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Scriptural ExegesisThe Shapes of Culture and the Religious Imagination: Essays in Honour of Michael Fishbane$
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Deborah A. Green and Laura S. Lieber

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199206575

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199206575.001.0001

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‘If the text had not been written, it could not be said’

‘If the text had not been written, it could not be said’

Text translated by Rachel Neis; footnotes translated by Paul Bessemer

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Scriptural Exegesis

Moshe Halbertal

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the inner workings and implications of an unusual rabbinic locution. What at first appears like a simple hedge, when read more deeply, offers profound theological insights in which God is understood counter-intuitively as a slave, a wife, and a victim. While the chapter uncovers the yearning that Israel felt for God and the temple, it reveals the rich and complex emotions that link God to Israel.

Keywords:   rabbinic locution, confusion, anthropomorphisms, alienation, intimacy, God, Israel, temple

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