The Binding of Isaac Paperback

A Religious Model of Disobedience

by Omri Boehm;


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The Binding of Isaac

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Traditional interpretations in both Judaism and Christianity argue that the Akedah presents not only an ethical question but also an ethical reply. But for the intervention of the angel, Abraham would have killed his son. Obedience to God take precedence over morality as humanly conceived. Yet, the angel of YHWH that appears to Abraham is a later addition to the text; thus, in the original narrative Abraham actually disobeys the divine command to slay his son, and sacrifices a ram instead. The first part of the book shows how the "original" version of the narrative did not contain the angelic figure. The second part of the book re-examines various religious interpretations of the text to show that exegetes such as Maimonides and his followers did point out Abraham's disobedience. According to these writers the esoteric layer of the story in fact declares that disobedience to God's command was Abraham's true affirmation of faith. In th ethird part of the book, Boehm re-opens the philosophical debate between Kant and Kierkegaard. Boehm concludes the book by contending that the monotheistic model of faith presented by Abraham was actually a model of disobedience.

The Binding of Isaac by Omri Boehm was published by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC in December 2015. The ISBN for The Binding of Isaac is 9780567656933.

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Page last updated 3rd December 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherBloomsbury Publishing PLC (December 2015)
Weight454g
Number of Pages240
Thickness9 mm
Height234 mm
Width156 mm
ISBN9780567656933
ISBN-100567656934
Product Code4294755
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