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The Father and the Son of God

Neta Stahl

in Other and Brother

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199760008
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979561 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199760008.003.0004
The Father and the Son of God

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Yoel Hoffmann (1937–) is one of the most important contemporary Israeli writers. This chapter demonstrates that Hoffmann's works provide a unique model for representing the figure of Jesus. In his works, Hoffmann puts forth a model in which Jesus is presented not as an Other, but rather as a figure that heals the estrangement of the Others. Jesus is a main theme in most of Hoffmann's prose-poetry work, but frequently he appears not as a protagonist, but rather as a metaphor symbolizing a certain mode of existence. Hoffmann colors the triviality of the mundane with the presence of Jesus in order to confer an aura of sanctity onto the world of his protagonists.

Keywords: Holy Family; the Son; Joseph; Mary; Christ; Yoel Hoffmann

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Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies

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