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Scriptural ExegesisThe Shapes of Culture and the Religious Imagination: Essays in Honour of Michael Fishbane$
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Deborah A. Green and Laura S. Lieber

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199206575

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199206575.001.0001

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Cain, Abel, and brutism

Cain, Abel, and brutism

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(p.165) 11 Cain, Abel, and brutism
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Scriptural Exegesis
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Kalman P. Bland

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199206575.003.0012

This chapter explores Maimonides' claims about the lack of humanity in Cain and Abel, and the bestial nature of all humankind. Drawing on bible, midrash, philosophy, and kabbalistic sources, the chapter reflects a breadth of approach and interests akin to Fishbane's own writings.

Keywords:   Cain and Abel, Maimonides, humanity, Brutism

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