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Creation, Composition, and Condition
This book is an analysis of early Jewish thought on human nature, specifically, the complex of characteristics that are understood to be universally innate, and/or God-given, to collective humanity and the manner which they depict human existence in relationship, or lack thereof, to God.
Jewish discourse in the Greco-Roman period (4th c. BCE until 1st c. CE) on human nature was not exclusively particularistic, although the immediate concern was often communal-specific. Evidence shows that many of these discussions were also an attempt to grasp a general, or universal, human nature. The focus of this work has been narrowed to three categories that encapsulate the most prevalent themes in Second Temple Jewish texts, namely, creation, composition, and condition.
Education, Crisis, Diachronicity and the Transition to a Sustainable Future
This work contributes to education for sustainability with innovative pedagogy and a new conceptual approach. It is based on a realistic assessment of our future in the Anthropocene, based on principles of human security and scientific models of remaining safe operating space. It critiques current approaches to education for sustainability and highlights solutions.
A chapter on the ethics of sustainability education provides the conceptual basis for a taxonomy of learning outcomes and a section on how educators can implement it in the classroom. The book integrates environmental ethics, zero growth and climate mitigation into a blueprint to educate successfully for a Great Transition to a truly sustainable future.
Author: Lisa Ebert
Since its publication, Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights has given rise to an unusual plurality of interpretations, leading to the impression that the novel somehow resists interpretation. The author offers a new reading of the novel that takes this effect into account by investigating its reason: ambiguity is a thematic focal point and structural key element of the novel.
This study is concerned with the ambiguity of Wuthering Heights which arises through a complex interplay of distinct but interdependent ambiguities of perception, narration, and the narrated world. In particular, it shows how specific ambiguous utterances (e.g. a clash of implicatures and presuppositions) are linked with each other and contribute to the global ambiguity of the text. In this way, not only the function of ambiguity for understanding Wuthering Heights is explored but also the function of Wuthering Heights for understanding ambiguity. The book should thus be of interest not only to Brontë scholars and Victorianists but also to literary scholars and linguists in general.
Networks and Laboratories of Knowledge
Author: Călin Cotoi
In Inventing the Social in Romania, 1848–1914, Călin Cotoi brings to life several ‘obscure’ anarchists, physicians, public hygienists and reformers roaming the borderlands of Europe and Russia.
The book follows individuals, texts, projects, sometimes even bacteria, traveling, meeting, colliding, writing and talking to each other in surprising places, and on changing topics. All of them navigated the land, sometimes finding unexpected loopholes and shortcuts in it, and emerged in different and unexpected parts of the social, political or geographical space.
Using materials ranging from anarchists’ letters, to social-theoretical debates and medical treatises, Călin Cotoi points to the larger theoretical and historical issues involved in the local creation of the social, its historicity, and its representability.
Kanzler des russischen Reiches unter Zar Alexander II.
A. M. Gorčakov gehört zu dem kleinen Kreis herausragender Politiker und Diplomaten in der zweiten Hälfte des 19. Jahrhunderts, deren Wirken über die Grenzen des eigenen Landes hinaus von kontinentaler und sogar globaler Bedeutung war.
Konfrontiert mit der der fatalen Niederlage im Krimkrieg stellte sich der russischen Regierung die Frage: Wie kann das Zarenreich seinen Großmachtstatus zurückgewinnen? Gorčakovs programmatische Antwort lautete: Stärkung des Regimes im Innern durch Reformen und eine Außenpolitik, die mit Augenmaß den Interessen Russlands Geltung verschafft. Die Umsetzung war bedeutsam und folgenreich gewesen. Auf dem internationalen diplomatischen Parkett suchte Gorčakov Russlands Position im System der europäischen Bündnisse zu sichern und Russlands Einfluss in Eurasien auszudehnen – allerdings fällt auch der Verkauf Alaskas an die USA in diese Zeit. Hitzige öffentliche Debatten, reaktionäre oppositionelle Strömungen, linksradikale Bewegungen bis hin zum Terrorismus prägten die Innenpolitik. Horst Günther Linke legt die erste umfassende, aus den Quellen gearbeitete Biographie des Staatsmannes vor, für die er auch auf bislang nicht erschlossenes Material aus russischen Archiven zurückgreifen konnte – ein unentbehrliches Werk für alle, die sich vertieft für Russlands Geschichte auf dem Weg zur Weltmacht interessieren.
