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The Murmuring Deep: Reflections on the Biblical Unconscious

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Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg informs her literary analysis of the biblical text with concepts drawn from Freud, Winnicott, Laplanche, and other psychoanalytic thinkers to make a powerful argument for the idea that the creators of the midrashic commentary, the medieval rabbinic commentators, and the Hassidic commentators were themselves on some level aware of the complex interp ...more
Paperback, 480 pages
Published October 4th 2011 by Schocken (first published March 31st 2009)
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Jessie
Begun around November 2011 and finished on January 11, 2015:

“Shoot for something you can barely control” – it's a line from Barry Hannah that I cling to in writing, but I’m also beginning to cling to it in reading. It took me over 3 years to read Zornberg – often I could wrestle through only a few pages in one sitting, constantly flipping to the “Notes” section to puzzle over her millions of sources. This book is really explosive in terms of its focus on departure from the ordered world—it’s hig
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Lizz Goldstein
Jun 22, 2016 Lizz Goldstein rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Beginnings of Desire is great, but Zornberg's commentary on Genesis in The Murmuring Deep changed my life! This is my favorite book by her.
Spike Anderson
Dec 12, 2014 Spike Anderson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is by far my favorite of her books- so deep, so thoughtful, pulling on classical commentary Plus, with a whole new way of looking at things
Jim
Feb 15, 2013 Jim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was staggered again and again by the author's insights.
Renee
Jul 03, 2009 Renee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Zornberg is a giant!
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