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  1. A Rejoinder to A. Brenner, ‘Regulating “Sons” and “Daughters” in the Torah and in Proverbs: Some Preliminary Insights [Download]

    Title: A Rejoinder to A. Brenner, ‘Regulating “Sons” and “Daughters” in the Torah and in Proverbs: Some Preliminary Insights
    Creator: Landy, F
    Description: Some comments on A. Brenner, \"Regulating ‘Sons’ and‘Daughters’ in the Torah and in Proverbs: Some Preliminary Insights.\"
    Subjects: comments, Brenner, Torah, proverbs,
    Date Created: 2005
  2. Sarah Hammerschlag, The Figural Jew: Politics and Identity in Postwar French Thought [Download]

    Title: Sarah Hammerschlag, The Figural Jew: Politics and Identity in Postwar French Thought
    Creator: Landy, F
    Description: Review of Sarah Hammerschlag, The Figural Jew: Politics and Identity in Postwar French Thought, Chicago, University of Chicago Press, 2010.
    Subjects: thought, Sarah Hammerschlag ,  postwar, , french , Identity
    Date Created: 2016
  3. Early Jewish Exegesis and Theological Controversy: Studies in Scripture in the Shadow of Internal and External Conflicts [Download]

    Title: Early Jewish Exegesis and Theological Controversy: Studies in Scripture in the Shadow of Internal and External Conflicts
    Creator: Landy, F
    Description: This is a collection of seven somewhat disparate essays by Isaac Kalimi, who has worked for many years on Chronicles, but whose research interests cover the spectrum of Jewish folklore, Midrash, of which Chronicles is an early example, and issues of Jewish and Christian interpretation. The essays are highly readable, extremely erudite, and always have a sharp and distinctive point. Two are on the Akedah; one concerns the topos of biblical heroes who were born circumcised; two are on aspects of the Joseph story; and two are on the relationship of theology to biblical studies, including a review-article on a book by Rolf Knierim. Earlier versions of the articles have been previously published in various languages.
    Subjects: jewish, christian, interpretation, theology, biblical studies, folklore, biblical heroes
    Date Created: 4/1/2003
  4. Vision and Poetic Speech in Amos [Download]

    Title: Vision and Poetic Speech in Amos
    Creator: Landy, F
    Description: My intention in this paper is not to examine the conventions and techniques whereby biblical poetry is defined and ordered, but its capacity for subversion, its stylistic openness. The subject is the anti-poetic in poetry, its artlessness. The passages on which I focus may not perhaps be considered poetry: they are visions, communicated simply. Yet precisely as visions, reported barely, naively, they contribute to the poetics of Amos. What is the relation between the prophet's awe and linguistic beauty?1 How is the incommensurable accommodated in a language that touches on silence?
    Subjects: linguistics, biblical poetry, Amos
    Date Created: 1987
  5. Poetry in Painting: Writings in Contemporary Arts and Aesthetics [Download]

    Title: Poetry in Painting: Writings in Contemporary Arts and Aesthetics
    Creator: Landy, F
    Description: This is a book review of Hélène Cixous, (eds) Marta Segarra and Joana Masó, Poetry in Painting: Writings on Contemporary Arts and Aesthetics. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2012.
    Subjects: Aesthetics , Hélène Cixous , Art,  Poetry
    Date Created: 7/5/1905
  6. Three Sides of a Coin: In Conversation with Ben Zvi and Nogalski Two Sides of a Coin [Download]

    Title: Three Sides of a Coin: In Conversation with Ben Zvi and Nogalski Two Sides of a Coin
    Creator: Landy, F
    Description: This is a response to E. Ben Zvi and J. D. Nogalski, Two Sides of a Coin: Juxtaposing Views on Interpreting the Book of the Twelve/The Twelve Prophetic Books (Gorgias Press, 2009). Nogalski is a major proponent of the thesis that the Twelve Minor Prophets are a redactional unity, while Ben Zvi is its most forthright sceptic. After summarizing the views of both scholars, the author introduces some considerations from his perspective as a literary critic. In particular, he contends that: i) the question of literary unity is an extremely fraught one; ii)arguments for the unity of the Twelve tend to ignore contrast; and iii) the hypothesis that the Twelve were redacted as a book raises acutely not only the methodological difference between redaction-critical and reader-oriented approaches, but also the question of whether prophets were poets, characterized by literary daring. The article concludes with reflections on models of reading in antiquity, and the opposition between metanarratives and marginality.
    Subjects: Twelve, interpreting, debate
    Date Created: 2010
  7. The Divine Symphony: the Bible’s Many Voices [Download]

