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Rhapsody in Blue


The Origin of God's Footstool in the Aramaic Targumim and Midrashic Tradition


Three interpretative trends address the vision at the ratification of the Sinai covenant in Exod. 24:10. Traditions relate whether God or a throne was seen, as well as the consequences for this vision for the leaders and history of the Israelites.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
Availability: In stock
SKU (ISBN): 978-1-4632-0106-7
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Publication Status: In Print

Series: Analecta Gorgiana 1059
Publication Date: Sep 26,2012
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 24
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0106-7
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This chapter focuses on three interpretative trends that address the vision at the ratification of the Sinai covenant. The Israelite leaders ascended Mount Sinai where they saw "the God of Israel: under his feet there was the likeness of brick-work of sapphire [lapis lazuli], like the very sky for purity" (Exod. 24:10). The Aramaic translations gloss over the implication that God can be seen; the leaders only see the "throne of Glory". One midrashic tradition claims that what or how they saw was forbidden and the leaders were punished. Another links the vision to a horrific, yet pivotal moment in the Israelites' oppression in Egypt.

This chapter focuses on three interpretative trends that address the vision at the ratification of the Sinai covenant. The Israelite leaders ascended Mount Sinai where they saw "the God of Israel: under his feet there was the likeness of brick-work of sapphire [lapis lazuli], like the very sky for purity" (Exod. 24:10). The Aramaic translations gloss over the implication that God can be seen; the leaders only see the "throne of Glory". One midrashic tradition claims that what or how they saw was forbidden and the leaders were punished. Another links the vision to a horrific, yet pivotal moment in the Israelites' oppression in Egypt.

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Rachel Adelman

  • Rhapsody in Blue: the Origin of Gods Footstool in the Aramaic Targumim and Midrashic Tradition (page 4)
    • Prolegomenon (page 4)
    • The Biblical Text and Targum Tradition (page 7)
    • The Talmudic and Midrashic Tradition: the Consumptive Gaze (page 11)
    • The Baby-in-the-brick: From Metaphor to Narrativein Pirqe R. El. and Tg.ps.-jon. (page 16)
    • Conclusion: Three Approaches to the Problem of Anthropomorphism (page 23)