New edition. For a people returning to their homeland, the Bible served as a legal document of ownership and as an historical and political model for the newly revived Jewish
kingdom. At the same time, however, it became the focal point for the people's personal hopes, expectations, disappointments, and frustrations with the Promised Land. It is the latter, Ruth Kartun-Blum argues, that fuels the fascination that biblical myth holds for the modern Israeli poet. Originally delivered in 1995 as three lectures in the Efroymson Series at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Profane Scriptures explores aspects of the complex relationship between modern Hebrew poetry and the Bible. Kartun-Blum, in the first two lectures, traces the link between the psychological roots of the collective experience and stylistic phenomena. Devoted to a consideration of the work of Yona Wallach (1944 - 85), the third lecture consists of an analysis of Wallach's poem "The Troubles of Donna Theresa."
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