Judaism and the Visual Image: A Jewish Theology of Art

Raphael, Melissa R (2009) Judaism and the Visual Image: A Jewish Theology of Art. Continuum, London and New York. ISBN 9780826494986

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Abstract

The widespread assumption that Jewish religious tradition is mediated through words, not pictures, has left Jewish art with no significant role to play in Jewish theology and ethics. Judaism and the Visual Image argues for a Jewish theology of image that, among other things, helps us re-read the creation story in Genesis 1 and to question why images of Jewish women as religious subjects appear to be doubly suppressed by the Second Commandment, when images of observant male Jews have become legitimate, even iconic, representations of Jewish holiness. Raphael further suggests that 'devout beholding' of images of the Holocaust is a corrective to post-Holocaust theologies of divine absence from suffering that are infused by a sub-theological aesthetic of the sublime. Raphael concludes by proposing that the relationship between God and Israel composes itself into a unitary dance or moving image by which each generation participates in a processive revelation that is itself the ultimate work of Jewish art.

Item Type: Book
Uncontrolled Keywords: Judaism, art, idolatry, images, Holocaust, gender, Genesis
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BH Aesthetics
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BM Judaism
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Liberal and Performance Arts > Religious, Philosophical and Historical Studies
Research Priority Areas: Being Human - Past, Present & Future
Depositing User: Melissa Raphael
Date Deposited: 17 Jun 2015 09:15
Last Modified: 22 Jan 2016 11:49
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/2352

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