Not in the Heavens Book

Not in the Heavens


  • Author : David Biale
  • Publisher : Princeton University Press
  • Release Date : 2015-10-27
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 248
  • ISBN 10 : 9780691168043

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Not in the Heavens Excerpt :

Not in the Heavens traces the rise of Jewish secularism through the visionary writers and thinkers who led its development. Spanning the rich history of Judaism from the Bible to today, David Biale shows how the secular tradition these visionaries created is a uniquely Jewish one, and how the emergence of Jewish secularism was not merely a response to modernity but arose from forces long at play within Judaism itself. Biale explores how ancient Hebrew books like Job, Song of Songs, and Esther downplay or even exclude God altogether, and how Spinoza, inspired by medieval Jewish philosophy, recast the biblical God in the role of nature and stripped the Torah of its revelatory status to instead read scripture as a historical and cultural text. Biale examines the influential Jewish thinkers who followed in Spinoza's secularizing footsteps, such as Salomon Maimon, Heinrich Heine, Sigmund Freud, and Albert Einstein. He tells the stories of those who also took their cues from medieval Jewish mysticism in their revolts against tradition, including Hayim Nahman Bialik, Gershom Scholem, and Franz Kafka. And he looks at Zionists like David Ben-Gurion and other secular political thinkers who recast Israel and the Bible in modern terms of race, nationalism, and the state. Not in the Heavens demonstrates how these many Jewish paths to secularism were dependent, in complex and paradoxical ways, on the very religious traditions they were rejecting, and examines the legacy and meaning of Jewish secularism today.

Not in Heaven Book
Score: 4
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Not in Heaven


  • Author : Eliezer Berkovits
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2010-07-16
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 198
  • ISBN 10 : 9657052556

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Not in Heaven Excerpt :

Eliezer Berkovits analyzes law as it applies to the religious, ethical, and judicial principles of Judaism. Delineating common sense, feasibility, and ethical concern, the author provides a wealth of original insights into the very essence of halaca. In language accessible to everyone, Not in Heaven discusses a wide range of contemporary issues, including the status of women, marriage, divorce, conversion, rabbinic authority, and the role of halacha in a Jewish state.

Why Did the Heavens Not Darken  Book

Why Did the Heavens Not Darken


  • Author : Arno J. Mayer
  • Publisher : Verso Books
  • Release Date : 2012-08-21
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 544
  • ISBN 10 : 9781844677771

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Was the extermination of the Jews part of the Nazi plan from the very start? Arno Mayer offers astartling and compelling answer to this question, which is much debated among historians today.In doing so, he provides one of the most thorough and convincing explanations of how the genocidecame about in Why Did the Heavens Not Darken?, which provoked widespread interest and controversywhen first published. Mayer demonstrates that, while the Nazis’ anti-Semitism was always virulent, it did not becomegenocidal until well into the Second World War, when the failure of their massive, all-or-nothingcampaign against Russia triggered the Final Solution. He details the steps leading up to thisenormity, showing how the institutional and ideological frameworks that made it possible evolved,and how both related to the debacle in the Eastern theater. In this way, the Judeocide is placedwithin the larger context of European history, showing how similar ‘holy causes’ in the past havetriggered analogous – if far less cataclysmic – infamies.

The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven Book
Score: 4.5
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The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven


  • Author : Kevin Malarkey
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2022-05-27
  • Genre: Self-Help
  • Pages : null
  • ISBN 10 : 8184953925

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The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven Excerpt :

A True Story A Remarkable Account of Miracles Angels, and Life beyond this World AN ACCIDENT, A MIRACLE , and a SUPERNATURAL ENCOUNTER that will give you new insights on Heaven, angels, and hearing the voice of God. In 2004, Kevin Malarkey and his six-year-old son, Alex, suffered a terrible car wreck. The impact from the crash paralyzed Alex – and it seemed impossible that he could survive. When Alex awoke from a coma two months later, he had an incredible story to share. Of events at the accident scene and in the hospital while he was unconscious. Of the unearthly music that sounded just terrible to a six-year-old. Of the angels who took him through the gates of Heaven itself. And, most amazing of all . . . of meeting and talking to Jesus. The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven is the true story of an ordinary boy’s most extraordinary journey. As you see Heaven and earth through Alex’s eyes, you’ll come away with new insights on miracles, life beyond this world, and the power of a father’s love.

