The Afterlife of Judaism: The Zohar, Benjamin, Miller

Henry Sussman

in Idylls of the Wanderer

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print July 2007 | ISBN: 9780823227693
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235278 | DOI:
The Afterlife of Judaism: The Zohar,             Benjamin, Miller

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This chapter examines the Judaic scenario of the afterlife in the works of Walter Benjamin, J. Hillis Miller, and in the Zohar. It states that in The Zohar, the rabbinical contributors to the difficult and technical argumentation of the Talmud have been transformed into literary characters who are seen discoursing with each other. This literary development can also be observed in Miller's exploration of a biblical text from the Book of Ruth. It suggests that the folktales of the Zohar coincide with Judaism's acknowledgment of literary characterization and Western eschatology but they are also imprinted with a specifically Judaic poetics.

Keywords: The Zohar; J. Hillis Miller; Walter Benjamin; Talmud; Judaism in literature; Judaic poetics

Chapter.  9213 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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