Masking and Unmasking Ourselves: Interpreting Biblical Texts on Clothing & Identity

Masking and Unmasking Ourselves: Interpreting Biblical Texts on Clothing & Identity

by Norman J. Cohen


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781580238397
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: 09/15/2015
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Dr. Norman J. Cohen is widely recognized as one of the great teachers of his generation. A rabbi, professor emeritus of midrash and former provost of Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion, he frequently lectures to Jewish and Christian laypeople and scholars on Bible study and midrash—finding contemporary meaning from ancient biblical texts. Cohen was a participant in Bill Moyers's Genesis: A Living Conversation on PBS. He is author of Self, Struggle & Change: Family Conflict Stories in Genesis and Their Healing Insights for Our Lives; Voices from Genesis: Guiding Us through the Stages of Life; Moses and the Journey to Leadership: Timeless Lessons of Effective Management from the Bible and Today's Leaders; Hineni in Our Lives: Learning How to Respond to Others through 14 Biblical Texts & Personal Stories and The Way Into Torah (all Jewish Lights).

Table of Contents


1. Divine Garments of Creation
Concealing Our Nakedness, Revealing Our Inner Core (GENESIS 3)

2. Noah's Garments after the Flood
Ensuring Protection or Covering Shame? (GENESIS 9)

3. The Garments of Disguise—Am I Jacob or Esau?
Revealing and Concealing Identity (GENESIS 27)

4. Stripping Joseph of His Special Coat
A Symbol of Power and Status, a Source of Pain and Isolation (GENESIS 37)

5. Tamar Confronts Judah
Masks Can Reveal More Than They Conceal about Us (GENESIS 38)

6. Joseph and Potiphar's Wife
Uncovering True Identity (GENESIS 39)

7. Aaron's Death and the Symbolism of the Priestly Garments
Vehicles of Holiness and Transformation (NUMBERS 20)

8. David Dons Saul’s
Armor Wearing Our Garments, Embracing Our Own Identity (1 AND 2 SAMUEL)

9. Elijah and Elisha—Transferring the Prophet’s Mantle
Passing on Authority, Wearing It in Individual Ways (1 AND 2 KINGS)

10. Esther, Mordechai, and Haman
Change of Garments; Change of Identity (THE BOOK OF ESTHER)

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