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Confronting Vulnerability: The Body and the Divine in Rabbinic Ethics

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While imparting their ethical lessons, rabbinic texts often employ vivid images of death, aging, hunger, defecation, persecution, and drought. In Confronting Vulnerability, Jonathan Wyn Schofer carefully examines these texts to find out why their creators thought that human vulnerability was such a crucial tool for instructing students in the development of exemplary behavior.

These rabbinic texts uphold virtues such as wisdom and compassion, propound ideal ways of responding to others in need, and describe the details of etiquette. Schofer demonstrates that these pedagogical goals were achieved through reminders that ones time on earth is limited and that God is the ultimate master of the world. Consciousness of death and of divine accounting guide students to live better lives in the present. Schofers analysis teaches us much about rabbinic pedagogy in late antiquity and also provides inspiration for students of contemporary ethics. Despite their cultural distance, these rabbinic texts challenge us to develop theories and practices that properly address our frailties rather than denying them.

About the Author

Jonathan Wyn Schofer is associate professor of comparative ethics at Harvard Divinity School and the author of The Making of a Sage: A Study in Rabbinic Ethics.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

ONE / Aging and Death

TWO / Elimination

THREE / Early Death

FOUR / Drought

FIVE / Life Cycles

Conclusion

References

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226740096
Author:
Schofer, Jonathan Wyn
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Subject:
Jewish ethics
Subject:
Rabbinical literature -- History and criticism.
Subject:
Judaism - Theology
Subject:
Religious
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20101231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
232
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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