Bewilderments: Reflections on the Book of Numbers by Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg PDF

By Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg

ISBN-10: 0805212515

ISBN-13: 9780805212518

ISBN-10: 0805243046

ISBN-13: 9780805243048

the latest publication in Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg’s award-winning sequence of commentaries at the hebrew bible.
 
The booklet of Numbers is the narrative of an exceptional failure. What must have been for the Israelites a short trip from Mount Sinai to the Holy Land turns into a forty-year dying march. either ahead of and after the devastating document of the Spies, the narrative facilities at the people’s wish to go back to Egypt, to undo the mind-blowing paintings of the Exodus. At its center are speeches of grievance and lament, expressing a profound existential skepticism. yet against this, within the narrative of the e-book of Numbers that's present in mystical and Hasidic assets, the new release of the barren region emerges as considered one of notable non secular event, receivers of the Torah to the fullest volume, consumed miracles and nurtured at once by way of God: a new release of ecstatic religion, human companions in an remarkable dialog with the Deity. Drawing on kabbalistic resources, the Hasidic commentators at the booklet of Numbers depict a those who go beyond prudent concerns in an effort to stick with God into the desolate tract, the place their non secular craving involves complete expression.
 
This view of the wasteland heritage invitations us right into a diversified type of hearing the numerous cries of mistrust, lament, and resentment that factor from the Israelites in the course of the e-book of Numbers. Is there how to combine this narrative of darkish murmurings, of obsessive fantasies of go back to Egypt, with the party of a love-intoxicated barren region discourse? The query touches not just at the language the Israelites converse but additionally at the very nature of human utterance. who're those humans? who're we who take heed to them? What impression does the cumulative trauma of slavery, the miracles of Exodus, the revelation at Sinai, have on a kingdom that's starting to converse? In Bewilderments, the most well known biblical commentators at paintings this present day posits interesting solutions to those questions in the course of the remarkable literary, scholarly, and mental research of the textual content that's her trademark.

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