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Masking and Unmasking Ourselves

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Masking and Unmasking Ourselves by Cohen, Norman J., 9781580234610
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  • ISBN: 9781580234610 | 1580234615
  • Cover: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 3/9/2012
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"Whatever the context in which it is worn, our clothing is often our most powerful form of communication. As in any great literature, the language of putting on and taking off clothing in the Bible¿especially the narratives that turn on the symbolic use of clothes¿can provide us with a sense of the overarching worldview of the biblical writers. Yet, by immersing ourselves in the symbolic language and stories of the Bible, we can also gain insight into ourselves and our own lives. In this engaging look at interpretations of clothing in the Bible, renowned Torah scholar and midrashist Norman Cohen presents ten paradigmatic Bible stories that involve clothing in an essential way, as a means of learning about the text, its characters and their interactions. But he also shows us how these stories help us confront our own life dramas, our own stories. In doing so, he presents Torah as a mirror, reflecting back to us our own personalities, ambivalences, struggles and potential for growth. By helping us uncover the ¿garments of Torah,¿ Cohen shows us how to shed our own layers of insulation to reveal our authentic selves.

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