Jonah In The Shadows Of Eden by Yitzhak BergerJonah In The Shadows Of Eden by Yitzhak Berger

Jonah In The Shadows Of Eden

byYitzhak Berger

Hardcover | July 4, 2016

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Yitzhak Berger advances a distinctive and markedly original interpretation of the biblical book of Jonah that resolves many of the ambiguities in the text. Berger contends that the Jonah text pulls from many inner-biblical connections, especially ones relating to the Garden of Eden. These connections provide a foundation for Berger's reading of the story, which attributes multiple layers of meaning to this carefully crafted biblical book. Focusing on Jonah's futile quest and his profoundly troubled response to God's view of the sins of humanity, Berger shows how the book paints Jonah as a pacifist no less than as a moralist.

Yitzhak Berger is Associate Professor and Head of the Hebrew Division at Hunter College of the City University of New York. He is author of Radak on Chronicles: A Translation with Introduction and Supercommentary.
Title:Jonah In The Shadows Of EdenFormat:HardcoverDimensions:172 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:July 4, 2016Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0253021294

ISBN - 13:9780253021298

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Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations
A Note to the Reader
1. Escape to Eden
2. Wrathful Moralist
3. Peaceful Dove
4. A Song of Thanks in Waters of Eden
5. Nautical and Hermeneutical Dilemmas

Editorial Reviews

"Yitzhak Berger displays extraordinary textual learning as he picks up multiple verbal resonances connecting Jonah to the Tanakh. He is methodologically disciplined in defending these parallels as genuinely allusive rather than coincidental and as exegetically significant. His use of secondary literature in several languages is exemplary." -Benjamin D. Sommer, Jewish Theological Seminary