Lament in Jewish Thought: Philosophical, Theological, and Literary Perspectives

Lament in Jewish Thought: Philosophical, Theological, and Literary Perspectives

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Overview

Lament, mourning, and the transmissibility of a tradition in the aftermath of destruction are prominent themes in Jewish thought. The corpus of lament literature, building upon and transforming the biblical Book of Lamentations, provides a unique lens for thinking about the relationships between destruction and renewal, mourning and remembrance, loss and redemption, expression and the inexpressible. This anthology features four texts by Gershom Scholem on lament, translated here for the first time into English. The volume also includes original essays by leading scholars, which interpret Scholem’s texts and situate them in relation to other Weimar-era Jewish thinkers, including Walter Benjamin, Franz Rosenzweig, Franz Kafka, and Paul Celan, who drew on the textual traditions of lament to respond to the destruction and upheavals of the early twentieth century. Also included are studies on the textual tradition of lament in Judaism, from biblical, rabbinic, and medieval lamentations to contemporary Yemenite women’s laments. This collection, unified by its strong thematic focus on lament, shows the fruitfulness of studying contemporary and modern texts alongside the traditional textual sources that informed them.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783110553963
Publisher: De Gruyter
Publication date: 06/26/2017
Series: Perspectives on Jewish Texts and Contexts , #2
Pages: 372
Sales rank: 1,094,979
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.06(h) x (d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Ilit Ferber, Tel Aviv University, Israel; Paula Schwebel, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, USA.

Ilit Ferber, Tel Aviv University, Israel; Paula Schwebel, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, USA.

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