Download Garden Witchery: Magick from the Ground Up by Ellen Dugan PDF

By Ellen Dugan

How does your magickal backyard grow?... With violets, rosemary, and yarrow to draw faeries; an apple tree for romance and health and wellbeing; and a circle of stones in a few tucked-away nook? no matter if you reside in a cottage within the woods, a house within the suburbs, or a urban condominium with a small balcony, a strong and enchanted realm awaits you. detect the key language and magickal homes of the bushes and vegetation, herbs and crops discovered growing to be round you, and how one can create your individual witch's garden.

Written with down-to-earth humor via a grasp gardener who's additionally a working towards witch, this inventive and inspiring consultant will motivate gardeners of every age and event degrees. It encompasses a magazine part that makes it effortless to maintain song of your development, sensible gardening recommendation, own tales, and backyard witchery lore and magick. inside of, you'll get the airborne dirt and dust on:

— Flower folklore
— Moon gardening and astrological timing
— Faerie magick
— commencing to complex witchcraft
— Floral and natural spells
— Sabbat celebrations
— Witch crafts (sachets, wreaths, appeal bags)
— growing sacred space
— color, moonlight, and solar gardens
— Enchanted houseplant and box gardens
— Magickal natural correspondences
— backyard advantages    

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Download The Pentateuch: International Perspectives on Current by Thomas B. Dozemann PDF

By Thomas B. Dozemann

The Pentateuch is either the literary capstone and the critical center of the Hebrew biblical canon. It includes some of the most sensible identified and so much influential literary texts of global literature. an organization end of biblical study is that the sweeping narrative of the Pentateuch that starts with production and concludes with the dying of Moses used to be no longer composed via one writer, yet is the results of a literary technique that came about over countless numbers of years.

Yet there is still major debate between foreign researchers at the composition of the Pentateuch. the current quantity includes a selection of articles from a world convention in Zürich that introduced jointly top voices from North the US, Europe, and Israel to judge the current country of analysis at the composition of the Pentateuch. the purpose of the convention was once to elucidate adjustments in technique and to spot issues of convergence within the current kingdom of pentateuchal examine as a foundation for additional discussion.

Forschungen zum Alten testomony No. seventy eight

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Download Bibliography of Qurʾanic Studies in European Languages by Morteza Karimi-Nia, Andrew Rippin PDF

By Morteza Karimi-Nia, Andrew Rippin

Finally, in spite of the fact that, a bibliography is essentially a learn software, one who permits us entry to what different students have investigated. the significance of that can not be overstated. Scholarship needs to happen as a talk, a back-and-forth among the person educational and the scholarly neighborhood. it is just in this type of means that scholarship can circulation forward; that also is how we come to appreciate the historical past of why yes questions became focal issues for research and why learn questions are framed within the manner that they're. each new piece of scholarship needs to, whether it is to be important and demanding, stand in an said dating with what has come ahead of it. therefore, this bibliography is an indispensible instrument, and all students of the Qurʾān from all over the global owe a considerable debt of gratitude to Morteza Karimi-Nia for his efforts in generating this worthy resource.

Andrew Rippin
University of Victoria, Canada

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Download Fortress Commentary on the Bible: The Old Testament and by Gale A. Yee, Hugh R. Page Jr., Matthew J. M. Coomber PDF

By Gale A. Yee, Hugh R. Page Jr., Matthew J. M. Coomber

Offers a balanced synthesis of the scholarship, permitting readers to interpret Scripture for a posh and pluralistic international. This ebook discusses the dramatic demanding situations that experience formed modern interpretation of the previous testomony and Apocrypha.

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Download Cities of God: The Real Story of How Christianity Became an by Rodney Stark PDF

By Rodney Stark

How did the preaching of a peasant wood worker from Galilee spark a circulate that will develop to incorporate over billion fans? Who listened to this "good news," and who missed it? the place did Christianity unfold, and the way? in accordance with quantitative information and the newest scholarship, preeminent student and journalist Rodney Stark offers new and startling information regarding the increase of the early church, overturning many triumphing perspectives of ways Christianity grew via time to turn into the biggest faith within the world.

Drawing on either archaeological and old proof, Stark is ready to supply tough statistical facts at the non secular lifetime of the Roman Empire to find the next evidence that set traditional heritage on its head:

* opposite to fictions comparable to The Da Vinci Code and the claims of a few sought after students, Gnosticism used to be now not a extra refined, extra genuine kind of Christianity, yet particularly an unsuccessful attempt to paganize Christianity.

* Paul used to be referred to as the apostle to the Gentiles, yet as a rule he switched over Jews.

* Paganism used to be now not quickly stamped out by way of nation repression following the imaginative and prescient and conversion of the Roman Emperor Constantine in 312 advert, yet progressively disappeared as humans deserted the temples according to some of the best allure of Christianity.

* The "oriental" faiths—such as these dedicated to Isis, the Egyptian goddess of affection and magic, and to Cybele, the fertility goddess of Asia Minor—actually ready the best way for the fast unfold of Christianity around the Roman Empire.

* opposite to generations of historians, the Roman secret cult of Mithraism posed no problem to Christianity to develop into the recent religion of the empire— it allowed no woman participants and attracted basically soldiers.

By studying concrete info, Stark is ready to problem the traditional knowledge approximately early Christianity delivering the clearest photo ever of the way this faith grew from its humble beginnings into the religion of greater than one-third of the earth's population.

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Download A None's Story: Searching for Meaning Inside Christianity, by Corinna Nicolaou PDF

By Corinna Nicolaou

The emerging inhabitants referred to as “nones” for its members’ loss of spiritual association is altering American society, politics, and tradition. Many nones think in God or even stopover at areas of worship, yet they don't establish with a particular religion or belong to a religious neighborhood. Corinna Nicolaou is a none, and during this layered narrative, she describes what it really is like for her and millions of others to stay with no faith or to be non secular with no committing to a selected faith.

Nicolaou additionally excursions America’s significant conventional religions to determine what, if something, one may perhaps lack with out God. She strikes via Christianity’s denominations, studying their tenets and worshiping along their fans. She travels to la to immerse herself in Judaism, Berkeley to teach herself approximately Buddhism, and Dallas and Washington, D.C., to familiarize herself with Islam. those encounters end up the numerous position faith nonetheless performs in smooth lifestyles. in addition they exemplify the colourful courting among faith and American tradition and the long-lasting price it offers to immigrants and outsiders. even though she is still a religious none, Nicolaou’s stories demonstrate issues of touch among the spiritual and the unaffiliated, suggesting nones can be appreciably revising the perform of religion in modern instances.

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Download Jazz Religion, the Second Line, and Black New Orleans by Richard Brent Turner PDF

By Richard Brent Turner

In his new e-book, Richard Brent Turner explores the background and modern importance of the preferred non secular traditions, identities, and function varieties celebrated within the moment traces of the jazz road parades of black New Orleans. the second one line is the gang of dancers who stick to the 1st procession of church and membership individuals, brass bands, and grand marshals. the following musical and non secular traditions interaction. Jazz faith, the second one Line, and Black New Orleans examines the connection of jazz to indigenous faith and spirituality. It explores how the African diasporist non secular identities and musical traditions—from Haiti and West and principal Africa—are reinterpreted in New Orleans jazz and well known spiritual performances, whereas describing how the members within the moment line create their very own social house and turn into informed within the arts of political cover, resistance, and function.

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