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The Resource Bewilderments : reflections on the Book of Numbers, Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg

Bewilderments : reflections on the Book of Numbers, Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg

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Bewilderments : reflections on the Book of Numbers
Title
Bewilderments
Title remainder
reflections on the Book of Numbers
Statement of responsibility
Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg
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Language
eng
Summary
"From one of the most acclaimed biblical commentators at work today, the third book in her award-winning series of commentaries on the Hebrew Bible. The Book of Numbers is the narrative of a great failure. What should have been for the Israelites a brief journey from Mount Sinai to the Holy Land becomes a forty-year death march. Both before and after the devastating report of the spies, the narrative centers on the people's desire to return to Egypt, to undo the miraculous work of the Exodus. This view of the wilderness history invites us to a different kind of listening to the many cries of distrust, lament, resentment that issue from the Israelites throughout the Book of Numbers. Is there a way to integrate this narrative of dark murmurings, of obsessive fantasies of return to Egypt, with the celebration of a love-intoxicated wilderness discourse? The question touches not only on the language the Israelites speak but also on the very nature of human utterance. Who are these people? Who are we who listen to them? What effect does the cumulative trauma of slavery, the miracles of Exodus, the revelation at Sinai have on a nation that is beginning to speak? In Bewilderments, Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg posits fascinating answers to these questions through the magnificent literary, scholarly, and psychological analysis of the text that is her trademark"--
Summary
The Book of Numbers is the narrative of a great failure. What should have been for the Israelites a brief journey from Mount Sinai to the Holy Land becomes a forty-year death march. Both before and after the devastating report of the spies, the narrative centers on the people's desire to return to Egypt, to undo the miraculous work of the Exodus. This view of the wilderness history invites us to a different kind of listening to the many cries of distrust, lament, resentment that issue from the Israelites throughout the Book of Numbers. Is there a way to integrate this narrative of dark murmurings, of obsessive fantasies of return to Egypt, with the celebration of a love-intoxicated wilderness discourse? The question touches not only on the language the Israelites speak but also on the very nature of human utterance. Who are these people? Who are we who listen to them? What effect does the cumulative trauma of slavery, the miracles of Exodus, the revelation at Sinai have on a nation that is beginning to speak?
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10414882
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Zornberg, Avivah Gottlieb
Dewey number
222/.1407
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Judaism and psychoanalysis
  • Religion
Target audience
adult
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reflections on the Book of Numbers
Label
Bewilderments : reflections on the Book of Numbers, Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
Content type code
  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Flags in the wilderness -- Madness and civilization -- Desire in the wilderness -- 'Sing -- now! -- to God': Miriam and Moses -- Bewilderments -- Black sun: Moses and Job -- 'From another shore': Moses and Korah -- Heart of stone, heart of flesh -- 'Wherefore could not I pronounce "Amen?"': Balaam and Moses -- To be or not to be: a tale of five sisters -- 'Let me see that good land': the story of a human life
Control code
ocn875675076
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xxxv, 359 pages
Isbn
9780805243048
Lccn
2014011802
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)875675076
Label
Bewilderments : reflections on the Book of Numbers, Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Flags in the wilderness -- Madness and civilization -- Desire in the wilderness -- 'Sing -- now! -- to God': Miriam and Moses -- Bewilderments -- Black sun: Moses and Job -- 'From another shore': Moses and Korah -- Heart of stone, heart of flesh -- 'Wherefore could not I pronounce "Amen?"': Balaam and Moses -- To be or not to be: a tale of five sisters -- 'Let me see that good land': the story of a human life
Control code
ocn875675076
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xxxv, 359 pages
Isbn
9780805243048
Lccn
2014011802
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)875675076

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