Narratives and Jewish Bioethics

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Modern Jewish debate about euthanasia regularly pivots on interpretations of the Talmudic story of Rabbi Chananya ben Teryadon being burned alive by the Romans sometime in the second century. Though many modern bioethicists say this fiery story presents a clear and precise position on euthanasia, the narrative itself is more complicated and ambiguous. The implications of this disconnect between the story as it is and how bioethicists read it are problematic for patients, the Jewish textual tradition, and for ...

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Overview

Modern Jewish debate about euthanasia regularly pivots on interpretations of the Talmudic story of Rabbi Chananya ben Teryadon being burned alive by the Romans sometime in the second century. Though many modern bioethicists say this fiery story presents a clear and precise position on euthanasia, the narrative itself is more complicated and ambiguous. The implications of this disconnect between the story as it is and how bioethicists read it are problematic for patients, the Jewish textual tradition, and for modern bioethics as a whole. Applying fresh critical analysis to this tale, Jonathan Crane traces the fascinating and challenging story of narratives and norms in modern Jewish bioethics. The result is an unprecedented examination of the impact of a classic story in all its variants, and of narrative in general, on contemporary bioethical discourse.

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Meet the Author

Jonathan K. Crane is the Raymond F. Schinazi Junior Scholar of Bioethics and Jewish Thought at Emory University's Center for Ethics.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Foreword by Stanley Hauerwas
Abbreviations
Chapter One. Genesis of Jewish Bioethics
Chapter Two. Narratives, Norms, and Deadly Complications
Chapter Three. A Dying Story: Told and Retold
Chapter Four. Living to Die: Theo-Political Interpretations
Chapter Five. Dying to Die: Bioethical Interpretations
Chapter Six. Salvaging Stories in and for Jewish Bioethics
Bibliography
Index

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