    Title: The Divine Symphony: the Bible’s Many Voices
    Creator: Landy, F
    Description: Israel Knohl is best known for his The Sanctuary of Silence (Philadelphia: JPS, 1995), in which he defended an early dating for P, and proposed that the Holiness Code is a priestly response to prophetic critique. His latest book builds on his earlier research to suggest that the Bible consists of a number of separate different literary and ideological currents which developed in relative isolation from each other and were only combined at a late stage. The multiplicity of traditions resulted in attempts to reconcile contradictions, for instance in Chronicles, but also in the tolerance for diversity characteristic of later Jewish literature. He proposes strong readings of the different schools; each, according to Knohl, had a clearly demarcated and profound ideological position, whose legacy was sectarian controversy in the Second Temple period. His interpretations are invariably fascinating and insightful; however, their very clarity and definitiveness, as well as the succinctness of the book, often makes one wish for more argumentation and uncertainty. Literary history is rarely clear; especially when one is dealing with the ancient past, one is often arguing in a vacuum.
    Subjects: bible, literary, ideological, Israel Knohlseparate
    Date Created: 2004-2005
  8. Poland, Lynn M., Literary Criticism and Biblical Hermeneutics. [Download]

    Title: Poland, Lynn M., Literary Criticism and Biblical Hermeneutics.
    Creator: Landy, F
    Description: Lynn Poland's book, originally presented as her doctoral thesis, is an attentive and careful study in critical history, tracing an arc from Bultmann to Ricoeur via the New Critics. The proliferation of literary criticism in recent biblical studies conflicts inevitably with a kerygma whose literary expression, for example, in the Gospels, has to be demythologized, exposed as a \"camouflage\" (p. 41) for a truth that is beyond language and that has no objective content. Yet the acquisition of ineffable knowledge is also part of the New Critical pro- gram; the close reading of the text reveals a truth that transcends its ostensible content and differs from scientific interpretations of reality. Thus, for critics who are heirs both to the Bultmannian tradition and to New Criticism, there are a number of problems: (1) Does sacred literature require special herme- neutic rules? Does its mystery differ from the mystery of any poem? (2) Is the idea of the Bible as literature--that is, the sacred language--implicitly sub- verted by the gospel? (3) What is the focus of critical attention? For Bultmann, it is both the historical intention of the work, recovered, for example, by form- criticism, and the existential response; for the literary critic, it is the text itself, shaped no doubt by the community, but nevertheless autonomous. The crisis of authority in contemporary literary criticism would render the discussion still more fraught since it puts into question both the autonomy of the literary work and its transcendent meaning. Poland only just touches on these issues, which simplifies her task and illustrates its major limitation: that the criticisms she examines are but one element
    Subjects: Lynn Poland, formalist , literary criticism, biblical hermeneutics
    Date Created: 1986
  9. Leviticus, Deconstruction and the Body [Download]

    Title: Leviticus, Deconstruction and the Body
    Creator: Landy, F
    Description: This paper is a contribution to a discussion of feminism, deconstruction and embodiment at the Canadian Society for Biblical Studies Meeting in June, 1999. I briefly align and contrast deconstruction, as a practice of resistance to totalizing discourses, with feminism, as a practice of resistance to totalizing hierarchies. I then engage with three student responses to a course I taught on Leviticus, as part of the dialogic of biblical studies (and certainly deconstructive/feminist ones). In one, I discuss Leviticus as pornography, in the context of the nexus between prohibition and desire, and pay especial attention to the points where Leviticus changes subject position. A second concerns land, imagined in anticipation and retrospectively from exile, as the object of memory and frustration, and speculates on the sexual imagery of sacrifice. A third turns to narrative in Leviticus, in particular that of 24.10-23, as potentially destructive of the whole rhetorical enterprise of the book, which posits a static society. In my conclusion, I express distrust of pure deconstructive or feminist programs, and turn to the paradox that Leviticus is both a text preeminently about the body, and profoundly phallocentric.
    Subjects: feminism, deconstruction, embodiment, Canadian Society for Biblical studies
    Date Created: 1999
  10. Meir Sternberg \"Hebrews Between Cultures: Group Portraits and National Literature\" [Download]

    Title: Meir Sternberg \"Hebrews Between Cultures: Group Portraits and National Literature\"
    Creator: Landy, F
    Description: Meir Sternberg has been a major critic of biblical narrative ever since his ground-breaking article, “The King through Ironic Eyes,” appeared in Hasifrut in 1968. Hebrews between Cultures is a complement to his Poetics of Biblical Narrative (1985), and is a massive work: closely argued, printed, infuriatingly difficult to read, it nonetheless offers a complete, challenging, brilliant, and formidable synthesis of Meir Sternberg’s views and of the biblical narrative as a whole.
    Subjects: biblical narrative, critic, Hebrew, Hamites, struggle
    Date Created: 2000