By Hindy Najman

This e-book explores the Jewish community's reaction to the destruction of the second one Temple in 70 CE. the focal point is four Ezra, a textual content that reboots the previous by means of imaginatively recasting textual and interpretive traditions. rather than rebuilding the Temple, as Ezra does within the books of Ezra and Nehemiah, the Ezra portrayed in four Ezra argues with an angel concerning the secret of God's plan and re-gives Israel the Torah. Drawing on Walter Benjamin, four Ezra is analyzed when it comes to a constellation composed of components from pre-destruction traditions. Ezra's fight and his eventual recommitment to Torah also are understood as delivering a version for emulation via historic Jewish readers. four Ezra is hence what Stanley Cavell calls a perfectionist paintings. Its particular project is to steer the formation of Jewish topics in a position to resuming covenantal lifestyles within the wake of a destruction that inflects yet by no means erases revelation.

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