Biblical Portraits of Exile: A philosophical reading

1st Edition

Abi Doukhan

Routledge
Published June 3, 2016
Reference - 156 Pages
ISBN 9781472472410 - CAT# Y258392
Series: Routledge New Critical Thinking in Religion, Theology and Biblical Studies

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Summary

Exile constitutes one of the most central experiences in the Bible, notably in the book of Genesis. The question has rarely been asked however as to why exile plays such an important role in the lives of Biblical characters. Biblical Portraits of Exile proposes a philosophical reading largely inspired by the philosophy of Emmanuel Levinas of the experience of exile in the book of Genesis. Focusing on the 8 central figures of exile Adam, Eve, Cain, the sons of Shem, Abraham, Rebekah, Jacob and the sons of Levy the book draws out the ethical and redemptive implications of exile and thereby paves the way for a renewed description of the human subject, one that situates ethics at its very core.

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