Thinking about Education in the Hebrew Tradition
The Lost Mirror traces cultural patterns in which the interpretation of learning and education was developed against the backdrop of Hebrew thought.

The appreciation of learning is deeply rooted in the Hebrew way of thinking. Learning is understood as an open and history-conscious engagement of man with culture. The consciousness of history is shaped by the motif of the unavailability of the “other” and the difference to this “other”. This “other” is traditionally remembered as “God”, but may also be reflected in the motifs of the other person or the other society. The Lost Mirror reminds us
of a deficit, which is that in our everyday thinking and everyday action, we usually hide, forget and partly suppress the meaning and presence of the unavailable other. The book approaches this thinking through portraits of people such as Janusz Korczak, Martin Buber, Hannah Arendt, Emmanuel Levinas, Jean-Francois Lyotard and others.
From the Baltics to Central, Eastern and South Eastern Europe 1944–1956
Das neue Buch Violent Resistance gibt einen geographisch umfassenden Einblick in ein kaum bekanntes Thema: Den bewaffneten antikommunistischen Widerstand in Osteuropa zwischen 1944 und 1956.
Das Ende des Zweite Weltkrieg bedeutete in Teilen Osteuropas nicht das Ende der Gewalt. Die durch die Sowjetunion etablierte Herrschaft lokaler von Moskau mehr oder weniger abhängiger kommunistischer Parteien traf auch auf bewaffnete Opposition. Teils bereits im Weltkrieg eingesetzte Verbände, teils neu gegründete Gruppen setzten sich für ein Ende der kommunistischen Diktatur bzw. wie im Falle des Baltikums auch die Unabhängigkeit ihrer Länder von der Sowjetunion ein. Eine schwierige Quellenlage in Verbindung mit einem historiographischen Fokus auf den Kalten Krieg und jahrzehntelanger Tabuisierung führten zu einer vergleichsweise geringen Bekanntheit des Themas. Diese Lücke zu benennen und in Ansätzen zu schließen ist die selbstgestellte Aufgabe dieses Buches.

Codices Sabaiticus 232 & Holy Cross 104, Jerusalem
This new and revolutionary edition of Origen’s Commentary on Matthew is based on the version in Codex Sabaiticus 232, the most important of all because, unlike the 24 codices consulted by Erich Klostermann in his standard edition of 1941, it contains not only episodic ‘passages’, but also unique flowing text. The same codex also reveals for the first time how heavily Origen’s work was used, and sometimes copied to the letter, by ancient authors. Against the prevailing opinion, Professor Panayiotis Tzamalikos incontrovertibly confirms his long-standing thesis that the Commentary on Matthew is much later than the Contra Celsum.
Origen’s detractors, both ancient and modern alike, in order to show how much of a ‘heretic’ Origen was, point the finger at a garbled, untrustworthy, and heavily interpolated Latin rendering of his De Principiis, whereas reference to his Commentary on Matthew has always been scarce, and Pamphilus’ illuminating and documented Apology for Origen is normally paid almost no attention.
The author demonstrates that, unless the correlations of Origen’s work to both Greek philosophy and subsequent Patristic literature are knowledgeably delved and brought to light, it is impossible to recognise the real Origen, which has far too little to do with current allegations concerning pivotal aspects of his thought. By means of his commentary on this Greek text, P. Tzamalikos, as he did with his previous books, casts light on the widespread and multiform miscomprehension of Origen’s fundamentals, and demonstrates that this is a terra still calling for informed and unbiased exploration.
The Portrayal of Destruction and Mass Violence
Editors: Frank Jacob and Mor Presiado
The present volume provides a critical insight into the relationship of art and war. It shows how artists perceive war and how they depict it, to warn the spectator but to cure their own trauma at the same time.
War causes destruction, loss, and trauma. Many artists have used their art to express feelings and memories related to these losses and their own traumatic experiences. The artwork that came into existence due to such processes reflects on events of our past, but should be considered a warning at the same time. To deal with human suffering means to fully engage with the artist remains of human war experiences. The present volume aims to provide a first critical insight into the relationship between art and war, showing how artists dealt with human losses, destruction, and personal trauma.