Lament in Jewish Thought: Philosophical, Theological, and Literary Perspectives

Ilit Ferber (Editor), Paula Schwebel (Editor)

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"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.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBerlin
Publisherde Gruyter
Number of pages353
ISBN (Electronic)311033996X, 3110395312
ISBN (Print)9783110333824
StatePublished - 2014

Publication series

NamePerspectives on Jewish Texts and Contexts
PublisherDe Gruyter
VolumeVolume 2

ULI publications

  • uli
  • Bible -- Lamentations -- Criticism, interpretation, etc
  • Jewish mourning customs -- Philosophy
  • Jewish philosophy
  • Jews -- Philosophy
  • Laments -- Philosophy
  • Laments in the Bible
  • Philosophy, Jewish
  • Scholem, Gerhard -- 1897-1982
  • Scholem, Gershom -- 1897-1982
  • Scholem, Gershom Gerhard -- 1897-1982
  • Shalom, Gershom -- 1897-1982
  • Sholem, Gershom -- 1897-1982
  • Solem, Gersom -- 1897-1982
  • Шолем, Гершом Герхард -- 1897-1982
  • שולם, גרהרד
  • שולם, גרשום
  • שלום, גרהרד
  • שלום, גרשום בן ארתור
  • שלום, גרשם -- 1897-1982
  • شوليم، جرشوم، -- 1897-1982
  • ゲルショム・ショーレム -- 1897-1982


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