Sparks of the Logos: Essays in Rabbinic Hermeneutics

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There are two major themes running through the essays reprinted in this book: the first is the typological relation of rabbinic Judaism to Christianity, while the second is the re-animation, by going back to the roots, of a rabbinic Judaism that would not manifest some of the deleterious social ideologies and practices that modern orthodox Judaism generally does, a project that was thought of as “radical orthodoxy,” long before that term achieved its current—and almost ...

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Overview

There are two major themes running through the essays reprinted in this book: the first is the typological relation of rabbinic Judaism to Christianity, while the second is the re-animation, by going back to the roots, of a rabbinic Judaism that would not manifest some of the deleterious social ideologies and practices that modern orthodox Judaism generally does, a project that was thought of as “radical orthodoxy,” long before that term achieved its current—and almost diametrically opposing—sense among Christian theologians.
The book is divided into two parts. The first part consists of several essays on midrash, exploring various aspects of rabbinic culture and their relation to hermeneutic practices. These papers are essentially more detailed studies of particular issues that were raised in two of Boyarin’s books, Intertextuality and the Reading of Midrash and Carnal Israel: Reading Sex in Talmudic Culture (California, 1993). The second part of the book consists of reprints of four essays published in the journal Diacritics during that same decade. The material treated in the book should be of interest to historians of Judaism and Christianity, Talmudists, and scholars and readers interested in the cultural study of religion.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789004126282
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/13/2003
  • Series: Brill Reference Library of Judaism Series , #11
  • Pages: 310
  • Product dimensions: 6.46 (w) x 9.62 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Meet the Author

Daniel Boyarin, Ph.D. in Talmud, Jewish Theological Seminary of America, is currently Taubman Professor of Talmudic Culture in the Departments of Near Eastern Studies and Rhetoric at the University of California at Berkeley. His most recent publications include, Dying for God: Martyrdom and the Making of Christianity and Judaism (Stanford, 1999) and Border Lines: The Idea of Orthodoxy and the Partition of Christianity and Judaism (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2004).
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Table of Contents

Foreword
Pt. I Midrashic Studies 1
Ch. 1 The Eye in the Torah: Ocular Desire in Midrashic Hermeneutic 3
Ch. 2 "This We Know to Be the Carnal Israel": Circumcision and the Erotic Life of God and Israel 24
Ch. 3 Placing Reading: Ancient Israel and Medieval Europe 59
Ch. 4 Take the Bible for Example: Midrash as Literary Theory 89
Ch. 5 The Bartered Word: Midrash and Symbolic Economy 114
Pt. II Diacritical Marks 165
Ch. 6 The Politics of Biblical Narratology: Reading the Bible like/as a Woman 167
Ch. 7 The Subversion of the Jews: Moses's Veil and the Hermeneutics of Supersession 184
Ch. 8 Epater l'Embourgeoisement: Freud, Gender, and the (De)Colonized Psyche 211
Ch. 9 The Talmud Meets Church History 246
List of Works Cited 285
Acknowledgement of Sources 293
Index of Names and Subjects 294
Index of Scripture and Ancient Sources 299
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