Podcasts of “Brother Rival / Sister Enemy: Literary and Kabbalistic Readings of Intimate Antagonism in the Bible”
The Bible is filled with tales of enmity between intimates, rivals who are literal or figurative twins. We will look at the literary dimensions of the biblical narratives and will also look at the stories in relation to their interpretation and adaptation by the kabbalistic tradition, particularly by the Zohar, the central work of kabbalah. Though the assumptions that underlie modern literary analysis and kabbalistic mythology are quite different, we will find an uncanny convergence between their imaginative receptions of the biblical stories.
Co-taught by Nathaniel Berman and David Silber, fall 2015.
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