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Avodah: An Anthology of Ancient Poetry for Yom Kippur (Penn State Library of Jewish Literature) Kindle Edition

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Length: 400 pages

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“Swartz and Yahalom have produced a clear, readable version complete with excellent bibliographic aids.”
—M. Butovsky, Choice

“Michael D. Swartz and Joseph Yahalom, the editors and translators of this collection, do an intelligent and nuanced job introducing the poems, summarizing the scriptural, historical, linguistic, artistic, and hermeneutic traditions that resonate in the Hebrew originals.”
—Laurance Wieder, Books and Culture: A Christian Review

“Swartz and Yahalom have produced a clear, readable version complete with excellent bibliographic aids.”

—M. Butovsky, Choice

About the Author

Michael D. Swartz is Professor of Hebrew and Religious Studies at the Ohio State University. He is the author of Mystical Prayer in Ancient Judaism: An Analysis of Ma'aseh Merkavah (1992) and Scholastic Magic: Ritual and Revelation in Early Jewish Mysticism (1996).



Joseph Yahalom is Professor of Hebrew Literature at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is regarded as one of the foremost experts on Hebrew liturgical poetry and has written several books on the subject, including Palestinian Vocalised Piyyut Manuscripts in the Cambridge Genizah Collections (1997).


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  • File Size: 2437 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Penn State University Press (April 28, 2005)
  • Publication Date: June 5, 2005
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002HK3LWU
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael Lewyn VINE VOICE on October 1, 2009
Format: Library Binding
8 long poems, all written (probably in Israel) about 1600 years ago, describing the service of the High Priest of the Temple in Jerusalem (destroyed in 70). These poems reminds us that even after a few hundred years, the Temple sacrifices were still part of the Jewish collective memory to a greater extent than today. In addition, the poems' positive description of the High Priest suggests that the Temple priesthood was still more prestigious than some Jewish literature might suggest.
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Kindle Jewish Book Bargain: Avodah - Ancient Poems for Yom Kippur edited by Michael D. Swartz and Joseph Yahalom -- The dead tree edition of the book is $65.95 at Amazon but... the Kindle edition is $9.99.

The rich and informative introduction is worth the price of the book. And if you are teaching a course on the "Liturgy of the Days of Awe," then you must have this book.

In the Kindle edition the Hebrew follows the English, they do not line up side-by-side, and that may account for the discount. Just guessing.
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