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Are You Not a Man of God?Devotion, Betrayal, and Social Criticism in Jewish Tradition$
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Tova Hartman and Charlie Buckholtz

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199337439

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199337439.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

Supporting Characters, Opposing Voices: Reading for Devoted Resistance

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Are You Not a Man of God?
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Tova Hartman

Charlie Buckholtz

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199337439.003.0001

This introductory article discusses the theme of this volume, which is about the devoted resistance of supporting characters in canonical stories. This volume presents a rereading of several iconic Jewish texts and one Greek tragedy with significant similarities to a Jewish work. These works were chosen for this study because some of the more nuanced cultural messages they carry within them have been missed by other readers. This volume also suggests that many of the cultural values embedded within these stories are animated, highlighted, sharpened, and nuanced through narratives concerning personal relationships between characters in positions of cultural dominance and less powerful or supporting characters.

Keywords:   devoted resistance, supporting characters, canonical stories, iconic Jewish texts, Greek tragedy, cultural messages, cultural values, personal relationships

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