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The Jewish Body

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The Jewish Body by Melvin Konner
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Jan 13, 2009 | ISBN 9780805242362

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Praise

“Konner’s examination of the Jewish body ranges from the implications of Jewish genes to visions of master mystics crawling in the dense curls of God’s black beard—a brief metaphorical corporeality—and spans the ages from ancient Israel to Israel reborn. This range allows us fresh views of Jewish identity and self-identity from a committed and thoughtful author.”
Jewish Book World


In praise of Unsettled: An Anthropology of the Jews by Melvin Konner

“A poignant and highly accessible account of an ongoing story that transcends all telling.”
Harold Bloom, author of The Western Canon and Jesus and Yahweh

“Certainly the best one-volume overview of Jewish history and identity available.:
—Sander L. Gilman, author of The Jew’s Body and Jewish Self-Hatred

“This sweeping study of the Jews feels so fresh and alive . . . [It is] nothing less than inspiring.”
—The New York Times Book Review

Table Of Contents

Preface • ix
Prologue • 3
 
1. God’s Body • 13
2. “The Fruitful Cut” • 20
3. Greeks and Jews • 35
4. Adam’s Rib? • 48
5. Dangerous Bodies • 61
6. God’s Beard • 71
7. “Hath Not a Jew Eyes?” • 81
8. Race and Destiny • 89
9. Surviving • 109
10. The Body Returns • 117
11. Tough Jews • 144
12. The Trowel and the Sword • 154
13. The Eye of the Beholder • 164
14. Bodily Fictions • 185
15. Jewish Power • 207
16. Deborah’s Daughters • 217
17. Jewish Genes? • 225
 
Epilogue • 244
For Further Reading • 257
Notes • 259
Acknowledgments • 271
Chronology • 274

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