Cryptic Crossing

William Robert

in Trials

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print May 2009 | ISBN: 9780823231652
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823237203 | DOI:

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

Cryptic Crossing

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Antigone and Jesus cross in the tomb. They cross corporeally, their bodies encrypted in graves. They cross in their tombs' thresholds, separating life and death, for whereas Antigone is buried alive, Jesus' corpse is laid to rest. They cross again in the threshold, as both Antigone and Jesus exceed the metaphor of mortality that the tomb represents, so that the tomb is ultimately unable to contain or reduce either to sheer materiality. Both survive their encryptions—though in different ways. Despite these differences, Simone Weil entwines them in writing “Cross and Antigone (entombment)”. The scene of Jesus' crucifixion and the scene of Antigone's burial represent immurements that become entombments, encrypting their mortal bodies and, in so doing, highlighting the finitude that they constitutively share as human beings. This crossing of Antigone and Jesus crosses Greek and Jewish and Christian, woman and man, life and death, humanity and divinity.

Keywords: Antigone; Jesus; crossing; tomb; life; death; mortality; encryptions; entombment

Chapter.  7508 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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