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    Jews and Words (Posen Library of Jewish Culture and Civilization) (Hardback) By (author) Amos Oz, By (author) Fania Oz-Salzberger

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    DescriptionWhy are words so important to Jews? Novelist Amos Oz and historian Fania Oz-Salzberger roam the gamut of Jewish history to explain the integral relationship of Jews and words. Through a blend of storytelling and scholarship, conversation and argument, father and daughter tell the tales behind Judaism's most enduring names, adages, disputes, texts, and quips. These words, they argue, comprise the chain connecting Abraham with the Jews of every subsequent generation. Framing the discussion within such topics as continuity, women, timelessness, and individualism, Oz and Oz-Salzberger deftly engage Jewish personalities across the ages, from the unnamed, possibly-female author of the "Song of Songs" through obscure Talmudists to contemporary writers. They suggest that Jewish continuity, even Jewish uniqueness, depends not on central places, monuments, heroic personalities, or rituals, but rather on written words and an ongoing conversation between the generations. Full of learning, lyricism, and humour, "Jews and Words" offers an extraordinary tour of the words at the heart of Jewish culture and extends a hand to the reader, any reader, to join the dialogue.


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    Title
    Jews and Words
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Amos Oz, By (author) Fania Oz-Salzberger
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 160
    Width: 156 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Thickness: 22 mm
    Weight: 349 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780300156478
    ISBN 10: 0300156472
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.7
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: LIT
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC subject category V2: DSB, JFSR1
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T General Subject: 750
    Ingram Subject Code: LC
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET120
    Ingram Theme: ETHN/JUDAIC
    BISAC V2.8: HIS022000
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    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 48
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    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
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    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15460
    B&T Approval Code: A31665600
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    BISAC V2.8: LIT004210
    DC22: 305.8924
    BISAC V2.8: SOC002010, LAN009050
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    B&T Approval Code: A22170000
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    LC classification: DS113 .O98 2012
    DC23: 809.8924
    Publisher
    Yale University Press
    Imprint name
    Yale University Press
    Publication date
    01 December 2012
    Publication City/Country
    New Haven
    Author Information
    Amos Oz is an internationally acclaimed author of more than fifteen works of fiction and numerous essays on politics, literature, and peace. He is also professor of literature at Ben-Gurion University in Be'er Sheva. Fania Oz-Salzberger is a writer, historian, and professor at the University of Haifa. She also holds the Leon Liberman Chair in Modern Israel Studies, Monash University, Australia.
    Review quote
    ""Jews and Words" is a wonderful, a great essay. It will resonate not only in the ears of Jews, but also in the mind of any secular intellectual who retains a certain sensitivity for the wealth of words in our book-religions. The line 'Ours is not a bloodline but a textline' is a drum beat for those who hear the special connotations, and for everyone who embraces the eighteenth-century Enlightenment without forgetting those religious motifs that deserve translation without annihilation."--Jurgen Habermas--J rgen Habermas"