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By Gila Safran Naveh

ISBN-10: 0791443973

ISBN-13: 9780791443972

In Biblical Parables and Their glossy Re-creations, Gila Safran Naveh conscientiously charts the old transformation of those deceptively easy narratives to bare primary shifts of their shape, functionality, and most importantly, their readers' cognitive procedures. Bringing jointly for the 1st time parables from the Scriptures, the synoptic Gospels, Chassidic stories, and medieval philosophy with the mashal, the rabbinic parables time-honored to interpret Scripture, this ebook brilliantly contrasts the rhetorical innovations of historic parables with newer examples of the style via Kafka, Borges, Calvino, and Agnon. by utilizing an interdisciplinary technique and insights from present semiotic, linguistic, psychoanalytic, and gender theories, Naveh unearths a dramatic social, cultural, and political shift within the means we view the divine.

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4" Indeed, while a precise dating of these ancient Jewish parables seems almost impossible,4I as narratives, they show a vitality and a sophistication that is hard to ignore, and an affinity to synoptic speech that is impossible to disregard. Even a quick glance at an early parable reveals an architectonic very 12 IN PURSUIT OF WISDOM similar to those attributed to Jesus, with a few irregularities. 42 These parables do not have a scriptural verse as their ending, nor serve a specific exegetical function, the way the later rabbinic parables do.

He entrusted him to two nursemaids. One occupied herself with harlotry and the other with witchcraft. The king commanded them to give his son milk but not to teach him their ways. " 17 In this early parable, the first nursemaid is identified with the Egyptians and the second with the idolatrous Canaanites. One can read this parable as a disguised blaming of the people of Israel for having failed to observe the Torah and its precepts. SH Parabolizers craftily take into account the addressees' responses to their parables when construing them.

At the same time, one cannot help noticing that these narratives are of similar literary excellence and beauty. Below is an poignant example of how the Rabbis clothed the divine refusal to Moses's plea to enter the Promised Land in the form of a pastoral parable: The Holy One, blessed be He, said unto Moses: How canst thou desire to enter the land? This might be likened unto a shepherd going out to tend the royal sheep. The sheep were taken captive. " Even so was it here. The Holy One, blessed be He, said unto Moses: It is to thy praise that thou broughtest out 600,000 of them, but now that thou didst bury them in the wilderness and art bringing in another generation it will be said that the generation of the wilderness has no portion in the world to come [hence thou didst leave them behind].

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