University of Calgary

Publications - 2011


Boredom: A Lively History

Toohey, Peter

Empathy, Compassion, Narcissism

Morrison, Chris

Forms of Modernity. Don Quixote and Modern Theories of the Novel

Schmidt, Rachel

For Signs and for Seasons

Segal, Eliezer

For Signs and for Seasons: Bringing his scholarly research into Jewish history and legend to a wide audience in pithy and clever essays, Eliezer Segal offers his 2011 collection of newspaper columns focusing on the holy days and seasons of the Jewish calendar. All its rich history and modern cultural implications — how is Coca-cola kosher if its ingredients are secret? how did Spanish Jewish poetry survive the Inquisition? — are explored in entertaining and insightful vignettes. For Signs and for Seasons is a natural sequel to its companion volumes, Holidays, History and Halakhah, At This Time, and Sanctified Seasons. Like those earlier books, this volume brings together a diverse collection of essays related to the cycle of Jewish holy days. Each chapter illustrates in a different way the interplay between the received teachings of the Torah and the vital impact of interpretations by diverse types of personalities, ideologies, historical events and communal dynamics. The essays are written from a sympathetic but non-dogmatic perspective by an expert in the academic study of the Jewish religion. They were originally published as newspaper columns, are designed to entertain as much as to educate, and are accessible to a diverse readership. Segal is a professor of religious studies at the University of Calgary.


“Locating the Kingdom of God Within the Writings of Clement of Alexandra and Origen.”

Moore, Anne

On Avaivartika and Avaivartikacakra in Mahāyāna Buddhist Literature with special reference to the Lotus sūtra

Apple, James

On the Trails of Tradition: Explorations of Jewish Life and Learning

Segal, Eliezer

Eliezer Segal, professor of religious studies at the University of Calgary and a newspaper columnist, brings his witty and pithy essays on Jewish tradition and history to books accessible to a wide audience. The latest is On the Trails of Tradition, his 2011 book that explores — in an amusing and entertaining manner — such topics as child brides and arranged marriages, academic rivalries, vegetarianism, gift-giving and resentment, the physician’s prayer, prescriptions and healing, and the unbridled truth about pork. While Dr. Segal is well known in the academic community for his scholarly research into Judaism and religious lore and symbolism, including the new Routledge book Reading Jewish Religious Texts, he also writes to non-specialist readers of any faith interested in the fascinating traditions and historical origins of Jewish tradition found in famous scenes from the Torah, the Talmud and the Bible. You probably don’t know “the rest of the story” behind so many famous people, customs and legends.


Perfections (Six and Ten)

Apple, James

Reading Jewish Religious Texts

Segal, Eliezer

Reading Jewish Religious Texts introduces students to a range of significant post-biblical Jewish writing. It covers diverse genres such as prayer and liturgical poetry, biblical interpretation, religious law, philosophy, mysticism and works of ethical instruction. Each text is newly translated into English and accompanied by a detailed explanation to help clarify the concepts and arguments. The commentary also situates the work within its broader historical and ideological context, giving readers an enhanced appreciation of its place in the Jewish religious experience. This volume includes a comprehensive timeline, glossary and bibliography.


Responsa 2.0: Are Q&A Websites Creating a New Type of Halakhic Discourse?

Steinitz, Oren

The Mahāyāna Path of the Bodhisattva in the Ornament of Clear Realization

Apple, James

The Status Marking Term Avaivartikacakra in Mahāyāna Sūtras

Apple, James

The Teachings of Master Wuzhu: Zen and Religion of No-Religion

Adamek, Wendi

The Vices of Virtue: The Critique of Morality in Kierkegaard, Nietzsche and Daoism

Froese, Katrin in Joy, Morny After Appropriation

Translation Without End: On the Language of Empathy

Morrison, Chris
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Understanding World Religions

Hexham, Irving
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