How Not to Get into Heaven Book
Score: 3
From 1 Ratings

How Not to Get into Heaven


  • Author : Ben Zaehringer
  • Publisher : Andrews McMeel Publishing
  • Release Date : 2021-10-26
  • Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels
  • Pages : 128
  • ISBN 10 : 9781524875930

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How Not to Get into Heaven Excerpt :

If you're looking for an easy way to get into heaven, by all means do NOT read this hilarious, subversively clever, comic-filled book! The second collection of Berkeley Mews comics by Ben Zaehringer, this book satirizes many of the pop cultural institutions familiar to children of the '80s and '90s, providing a visually delightful and comically poignant send-up of modern life. Filled with flawed views of Santa Claus, hilarious takedowns of Disney movie tropes, and dozens of comics that landed on the front page of Reddit, How Not to Get into Heaven is an uplifting read for comics fans with a slightly twisted sense of humor.

Under the Banner of Heaven Book
Score: 3.5
From 35 Ratings

Under the Banner of Heaven


  • Author : Jon Krakauer
  • Publisher : Anchor
  • Release Date : 2004-06-08
  • Genre: True Crime
  • Pages : 432
  • ISBN 10 : 9781400078998

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NATIONAL BESTSELLER • From the author of Into the Wild and Into Thin Air, this extraordinary work of investigative journalism takes readers inside America’s isolated Mormon Fundamentalist communities. Defying both civil authorities and the Mormon establishment in Salt Lake City, the renegade leaders of these Taliban-like theocracies are zealots who answer only to God; some 40,000 people still practice polygamy in these communities. At the core of Krakauer’s book are brothers Ron and Dan Lafferty, who insist they received a commandment from God to kill a blameless woman and her baby girl. Beginning with a meticulously researched account of this appalling double murder, Krakauer constructs a multi-layered, bone-chilling narrative of messianic delusion, polygamy, savage violence, and unyielding faith. Along the way he uncovers a shadowy offshoot of America’s fastest growing religion, and raises provocative questions about the nature of religious belief.

The Heavens Are Empty  Discovering the Lost Town of Trochenbrod Book

The Heavens Are Empty Discovering the Lost Town of Trochenbrod


  • Author : Avrom Bendavid-Val
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2011-11-16
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 9781605988535

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A magical place, a lost history: Trochenbrod, the setting for Everything is Illuminated, is now rediscovered for a new generation. In the 19th century, nearly five million Jews lived in the Pale of Settlement. Most lived in shtetls—Jewish communities connected to larger towns—images of which are ingrained in popular imagination as the shtetl Anatevka from Fiddler on the Roof. Brimming with life and tradition, family and faith, these shtetls existed in the shadow of their town’s oppressive anti-Jewish laws. Not Trochenbrod. Trochenbrod was the only freestanding, fully realized Jewish town in history. It began with a few Jewish settlers searching for freedom from the Russian Czars' oppressive policies, which included the forced conscriptions of one son from each Jewish family household throughout Russia. At first, Trochenbrod was just a tiny row of houses built on empty marshland in the middle of the Radziwill Forest, yet for the next 130 years it thrived, becoming a bustling marketplace where people from all over the Ukraine and Poland came to do business. But this scene of ethnic harmony was soon shattered, as Trochenbrod vanished in 1941—her residents slaughtered, her homes, buildings, and factories razed to the ground. Yet even the Nazis could not destroy the spirit of Trochenbrod, which has lived on in stories and legends about a little piece of heaven, hidden deep in the forest. Bendavid-Val, himself a descendant of Trochenbrod, masterfully preserves and fosters the memory of this city, celebrating the vibrant lives of her people and her culture, proving true the words of one of Trochenbrod’s greatest poets, Yisrael Beider: I beg you hold fast to these words of mine. After this darkness a light will shine

Not All Roads Lead to Heaven Book
Score: 4
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Not All Roads Lead to Heaven


  • Author : Dr. Robert Jeffress
  • Publisher : Baker Books
  • Release Date : 2016-02-09
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 208
  • ISBN 10 : 9781493401468

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Almost 60 percent of those in American evangelical churches believe that many religions can lead to eternal life. But if Jesus is to be trusted when he says that no one comes to the Father except through him, the church is failing in its mission. And it's not hard to guess why. An exclusive Jesus just isn't popular in our inclusive world. Dr. Robert Jeffress calls on Christians to recover the exclusive claims of the one they claim as Lord and Savior, not as a way to keep people out of heaven but as the only way to invite them in. He tackles questions like - Can people be saved who have never heard of Christ? - What about those who worship God by another name? - Do children automatically go to Heaven when they die? True compassion for non-Christians doesn't lie in letting them go their way while we go ours, but in sharing the only true way with them.

