Blessings of the Tanakh
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Blessings of the Tanakh

Hebraica Veritas

Ken Bazyn

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eBook - ePub

Blessings of the Tanakh

Hebraica Veritas

Ken Bazyn

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Ever since God called Abram from Ur, he has conveyed his revelation and displayed his splendors to the chosen Hebrew people. Bazyn's introduction incorporates fictional first-person recreations of Cain's murder of Abel and Rachel's theft of the household idols. His poems investigate such pivotal moments as Jacob's wrestling with an angel; the Israelites' faint-heartedness and desire to return to Egypt in the wilderness; the rise of monarchy and its alarming consequences; the prophet Elijah's troubled relationship with King Ahab; Jonah's futile flight from a call to preach repentance in Nineveh. Not afraid to tackle complex, difficult-to-resolve theological issues, Bazyn weighs in on faith, judgment, idolatry, free will, suffering, repentance, the coming Messiah, and resurrection. His taut, condensed style, thick with intriguing metaphors, probes the believer's conduct and motivation: Why does God at times seem so distant and hidden? What does it feel like to be persecuted? To aid in discerning each poem's meaning, Bazyn has added allusive, revelatory 35mm black-and-white photographs. Whether as a Jew, a Christian, or an unbeliever who is curious about the Tanakh's significance, you are drawn into this net of words, cut to the quick by standing naked and exposed before your maker like Job.

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Year
2024
ISBN
9798385214228

Table of contents

  1. Title Page
  2. Acknowledgments
  3. Introduction
  4. Rachel: Missing Clay Gods
  5. Faith:
  6. An Addendum to Psalm 53
  7. Hebrew Hasid
  8. If You Don’t Do Good
  9. The Art of the Snare
  10. So You Wanna Go Back to Egypt
  11. One Metropolis Spared?
  12. Sodom’s Hourglass
  13. In a Prophetic Tone
  14. Contrariwise
  15. The Selfish Gene
  16. Oh, for the Fleshpots of Egypt
  17. The Waterless Place
  18. The Faithless Shepherd
  19. Idolators
  20. Nonpareil: Who Can Be Compared to You?
  21. God Still Stands Indignant
  22. Here Come the Diminutive and Disfigured
  23. Golem
  24. Monarchist Pretensions
  25. Ahab to Elijah
  26. On Bonhoeffer’s Participation in the Plot against Hitler
  27. To Tarshish I Fly
  28. A Ghoulish Gift
  29. Fractured Dreams
  30. SS Mutter
  31. Eden
  32. This Hermetically-Sealed Universe
  33. Am I Responsible?
  34. The Road Is Arduous
  35. Transitions
  36. The Wind Comes
  37. Geometric Figures in Whimsy
  38. Wet vs. Dry
  39. Tears: Nature’s Safety Valve
  40. Exodus 28: Twelve Tribal Stones
  41. Notes from My Nervous Breakdown
  42. The Wart of God
  43. Wagging Manikin Faces
  44. Jacob’s Kuntz
  45. A Little Yiddish Humor
  46. Joseph
  47. Yahweh vs. Horus
  48. You Have Become My Enemy
  49. In Anguish: God, You Schlemiel
  50. What! Is the Mocking Bird Here?
  51. What Does God Do?
  52. Inspired by Zechariah’s Visions
  53. Messiah Coos and Mourns
  54. Ezekiel’s Dry Bones
  55. Listing of Photographs
  56. Bibliography