Genesis: The Beginning of Desire

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General Index
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Aaron, xvi-xviii
abandonment, 141, 309
Abel, Cain and, 135, 272
Abraham (Abram), 72-96, 97-122, 124, 136-137, 150, 219, 237, 245, 247, 359, 391n.45, 394n.68; akarut of, 77; and Avimelekh-Sarah episode, 55, 113; blessedness, 137; covenant, 104, 105; Covenant of the Pieces, 231, 244-245, 249, 254, 279-280, 289; covenant with Avimelekh, 115; death of, 136, 160, 352; defense of Sodom and, 44-45, 109-110, 316; doubts own rightness, 115-116; feasts and, 98, 99, 101, 113-114, 120, 394n.5; feast with Sarah before Akedah, 120-121; freedom of, 93; God appearing to, 74; God's command to, 72, 390n.19; hesed and, 104-105, 110; hospitality of, 101, 102-105; as iconoclast, 81, 84; imitating God, 105, 114; intellectual innovator, 80-83; involvement in life, 137; and Isaac, 137, 400n.19; and Ishmael, 136, 396n.56; ke'eelu motif in prayer, 121; knowledge of destination, 74-75; meaning of his life, 120; mourning Sarah, 123; name change, 78, 79-80, 82, 86; paradigm for recognition of God, 80-81, 82, 83-84, 95, 103, 116; remarriage, 137; "roaming of his mind," 80-85; and Sarah, 73, 74, 77, 78, 1001, 113, 120, 125, 133, 134-136, 390n.11; seeking God, 88, 95, 119, 121; trials of, 75, 85-86, 89, 92, 93, 97-98, 114, 126; victory over Canaanite kings, 93-94; visions of, 114; wanderings of, 74-76; and the will of God, 115; wives of, 184. See also Akedah
Abram. See Abraham.
absence, 74, 180-183, 308, 330, 392n.47; of God, 360, 361, 368, 379, 392n.47; love of God and, 89
absurdity, 76, 127; radical sense of, 262
Adam, xvi, 38, 197, 256, 296, 312; created with two faces, 410n.55; and Eve, 21, 66, 207; God's call to, 117; greatness of, 23; Noah and, 66-67, 70; paradigm of marriage relationship with Eve, 182; removal of rib for Eve, 14; 390n.9; sin of, 20, 23, 24-25; split into separate beings, 14, 16; "standing" in midrash, 21, 22, 23, 24-25
adama (ground), 38, 39
adultery, 46, 55
affirmation, 130, 131
agitation. Seerogez Ahab ben Omri, 371 Ahasuerus, feast of, 101
aḥer (spatial and temporal deferment), 230; aḥronim (last, behind), 230
Akedah (Binding of Isaac), the, 76, 89, 94, 116-119, 125, 128, 408n.31; Abraham and, 97-98, 116-117, 118, 119, 120-122, 123, 125, 140, 156; annihilation and denegation and, 131; displacement of Isaac by ram, 121; Isaac's family influenced by, 158-164, 170; influence on Jacob, 238; incense and, 176 narratives preceding, 115; and Sarah's death, 123

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • The Pivoting Point 3
  • Kindness and Ecstasy 37
  • Travails of Faith 72
  • Language and Silence 97
  • Vertigo -- the Residue of the Akedah 123
  • Sincerity and Authenticity 144
  • Dispersions 180
  • The Quest for Wholeness 216
  • Re-Membering the Dismembered 243
  • The Absence of the Imagination 284
  • The Pit and the Rope 314
  • The Beginning of Desire 352
  • Index of Sources 431
  • General Index 441
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