The Three Heavens Book
Score: 4.5
From 11 Ratings

The Three Heavens


  • Author : John Hagee
  • Publisher : Worthy Books
  • Release Date : 2015-05-12
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9781617955785

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As sales of Hagee's current New York Times bestseller, Four Blood Moons, continue to soar, hundreds of thousands of readers have had their thirst whetted to know what is to come at the end of this world . . . heaven itself! Hagee's national media power assures another mega-bestseller.

Two Gods in Heaven Book

Two Gods in Heaven


  • Author : Peter Schäfer
  • Publisher : Princeton University Press
  • Release Date : 2020-03-03
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 192
  • ISBN 10 : 9780691181325

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"In this book Peter Schäfer casts light on the common assumption that Judaism from its earliest formulations was strictly monotheistic. Over and over again in the Hebrew Bible the biblical writers insist upon the idea that there is one and only one God. But the biblical text is multifarious and contains many sources that subvert from within the strong monotheistic thesis. Old Canaanite deities such as Baal and El, although pushed to the edges, prove stubbornly persistent. They come to the forefront in, for example, the famous "Son of Man" of chapter 7 of the Book of Daniel. In sum, Schäfer argues that monotheism was an ideal in ancient Judaism that was consistently aspired to, but never fully achieved. Through close textual analysis of the Bible and certain key post-biblical sources, Schäfer tracks the long history of a second, younger, subordinate God next to the senior Jewish God YHWH. One might expect that with early Christianity's embrace of this idea (in the form of Jesus Christ), Judaism would have abandoned it utterly. But the opposite was the case. Even after Christianity usurps the original Jewish notion of a second, younger God, certain post-biblical Jewish circles-in particular early Jewish mystical circles-maintained and revived it with the archangel "Metatron," a controversial figure whose very existence is questioned and fiercely debated by the rabbis of the Babylonian Talmud. This book was originally published in Germany by C.H. Beck Verlag in 2016"--

Heaven and Hell Book
Score: 4
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Heaven and Hell


  • Author : Bart D. Ehrman
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2020-03-31
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN 10 : 9781501136757

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A New York Times bestselling historian of early Christianity takes on two of the most gripping questions of human existence: where did the ideas of heaven and hell come from and why do they endure? What happens when we die? A recent Pew Research poll showed that 72% of Americans believe in a literal heaven and 58% believe in a literal hell. Most people who hold these beliefs are Christian and assume they are the age-old teachings of the Bible. But eternal rewards and punishments are found nowhere in the Old Testament and are not what Jesus or his disciples taught. So where did these ideas come from? In this “eloquent understanding of how death is viewed through many spiritual traditions” (Publishers Weekly, starred review), Bart Ehrman recounts the long history of the afterlife, ranging from The Epic of Gilgamesh up to the writings of Augustine, focusing especially on the teachings of Jesus and his early followers. He discusses ancient guided tours of heaven and hell, in which a living person observes the sublime blessings of heaven for those who are saved and the horrifying torments of hell for those who are damned. Some of these accounts take the form of near death experiences, the oldest on record, with intriguing similarities to those reported today. One of Ehrman’s startling conclusions is that there never was a single Greek, Jewish, or Christian understanding of the afterlife, but numerous competing views. Moreover, these views did not come from nowhere; they were intimately connected with the social, cultural, and historical worlds out of which they emerged. Only later, in the early Christian centuries, did they develop into notions of eternal bliss or damnation widely accepted today. In this “elegant history” (The New Yorker), Ehrman helps us reflect on where our ideas of the afterlife come from. With his “richly layered-narrative” (The Boston Globe) he assures us that even if there may be something to hope for when we die, there certainly is n

