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Are You Not a Man of God?: Devotion, Betrayal, and Social Criticism in Jewish Tradition

Tova Hartman and Charlie Buckholtz


This volume offers a rereading of several canonical stories in Jewish texts and Greek tragedy using devoted resistance as the interpretative lens. These include the stories of Isaac and Iphigenia who were used as exemplars of a total and unyielding commitment to the values of God and country, the Talmudic “Snake Oven” story, which is considered by many as a triumphant source-text for human autonomy as a Jewish religious value, the iconic Talmudic figure Beruriah and the biblical figure of Hannah, who was elevated by the Talmud into a central paradigm for Jewish prayer. These stories highlight ... More

Keywords: canonical stories, Jewish texts, Greek tragedy, devoted resistance, Isaac, Iphigenia, Snake Oven, Beruriah, Hannah, literary interpretation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199337439
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199337439.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tova Hartman, author
Ono Academic College

Charlie Buckholtz, author
Shalom Hartman Institute