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The letters of the Torah have a life of their own and take leave of the burning scroll in the same way as the soul departs from the human body. The scroll is mere flesh, but its spirit is indestructible. This story anticipates two directions taken by rabbinic Aggadah in response to catastrophe. ), storytelling traditions such as these about the early rabbis were expanded into small-scale rabbinic biographies, just as rabbinic behavior was read back into biblical times. Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob were refashioned as proto-rabbis.
They conflated Hadrian with Titus and even Nebuchadnezzar, and did everything possible to downplay the significance of Bar Kokhba. The events of the time were divorced from world history to fit Jewish historyif one can call a loose string of martyrological tales and anachronistic legends history. What was remembered and recorded was not the factual data but the meaning of the desecration. Inner and outer dimensions of sacrilege are very hard to separate. The public record usually lists the battles and defeats, the casualties and property damage, while the victims are left to nurse the wounds that no one else can see.
By Josiah and which was championed by the prophets and their followers. It was the historicist view of unique events that had changed things forever, the product of God's all-powerful will. Logically one might have thought that with destruction, the cyclical world view would have prevailed, for the linear perspective carried with it a great deal of insecurity. 2009 10:23:52] page_21 < previous page page_21 next page > Page 21 mandments. Nothing in the biblical narrative drove this terror home more forcefully than the list of Mosaic curses (the Tokheha *) in Leviticus 26 and Deuteronomy 28.
Against the Apocalypse: Responses to Catastrophe in Modern Jewish Culture (Judaic Traditions in Literature, Music, and Art) by David Roskies