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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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Yearning for intimacy: Pesikta d'Rav Kahana and the Temple

Yearning for intimacy: Pesikta d'Rav Kahana and the Temple

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(p.135) 9 Yearning for intimacy: Pesikta d'Rav Kahana and the Temple
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Scriptural Exegesis
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Marc Hirshman

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199206575.003.0010

This chapter examines the ambience of the Pesikta d'Rav Kahana and its objectives by paying close attention to some of the Greek loanwords it uses and, more generally, to the nature of the language it employs in parables when speaking of the temple and the degree of intimacy indicated between God and Israel. The Pesikta d'Rav Kahana throbs with a longing for God's presence in the temple. The longing for restoration is accompanied by a strong desire for retribution on the nations of the world, a motif that is a staple of most, if not all, of the piskaot. The king parables are employed to indicate God's desire for a place (papilion) where intimacy with Israel is assured and secure. God secures a place among the Jewish elders, abandoning the angels above (sunkleten), in order to guide the discussion of calendar, the heart of the Pesikta's concern.

Keywords:   rabbinic text, Greek, parables, temple, God, Israel

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