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By Gila Safran Naveh

In Biblical Parables and Their smooth Re-creations, Gila Safran Naveh rigorously charts the ancient transformation of those deceptively basic narratives to bare basic shifts of their shape, functionality, and most importantly, their readers' cognitive methods. Bringing jointly for the 1st time parables from the Scriptures, the synoptic Gospels, Chassidic stories, and medieval philosophy with the mashal, the rabbinic parables common to interpret Scripture, this booklet brilliantly contrasts the rhetorical innovations of old parables with newer examples of the style through Kafka, Borges, Calvino, and Agnon. by utilizing an interdisciplinary procedure and insights from present semiotic, linguistic, psychoanalytic, and gender theories, Naveh unearths a dramatic social, cultural, and political shift within the manner we view the divine.

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The passion aroused by the act of questioning parabolically is mirrored vividly in the way the addressee attempts new decodings. A transformation (passion) occurs in the master who teaches parables as well. A seductive absorbing of the addressee and the addressor into the parabolic space and time, keeps both the propounder of parables and his listener in a heightened emotional state (impassioned state). The parabolist, as it were, enters a higher sphere of shared knowledge together with his freshly enlightened disciple/addressee/listener.

The addressee is being placed in a new emotional state. The passion aroused by the act of questioning parabolically is mirrored vividly in the way the addressee attempts new decodings. A transformation (passion) occurs in the master who teaches parables as well. A seductive absorbing of the addressee and the addressor into the parabolic space and time, keeps both the propounder of parables and his listener in a heightened emotional state (impassioned state). The parabolist, as it were, enters a higher sphere of shared knowledge together with his freshly enlightened disciple/addressee/listener.

And great crowds gathered about him, so that he got into a boat and sat there; and the crowd stood on the beach. And he told them many things in parables saying: "A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seeds fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured them. Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they had not much soil, and had no depth of soil, and immediately they sprang up, since they had no depth of soil, but when the sun rose they were scorched; since they had no root they withered away.

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