A Phenomenological Midrash of Genesis 22
s t u d i e s i n j u d a i s m / 5 A Phenomenological Midrash of Genesis 22 The Unbinding OF Isaac S T E P H E N J . S T E R N S T E R N /The U nbinding O FIsaac 5 In The Unbinding of Isaac, Stephen J. Stern upends traditional understand- ings of this controversial narrative through a phenomenological midrash or interpretation of Genesis 22 from the Dialogic and Jewish philosophies of Franz Rosenzweig, Martin Buber, and, most notably, Emmanuel Levinas. With great originality, Dr. Stern intersects Jewish studies, Biblical studies, and philos- ophy in a literary/midrashic style that challenges traditional Western philo- sophical epistemology. Through the biblical narrative of Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, and Rebecca, Dr. Stern explains that Rosenzweig, Buber, and Levinas Judaically exercise and offer an alternative epistemic orientation to the study of ethics than that of traditional Western or Hellenic-Christian philosophy. The Unbinding of Isaac makes the works of these three thinkers accessible to those outside philosophy and Jewish studies while also introducing readers to the playfulness of how Jewish tradition midrashically addresses the Bible. STEPHEN J. STERN is Associate Professor of Religious and Judaic Studies and Affiliate of the Department of Philosophy at Gettysburg College. He is also the Director of Judaic Studies and Chair of the Department of Religious Studies. Dr. Stern received his Ph.D. in philosophy at the University of Oregon. P ET ER LA N G Stern DD hardcover:GREENBERGdd.qxd 4/20/2012...
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