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The Gods are broken! : the hidden legacy of Abraham / Jeffrey K. Salkin.

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Subject: Abraham (Biblical patriarch)
Midrash rabbah. Genesis > Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Bible. Genesis > Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Bible. Genesis.
Midrash rabbah. Genesis.
Idols and images > Worship > Biblical teaching.
Iconoclasm.
Monotheism > Biblical teaching.
Antisemitism.
Genre: Electronic books.

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  • ISBN: 0827611420
  • ISBN: 9780827611429
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource
  • Publisher: Philadelphia : Jewish Publication Society, 2013.

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Formatted Contents Note: 1. Out of Ur -- 2. Abraham the iconoclast -- 3. Which Gods shall we break today? -- 4. Three paths to the sacred -- 5. The primal trauma of the Jewish people -- 6. (Re)embracing Tera -- 7. From broken idols to broken tablets -- 8. The sound of broken glass: Jewish iconoclasm and anti-Semitism.
Summary: The story of Abraham smashing his father's idols might be the most important Jewish story ever told and the key to how Jews define themselves. In a work at once deeply erudite and wonderfully accessible, Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin conducts readers through the life and legacy of this powerful story and explains how it has shaped Jewish consciousness. Offering a radical view of Jewish existence, The Gods Are Broken! views the story of the young Abraham as the "primal trauma" of Jewish history, one critical to the development of a certain Jewish comfort with rebelliousness and one t.
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