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The Elusive Ark: Locus of Longing in Exile

The Elusive Ark: Locus of Longing in Exile AbstractThis paper compares the Babylonian and Palestinian talmudic traditions on the fate of the ark of the covenant—either lost before or during the Babylonian conquest, or buried in the Temple precincts (b. Yom’a 53b–54a; y. Sheqalim 6:1–2, 49c). In the Babylonian Talmud, the ark and the cherubim are described in highly erotic, feminized terms, blurring traditional gender categories of Israel and God. The feminization of the ark serves as a “survival strategy” to counter the defiling gaze of the gentile conqueror, but also preserves the sacred center as a locus of longing for Jews in diaspora. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy Brill

The Elusive Ark: Locus of Longing in Exile

The Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy , Volume 27 (2): 31 – Sep 20, 2019

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Brill
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Copyright © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
ISSN
1053-699X
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1477-285X
DOI
10.1163/1477285X-12341300
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Abstract

AbstractThis paper compares the Babylonian and Palestinian talmudic traditions on the fate of the ark of the covenant—either lost before or during the Babylonian conquest, or buried in the Temple precincts (b. Yom’a 53b–54a; y. Sheqalim 6:1–2, 49c). In the Babylonian Talmud, the ark and the cherubim are described in highly erotic, feminized terms, blurring traditional gender categories of Israel and God. The feminization of the ark serves as a “survival strategy” to counter the defiling gaze of the gentile conqueror, but also preserves the sacred center as a locus of longing for Jews in diaspora.

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The Journal of Jewish Thought and PhilosophyBrill

Published: Sep 20, 2019

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