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The Ironic Gaze at Brother Jesus

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/9780199760008.003.0006
The Ironic Gaze at Brother Jesus

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Ironic representations, perhaps more than any other mode of representation dealt with in this book, may provide a glimpse of what Jewish writers thought about the nature of Jesus, and even more importantly, what they thought about their readers' attitudes towards this figure. In this last chapter, the author shows that irony may serve as a tool for examining the emotions, and perhaps even the state of mind, that are absent and yet somehow resonate in the works addressed in this book. Indeed, most of the book assumes certain sentiments toward Jesus, but this hidden sentiment comes to the foreground in the texts where the ironic mode highlights the conflict between the authors' apparent and latent intentions. In a sense, irony provided Jewish writers with the freedom to take a real stand on the question of Jesus' metaphysical nature.

Keywords: Toldot Yeshu; H. Leyvik; Itzik Manger; Amos Keynan; Shmuel Yoseph Agnon; Hanoch Levin; irony

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Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies

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