Black Fire on White Fire Paperback

An Essay on Jewish Hermeneutics, from Midrash to Kabbalah

by Betty Rojtman;

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Black Fire on White Fire

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Using the tools of contemporary semiotic theory to analyze classical rabbinic hermeneutics and medieval mystical exegesis, Betty Rojtman unveils a modernity in these early forms of textual interpretation. The metaphor from rabbinic literature that describes the writing of the Torah - black fire on white fire - becomes, in Rojtman's analysis, a figure for the differential structures that can be found throughout rabbinic discourse. Moving through the successive levels of traditional commentary, from early Midrash to modern Kabbalah, Rojtman examines the tension betweeen the fluidity and nuance of the biblical text and the fixed commitment to ideological and theological content. To examine this strain between open text and sacred language, Rojtman scrutinizes the demonstrative, "this," as a word whose signi-ficance changes with every change in context. Her analysis suggests a double-layered meaning for "this," which refers to the existential world in its multiplicity but also to transcendence and the eternal presence of God.

Black Fire on White Fire by Betty Rojtman was published by University Presses of California, Columbia and Princeton in February 1998 and is our 58488th best seller. The ISBN for Black Fire on White Fire is 9780520203211.

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Details for Black Fire on White Fire

Page last updated 9th September 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherUniversity Presses of California, Columbia and Princeton (February 1998)
Number of Pages205
Thickness16 mm
Height210 mm
Width140 mm
Product Code1151334
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