to apply the verse to your life. Its okay to know what the Bible says about wisdom, but you have to know how it applies to your life today. This book is very simple, and its so easy that anyone can understand it. As you read this book and apply the Scriptures, your life will be changed. Also included is a prayer and testimony journal. This will help the reader to pray about making wise decisions and to write down testimonies about the result of wisdom. This will change your life forever. By reading this book you will learn: How to make sound decisions How to be prepared for the future How to expand the wisdom that God has given you And much more. To learn more about the author, go to www.zelford.com.