Exodus in the Jewish Experience: Echoes and Reverberations

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Pamela Barmash, W. David Nelson
Lexington Books, May 14, 2015 - Religion - 292 pages
Exodus in the Jewish Experience: Echoes and Reverberations investigates how the Exodus has been, and continues to be, a crucial source of identity for both Jews and Judaism. It explores how the Exodus has functioned as the primary model from which Jews have created theological meaning and historical self-understanding. It probes how and why the Exodus has continued to be vital to Jews throughout the unfolding of the Jewish experience. As an interdisciplinary work, it incorporates contributions from a range of Jewish Studies scholars in order to explore the Exodus from a variety of vantage points. It addresses such topics as: the Jewish reception of the biblical text of Exodus; the progressive unfolding of the Exodus in the Jewish interpretive tradition; the religious expression of the Exodus as ritual in Judaism; and the Exodus as an ongoing lens of self-understanding for both the State of Israel and contemporary Judaism. The essays are guided by a common goal: to render comprehensible how the re-envisioning of Exodus throughout the unfolding of the Jewish experience has enabled it to function for thousands of years as the central motif for the Jewish people.
 

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Contents

The Exaltation of the Exodus in the Bible
1
Torah Textuality and Early Rabbinic Hermeneutics of Exodus
23
Enactments of the Exodus Motif in Jewish Liturgy
53
Chapter 4 The Impact of the Exodus on Halakhah Jewish Law
111
Chapter 5 Passover and Thanatos in Medieval Jewish Consciousness
147
Chapter 6 Observations on the Biblical Miniatures in Spanish Haggadot
167
A Study of German Jewish Translations of Exodus 121316
191
A Narrative Ends its Wandering
213
Index
247
About the Contributors
255
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About the author (2015)

Pamela Barmash is associate professor of Hebrew Bible and Biblical Hebrew at Washington University in St. Louis.

W. David Nelson is chair of the Department of Religion and Ethics at Groton School.

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