Cover

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Title Page, About the Series, Copyright, Dedication, Epigraph

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Contents

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xiii-xvi

The Mandels have long been the source of so much that is good in the world of art, Judaism, and higher education. I am grateful to their foundation, and to Ramie Targoff as director of the Mandel Center for the Humanities, for entrusting to me the first Mandel Lectures at Brandeis University. To the Brandeis faculty for their hospitality, to the audiences...

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Introduction. Troubling Transcendence

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pp. 1-14

Some two to three thousand years ago, according to an influential narrative, there emerged a new teaching and a new kind of teacher. Homer and Heraclitus; Parmenides, Pythagoras, Plato, and Parshvanatha; Zarathustra, Siddhartha the Buddha, and Ezekiel; Confucius...

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1. Painting between Christianity & Judaism

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pp. 15-78

Accustomed as we are to churches and museums overflowing with Christian images, it is easy to forget that across the centuries many Christians have considered the plastic arts perilous. Their stigma was double, inherited from both Athens and Jerusalem. On...

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2. Every Poet is a Jew

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pp. 79-127

These words were addressed to the ghetto of Prague by the Russian (and not Jewish) poet Marina Tsvétayeva, then living in that city an exile from her native land. They are well known, not only because Tsvétayeva’s reputation as a poet has grown ever...

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3. Judaism as Political Concept

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pp. 128-164

Representation: the modern English word applies to politics as comfortably as it does to art and literature. Like painting and poetry, politics too is ruled by mediation and mimesis. This aesthetic dependence has long been a source of discomfort for...

Notes

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pp. 165-198

Bibliography

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pp. 199-220

Index

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pp. 221-230

Image Plates

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