Heaven is for Real Deluxe Edition Book
Score: 4
From 799 Ratings

Heaven is for Real Deluxe Edition


  • Author : Todd Burpo
  • Publisher : Thomas Nelson
  • Release Date : 2011-10-31
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 192
  • ISBN 10 : 9780849949203

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Heaven is for Real Deluxe Edition Excerpt :

#1 New York Times best-seller with more than 11 million copies sold and Amazon’s #17 best-selling book of all time. Heaven Is for Real was the best-selling non-fiction book of 2011 as reported by Nielsen’s Bookscan, and was developed as a major motion picture by Sony in 2014. “Do you remember the hospital, Colton?” Sonja said. “Yes, mommy, I remember,” he said. “That’s where the angels sang to me.” When Colton Burpo made it through an emergency appendectomy, his family was overjoyed at his miraculous survival. What they weren’t expecting, though, was the story that emerged in the months that followed—a story as beautiful as it was extraordinary, detailing their little boy’s trip to heaven and back. Colton, not yet four years old, told his parents he left his body during the surgery–and authenticated that claim by describing exactly what his parents were doing in another part of the hospital while he was being operated on. He talked of visiting heaven and relayed stories told to him by people he met there whom he had never met in life, sharing events that happened even before he was born. He also astonished his parents with descriptions and obscure details about heaven that matched the Bible exactly, though he had not yet learned to read. With disarming innocence and the plainspoken boldness of a child, Colton tells of meeting long-departed family members. He describes Jesus, the angels, how “really, really big” God is, and how much God loves us. Retold by his father, but using Colton’s uniquely simple words, Heaven Is for Real offers a glimpse of the world that awaits us, where as Colton says, “Nobody is old and nobody wears glasses.” Heaven Is for Real will forever change the way you think of eternity, offering the chance to see, and believe, like a child. Continue the Burpos story in Heaven Changes Everything: The Rest of Our Story. Heaven Is for Real also is available in Spanish, El cielo es real.

New Heavens and a New Earth Book

New Heavens and a New Earth


  • Author : Jeremy Brown
  • Publisher : OUP USA
  • Release Date : 2013-06-13
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 432
  • ISBN 10 : 9780199754793

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Jeremy Brown offers the first major study of the Jewish reception of the Copernican revolution, examining four hundred years of Jewish writings on the Copernican model. Brown shows the ways in which Jews ignored, rejected, or accepted the Copernican model, and the theological and societal underpinnings of their choices.

The Emperor Landing on the Nine Heavens Book

The Emperor Landing on the Nine Heavens


  • Author : Kong Shen
  • Publisher : Funstory
  • Release Date : 2019-10-23
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : null
  • ISBN 10 : 9781647360245

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The Emperor Landing on the Nine Heavens Excerpt :

I am the Emperor of the Nine Layered Heavens of the Myriad Domain! My decree is so vast that in this world, there is no one who dares to disobey it! This was the story of an ordinary boy like Lin Dong growing up to become the Nine Heavens Emperor! Experts were as numerous as the clouds, and they could also be seen how Lin Dong managed to carve a path through countless geniuses and powerhouses! If a beauty falls in love, how could the main character choose?

The Wild Heavens Book

The Wild Heavens


  • Author : Sarah Louise Butler
  • Publisher : Douglas & McIntyre
  • Release Date : 2020-03-21
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : null
  • ISBN 10 : 9781771622592

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The Wild Heavens Excerpt :

It all starts with an impossibly large set of tracks, footprints for a creature that could not possibly exist. The words sasquatch, bigfoot and yeti never occur in this novel, but that is what most people would call the hairy, nine-foot creature that would become a lifelong obsession for Aidan Fitzpatrick, and in turn, his granddaughter Sandy Langley. The novel spans the course of single winter day, interspersed with memories from Sandy’s life—childhood days spent with her distracted, scholarly grandfather in a remote cabin in British Columbia’s interior mountains; later recollections of new motherhood; and then the tragic disappearance that would irrevocably shape the rest of her life, a day when all signs of the mysterious creature would disappear for thirty years. When the enigmatic tracks finally reappear, Sandy sets out on the trail alone, determined to find out the truth about the mystery that has shaped her life. The Wild Heavens is an impressive and evocative debut, containing beauty, tragedy and wonder in equal parts.