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Beyond the Verse: Talmudic Readings and Lectures

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This book brings together an important collection of essays by Emmanuel Levinas, a leading philosopher of the 20th century, dating from between 1969 and 1980. The book considers specific Jewish problems: exegetic methodology, points of Jewish doctrine, Jewish religious philosophy, and contemporary political and cultural issues. It also includes five Talmudic readings. The ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published December 1st 1994 by Indiana University Press (first published 1982)
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Sep 13, 2014 Anya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful book that is extremely relevant to today is political situation in the Middle East. Definitely a free interpretation of the Talmud, but it also illuminates how most of the Talmud itself is something on the part individual perspectives.
What is unfortunate is the 'obscurantist' language, undoubtedly an intentional and theoretical choice, but at the same time will make Levinas' great insights inaccessible to those who most need it. Perhaps that is something he got from the Talmud too, unf
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Emanuelis Levinas (later adapted to French orthography as Emmanuel Levinas) received a traditional Jewish education in Lithuania. After WWII, he studied the Talmud under the enigmatic "Monsieur Chouchani", whose influence he acknowledged only late in his life.

Levinas began his philosophical studies at Strasbourg University in 1924, where he began his lifelong friendship with the French philosopher
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