Biblical Parables and Their Modern Re-creations: From "Apples of Gold in Silver Settings" to "Imperial Messages"

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SUNY Press, 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 294 pages
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In Biblical Parables and Their Modern Re-creations, Gila Safran Naveh carefully charts the historical transformation of these deceptively simple narratives to reveal fundamental shifts in their form, function, and most significantly, their readers’ cognitive processes. Bringing together for the first time parables from the Scriptures, the synoptic Gospels, Chassidic tales, and medieval philosophy with the mashal, the rabbinic parables commonly used to interpret Scripture, this book brilliantly contrasts the rhetorical strategies of ancient parables with more recent examples of the genre by Kafka, Borges, Calvino, and Agnon. By using an interdisciplinary approach and insights from current semiotic, linguistic, psychoanalytic, and gender theories, Naveh reveals a dramatic social, cultural, and political shift in the way we view the divine.
 

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Contents

The Nature and Structure of Parables
3
Apples of Gold
39
Biblical Parables The Parable of the Poor Mans Ewe Lamb
41
Synoptic Gospel Parables The Parable of the Marriage Feast
63
Rabbinic Parables The Parable of the Kings Banquet
81
Chassidic Parables Two Kinds of Faith
107
Imperial Messages
121
Wisdom Lost Modern Parables
123
Jorge Luis Borges The Parable of Cervantes and The Quixote
159
Italo Calvino Cities and Signs
179
S Y Agnon An Opening to Kaddish
203
SOME FABULOUS YONDER
219
NOTES
225
BIBLIOGRAPHY
265
INDEX
285
Copyright

Franz Kafka An Imperial Message
149

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About the author (2000)

Gila Safran Naveh is Professor of Judaic Studies and Comparative Literature at the University of Cincinnati.

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