Calendar and Community traces the development of the Jewish calendar from its origins until it reached, in the tenth century CE, its present form. Drawing on a wide range of often neglected sources - literary, documentary, epigraphic, Jewish, Graeco-Roman and Christian - it is the first comprehensive work to have been written on the subject. It will be useful not only to historians and epigraphists for the interpretation of early Jewish datings, but also as a historical study of early Judaism in its own right. Its main theme is that the Jewish calendar evolved in the course of this period from considerable diversity (with a variety of solar and lunar calendars) to unity (with the normative rabbinic calendar). The unification of the calendar was one element in the unification of Jewish identity in later antiquity and the early medieval world.
Annie Harvey gets an unexpected gift from a grandmother she thought had died years ago. Her grandmother left her a mysterious book that appears to be blank, but then an odd little man enters the book store where Annie is researching the book and it reveals its secrets. Annie soon finds herself exploring a whole new world by going through Elfreth's Alley into Elf Reth's Alley and an alternate version of Philadelphia, this one populated by witches and wizards and the like. Her efforts to unravel the secrets of the book have endangered this community, and Annie works hard to undo the damage. Just when things are looking up, she learns that a new threat has emerged. Annie ultimately finds herself holding Merlin's wand in one hand, the Green Witch's scepter in the other while the beast turns it's full attention to her. The only person left to save the world is Annie and there's just one little problem, She has no clue what to do.
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