Black Fire On White Fire / Edition 1

Black Fire On White Fire / Edition 1

by Betty Rojtman, Steven (Translator) Rendall
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520203216

ISBN-13: 9780520203211

Pub. Date: 02/27/1998

Publisher: University of California Press


Using the tools of contemporary semiotic theory to analyze classical rabbinic hermeneutics and medieval mystical exegesis, Betty Rojtman unveils a striking modernity in these early forms of textual interpretation. The metaphor from rabbinic literature that describes the writing of the Torah—black fire on white fire—becomes, in Rojtman's analysis, a…  See more details below

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Using the tools of contemporary semiotic theory to analyze classical rabbinic hermeneutics and medieval mystical exegesis, Betty Rojtman unveils a striking modernity in these early forms of textual interpretation. The metaphor from rabbinic literature that describes the writing of the Torah—black fire on white fire—becomes, in Rojtman's analysis, a figure for the differential structures that can be found throughout rabbinic discourse. Moving through the successive levels of traditional commentary, from early Midrash to modern Kabbalah, Rojtman examines the tension between the fluidity and nuance of the biblical text and the fixed commitment to ideological and theological content. To examine this strain between open text and sacred language, Rojtman scrutinizes the demonstrative, "this," as a word whose significance changes with every change in context. Her analysis suggests a double-layered meaning for "this," which refers to the existential world in its multiplicity but also to transcendence and the eternal presence of God.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520203211
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
02/27/1998
Series:
Contraversions: Critical Studies in Jewish Literature, Culture, and Society Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
212
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.63(d)

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