Call Boomerang Books 1300 36 33 32

Description - The Jew and the Other by Esther Benbassa

In the current situation of polarization in the Middle East, it is easy to lose sight of the fact that a long tradition of dialogue and openness toward the "Other" exists in many strands of Jewish thought. Himself or herself the quintessential Other in a world in which she or he has existed dispersed, in exile, as a minority, the Jew has consistently envisioned the self in relation to surrounding societies. Esther Benbassa and Jean-Christophe Attias show that alterity is a useful and morally compelling notion with which to structure Judaism's historically specific and politically charged encounters with deity, femininity, the Christian West, and the Muslim East. In Benbassa and Attias's view, the Other may be rejected, but it is also a mirror, both reminding the Jew of ethical duties and constituting a source of temptation and danger. Sometimes, the authors find, the Other is the enemy. They note that it is with the enemy that peace is made, peace with the Other and peace with the self. The Jew and the Other, which is an extended commentary on a dozen Biblical verses and which follows the five books of the Pentateuch, offers the history of that encounter as an inextricable part of the Jewish condition and is itself a meditation on this encounter.

Buy The Jew and the Other by Esther Benbassa from Australia's Online Independent Bookstore, Boomerang Books.

Book Details

ISBN: 9780801489464
ISBN-10: 0801489466
Format: Paperback
(191mm x 114mm x mm)
Pages: 176
Imprint: Cornell University Press
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publish Date: 15-Sep-2004
Country of Publication: United States

Other Editions - The Jew and the Other by Esther Benbassa

Book Reviews - The Jew and the Other by Esther Benbassa

» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about Jew and the Other book by Esther Benbassa and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a Boomerang Books Account Holder - it's free to sign up and there are great benefits!)

Write Review

Books By Esther Benbassa

Israel, the Impossible Land by Esther Benbassa
Paperback, December 2002
Jews of France by Esther Benbassa
Paperback, July 2001
Sephardi Jewry by Esther Benbassa
Paperback, March 2000