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    DescriptionIn the current situation of polarization in the Middle East, it is easy to lose sight of the fact that a long tradition of dialogue and openness toward the "Other" exists in many strands of Jewish thought. Himself or herself the quintessential Other in a world in which she or he has existed dispersed, in exile, as a minority, the Jew has consistently envisioned the self in relation to surrounding societies. Esther Benbassa and Jean-Christophe Attias show that alterity is a useful and morally compelling notion with which to structure Judaism's historically specific and politically charged encounters with deity, femininity, the Christian West, and the Muslim East.In Benbassa and Attias's view, the Other may be rejected, but it is also a mirror, both reminding the Jew of ethical duties and constituting a source of temptation and danger. Sometimes, the authors find, the Other is the enemy. They note that it is with the enemy that peace is made, peace with the Other and peace with the self. The Jew and the Other, which is an extended commentary on a dozen Biblical verses and which follows the five books of the Pentateuch, offers the history of that encounter as an inextricable part of the Jewish condition and is itself a meditation on this encounter.


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    Title
    The Jew and the Other
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Esther Bembassa, By (author) Jean-Christophe Attias, Translated by G. M. Goshgarian
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 176
    Width: 114 mm
    Height: 190 mm
    Thickness: 13 mm
    Weight: 199 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780801489464
    ISBN 10: 0801489466
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: REL
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T6.6
    B&T General Subject: 690
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BIC subject category V2: HRJ
    Ingram Subject Code: RJ
    Ingram Theme: RELI/JUDAIC
    Libri: I-RJ
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25460
    BISAC V2.8: REL040030
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 35
    Abridged Dewey: 296
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    DC22: 296
    LC subject heading: ,
    LC classification: BM565 .B4413 2004
    Thema V1.0: QRJ, QRAX
    Publisher
    Cornell University Press
    Imprint name
    Cornell University Press
    Publication date
    31 December 2004
    Publication City/Country
    Ithaca
    Review quote
    "This is a rich summation of the resources and challenges of Jewish identity and difference at the turn of the third Christian millennium. Committed, lucid, critical, and informed, it exemplifies a vibrantly human science of Jewishness." Jonathan Boyarin, author of Storm from Paradise: The Politics of Jewish Memory and Thinking in Jewish"