Journal Article

Tree of Consciousness: The <i>Shekhinah</i> in Edmond JabèS' <i>Yaël</i>

Nathalie Debrauwere-Miller

in Literature and Theology

Volume 17, issue 4, pages 388-406
Published in print December 2003 | ISSN: 0269-1205
Published online December 2003 | e-ISSN: 1477-4623 | DOI:
Tree of Consciousness: The Shekhinah in Edmond JabèS' Yaël

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It is not uncommon for readers to situate the writing of Egyptian–French Jewish writer Edmond Jabès (1912–1991) within post-structuralist currents. However, it is the contention of this article that these critics overlook that which makes him a prototype of the post-Shoah Jew rethinking the concept of God through the ancient traditions (Talmudic, Kabbalistic and philosophical traditions). Whereas in most of his writing the interpretation of God's presence as Sacred text originates from the Talmudic tradition, the fourth of his seven Books of Questions, entitled Yaël, humanises God in the form of the Shekhinah, one of the feminine emanations of God in the Kabbalistic tradition. Through the sacred vision of his new Yaël-Shekhinah, Jabès elevates his own writing to the dimension of a spiritual act.

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