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Binding of Isaac and Messiah, The
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The author provides an interpretation of the words of Jews living during the intertestamental period and through the third century, including several hassidim. A hermeneutics grounded in the perception of early Rabbinic texts as sharing in events rather than as linguistically autonomous is used. The phenomenology of Jewish martyrdom is read as an acting-out of the Binding of Isaac. The search leads into the question of the bindingness of the Law. The religious soul’s passion for the revelation of Law is followed out in its path of temptation to martyrdom. A grand drama of sacrifice and messianic yearnings is thereby unearthed.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Front Matter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Partial List of Abbreviations
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-10
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  1. 1. The Mother of the Sons
  2. pp. 11-32
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  1. 2. Martyrdom and the Law
  2. pp. 33-62
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  1. 3. The Binding of Isaac
  2. pp. 63-68
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  1. 4. Honi ha-Me' aggel
  2. pp. 69-88
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  1. 5. R. Hanina ben Dosa
  2. pp. 89-114
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  1. 6. Nahum ish Gamzo and R. Hananiah ben Teradyon
  2. pp. 115-136
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  1. 7. If I Am Here, All Are Here
  2. pp. 137-146
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  1. 8. If Not Now, When? Repentance
  2. pp. 147-188
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  1. 9. Pangs of Messiah
  2. pp. 189-206
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  1. 10. The Binding of Messiah: Messiah Ben Joseph
  2. pp. 207-222
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  1. 11. When the Messiah
  2. pp. 223-254
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 255-296
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  1. Bibliography of Primary Sources
  2. pp. 297-298
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  1. General Index
  2. pp. 299-310
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  1. Index of Sages
  2. pp. 311-314
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  1. Index of Biblical Sources
  2. pp. 315-320
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  1. Index of Rabbinic Sources
  2. pp. 321-327
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