Nine Talmudic Readings by Emmanuel Levinas

Nine Talmudic Readings by Emmanuel Levinas

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I know of no work that more readily opens this classic of Judaic learning to the general reader." -The Key ReporterThe appearance in English of nine of Levinas's essays on talmudic discourse, collected and beautifully translated by Aronowicz, is an important occasion.... These essays are crucial to the interpretation of Levinas's work more generally, [and] Aronowicz's excellent introduction and occasional notes are very helpful in making this work accessible to those unacquainted with either Talmud or Levinas." -Religious Studies ReviewNine rich and masterful readings of the Talmud by the French Jewish philosopher Emmanuel Levinas translate Jewish thought into the language of modern times. Between 1963 and 1975, Levinas delivered these commentaries at the annual Talmudic colloquia of a group of French Jewish intellectuals in Paris. Here Levinas applies a hermeneutic that simultaneously allows the classic Jewish texts to shed light on contemporary problems and lets modern problems illuminate the texts. Besides being quintessential illustrations of the art of reading, the essays express the deeply ethical vision of the human condition that makes Levinas one of the most important thinkers of our time.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 154.94 x 233.68 x 15.24mm | 408.23g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 1, black & white illustrations
  • 0253208769
  • 9780253208767
  • 349,918

About Annette Aronowicz

ANNETTE ARONOWICZ, Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Franklin and Marshall College, is author of Freedom from Ideology: Secrecy in Modern Expressions.show more

Table of contents

AcknowledgmentsTranslator's Introduction, by Annette AronowiczFour Talmudic ReadingsIntroductionToward the OtherThe Temptation of TemptationPromised Land or Permitted LandAs Old as the WorldFrom the Sacred to the Holy: Five New Talmudic ReadingsPrefaceJudaism and RevolutionThe Youth of IsrealDesacralization and DisenchantmentAnd God Created WomanDamages Due to Fireshow more

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