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The Other in Jewish Thought and History : Constructions of Jewish Culture and Identity - Laurence J. Silberstein

The Other in Jewish Thought and History

Constructions of Jewish Culture and Identity

By: Laurence J. Silberstein (Editor), Robert L. Cohn (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 1st August 1994
ISBN: 9780814779897
Number Of Pages: 480

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Cultural boundaries and group identity are often forged in relation to the Other. In every society, conceptions of otherness, which often reflect a group's fears and vulnerabilities, result in deep-rooted traditions of inclusion and exclusion that permeate the culture's literature, religion, and politics.

This volume explores the ways in which Jews have traditionally defined other groups and, in turn, themselves. The contributors, a distinguished international group of scholars, explore the discursive processss through which Jewish identity and culture have been constructed, disseminated, and perpetuated.

Among the topics addressed are: Others in the biblical world; the construction of gender in Roman-period Judaism; the Other as woman in the Greco-Roman world; the gentile as Other in rabbinic law; the feminine as Other in kabbalah; the reproduction of the Other in the Passover Haggadah; the Palestinian Arab as Other in Israeli politics and literature; the Other in Levinas and Derrida; Blacks as Other in American Jewish literature; the Jewish body image as symbol of Otherness; and women as Other in Israeli cinema.
Contributors to this interdisciplinary volume are: Jonathan Boyarin (New School for Social Research), Robert L. Cohn (Lafayette College), Gerald Cromer (Bar-Ilan University), Trude Dothan (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), Elizabeth Fifer (Lehigh University), Steven D. Fraade (Yale University), Sander L. Gilman (Cornell University), Hannan Hever (Tel Aviv University), Ross S. Kraemer (University of Pennsylvania), Orly Lubin (Tel Aviv University), Peter Machinist (Harvard University), Jacob Meskin (Williams College), Adi Ophir (Tel Aviv University), Ilan Peleg (Lafayette College), Miriam Peskowitz (University of Florida), Laurence J. Silberstein (Lehigh University), Naomi Sokoloff (University of Washington), and Elliot R. Wolfson (New York University).

Acknowledgments
Others Within and Others Without: Rethinking Jewish Identity and Culturep. 1
Outsiders or Insiders: The Biblical View of Emergent Israel and Its Contextsp. 35
The Philistine as Other: Biblical Rhetoric and Archaeological Realityp. 61
Before Israel: The Canaanites as Other in Biblical Traditionp. 74
Spinning Tales: On Reading Gender and Otherness in Tannaitic Textsp. 91
The Other as Woman: An Aspect of Polemic among Pagans, Jews, and Christians in the Greco-Roman Worldp. 121
Navigating the Anomalous: Non-Jews at the Intersection of Early Rabbinic Law and Narrativep. 145
Woman - The Feminine as Other in Theosophic Kabbalah: Some Philosophical Observations on the Divine Androgynep. 166
From Pharaoh to Saddam Hussein: The Reproduction of the Other in the Passover Haggadahp. 205
Territoriality and Otherness in Hebrew Literature of the War of Independencep. 236
Appendix: "The Battle of Fort Williams"p. 253
Otherness and Israel's Arab Dilemmap. 258
The Creation of Others: A Case Study of Meir Kahane and His Opponentsp. 281
The Woman as Other in Israeli Cinemap. 305
Israel and America - Imagining the Other: Natan Shaham's "The Salt of the Earth" and Philip Roth's The Counterlifep. 326
Black Is Black: Jewish-American Reparations in Bernard Malamud's "Black Is My Favorite Color" and Stanley Elkin's "I Take Care of Ed Wolfe"p. 353
The Jewish Nose: Are Jews White? Or, the History of the Nose Jobp. 364
The Other in Levinas and Derrida: Society, Philosophy, Judaismp. 402
The Other Within and the Other Withoutp. 424
About the Editorsp. 453
About the Contributorsp. 455
Indexp. 459
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ISBN: 9780814779897
ISBN-10: 0814779891
Series: New Perspectives on Jewish Studies
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 480
Published: 1st August 1994
Publisher: New York University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.77