Elie Wiesel: A Religious Biography

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"Elie Wiesel: I Religious Biography argues that Wiesel's religious faith is the driving force behind Wiesel's status as a moral authority - that he is essentially a generative religious personality, a poet-prophet - who deepened his own particular Jewish vision to eventually become a "link" with humanity. In time, he begins to identify with the world's oppressed through a stance of universalizing faith, As a religious genius and spiritual innovator of the Postmodern era, Wiesel is a conflicted individual who joins his own personal and existential ...
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Overview

"Elie Wiesel: I Religious Biography argues that Wiesel's religious faith is the driving force behind Wiesel's status as a moral authority - that he is essentially a generative religious personality, a poet-prophet - who deepened his own particular Jewish vision to eventually become a "link" with humanity. In time, he begins to identify with the world's oppressed through a stance of universalizing faith, As a religious genius and spiritual innovator of the Postmodern era, Wiesel is a conflicted individual who joins his own personal and existential struggle for meaning and identity with the quest of the oppressed after the Holocaust." "Through a social-scientific methodology similar to that of Erikson and Fowler, one sees Wiesel as a genuine "homo religiosus" in quest of a universalizing perspective. Likewise through the work of Walter Brueggemann on the "poet-prophet," Wiesel's literary code is described as that of Jeremiah: "shattering," "evoking," and "enacting."" Indeed, Wiesel has followed the code of Jeremiah ben Hilkiah. Wiesel's early writing "shattered" the Western conception of normalcy. His work "evoked" a world that a later generation could not imagine, yet lie eventually began to "evoke" a new way of being religious in the postmodern world. The final aspect of his "poetics" is his praxis orientation of "enacting" - the living out of his faith - that has pushed him to travel to the jungles and ghettoes of the world to identify with the oppressed the world over. An encounter with Wiesel presents the possibility that the world has now become Jewish, in Wiesel's terms, and now solidarity must be extended to oppressed.persons everywhere.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780881460995
  • Publisher: Mercer University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2008
  • Pages: 282
  • Sales rank: 1,043,398
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1

I Orientation/Shattering 23

2 Sighet: A Small European Jerusalem 25

3 A Refuge: Grandfather and His Stories 44

4 Bar Mitzvah and Approaching Tyranny 56

5 The Curse and the Crisis 68

6 Wrestling Like Jacob 82

II Disorientation/Evoking 97

7 Writing Like Jeremiah: The Poetics of Memory and Justice 99

8 Further into Darkness: A Very Troubled Man 119

9 Writing Like Jeremiah II: Evoking a New Universe 131

10 The Poetics of Grief: Choosing Between Life and Death 147

11 A Town Beyond the Walls: Creating an Alternative Community Beyond Suffering and Pain 158

III Reorientation/Enacting 169

12 The Return: Re-envisioning God and Faith 171

13 Man and Event: Becoming a Great Man in Israel 181

14 Re-envisioning Faith and Tradition 192

15 A Poet/Prophet for the Nations: The Quest for a Universalizing Faith 211

16 Conclusion 238

Notes 247

Index 279

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