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Lament in Jewish thought : philosophical, theological, and literary perspectives / edited by Ilit Ferber and Paula Schwebel.

Ferber, Ilit, (editor.). Schwebel, Paula, 1981- (editor.). Scholem, Gershom, 1897-1982 Works. (Added Author).
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Subject: Bible. Lamentations, I-II > Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Laments > Philosophy.
Jewish mourning customs > Philosophy.
Jewish philosophy.
Laments in the Bible.

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  • ISBN: 9783110339963
  • ISBN: 311033996X
  • ISBN: 9783110347210
  • ISBN: 3110347210
  • ISBN: 9783110395310
  • ISBN: 3110395312
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource (xvii, 353 pages).
  • Publisher: Berlin ; De Gruyter, [2014]

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Formatted Contents Note: Section One Lament and Consolation -- Eikhah and the Stance of Lamentation / Moshe Halbertal -- Ein Menachem: On Lament and Consolation / Eli Schonfeld -- Section Two Lament and Gender -- Bodies Performing in Ruins: The Lamenting Mother in Ancient Hebrew Texts / Galit Hasan-Rokem -- Women's Oral Laments: Corpus and Text -- The Body in the Text / Vered Madar -- Section Three The Linguistic Form of Lament -- Bemerkungen zur Klage / Werner Hamacher -- "Incline thine ear unto me, and hear my speech": Scholem, Benjamin, and Cohen on Lament / Hit Ferber -- Section Four Silence and Lament -- The Unfallen Silence: Kinah and the Other Origin of Language / Agata Bielik-Robson -- The Silent Syllable: On Franz Rosenzweig's Translation of Yehuda Halevi's Liturgical Poems / Galili Shahar -- Silence, Solitude, and Suicide: Gershom Scholem's Paradoxical Theory of Lamentation / Bernd Witte -- Section Five The Poetry of Lament -- The Role of Lamentation for Scholem's Theory of Poetry and Language / Sigrid Weigel -- The Ghost of the Poet: Lament in Walter Benjamin's Early Poetry, Theory, and Translation / Caroline Sauter -- Words and Corpses: Celan's "Tenebrae" between Gadamer and Scholem / Adam Lipszyc -- "Movement of Language" and Transience: Lament, Mourning, and the Tradition of Elegy in Early Scholem / Daniel Weidner -- Section Six Mourning, Ruin and Lament -- Paradoxes of Lament: Benjamin and Hamlet / Rebecca Comay -- The Tradition in Ruins: Walter Benjamin and Gershom Scholem on Language and Lament / Paula Schwebel -- Section Seven Translations of Gershom Scholem's Texts on Lament -- Translators' Introduction / Paula Schwebel -- On Lament and Lamentation / Gershom Scholem -- Job's Lament / Gershom Scholem -- Translation of Job Chapter 3: Job's Lament / Gershom Scholem -- Ezekiel Chapter 19: A Lamentation for Israel's Last Princes / Gershom Scholem -- Translation of Ezekiel Chapter 19: A Lamentation for Israel's Last Princes / Gershom Scholem -- A Medieval Lamentation / Gershom Scholem -- Translation of Sha'ali Serufa: A Medieval Lamentation / Gershom Scholem -- Scholem's postscript in the manuscript version / Gershom Scholem.
Summary: "Lament, mourning, and the transmissibility of a tradition in the aftermath of destruction are prominent themes in Jewish thought. The corpus of lament literature, building upon and transforming the biblical Book of Lamentations, provides a unique lens for thinking about the relationships between destruction and renewal, mourning and remembrance, loss and redemption, expression and the inexpressible. This anthology features four texts by Gershom Scholem on lament, translated here for the first time into English. The volume also includes original essays by leading scholars, which interpret Scholem's texts and situate them in relation to other Weimar-era Jewish thinkers, including Walter Benjamin, Franz Rosenzweig, Franz Kafka, and Paul Celan, who drew on the textual traditions of lament to respond to the destruction and upheavals of the early twentieth century. Also included are studies on the textual tradition of lament in Judaism, from biblical, rabbinic, and medieval lamentations to contemporary Yemenite women's laments. This collection, unified by its strong thematic focus on lament, shows the fruitfulness of studying contemporary and modern texts alongside the traditional textual sources that informed them"-- Provided by publisher.
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