Canonization and Alterity (Perspectives on Jewish Texts and Contexts #14) (Paperback)

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This volume offers an examination of varied forms of expressions of heresy in Jewish history, thought and literature. Contributions explore the formative role of the figure of the heretic and of heretic thought in the development of the Jewish traditions from antiquity to the 20th century. Chapters explore the role of heresy in the Hellenic period and Rabbinic literature; the significance of heresy to Kabbalah, and the critical and often formative importance the challenge of heresy plays for modern thinkers such as Spinoza, Freud, and Derrida, and literary figures such as Kafka, Tchernikhovsky, and I.B. Singer. Examining heresy as a boundary issue constitutive for the formation of Jewish tradition, this book contributes to a better understanding of the significance of the figure of the heretic for tradition more generally.

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Gilad Sharvit, Tel Aviv University, Israel; Willi Goetschel, University of Toronto, Canada.
Product Details
ISBN: 9783110992403
ISBN-10: 311099240X
Publisher: de Gruyter
Publication Date: July 4th, 2022
Pages: 305
Language: English
Series: Perspectives on Jewish Texts and Contexts